Friday, December 3, 2010

Book review: Happy Chic: Colors + Happy Chic: Accessorizing by Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler makes me happy. In an industry that often has a reputation for taking itself too seriously, to me he seems to have captured the essence of what it's all really supposed to be about anyway - creating beautiful spaces that make you feel happy to be in!
His two new books Happy Chic: Colours and Happy Chic: Accessorizing are a complete delight - bursting with the bright, vivid colours and bold patterns we've come to love and expect from Jonathan but also, lots of tips, tricks and insights behind his own inspiration. 
A sneak peak: his favourite white paint to show off all the bright colours - Benjamin Moore's Marine Deck; some of his style muses: Lilly Pulitzer and Grace Jones.

One of my favourite parts was his own manifesto at the back of each book, here are a few highlights:

"I believe that your home should make you happy.
I believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife 
is always right. Unless the husband is gay.
I believe in carbohydrates and to hell with the
puffy consequences.
I believe that minimalism is a bummer.
I believe in being underdressed or overdressed, always.
I believe that celebrities should pay full price.
I believe in Aid to Artisans.
I believe my designs are award-winning even though 
they've never actually won any.
I believe my lamps will make you look younger and thinner.
I believe in irreverent luxury."

And I believe that Jonathan Adler just might be my new hero.
Thank you Jonathan, for remind us that at the end of the day, it's really supposed to be fun!

P.S. These books would make a fantastic gift for a decor loving friend or colleague - or anyone who could use a little dose of Happy Chic!

{Photos: Happy Chic: Colors and Happy Chic: Accessorizing by Jonathan Adler, 
Published by Sterling Publishing Co. }
A very big thank to Sterling Publishing!


Diana Mieczan said...

Sounds really intereting and the manifesto is so great! Happy Friday, my dear

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I adore him too- the bold colour and whimsical elements in his designs make my heart sing.
Funny you posted about his new books. I was at Chapter's yesterday and was looking at one while my daughter sat on the floor and read her Dora book- a minute later a copy of the JA book flew off the shelf and hit her in the face:( Poor thing- I don't think she is an Adler fan like her mommy.

Karena said...

Bold bright and so colorful! I love it! Genius!!

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Hales said...

I'm loving this- and I'm about to google him!! He's a genius!

Dreaming of Palm Trees said...

That hand chair is awesome. Reminds me of something from Beetlejuice. Love!

Dreaming of Palm Trees

escapade said...

Christine - oh no! That's definitely not a good Adler introduction! Talk about having design thrown in your face! Poor thing...

Dreaming of Palm Trees - isn't it fun - I love functional furniture that is also art.

Hales - definitely do, no doubt you'll fall in love :)


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