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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

“When you are on your deathbed about to snuff it, you want to look back and remember your persimmon sofa, not beige on beige.” – Jonathan Adler

In 2005, one of my favorite books of the year was called, “My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living”, by Jonathan Adler. Filled with humor and photos of his signature bold approach to interior design, the book made me smile for weeks. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan of this self-proclaimed “maximalist” designer whose journey to fame is endearingly authentic. If you’re familiar with Adler’s style but haven’t heard his story, The Anti-Depressive Apartment will give you a good idea of what makes Adler tick, plus a peek into his NYC apartment. Here are some highlights from the article:

Jonathan Adler Dining Room Photo: Jessica Antola wsj.com

This dining room is anchored with three focal points: the rug, and two great pieces of art. The size of the art holds the room well and the contrasting colors in the art and the rug make your eyes do a happy dance.

Jonathan Adler Living Room Photo: Jessica Antola wsj.com

I love to see a living room where art plays a major role. Here, a set of nine images over the fireplace makes a bold statement.

Jonathan Adler Den Photo: Jessica Antola wsj.com

Setting the tone for the intimacy of this cozy den, the art is displayed on freestanding ‘easels’.

Jonathan Adler Pocket Door to Stairs Photo: Jessica Antola wsj.com

Adler seized a fantastic opportunity by displaying art on a pocket door. The scale of the image is a perfect compliment to the multitude of books on the shelves of this small library.

Jonathan Adler Foyer Photo: Jessica Antola wsj.com

Anyone who can successfully decorate with gnomes is a genius in my book. When done well, a home with humor is a great place to live.

To my great joy, Adler has released two new books this week, Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors and Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing. I can’t wait to add them to my bookshelf!

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