Monday, December 6, 2010

Jonathan + Beth= Best Friends Forever

...okay, not quite. But I did in fact meet Mr. Adler a couple of weeks ago when he came to Htown on his whirlwind book tour. Love him, love the striped shirt, love the everything! I bought one of his newest releases Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing. It is one of the best design books I have ever read! Gorgeous pictures, fresh ideas, and a treasure trove of decor info. I'm only half way through, but here are a few of my fav tips so far:
  • 95% chic + 5% happy - his whole deal. Chic, but with personality. Lay the foundation of good decorating, then punctuate it with a "dash of levity."
  • Remove book jackets to make spines harmonious - basically, covers look messy
  • Conformity is a bore - learn the rules of decorating, then have fun breaking them
  • Weird Works: Design around things you love, no matter how odd or idiosyncratic they may be
  • Don't neglect pillows - they are the exclamation points of your house

So add that book to your list for Santa, as well as his other newbie Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors . If you leave cookies and milk, you might even get both.

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