For a little extra inspiration, the Domino editors’ favorite Instagrammers takeover our feed each weekend. It’s safe to say tips and covetable images are aplenty. Here’s what you need to know about the most recent feature!
Last year, Domino (with the help of our very design-minded readers) scoured both the US and abroad to find the best, most creative, and trendsetting design blogs. Assembling a diverse group of talented bloggers with a passion for interiors—and everything from small spaces to DIY— we launched our inaugural Domino Design Blog Awards and highlighted a few lucky bloggers. This year we’re out to find some fresh talent (so be sure to make your submissions), but last year we happened upon Anita Yokota, a therapist-turned-designer who garnered some much-deserved recognition as our 2017 Best New Design Blog. In anticipation for this year’s awards, we peeked inside the California cool-meets-Scandinavian bohemian abode, where she gave us a first look into her living room, her daughters room, and her master bedroom. We’re certain you’ll be as big of a fan as Yokota as we are. You’re going to want to follow her refreshing design blog, ASAP.
"Hi there, it’s @anitayokota here, winner of @dominomag's 2017 Best New Blog award! I’m beyond thrilled to take over today! I finally got my living room makeover complete and it’s so exciting to reveal it here on @dominomag! It has taken me a good 6 months to thoughtfully curate the furniture. Whether it’s the buttery cognac leather or the sharp contrast of the black accent chairs, it’s the layers of color that piques your visual interest! Stay tuned for another part of my home that imparts a very unexpected color!" Photo by @anitayokota #SOdomino
One of the most common design mistakes is rushing into design. As Yokota points out, this living space took her months to thoughtfully curate. When redesigning or decorating a space, it can be tempting to jump in and buy everything at once, or worse, buy everything from the same place. There’s something to be said about taking the time to sort out what you have, what you still need, and where you want to search for those new items, and slowly making those purchases to complete your space. (Side note: That leather sofa is what dreams are made of.)
"My two younger girls have been begging for bunk beds. Because it’s a small room, saving space by going vertical makes total sense! Add in the pretty lavender hue, and this dreamy space invites endless bedtime stories and magical fun! By the way, you can have a lavender room at any age. Just add neutral decor, a vintage rug, and you got this. Oh, and of course, a hanging swing never hurts!" Photo by @anitayokota #SOdomino
The most important takeaway from Anita’s daughters’ room is that you can absolutely rock a lavender room at any age. In fact, lavender makes for a seriously cool color combo when paired with deeper earth tones like ochre and a moodier shade of purple (like this Prince-inspired shade highlighted by Pantone). We’re also loving the many modern and boho accents that make this room look whimsical, yet still polished and grown-up.
"For so many years, our master bedroom was a dumping ground for unfolded laundry, toys, and clutter. Finally we gained back our safe haven and now it is pure zen for us to relax in! I love the California Casual look and wanted to create that vibe in here. Well, I had a great time sharing my home today! Hopefully you got some great ideas to refresh your home, too. Wishing y’all a happy weekend!" Photo by @anitayokota #SOdomino
Have you ever seen a more zen bedroom? We especially love the way Yokota kept the walls super minimal, giving the space room to breathe. Layering the rugs (over wall-to-wall carpet!) is another touch that adds warmth and makes the room feel like an inviting oasis.
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