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Perfectly Imperfect Home

Deborah Needleman, the genius behind Domino magazine, released a brilliantly-titled book this month, The Perfectly Imperfect Home. It reads more like a decorating manifesto than a step by step guide, which I love!

Because this book is such a fabulous starting point for decorating, I’ve picked five of my favorite tips or quips. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to hear your faves!


  • Incorporate Old Things 1 of 5
    Incorporate Old Things
    "If nearly everything hails from the here and now, a place will feel hermetic or cartoony, closed off from the world."
    Image: Elle Decor
  • Tablescapes 2 of 5
    Tablescapes
    "The secret is this: when things are grouped together by a shared color, tone, material, or shape, no matter what they are, no matter how insignificant, no matter how different in other ways, they instantly become a worthy and vibrant little scene."
    Image: Lonny Magazine
  • Decorative Mirrors 3 of 5
    Decorative Mirrors
    "If you only have mirrors for checking your face or your outfits, you don't have enough mirrors in your life."
    Image: House Beautiful
  • A Bedside Command Center 4 of 5
    A Bedside Command Center
    "It is a sign of a together person to have a pad of paper and a cup of pens or pencils at the ready when that brilliant idea strikes in the middle of the night."
    Image: Lonny Magazine
  • A Bit of Ugly 5 of 5
    A Bit of Ugly
    "This might sound counter intuitive, but to create a beautiful home, you need a bit of ugly."
    Image: Domino Magazine via Things That Inspire

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