Turn this Room into an Outfit

by Grace Bonney

Like many of you out there. I was a huge fan of Domino magazine. It was all about fashion for the home and was always a source of inspiration for decorating ideas and projects. Its passing has left a major void in my monthly magazine subscription delivery and I miss it dearly.
One of my favorite columns was the “Turn This Outfit into a Room” spread where the editors would use a photo of a cool-looking girl as inspiration behind decorating a room. The results were always fantastic.

Grace has no shortage of cool-looking rooms featured on Design Sponge. I was inspired by her Sneak Peeks to create my own version of the Domino column: turn this room into an outfit.
I chose two of my all-time favorite DS sneak peeks rooms and went from there.
Although these outfits are decidedly me. I hope they also express the spirit behind these rooms that I love so much.


Image above from Olive Route sneak peek. Products, clockwise from top left: Chambray Shirt from the Gap, Red knee-highs from Topshop, Braided Belt from Forever 21, Striped Skirt from Anthropologie, Katherine Sturgis Friendship Bracelet, Ray Ban eyeglasses, Belle by Siegerson Morrison Shoes, Tate Modern Tote Bag, T by Alexander Wang tank top and Arielle de Pinto + Anntian Necklace available at Creatures of Comfort.

CLICK HERE for the SECOND room-to-outfit transformation after the jump!


Image above from Birds of Ohio sneak peek. Products, clockwise from top left: Embellished t-shirt from Anthropologie, Luxe Scarf from Ann Taylor, Rings from Made Her Think, Sweater vest from J.Crew, Kira Bag from Coach, Ankle Zip Jeans from J Brand, Leather Bracelets from Delia’s, and Colored flats from Jil Sander (the price is quite steep on these but Sam Edelman makes a very comparable pair)

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  • I´d like to dressing on this way…Is a very nice look, casual and elegant, very freshly.
    The living room is nice too, very friendly and paceful.

  • this is a fantastic new series! absolutely love the idea of translating a room into an outfit. what inspiration. brava!

  • fave. love. I was just explaining yesterday to someone about how obsessed I am with playing the “turn this outfit into a room” game. *sigh* how about we just play the game ourselves, now. You should make this into a regular feature!

    • callie

      i love this idea, too. but having worked at domino, i feel a little weird taking one of their columns (whereas the under $100 column was an idea i pitched to them). part of me thinks of it as “theirs” and i hate feeling like i’m leaning on what was popular for them. i should probably just get over it, but i can’t shake that “but that’s their column!” voice in my head.

      grace :)

      • just to clarify- i don’t think caroline is copying or anything like that- i just have reservations about turning it into a regular column ;)


  • Grace, the world is an very old place, all the things were already created…But life is re-creating and re-novating with our own feeling and soul.
    Go ahead, Caroline!!!

    • silvia

      true, but that column is really associated with domino. i don’t have any problem with caroline doing in- just want to make that clear- but i’m not sure i’d feel comfortable doing it here (i’ve gotten lots of emails asking me to do that and i just don’t feel right about it yet).


  • i love it! this domino-inspired idea was one of the things i most looked forward to each month (that, and “10 things that make me happy”, not to mention whatever thing the ever-intrepid Cynthia Kling was taking on…). thanks for the inspiration!

  • This was also one of my favorite Domino columns. I think Caroline’s sketch really makes this post, and I would love to see this as a regular feature. The second outfit and room are my favorite of the two…I am really into embellished t-shirts lately. Great job on both though!

  • Thanks for turning our house into an outfit. How fun. Caroline, your illustrations are lovely. Now I know what to wear when I sit on that couch!

  • I’m so thrilled by all of the positive responses to this post. It was my favorite post I put together for the week!
    While Grace won’t be continuing this on Design Sponge, I would love to feature it as an installment on my blog, Looks Good To Me. I hope you’ll check in with me once I am back posting over there. Thanks!

  • This post was great! I love the outfit that came out of the room, and it made me laugh as an idea. Maybe I can turn my room into an outfit? It would be messy…

  • I love love love these….and miss so much the domino version. I took inspiration from outfit to a room thing too, except with my own twist — I took the outfit and turned it into a garden…I call the regularly re-curring feature ‘Can You Make This Into A Garden?” at my blog -Studio ‘g’.

  • hi caroline! i’ve been out of the loop and just saw this post. i love the outfit that my living room wall inspired :) would totally wear any of those pieces you put together. i too miss domino–this is a great idea for a regular post. thanks again! olivia

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