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Jonathan Adler on Embracing Ugly Decor

I’ve long had an admiration for American designer Jonathan Adler. His irreverent approach to design and willingness to experiment makes him one of the most iconic creatives of our time. He also has a mantra of ’embracing the ugly’ when it comes to design and decor, which is one philosophy I’m really on board with.

Jonathan Adler - Embracing the UglyAOL did a series of videos with him that I came across recently and I’ve become a little smitten with them.

In this particular video, Jonathan discusses his love of 70s Americana, peacock chairs, macrame and a host of other trends that have come back to the forefront in interiors of late.

He also speaks to keeping an open mind when approaching design and decorating and makes a valid point about always retaining a childlike curiosity when it comes to creativity.

Undoubtably, it’s this approach that’s got him to where he is today. He started out in pottery many moons ago and has since gone on to do interiors, design homewares, write books and open a handful of stores globally.

Related Read: Check out my review of Jonathan’s book here.

Check out the video below and let me know your thoughts on embracing the ugly when it comes to design and decor. Is this a mantra you’re on board with?

Related Read: Take a look at Jonathan Adler homewares here.

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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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