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Design Time

Design Time

By Domino Magazine
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.
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Brigette Romanek on the Unexpected Path That Led to Her Dream Career
Good design has soul. Brigette Romanek came to design via an unexpected path. First, she designed an accessories collection and her own home, then she started decorating for friends and fell in love with the process. She established her design firm and an approach built on classical and modern elements, and is known for her sculptural but accessible perspective. Brigette is a talented plant mama and collector, and her warmth and spirit inform her craft. Tune in as we explore Brigette’s eye for all things vintage and what colors she’s loving—plus how to embrace the history of a place while updating it for family life.
September 17, 2020
Designer Mat Sanders on the Best Design Advice He’s Ever Received and Styling With Object “BFFs”
Mat Sanders lives and breathes design. He shares his knowledge and styling ideas with humor and passion, whether it’s on his social channels; designing for celebrity clients; or on his new short-format TV show, Werrrk!, where he helps businesses redefine themselves with design. Mat brings an editorial approach to interiors and furniture collections, and is generous with his talent and innovative approach. Listen in on my conversation with’s fun, inspiring, and surprising, but it’s also enlightening, as he tells us about how to follow your vision—whatever your creative endeavor may be.
September 10, 2020
Goodee Founders Byron and Dexter Peart on Sourcing Products With Purpose and the Power of Design for Good
Dexter and Byron Peart have an incredible breadth of experience and inspirations to draw from. The Montreal-based identical twin brothers are the founders and creators of luxury accessories and fashion brand WANT Les Essentiels and their current venture, Goodee, a marketplace and retail platform for mission-led design brands and makers. Dexter and Byron sold WANT in 2017 to explore new opportunities and followed their heart and passion into the home. In their words: Goodee is a place where good design and good purpose intersect. They seek to elevate and sell items for the home that are timeless, made with intention, and inspire consumers to prioritize social impact with their purchases. Tune in to hear what drove the inspiration for a purpose-led marketplace that empowers their customers to impact change with what they buy.
September 3, 2020
EyeSwoon’s Athena Calderone on Creative Careers, Unexpected Trajectories, and Elevating the Everyday
Athena Calderone approaches her life and work through an inspiring lens: to make things more beautiful. She’s had incredible success with her two books—the James Beard Award–winning Cook Beautiful and her most recent, Live Beautiful, both rooted in the idea of bringing inspiration to every day and exploring your home to find your personal style. Her content—via her Instagram account and website, EyeSwoon—has especially resonated this past year, as people are looking for ways to celebrate moments at home. From her own homes in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and Amagansett, New York, Athena documents daily living in a way that’s anything but ordinary. Her popular podcast, More Than One Thing, launched earlier this year and explores the ideas of multifaceted creative careers and unexpected trajectories. Listen in as we learn how Athena’s generous spirit and warmth helped her build a loyal following, who are eager to see what she’s cooking up next.
August 27, 2020
Plant Kween Christopher Griffin on Creating a Lush Home That Brings You Joy and His Plant-Approved Playlist
Christopher Griffin is all about sharing. From his Brooklyn apartment, Christopher (also known as Plant Kween) has shared his plant-care expertise, joyful ideas, and styling knowledge with his Instagram audience throughout quarantine. Her approach to personal well-being and balance is informed by her lush oasis, with hundreds of plants gracing every corner. He shares his plant journey and the love and energy he brings to the process with humor and infectious joy. As an educator at New York University’s LGBTQ+ Center, Christopher draws an important parallel between caring for plants (or green girls, as he calls them) and caring for yourself. That nurturing mentality is something we could all aspire to, and his focus on community and activism fueled by positivity is inspiring. Tune in as we discover his plant-based takeaways, daily meditations on life, and tips for creating a home that brings you joy.
August 13, 2020
Jungalow’s Justina Blakeney on Making Fun a Priority With Well-Designed Hang Zones
Justina Blakeney radiates joy. The designer, artist, and creative director of Jungalow is the author of two New York Times best-selling books—The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes and The New Bohemians Handbook: Come Home to Good Vibes—and that’s exactly what Justina is all about: creating a space that is all about good vibes. She really understands how to live well and maximize spaces designed around the things that are important to you. She’s a master at coming up with ideas for making your space cooler, more original, and fun. Her own home features well-designed hang zones like a garage–turned–sunken living room, lounge space, outdoor shower, pass-through outdoor bar, and the ultimate tiled garden and patio. She’s an incredible plant mama, artist, mother, musician, and color expert whose work and craft are defined by her personal experiences and a range of influences, including Moroccan zellige tile and patterns, as well as Indian textiles and the Italian joy of living. Listen in as we go on her journey—from life in her 20s living in Florence and owning an O.G. lifestyle boutique with her sister to building a design empire and media platform from her home base in Los Angeles.
August 6, 2020
London-Based Interior Design Firm 2LG Studio on Freeing Your Home and Why Pink Is a Neutral
London-based interior designers Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe of 2LG Studio are committed to one simple mission: making living lovely. Their endless joy and passion for design comes from their stellar sense of humor and the cool cultural references that inform their work, like ’80s classic TV show Dynasty, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Schitt’s Creek. They create spaces and products that radiate self-expression and playfulness—from painting a doorframe electric blue to designing area rugs in unexpected, sculptural forms. For them, being bold in life means bringing that energy, joy, and personality to every corner, and design is all about the boundary-bending gesture: add a glossy patterned tile all the way up to the ceiling for maximum impact, and painting the inside of your closets in a color that makes you happy. 2LG gives you permission to pick up a paintbrush and paint outside the lines—in punchy lilac and bubblegum pink, of course.
July 30, 2020
Leanne Ford on Following Your Gut in Renovation and in Life
As the host of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords, Leanne Ford is someone who really trusts her instincts and bold choices—in renovation, design, and life. She started her career as a fashion stylist and brings her rock-and-roll sensibility and high-low mix to reimagining spaces that honor the old and embrace the new. She applies the same vibe to designing furniture collections, such as her recent one for Crate & Barrel. A few of her rule-breaking signatures: painting everything the perfect shade of white; a collected approach to interiors that layers cool vintage pieces with bold, outsize furniture; and rooms that are all about comfort. After getting married and having a baby in 2019, Leanne brought her expert DIY skills to a storied Rustic Canyon property in the Santa Monica hills that she had envisioned as being her family’s “forever home.” When COVID happened, she and her husband got real with each other and about how they wanted their life to unfold more slowly and thoughtfully, which led to their decision to sell their California home and move back to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. Tune in as we chat about her new project—an early-20th-century manor house in Pennsylvania—the magical time of taking stock of what matters, and considering the true meaning of coming home.
July 23, 2020
Sarah Sherman Samuel on the Budget Materials That Actually Elevate a Space and Always Dreaming Big
As the cover star of our first Renovation issue last winter, Sarah takes the idea of design-it-yourself to the next level: She can turn inexpensive materials into design gold—a graphic wall hanging doubles as a TV cover and a painted striped ceiling becomes a work of art. Sarah is also behind successful collaborations with such brands as Semihandmade and Lulu and Georgia, counts Mandy Moore and Garance Doré as clients, and has grown a loyal following on Instagram, where she shares cool projects—and the funny mishaps that come with being so hands on. Her family home in Grand Rapids, Michigan is her most personal project to date—a 1980s postmodern fixer-upper that’s now an oasis of clean lines, layered textures, and earthy-meets-modern colors. Listen in as we chat about her epic renovation and what Sarah considers to be the key to creating a calm and functional space.
July 16, 2020
Clare Paint Founder Nicole Gibbons on Curating Color with Confidence and the Career Pivot that Changed Everything
Nicole Gibbons is a pro at creating something so intuitive, you wonder how you ever lived without it.  Starting out in fashion PR and working as an executive at Victoria Secret, she switched career paths at the peak of her game to follow her true passion in interior design. Nicole got the stamp of approval from Oprah, appearing as a design expert on the O Network. And all that before Nicole launched her direct-to-consumer paint brand, Clare, which reimagines the colorful journey of sampling paint to realizing your dream palette. Backed by some of the same investors as Glossier, Everlane, and Reformation, the buzzy brand is intuitive, offering services like a color-match quiz and peel-and-stick swatches. But Clare also taps into the emotional side of color with names like Current Mood, Chill and Dirty Martini, Summer Friday and Sriracha -- and cuts through the clutter with a super tight edit of shades. Nicole and I had so much to dig into for this episode--including how to curate color with confidence, why natural light is everything when choosing the right shade, and how some of the boldest color pairings can really change your space.
July 9, 2020
Kelly Wearstler on Mood-Altering Color and the Power of Discovering Your Design Story
For our inaugural episode, we’re chatting with design superstar Kelly Wearstler. Even if you don’t know her by name, chances are you’ve experienced one of her many iconic designs or layered immersive spaces. This year, as her studio celebrates 25 years and her Instagram account tops a million followers, Kelly’s most recent project, the Proper Hotels in Los Angeles, Austin, and San Francisco, represents a new vision of hospitality for the Instagram generation. A true trailblazer and thought leader, Kelly continues to follow her deep passion and curiosity for style and interiors. She has left her mark on era-defining spaces, designing countless collections and taking risks every step of the way. In this episode, our Summer issue cover star shares her ideas on how to energize your space, the color combinations that can really move you, along with her strategies for scoring the best vintage and how to collect items that tell the story of you. 
July 2, 2020
Have you ever been in a space that made you feel really good? Where the light was just right, the furniture was super-cozy, and the colors seemed to radiate? That connection is at the heart of Domino’s new podcast, Design Time, where we explore spaces with meaning. Good design can help us create a home that truly tells our story. Each week, join me, Jessica Romm Perez, Domino’s editor in chief, along with visionaries who will share their creative journey to designing spaces that move you. We’ll explore the emotional side of design, from the ritual of gathering to a mood-boosting paint trick to the renovation tips that will inspire your next project. Home is the best place to start exploring your personal style. How do you shape your world from the inside out? Let’s discover together on Design Time.
June 25, 2020