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Lauren Santo Domingo, Chairish, and More

by habituallychic

05 . 16 . 21

It feels like Chairish is the new One Kings Lane. I used to love the house features and interviews on OKL but they were long gone so it’s nice to see some on the Chairish Blog now. Lauren Santo Domingo of Moda Operandi was just profiled and we get to see a few new spaces in her Southampton home in Playing Favorites with Lauren Santo Domingo. She also chose curated picks which includes Moda Domus by Moda Operandi exclusives.

Moda Domus by Moda Operandi table top pieces and linens.

I take my time. I am always refining and perfecting, I will move things around… try things in different places. Once something falls into place, I am satisfied. It is a great feeling when something just “works.” I’m always chasing that feeling.

I am persistent and I’m always looking at auctions and on Chairish. I stop at all the estate sales I pass on the road and no matter where I am, I go to local antique shops. Before I travel anywhere I look up shops and Sunday flea markets to visit. Destination wedding trips are the best for treasure hunting.”

– Lauren Santo Domingo

“There are many places to get contemporary pieces, which I love in the right setting, but I am personally drawn to timeless traditional pieces. However, with vintage, it’s difficult to get a very large set. Moda Domus is meant to feel timeless and elevate your table setting with the highest quality craftsmanship from artisans in France and Italy.” 

– Lauren Santo Domingo

“There is a great book, “Japanese Color Pairings.” I always keep it handy and use it when I am stuck creatively.”

– Lauren Santo Domingo

The Hamptons “are the closest my children will get to recreating the suburban idyll of my youth in Old Greenwich — where we roamed free, biked to town for ice cream, stomped around in the marsh, and ordered mozzarella sticks for lunch every day at the snack bar.”

Photos for Chairish by Brittany Ambridge.

There are always great flowers on Lauren’s Instagram feed including a close up of the vase from the Chairish profile.

The tulip arrangement she posted on Mother’s Day was stunning.

We also got a glimpse of Lauren’s mudroom and/or flower arranging room in Luxe. In the article, she mentions her new love of flower arranging.

“I’ve gotten really into growing flowers and floristry. I used to measure my seasons through fashion, and now I’m marking time based on what flowers are coming in, whether it’s hellebores or lily of the valley or sweet peas. I’ve been buying antique vases and vessels from auction sites.”

– Lauren Santo Domingo

“As Moda grew internationally, we began having special dinners for designers and top clients. We put a lot of effort into our tables and decor, and the response was amazing. The next day people would be asking me, “Where can I get this?” I also enjoyed the creativity. Designing the tables felt much more satisfying than simply putting on something to wear.”

– Lauren Santo Domingo

An outtake from photographer Ben Fink Shapiro of Lauren wearing a Brock belted cashmere cardigan and matching skirt.

Another photo from Ben Fink Shapiro that was not part of the Luxe feature. You can see some of Lauren’s Southampton home and gardens here.

Another outtake from photographer Ben Fink Shapiro in the greenhouse.

Moda Domus Lily of the Valley Collection that just launched.

Lauren says the key to a memorable dinner party is “great lighting, strong drinks, and simple food” so remember that as you start to invite people over again.