Glam on a Budget
The duo has racked up dozens of passport stamps from trekking all over the world, and their one-bedroom, one-bathroom loft in New York City reflects their eclectic style. As a prop stylist, Dominique also gets tons of do-it-yourself inspiration from styling other people's pads. Take a tour of their budget-chic loft and then snag Dominique's tips for decorating on the cheap.
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After having a plexiglass box made, Dominique hung an inexpensive chandelier from a hook she drilled inside the box. The wires blend into the shag rug and plug into the wall. The tan Eames chair was a $50 flea market find.
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Set foot into the couple's pad and you're instantly greeted by family and wedding pics. "It's all about mixing the old and the new," says Dominique. "We love that we're up there on our wedding day surrounded by grandparents and other relatives' wedding portraits from decades ago."
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The bookshelf serves a dual purpose: Besides looking fab, it completely walls off the living area from the couple's bedroom. The framed photo to its left was a wedding gift from a house-sitting pal. "When we came back from our honeymoon, we saw it hanging on the wall and realized our friend had left it for us!" remembers Dominique.
The style is rustic-meets-modern with an open feel that's perfect for entertaining an intimate group of friends. The round Knoll Saarinen table and the two white fiberglass chairs are from Modernica.net, while the other slatted folding chairs were snagged at a flea market for $25. Spicy style note: The three nude sketches were done by a good friend … of his wife. No doubt it makes for interesting dinner party convos!
Dominique scored the dramatic headboard as a styling freebie, but getting her husband's approval was tricky. "I had to convince Dan to let me keep it," she explains. Her strategy? "I climbed on the bed and then grabbed the headboard like I was in a sexy photo shoot and, well, that pretty much did it." If that doesn't work for you, try giving a piece with a deal-breaker color a fresh coat of paint. Maybe he'd like that iron headboard if it were electric blue instead of hot pink?