I was pretty sure I was going to hate Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Accessorizing just because of the bright cover. I can’t do Miami brights in London. It’s just a bitter reminder there are people who live in sunny climes.
It was Jonathan’s dog, a Norwich terrier called Liberace, on the cover that lured me in to have a peek inside.
I discovered, actually, the book is pretty good and Jonathan Adler is hilarious. Check out the about me page on his website.
His guiding motto is “If your heirs won’t fight over it, then we won’t make it.”
The book has great photos and lots of useful tips. After an overview of the usual design rules, he tells you how to bend these rules to fit the current taste for casual, quirky and eclectic interiors. I agree with him that too tasteful an interior is boring but too eclectic can just look plain weird. It’s hard to strike the right balance but this book should get you started with lots of user-friendly tips. Jonathan pops up regularly in the photos, flashing his All-American Jewish boy next door grin (with great dental work, natch). I can only imagine all the Jewish mothers’ despair when they found out this otherwise perfect catch was playing for a different team.