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For many of us, Domino Magazine was a design bible. I have kept every issue of Domino in the past two years and I find myself going back into old issues for inspiration on a weekly basis. Domino billed itself as a shopping magazine — some said it was a shelter magazine — but I felt like it was a lifestyle magazine.

It was one of the first publications to make the Green Movement chic. It brought me into celebrity homes without making me feel bad about my home. Domino made me feel like I was part of a secret tribe of strong, stylish, independent women.

I know it’s borderline lame to mourn the loss of a magazine, but I’m really sad about the death of Domino. Based solely on the uproar in the design blogosphere, many other people are floating in my boat.

Here in the programming department of HGTV, we always chat about our desire to be featured on the “10 Things That Make Me Happy” page of Domino.

So, in honor of my favorite fallen monthly mag, I present you with “The Ten Things That Make Me Happy: Design Happens Edition.”

Who: Lindsey Weidhorn
Where: New York, NY
What: Program Development, HGTV

My Bike

I was riding a vintage Schwinn for the longest time until it just gave out on me. This summer, I was at Governors Island and they were selling off all of the rental bikes because the season had ended. If you live in NYC, go to Governors Island on the last weekend that it is open and buy yourself one of these bikes. They retail for $300. Governors Island sells them for $75. I bought the bike, took it to my bike shop and got hand breaks and some speeders added on for only $35. Now I ride my brand new vintage inspired beach cruiser to and from work every day. It totally beats sitting on the subway in the mornings!

Personal Calling Cards from Crane & Co.

When I meet someone at a non-work related event I give them one of my personal calling cards. You can go to Finestationary.com and design your own unique calling card. I designed the one above using the Crane & Co. cards, but they have lots of fun and funky options all over the site that vary in price and style. I don’t want to meet someone on a personal level and give them my business card. It just devalues the exchange. Business cards are for business contacts, so why not have cards for personal contacts? I hate meeting someone new and standing there awkwardly while they type your number into their cell phone. These cards are such a fun and classy way to pass your info along.

Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Body Cream

This cream is expensive but TRUST ME…once you buy it, you’ll never spend money on perfume again. This cream smells like warm vanilla and it makes your skin feel like butter. You can buy it at Sephora.

Frye Cowboy Boots

I like to think of myself as an urban cowgirl (my bike is my horse). I bought these boots 5 years ago. I wear them at least twice a week and they are still in great condition. They’ve only gotten better with age. They take a boring all black outfit and give it a fun twist. They are impeccably designed and absurdly comfortable.

My Polaroid Camera

Ever since they announced the end of Polaroid film I have been buying packs like it’s my job. I love my Polaroid camera. I love how authentic and in the moment a Polaroid picture feels. I’m not a camera snob, but no digital image will ever feel as good as a Polaroid picture. Also, a Polaroid camera is a great conversation starter. I have an entire wall in my apartment devoted to my Polaroid pictures. When people come over to my place they spend the first 20 minutes staring at the wall.

Cashmere Herringbone Throw

Toastis one of my favorite stores. Unfortunately they are only in the UK but they do have an online store to make up for that. Toast specializes in comfort. This deeply soft, pure cashmere throw is from Scotland. If I am in my apartment, I have this blanket wrapped around me. It is the softest most amazing blanket in the history of blankets.

Apples to Apples

This is one of my favorite party games. If you’re entertaining and some of your guests don’t know each other, this game is a great icebreaker. This game will have you and your friends on the floor laughing.

Notting Hill

I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy…Asking him to love me. My heart breaks every time I watch that scene. Notting Hill is my “trapped on a desert island with only one movie” movie.

Diptyque Feu de Bois (Firewood) Candle

I know this is extravagant. $65 for a candle, in a recession is insane. I get it, but I’m addicted. When I was a kid, my mother would make a fire every winter night. The crackling and the smell of wood burning always makes me feel at home when it is cold out. Wood burning, for me, is the smell of winter with my family. Here in Manhattan one out of every zillion people are lucky enough to have a working wood burning fire place. I am not one of those lucky people. So I buy this candle. It smells like winter and it lasts forever. You can get it on Amazon.

Crumbs Cupcakes

Here’s a little secret about the HGTV programming team…We LOVE CUPCAKES! It’s insane. We eat cupcakes all the time. We have been known to schedule “Cupcake Meetings” on our calendars on exceptionally busy days to lift spirits. Lately we have been getting Magnolia Cupcakes, but Crumbs is still, hands-down, our favorite cupcake spot. They have the craziest flavors, cupcakes you couldn’t even dream of. My personal favorite…The Fluffernutter Cupcake. Vanilla cake, marshmallow butter cream filling, vanilla frosting mixed with Peanutbutter and drizzled with white chocolate.

I know I’m not alone in always wanting to be in Domino’s “10 Things That Make Me Happy.” So, in the spirit of Domino Magazine…What Makes YOU happy?

18 Responses

  1. Renee says:

    I love that candle also! It makes the whole house smell like a ski lodge!

  2. Dana Ovadia says:

    i love your top 10 things that make me happy. my favorite one is crumbs cupcakes, I TOTALLY agree. my favorite, devil dog cupcakes, its a little cupcake of heaven!

  3. Jennifer says:

    i am obsessed with diptyque candles!!!!! I LOVE the Mimosa flavor…YUM.

  4. Bob says:

    You are right on about the Polaroid camera. There will never be a replacement for the look on a person's face when you take their picture and out comes an instant result.
    It always draws a happy smile.

  5. karen says:

    I CANT BELIEVE DOMINO IS DONE! this is such sad news. Thank G-D for HGTV, cause at least u guys can fill the void! I love Top Ten Things that make me happy feature! Mine: My Eames Lounger, Sephora Atomic Mascara, Divine Design, Smart Water, crown molding, Breakfast at Tiffanys, my iPhone, Anything JCrew, design sponge and my new baby girl!!!!!!!!

  6. Barbara in Missouri says:

    When is Domino going to tell its subscribers?
    I love the magazine also and hate to see it
    go. It is always so fresh.

  7. Jaime says:

    A little thing called The Hoedown Throwdown makes me happy! Also: cats.
    purr. (ClapDeClapDeClap)

  8. Wittle says:

    A nice warm bed to cuddle in on a cold winter day! Also, Notting Hill rules. Valid point.

  9. Robin says:

    Your piece made me happy! So suave, so smart, so true- all of it! Btw, I love a great party game. Great choice.

  10. Shannon says:

    Just devoured my last issue- which you need to run out and buy before they are gone!
    My Top 10 in no particular order~
    1. Monograms- on anything even if they aren't yours.
    2. Antique linen sheets- dye them colors, use them as tablecloths, recover a chair, drapes and on your bed. Monogrammed, tres bien!
    3. Popcorn
    4. Flea markets and antique fairs. Live in an area blessed with many to tempt me.
    5. Miranda perfume by Frangonard
    6. Pomander candle by Dipytque, could eat it!
    7. My iphone
    8. Jack
    9. living with animals
    10. Have bag will travel, especially France

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