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I love gallery style walls of art in homes. While I’ve faced little difficulty in growing my collection of art, displaying it in a meaningful composition can be a challenge, especially when that collection is constantly growing and evolving.

Wes and Kayla from ApartmentTherapy just posted a great “How-To” on hanging art in a group that can grow. I’m anxiously awaiting until my personal collection is as robust and well-curated as these displays below:

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Image from MadebyGirl

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Image from Domino

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Image from GoGoAbigail

Everyone has their vices;  some love their chocolate, some indulge in glossy celeb-gossip magazines, others enjoy a ritualistic evening cocktail… but me, I unapologetically crave MTV’s reality TV shows (OK, lets be honest – I can check “all of the above”).

My non-negotiable must-watch (faux)reality show is “The City.”   While I lust after their jobs and clothing and accessories and lifestyles, the real kicker for me is the immaculately decorated apartments they live in  (yes, I know, they’re probably just sets, but let me keep believing).

Whitney’s apartment reminds me of the vibe from Kelly Wearstler’s Guest House tour in Domino Magazine; a little modern with the Lucite bar stools, a little 70’s retro with the velvety teal sofa (that cost a mere $12,685), and very glam with the oversized tufted ottoman and metallic accents.

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And then there’s the girl you love to hate,  Olivia Palermo. Her digs are surprisingly less ostentatious than her usual fur-wearing-Gucci-toting-blinged-out- self.  Her monthly rent is probably more than I make in a year, but in a NY Post interview she shared that some of her design secrets (her couch: Jennifer Convertibles, her closet: Elfa Storage from the Container Store). I’ll give credit where credit is due, its a nice mix of high-end accessories and affordable staples (thanks to interior designer mom).

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When I called a friend to share the horrific news that our favorite magazine Domino was going under, she initially thought I was calling to tell her someone had died because I was so upset.

The New York Times article  said that “while its circulation was strong and growing, advertising numbers, much more important, demanded it die…”

It seems like almost every blog post that came through my feed last week had people mourning the loss and reminiscing about favorite issues.  Many posts from European readers noted that magazine subscriptions in the US are relatively inexpensive, since most of the revenue is generated from ad sales.  I will say this, I would gladly pay a higher newsstand price if it kept my favorite shelter publications in circulation.

Several bloggers are convening at We Love Domino to post about the best of the magazine and it’s serving as a reminder of why we all loved it so much! Here are few of my favorites from the past few years:

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A month late on my new year’s resolution, I’m jumping into the blogosphere. Better late than never, right? It took me a month to actually start because I’ve been obssessing over what to write in the first post.  After reading hundreds of design blogs everyday for the past year, I promised myself i’d start to be a more active participant and create my own space for collecting inspiration and tracking my endeavors in design.  After much encourgement, this is it, the first step from reader to writer, wish me luck!