No thanks to those lax Condé Nast advertisers. They are even pulling the plug on Domino’s website (jeez!). I love Domino, it not only has one of the prettiest layouts every month, but their articles are fresh (really), quarky, pragmatic and oh-so-handy for me whenever I try to do the fabulous homemaker and host a dinner or redecorate the apartment.
This was the only major national magazine that would dedicate an entire spread to curtain coordination, find the perfect Persian rug, or how to green-ovate your home. If you’ve ever read Apartment Therapy (and you should!), Domino would be its long lost print cousin. And how is it that Condé is getting rid of their only etiquette columnist, Marian McEvoy? Unless you count Vogue’s William “Norwich Notes,” which mostly doles out advice/commentary on exclusive and impossible-to-buy-unless-you’re-an-heir labels. Marian’s expert decorum advice was helpful, witty and I felt, a real throwback to the true days of decorum, when ordinary folks appreciated the simplest of polite gestures. I think owning and working a genuine, courteous and kind disposition can make anyone classy! Before Margaret Russell came on, Marian was Elle Decor’s Editor in Chief. Before that, she also worked for Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine. Do you know how to handle morning stress? Throw a fancy dinner? How to be a good house guest? How about dealing with tech etiquette? I really do bemoan impolite crackberry company. But whatever it was, Marian dealt with it all.
I hold Muse Marian up there with the likes of Kim Izzo and Ceri Marsh, Canadian, etiquette columnists and authors of “The Fabulous Girl’s Guide to Decorum.” They’ve published three, wonderful books — I’m on my way to purchase their third — that talk about learning to be society-savvy, career driven, fun, smart, enjoyable company, as well as learning how to be complimentary and genial to those around you. Think class, without the snob or fakery. I recommend reading the books and Marian, if you want to understand real, fun decorum and social etiquette, two undervalued qualities in modern day.