Design Advice From Jonathan Adler

I adore everything Jonathan Adler.

Like this glam brass orb:

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I’m culling these tips from a recent interview with Mr. Adler, but they’re worth passing on.

First up: How to add glitz at home

I think a room is like an outfit. It all needs a bit of gold to crank up the glamour. A little glitz is good for the soul.

On candlelight:

Candlelight is every fun-lover’s best friend. It makes everything look a little more glamorous than they really might be. You don’t need to have scented candles going all the time, but you do need to entertain with an abundance of candles.

Regarding home as sanctuary:

Every time you open your front door, you should breathe a sigh of relief. It should feel like you feel when you hear your favorite song on the radio.

I love you, Jonathan Adler!

P.S. Adler’s spouse, Simon Noonan, wrote a best-selling book called “Eccentric Glamour.” The title alone makes me want to buy it.

Design Your Own Tote

Ok, I am freaking out a bit since I just discovered that Jonathan Adler has a whole Design Your Own department, where you can customize a pillow, rug, tote bag or throw.

Of course I want them all.

This is what is so unbelievably cool: for the totes and pillows, you can have separate designs for the front and the back.

Totes are $145 and pillows start at $125.

Here are some of my designs:

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Dear Santa

I know I haven’t been good enough to get all of this (not by a long shot!), but here’s my dream list to find under the tree on Christmas morning.

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Jonathan Adler “Vice” Canister

I love Jonathan Adler! This ceramic jar is just one of a series called “Vices,” but this is definitely the one meant for me.

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Clare Vivier Flat Clutch

I also can’t get enough of Clare Vivier. This flat clutch comes in a few different star prints, but I like this navy one the best. And I still am hoping for this bright blue bag, complete with monogram:

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AVF Chiclet Candy Bowl

Next up: This hot pink acrylic candy bowl from Alexandra Von Furstenberg. It comes in two sizes, but I like the smaller one better. The colors are fantastic, too! I’d secretly love to also open up an apple green one and have a pair.

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Kate Spade Gloves

Aren’t these Kate Spade gloves funny?

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High Fashion Rubber Stamp Set

I still like to send snail mail notes to friends and this cute stamp set would really jazz up the envelopes or the notecards themselves.

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Speaking of office supplies, I always need notepads like the swirly one on the right. And really, who wouldn’t want a jumbo cupcake scented eraser?

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This needlepoint pillow is also from Jonathan Adler. The same one was in the amazing bungalow that we stayed in last summer at the best hotel in the world, the Parker Palm Springs.

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This book! The cover says it all.