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Ayesha Curry has been busier than ever this year. In addition to appearing as Domino’s Fall Style issue cover star, she launched a film and television production company; a food and lifestyle magazine; and, just in time for the holidays, The Full Plate, a new cookbook featuring quick and easy recipes rich in flavor. “I don’t eat to live; I live to eat,” Curry explains to Domino’s editor-in-chief, Jessica Romm Perez, on this week’s episode of Design Time (out today on Spotify and Apple Podcasts). “My approach to cooking is make it fast, make it simple, but jam-pack it with all the flavor that you can possibly get in there.” 

In the episode, Curry reveals some of her favorite recipes from her book (turmeric-poached halibut is involved), as well as the things bringing her joy right now. Read on for her current inspirations. 

Design Hero 

“I’ve been really big into looking at Basquiat paintings. I’m interested in learning about art, and that’s been my introduction to it. When you take a moment to look into the paintings more, you’re like, Oh, there are levels to this.” 

Go-To Color Pairing 

“Black and gold.”

Design Object of the Moment

“My Fort Standard breakfast table. It’s two shades of oakwood in stripes.” 

Dream Destination 

“I can’t wait to go back to the South of France. We’ve gone a couple times for our anniversaries, and I’m obsessed with it. I love the culture, the slow pace, the weather, everything. I even love how it smells!” 

Photography by Paul Viant/Getty Images

Hotel Hitmaker 

Proper Santa Monica because of the design. I love it, and the pool’s a vibe.” 

Must-Watch Movie

“I’ll have to go with my Halloween costume, Napoleon Dynamite. We [did] vampires as a family, but I chose Napoleon months ago.” 

Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


“Right now I’m reading Notes From a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi. It’s such great storytelling. He won the James Beard Award for rising chef last year. I’m excited to see what’s on the horizon for him; he’s a powerhouse.”

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Notes from a Young Black Chef by Kwame Onwuachi, Amazon ($19)

Plant Pick 

“My favorite flower was actually in my wedding bouquet. It’s called a stephanotis. It smells so good. I picked it for the bouquet because it sounds like [my husband] Stephen’s name.”

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Stephanotis Artificial Climbing Plant, Home Depot ($35)

Top Vintage Source

“I have two. The first is 1stdibs, because it’s a curation of all sorts of different things. And I also love March. It has the best showpieces.”

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Bistrot Kitchen Towel, March ($35)

Reservation Recommendation 

“It’s my own place, International Smoke. So I’ll pick something outside of that. It has to be Michael Mina’s flagship restaurant—I swear I’m not biased! It’s truly one of my favorite spots to go for a celebratory date night or anniversary.”

Courtesy of Michael Mina

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