Domino editor in chief Jessica Romm Perez hosts this weekly podcast, which spotlights creative strategies for making your home (and every day) feel more special, personal, and fun—from insider tricks on how to tackle your next renovation project to easy updates that instantly refresh a space—through candid conversations with Domino’s editors and community of experts.
Aya Kanai on the Shelf Life of a Trend and the Future of Visual Search
Aya Kanai’s distinct style and perspective comes from years of working at some of fashion’s most exciting publications and brands, and her creative approach leans on her decisive instinct that’s as artful as it is personal. By leveraging her experience first as an editor on the launch team at Teen Vogue and then at such magazines as Nylon and Cosmopolitan—and more recently as editor in chief at Marie Claire—in her new role as Pinterest’s head of content and creator partnerships has put Aya at the helm of an exciting new initiative within the company. Pinterest is prioritizing creators, putting people at the heart of the platform and honoring the personalities that drive the ideas and pins that become the trends. And what is the life cycle of a trend? Aya understands what causes a trend to really take off and how to stay ahead of that curve, and she’s always looking for the next big idea. I’m so excited to share my conversation with Aya with all of you.
Ellen Bennett on Dreaming Big and Always Following Your Passion for What’s Next
Ellen Bennett likes to speak in mantras. As founder and CEO of apron and kitchen accessories company Hedley & Bennett, Ellen has had an incredibly inspiring path to success. Her new book, Dream First, Details Later: How to Quit Overthinking & Make It Happen!, is for all the entrepreneurs out there who have dared to dream. It’s a fresh take on a business book, crafted with the tone of your friend giving you a pep talk, and it’s packed with sage advice, vibrant illustrations, and frank and honest accounts of her own journey.
Among other things, Ellen is a talented chef and organizer. And during the pandemic, Hedley & Bennett has sold and donated hundreds of thousands of masks to date. You always learn something when you talk to Ellen, and her passions run deep. I’m so excited to share my conversation with Ellen with all of you.
JJ Martin on Building a World of Pattern and Color, and Using Your Intuition in Vintage Hunting and in Life
JJ Martin has created a brand and a life that radiate color. Her expressive collection, La DoubleJ, includes ready-to-wear, accessories, home, bedding, and tabletop. It is a dynamic reflection of JJ’s life in Italy and the evolution of her very personal journey to success.
She launched her business from Milan, selling vintage fashion and accessories, alongside her career as an American journalist reporting on fashion, design, and travel for a hit list of the best international publications. With an incredible eye for all things vintage and also color-driven, JJ’s collection is joyful and accessible.
In May JJ debuted a fabulous collaboration with Ladurée, including a tea set, apron, and dessert plate adorned with a spectacular tree of life motif. Plus she opened her very first La DoubleJ shop in Milan. More recently, she has incorporated her spiritual practice into her brand, and today we explore how all these things are impacting her collection, the perfect calming pink in her living room, and how to truly hunt for vintage—without breaking the bank. I’m so excited to share my conversation with JJ with all of you.
Newly Crowned Design Star Carmeon Hamilton on Her Top Tips for Rental Renos, Shopping for Vintage Finds Online, and Crafting a Next Gen Design Show
Carmeon Hamilton has had a big year: winning HGTV’s Design Star: Next Gen, landing her own TV show, and taking on so many exciting new projects with her interior clients and brands. Big green energy and plants are a huge part of Carmeon’s work—she incorporates them into almost every project, and on- and offscreen she creates spaces that are personal, layered, highly curated, and alive! At the core of her design practice, Nubi Interiors, is the passion for creating spaces that are a true reflection of how you live, what you value, and what makes you feel good. Her exciting new television concept is all about stylish and smart solutions for renters and how to shop for your home in a way that is thoughtful and accessible. Carmeon is hugely influenced by her favorite design hotels and her hometown of Memphis. Add to that interiors that exude joy and her love for deep shades of green. Her power and positivity feel so right for this moment.
Oh Joy! Founder Joy Cho on What She Learned From Her Seven-Year Home Reno Project and the Ombré Bathroom Tile Going Viral on Pinterest
Joy Cho of Oh Joy! is a graphic designer, author, product designer, O.G. lifestyle blogger, Pinterest super-influencer, and Domino’s Summer issue cover star. Her Los Angeles home, built from the ground up, was years in the making—a collection of buildings that includes a dreamy A-frame house that serves as a hybrid creative space, photo studio, and guest quarters for visiting friends and family. Known for a signature aesthetic that leans on color-blocking, pattern, whimsy, and bold creativity, Joy has partnered with big-name brands such as Target, Keds, and Anthropologie to help bring her style to scale. Add to that impressive résumé author, social influencer, brand ambassador, and overall creative cheerleader. Joy is a master of documenting the process. She openly shares her journey on her Instagram feed, the pain points in growing her successful business, and the emotional balancing act of family and work. Her renovation and build process have been no different. Joy has documented the twists and turns, visual inspirations, sources, and financial considerations that go into a project of this scale. She’s got a lot to say! I’m so excited to share my conversation with Joy with all of you.
Kevin Sharkey on His Color-First Approach to Organizing, Spending the Last 26 Years Alongside Martha Stewart, and the Evolution of His Epic Closet
There is a certain level of polish and style associated with organizing the Martha Stewart way. There’s a reason for this, and much of it traces back to Kevin Sharkey. Kevin is the executive vice president and executive director of design for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and for more than 25 years he has been Stewart’s right hand and creative confidant. He is a visionary decorating editor, a creative mind, and one of the most organized people I know. His apartment in Manhattan features a number of stylishly organized spaces that lean heavily on color—a beautifully designed bookcase with hundreds of books arranged by hue, a graphic all-black closet that rivals the merchandising at any chic store, and an epic china and silver cabinet for his encyclopedic collections of tabletop. After a conversation with Kevin, I walk away inspired and always having learned something.
Tune in as we explore Kevin’s organizing solutions, which are as hardworking and precise as they are intuitive and cool.
My favorite design podcast! Such a great mix of designer guests!
I was searching for inspiration and found it in this podcast! The episode with Sophia Roe was so beautiful and inspiring I plan to re-listen to it multiple times. I found the new way to start my mornings in this podcast.
I want to love this podcast but even when I’m excited about the guest it’s kind of boring. They never dive into anything deep enough. It’s not any fun. Maybe they’re just trying to be too sophisticated and serious. I know every guest isn’t going to be the same but even bloggers that I have followed for years aren’t fun because of the questions.