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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?

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February 14th may have visions of Cupid’s arrows, hearts and an overload of red and pink dancing in most of the population’s head. However, if you’re one of the many who are in a difficult-to-define relationship, our friends at Marketplace have put together some fun lists for picking the perfect gift. Secret love affair, confusing friendship, courtship reaching its end? They have them covered and all those in between.

Does your love affair resemble that of our favorite star-crossed lovers? Then, take a peek at their Secret Lover gift ideas.

Is your relationship winding down? Check out their Our Days are Numbered gift list.

If your friend wants something more, but your feelings haven’t change, take a tip from the Just Not That Into You list.

Don’t worry, they also have some great picks for those of you are in healthy, loving relationships. Check out all their gift ideas here.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite Christmas cartoons. It tells the story of a bitter, green creature who lives above Whoville, a town that happily prepares for the holiday season. The Grinch doesn’t like such joy and unity and decides to steal Whoville’s gifts and Christmas trimmings. The turning point of the story is when the Grinch realizes what Christmas is all about — and it isn’t decorations or gifts. The Whos are happy and grateful despite the Grinch stealing Christmas. “Maybe Christmas,” the Grinch thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!”
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I love Christmas, but in some ways, I can relate to the Grinch. Black Friday denotes gloom to me. You’ll never find me camping outside a store before the sun comes up to save a few dollars. Holiday shopping, in general, is something I usually dread, both because of the in-your-face commercialism that can cloud the true meaning of Christmas and because of the hectic, exhausting experience of fighting the masses to find that one gift that may or may not be needed, wanted or even appreciated. In fact, my favorite Christmas gift-giving memory is when my family decided to forgo presents altogether. We pooled what money we planned to spend on each other and bought needed items (as well as a few fun items) for two residents living in a group home. Had it not been for our family playing Santa, these ladies would have had no visitors on Christmas and no gifts to unwrap. The entire experience was incredibly rewarding. It is true; it is more fun to give than to receive.

If you like the idea of alternative gift giving because it makes a difference in the lives of others, here are a few suggestions:
1. Pool family members’ money and donate to a common cause. The number of charitable opportunities is endless.
2. If you want to play Santa, buy gifts for a needy family. Ask a pastor for a referral. Or call a local nursing home, youth home or home for the developmentally or mentally disabled. Ask to be referred to residents who will not have family visiting over the holidays.
3. If you don’t have extra funds this holiday but still want to make a difference to others, get your family together and volunteer. For ideas, call your local United Way office.
4. Start a scholarship fund either for the children of your family or for a child who would not be able to go to college otherwise.

If you like the idea of alternative gift giving because it keeps you out of the shopping malls, here are a few more suggestions:
1. Get artsy. Make your gifts this year for a truly personal sentiment. Think of gifts that are edible, wearable, display-able or usable. Go one step further and wrap them in handmade wrapping paper. For ideas on how to make your holidays handmade, check out these handmade holiday ideas.
2. Like to travel? Instead of buying Christmas gifts, decide as a family to allocate money toward a trip fund. Even better, buy a plot of land on the water or in the mountains for an investment that the entire family can enjoy for generations to come.
3. Shop online. Shop from the comfort of your couch. Need I say more?

Does your family have any alternative gift giving traditions?

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Boy would Mork be jealous. The ceramic Egglings ($8.95) from Elsewheres.com are hilarious. According to the website, they look and feel just like real eggs but of course they grow real plants! (Available right now: thyme or petunias.) Here’s how it works:

Just crack one open, add water, and you’ve created a springtime oasis for your desk or window (even if it’s winter outside). Each comes with a terra cotta tray and seed pack. Growing is EASY — plants thrive for months in their shell and can be replanted in soil.

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More gifts, more gifts!
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Domino Design Bazaar: New Ideas for Bedding, Lighting, Gardening, Accessories (HGTV)

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Behold, installment numero two of the great gardening gifts on the cheap series. Things are getting pretty cute pretty fast with these Gardens in a Bag from Potting Shed Creations. Adorably packaged, these come in a selection of herbs, flowers, fruits & veggies, and greens that can be grown indoors, right in the leak-proof bag. According to the website, “all you need to do is mix in the enclosed packet of seed and add water. Before long, you will have extremely flavorful herbs, tasty tomatoes and strawberries, beautiful and fragrant flowers, and attractive greens.” Try the mini-tomato ($9.75), mini-daffodil ($15), mini-iris ($15) or paperwhites ($15). Green thumb not included.
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More ideas!
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Got a gardener or outdoor enthusiast on your list? Before you spend your precious pennies hear this: we’ve got great gifts for under $30 right here! All this week, we’ll be presenting an idea (or two — generous aren’t we?) for friends and family who appreciate flora and fauna. Not one to dilly-dally, here are the goods for today:

Robin’s egg soaps ($26) and the Birdseed holiday trio ($24), both from Smith and Hawken.
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More Great Gift Ideas: Shop ‘Til You Drop (HGTV)

ps. Looks like Jackson & Perkins is having a 25% off for selected online purchases TODAY only.

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