The 10 Best Things Domino Editors Bought This Year
Seriously good sheets, a made-for-selfies mirror, and more.
Published Dec 27, 2023 1:42 AM
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Whether you bought many things or few items, made big purchases or picked up little tokens, there’s probably something that sticks out in your mind as the best investment of your year. When Domino editors started to noodle on the topic for 2023, we all went in different directions. For some, it was about one niche kitchen appliance and a pitch-perfect selfie mirror. Others found joy in accessories for themselves or their table, and another swears by a game-changing sleeper sofa. See all the best things Domino editors bought, one by one, below. (Now it’s your turn: Tell us yours!)
Julia Stevens, style editor
True confidence comes from within, but I’d be lying if I said hair, makeup, and clothes didn’t have something to do with it. A Dyson blowout leaves me feeling like a million bucks, adding volume and shape, all while making my stubborn wavy hair straight and silky. (I haven’t used my flatiron once since I bought the Supersonic.) It lasts through the next day like no other hair dryer I’ve used—the following morning just requires a quick brush and you’re ready to go. I’m so addicted that I can’t even leave it behind for a quick weekend trip. I landed on this round brush thanks to some TikTok reviews, and I personally couldn’t name a more dynamic duo.
Lydia Geisel, home editor
I’m a firm believer that the art in your home should feel personal. Hanging old photographs (whether you took them or a friend did) is a cool, and frankly affordable, place to start. I recently came across a vintage 3-by-5 picture that was just gathering dust in a box. I took it to Framebridge and opted for an extra-large mat that really draws your eye to the image. It immediately elevated it and made it all the more special. Plus the whole process took less than a week and only cost $100.
Julie Vadnal, deputy editor
I was a bodega glass devotee for years, but now I only reach for these Mannerist ones, which are perfect for cocktails and water alike. They’ve never chipped in the dishwasher, and they feel good in hand. On a personal note, the company is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where my family lives.
Brit Ashcraft, design director
I did it. I found the perfect sheets. Like linen but softer and less wrinkly; this stonewashed cotton bedding has kept me cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They aren’t slippery and have enough structure that they don’t wrap around you or wad up, and the fitted sheet has extra-deep pockets with elastic so they actually stay on your bed and remain snug. The medium-weight washed cotton looks perfect straight out of the dryer and hits that perfect balance between structured and lived-in. I love them so much, I’ve purchased three more sets.
Samantha Weiss-Hills, managing shopping editor
My husband is an avid baker, and his hobby turns out beautiful loaves, babkas, and even pastry once in a while. When I was searching for his birthday gift this year, I knew it had to be bread related, so I wrapped up Brod & Taylor’s Sourdough Home. This compact appliance might look like a tiny fridge, but it’s specifically designed to create the optimal conditions for a sourdough starter. The interior automatically heats and cools to maintain your selected temperature, and you can fit a one-quart jar or two smaller ones inside. And really, it’s a gift for me, too, since I get to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Andie Diemer, photo director
This year I welcomed my first child, along with all the gear that comes with having a baby. Since we live in a small space, we transformed our guest bedroom into a nursery. It’s essential that we’re still able to welcome overnight guests, which is why the Harmony Sofa Bed was a game changer. It sits pretty most of the time as a firm yet comfortable couch—perfect for hanging out during the day—and effortlessly expands into a queen-size bed with a memory foam mattress. It’s helped maximize our space, and the rich navy microfiber is supereasy to clean, striking the perfect balance between function and design for this new mom.
Esmé Stern, email editor
For a Gen-Z woman living in a New York City studio apartment, the mirror selfie is practically holy. That’s why this year I set out on a hunt for the perfect costar to my outfit pics. My search started and stopped with Urban Outfitters’s Tabitha Arc Mirror. It is delightfully oversize, has a more interesting shape than the typical rectangle, and the reflection makes my space feel larger and brighter. My Leo rising will never be the same again.
Kate Berry, chief creative officer
Earlier this year I missed a connecting flight and had a long layover in Paris, so I decided to lean into my airport stay to make it feel like home. I bought this cashmere and silk shawl and laid it out on the lounger, put my AirPods on, and binged-watched a show with a baguette and glass of wine. I was in heaven. I now wear this shawl all the time, and it’s like being at home with a cozy lightweight blanket.
Alex Redgrave, contributing editor
It might not be the season to think about fans, but when the warmer climes roll in, you’ll know what to get. I love this Muji fan for being whisper quiet even at the top speed; delivering a nice (but not wind-tunnel-level) breeze; and, of course, the sleek design, which tilts at various angles and is easy to clean. It feels like you have a window open and just the right amount of air coming in; just add sunshine.
Lindsey DeSimone, senior social media manager
All my days start the same: A brisk walk in the park with my dogs as a podcast (usually something true crime) streams in my ears. So when I reach for my AirPods only to find them with barely any battery life, it throws my whole morning routine off. But thanks to Courant’s MAG:3 Dual-Device Charging Tray, I don’t have to choose between powering up my cell phone or headphones at night. Both devices fit perfectly side by side on its smart wireless charging station–meets–catchall design with room to spare for a stray scrunchy and lip balm, too.