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Chinquapin Staging Project Almost Done!

Only a few more days until this beautiful home is ready for a new owner! This was such a fun and great opportunity for Domain Design!






DDLLC’s New Online Video!

Thank you Dwellus Group and Lyra Film & Design for this opportunity! This was a fun day!

Domain Design Wins ‘Best of Houzz 2013′ in the DC Area – Check out the Press Release!

Domain Design of Chantilly, VA Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award 

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals


January 22, 2013 – Domain Design of Chantilly, VA has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The interior design and home staging company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

Design to Live, Stage to Sell

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Domain Design among our “Best Of” professionals for design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Domain Design, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Domain Design

Domain Design was founded by Dominique Gale in 2011 and is based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Domain Design’s aesthetics can be described as modern, cool contemporary, vintage industrial and American luxe; creating environments that are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark. Domain Design focuses on simplicity, subtle sophistication, texture and clean lines that showcase the space rather than things.

Domain Design offers services in interior design, decorating and home staging. Dominique is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP).

About Houzz

Houzz ( is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

Welcome Back to the Industrial Age!

The days of working in factories and assembly lines are few and far between, yet today’s hottest trend is the urban, raw and edgy modern industrial aesthetic.  This style takes us back to the basics, with a simplistic design that is down to earth, cozy and warm. To achieve this chic-but-edgy look, seek out furnishings with clean lines and cool neutral tones. Find unique pieces with patina finish, deconstruction and up-cycled or recycled (think mid century). Lastly, have a balanced mix of different elements in your space – by incorporating metals, woods and concrete.

Inspirational photos…

Jane Kim Design

dSpace Studio

Laux Interiors

Some great resources to find modern industrial furnishings…

Tiered Dovetail Coffee Table by Bungalow Classic

The Scorched Bench by Seventeen 20

Henson Wood Iron Swivel Stools by Arteriors

Modo Chandelier by Jason Miller

Marias A56 Armchair by Tolix

Vintage Industrial Factory Cart Coffee Table by Brand Mojo Interiors

19th Century Keyhole Metal Square Bed by Restoration Hardware

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Light Up Your Style

Many would agree that lighting is the jewelry for your home. If you’re looking for an easy and quick project for your home, consider updating your light fixtures! There’s an overwhelming amount of websites offering various styles, finishes and price ranges, such as Lumens, CSN Lighting, LampsPlus, Bellacor, YLiving and Lightopia.

If you’re interested in updating your ceiling lighting consider a chandelier or pendant. Chandeliers were often thought of as formal ornate lighting for a dining room. Pendant lights were hardly used…and today that is quite the opposite. Chandeliers are used to accessorize kitchens, hallways, foyers, bedrooms, offices and bathrooms to name a few! Depending on your style, you can easily find styles ranging from glamorous, shabby chic, modern, industrial, traditional, etc. Don’t forget about pendants though! You can get very creative with pendant lighting and group them in clusters for your foyer or as nightstand lighting suspended from the ceiling. Below I’ve shared some of my favorite finds.

The Robert Abbey Candelaria 2 Tier chandelier available online at Lumens:

Marjorie Skouras designed this beautiful turquoise empire chandelier:

Design Within Reach sells the Artichoke Lamp designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen Lighting Inc.:

Onion pendant by Verner Paton is available in copper or white finishes:

Robert Abbey’s Bling cluster chandelier comes in multiple sizes and is also available at

Ralph Lauren has crafted this industrial chic chandelier featuring exposed Edison bulbs. Shades of Light offers this in 2 sizes and finishes:

The Key Largo Iron Beaded chandelier by Cottage & Bungalow is an elegant and edgy fixture that would look fabulous in a foyer or bedroom!

Serena & Lily’s beaded Malibu chandelier defines subtle sophistication. The hemp features with the beaded craftsmanship would look glamorous in a dining room, bedroom or bathroom…

Shine Lab‘s Moire Collection showcases these beautiful pendant lights, which can be hung in clusters or individually in any room in the house!

And lastly, the eclectic and contemporary Bocci Series 21 Standard pendant. What’s not to love about this classy piece of art:

Top 10 Sites for the Vintage Industrial Look

Vintage industrial chic has gain more recognition in recent years primarily due to the popularity of loft apartments in urban cities. More people have converted old industrial buildings into residential properties and incorporating this edgy style into their space. The heavy-duty metal tables, wood carts, wire shelving and exposed lighting are standout statements for any room. Best of all, the furniture can withstand any kind of abuse! Here’s my top 10 vintage industrial chic sites and ideas.

1. Vintage Industrial has a wide selection of furniture, such as coffee tables, shelves, dining room tables, chairs and much more. This dinette table and light were custom-made by Vintage Industrial (the chair manufacturer is listed below).

2. Hudson Goods also provides furniture, lighting, mirrors, art, sculptures and more. This metal locker can be used for storage in an office, end table or nightstand. The metal swivel stools, which are also shown above, are adjustable for counter and bar height levels.

3. Justin Real Furniture has a great industrial furniture collection and specializes in custom designs too. Some of his new projects include custom barn doors for interior use.  The picture below is a custom-built credenza and shelf he made for a home office. Lastly, a reclaimed wood table with metal bands would be a great end table or nightstand.

4. It is Dwell is a seller on Etsy offering vintage and refurbished industrial and antique accessories. This striped dresser is a wonderful accent piece for a foyer, bedroom, buffet table or hallway!

5. Vidalia’s Vintage also listed on Etsy, is selling this vintage library card catalog below that can be used as a dresser in a bedroom, organizing paperwork in the office or an accent table for the foyer or hallway.

6. Vintage Seventy Five has unique accessories for your accent tables, office and/or shelves, like this industrial pulley below.

7. REHAB is selling this authentic wood cart that has been restored to its original state. This cart would be perfect in a living room, lobby or any common area.

8. The Luckett Store prides itself on being a vintage hip reseller. Once a month this store hosts a design house for designers and manufacturers to showcase their products. You can find vintage, industrial, shabby chic, and classic pieces at this store.

9. Cleveland Art repurposes industrial machinery and surplus goods for homes and commercial spaces.Cleveland Art has been a leader in the vintage and recycled industrial design market. These old theater spotlights are the perfect accessory for a living room corner or home office:

10. City Owl sells an affordable and wide selection of vintage industrial and primitive furniture, households items, handmade artwork, jewelry and lighting.

Sittin’ Pretty…

This sitting room was in need of lighter colors, smaller furniture, proportionate wall accessorizes and symmetry. By swapping out the darker colors for lighter tones, down-sizing the extra large furniture, removing the wainscoting, removing decorative trim, removal of the dark ceiling fan and simplifying the accessories, this room is now completely open and the attention is focused on the space. The theme of this sitting room was circular patterns, which are reflected in the chair fabric, hurricanes, coffee table and pendant lighting.

The pendant light is designed by Moooi from Design Within Reach. The custom Modesto chairs and rotating Valeta coffee table were purchased at Arhaus Furniture. The buffet table in the niche is from Crate & Barrel. The large mirror is from Z Gallerie, candle hurricanes are from Restoration Hardware and the artwork is by Henry Asencio.



Cluster Pendant Lighting – Foyer Ideas

If you need inspirational ideas for a dramatic and modern foyer light, check out custom light designer and manufacturer, Yellow Goat Design. These customizable pieces can be used in commercial or residual spaces. The following fixtures (Bibo, KoolStix and SStation) would be ideal for a foyer with high ceilings; you can select as many pendants as you like. Professional installation is required.

Formal Dining Refined!

This dining room was transformed from a traditional style to an elegant modern space. The room was painted and decorated with cool neutrals that accentuate the architecture of the room without overpowering the space. The combination of light and dark colors in the room provide sharp contrasts making this space look bold and sophisticated, yet simple and clutter-free.

The table and chairs are from Arhaus furniture. The bronze chandelier was replaced with a modern brushed nickel by Kichler lighting. The window drapery, Thai Silk Inverted Pleat, and hardware is from Restoration Hardware. The paint is Daguerrotype by Sherwin Williams, and the mirrors, vases and flowers are from Z Gallerie.


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