Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic: Colors
No one has a happier sense of hue and pattern than Jonathan Adler! Inspiring readers to be fearless in their decorating choices, Adler guides us through color-drenched rooms, from True Blue and Going Rouge to Champagne Sparkle. Every chapter is devoted to his thoughts on one color scheme, and he reveals his go-to paint chips, favorite fabrics, and personal color muses, lik...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Sterling Innovation
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Jan 17, 2011 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
I don't know what's up with me and the decorating books lately, but I love reading about color! This guy is still a little over-the-top for me (no "less is more" going on in his designs), but he gives a lot of proof that opulence, lack of inhibition, and tons of personality ("Love What You Love") can work when tweaked just right. Also, this is a super-fancy book that you will want to pet. How many times have you seen spot varnish used on endpapers?! Talk about opulence!
A ping-pong table...more
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I picked this, and the companion Happy Accessories book, up at the library, because I love color and happiness. Of the two, I preferred the Accessories book. They are very similar, even using many of the same photographs, which is not surprising as many of them are of Adler's own homes. Happy Colors presents palettes of color that Adler likes, which were, as promised, all bright and happy. I think it might be more useful to someone who has been hesitant about color, rather than someone like me w...more
Like the size and pictures. Quite brief, kind of like interior design by Dick and Jane (see color, pretty color, see color in room). Worth glancing through which is mostly what I did. Good advice: if you are color shy pick one (say blue) and stick with it using different shades. More good advice: have fun while doing so. It's about making space to enjoy your life in, no high concentration rocket science necessary.
I loved the bright colors and texture. The book made me incredibly happy. His combinations are shocking, but work well together - page 87 is a great example. And 138-139 is very cool. My relationship with this book is entirely shallow though, so it only gets 4 stars.
Jonathan Adler (born in 1966 in New Jersey, United States) is an iconic potter, designer, author, and personality. Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1993 at Barneys New York. Five years years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan.More about Jonathan Adler...