100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life by Jonathan Adler
If my mother told me tomorrow that I was adopted, I think I’d book a redeye flight to New York to declare myself Jonathan Adler‘s brother. We seem to share the same adoration of colour, a love of quirk, a fondness of humour and a partiality to a scatter cushion or seven. It’s in his latest release – 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life – he cements himself as my ultimate go-to guy for out-of-the-box home decor inspiration. So, we may not be brothers, but we are at the very least cut from the same cross-stitch!
What this book has that trumps all others is a no holds barred, unapologetic frankness and celebration of oneself that really appeals to me. Within the first few pages he is quick to put a ban on the banal and declare his crush on comfort. “There’s nothing more depressing than a china cabinet, a dusty old repository for things you ostensibly love but never want to touch. You should want to sit in every chair and experience every thing – the people, the books, even the coasters – in your life. Often.”
As you can see above, there’s more to this release than just pages of inspiration and a peek into this creative mastermind’s life. There are, amazingly, a load of Happy Chic Activities that contain a whole list of instructions – so you can make your own home that little bit more special and handmade. My personal fave has to be the stamp above. I’m a fan of screen printing – and the same concepts are used here. I just adore messages on materials. You can make some amazing greeting cards with this particular activity (and who doesn’t love cards?).
From putting tables under tables, getting glitzy with gold, bringing in some nautical influences and taking advantages of nooks in your home – this release from Adler has it all. It truly had me experiencing a few ‘aha’ decorating moments and really encouraged me to embrace the things I love about my own home style that others might consider on-the-nose. As Adler says on page 29 of this book, Love what you Love, “Life’s too short to cut yourself off from the things (and people) you’re cuckoo for.”
“Remember: those who rejected disco missed out on the party”.
Have you read this release from Jonathan Adler? I assure you, it’ll have you wanting to pull every item out of that box in your cupboard to display it proudly around your home. I for one am an Adler devotee and feel that he’s an honorary Creative indeed. Adore.