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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402775075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402775079
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ultimate design hyphenate Jonathan Adler is a TV personality, interior decorator, housewares entrepreneur, sharp-witted cultural authority and mad potter. His eponymous lifestyle brand debuted 18 years ago and now encompasses myriad product lines, from pillows and plates to furniture and lighting. Recently, Adler has branched into fashion, launching a capsule collection for denim brand 7 For All Mankind and partnering with the world-renowned Lacoste sportswear brand.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Km Brown on 20 Dec. 2012
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I was so disappointed with this book. I really like Jonathan Adler but this book was so light on content that I had read it in about 10 minutes and didn't learn anything. There is some nice photography but nothing special. It is such a shame when experts write books but don't actually share any expertise. A real disappointment, you really could have done better Johnathan!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
"There is no proper or correct way to decorate, just intriguing ways to DWELL in Happy Chic-ness" 30 Oct. 2012
By moi surtout - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a collection of tips for leading a vibrant, "Happy Chic life" full of grand parties, fabulous friends, kitschy movies, exotic vacations and of course the vibrant decor style that has made Jonathan Adler famous. His advice includes:

* Imagine a world where you're president.
* Bestow a moniker on your domicile to give the impression that it's been in the family for decades, even if you moved in last week.
* Nap in odd places.

There are lots of more practical and inspiring items on the list, but I like these because they're free and I can do them without having to move the cat off my lap. I was a little ho-hum about #14, "Make your own decorative objet d'art", until I realized the page folded out to reveal step-by step directions for a macrame owl. Up until twenty minutes ago, I never knew I wanted to make a macrame owl, and now I'm wondering where I last put the twine! Other fold-outs include making valentines, a paint-by-numbers watercolor, a cross stitch monogram and string art.

In addition to many photos of interiors, artwork and architecture, there are pages of lists that include films, music, books, artists, designers, etc. - enough to keep you Googling for hours. There's also glossary in the back that will help you understand the next time someone says, "I need some glunge mantiques to zhoosh up the neo-Neoclassical tableau on my mothic étagère."

Adler's writing style is quirky and charming, which makes the name-dropping and opinionated bits more endearing than not. Still, not all the advice will apply to everyone. Homeowners will get the most out of it, especially if you live in a climate to take advantage of the tips for outdoor living. Then there's #97, `Turn a closet into a guestroom.' Nevermind that my "guestroom" would not be suitable for anyone taller than the average six year old, but who actually has extra closets?

But this is a fun book and I do feel more energized after reading it. It would make a fabulous gift for anyone who needs a little more Happy or Chic in their lives - and don't we all!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This was just FUN 10 Sept. 2013
By dirtwitch - Published on Amazon.com
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I suppose I'm not surprised that some reviewers dislike this book. It's not a typical decorating book with many elegant staged interiors. Not that Adler's home--prominently featured in the book--isn't elegant or even carefully curated (staged).

But the book feels more like 'look how much fun you can have with thrift store finds and roadside throwaways!' In that, I felt the author's exuberant spirit and sense of fun and irreverence. 'Don't take decorating too seriously,' he says toward the end of the book (I'm paraphrasing). Many decorating books and decorating gurus take themselve WAY too seriously, and as Adler says, life is too short.

Some people my age may also recoil from the many mid-century items Adler loves to use. Yes, my parents also had a lot of this stuff in the house I grew up in--orange, avocado items of almost aggressive ugliness, with little relation to traditional forms. But over time, this is exactly why I've grown to love it. It's transgressive and playful nature doesn't give a hoot what is considered tasteful. I have grown to love it for it's sense of fun.

I also really liked the pages where Adler writes down favorite books, films and music. I appreciated what amounted to 'marginalia'. He also highlights favorite artists, designers and style icons who have inspired him. Many I know, but some were new to me. I'm sure I'll enjoy jotting down titles and looking for them in the library or on Amazon.

In sum, this amounts to one of the best kinds of books, and I'll be consulting it for some time to come: it energizes, inspires and gets me off the couch and into the craft store, thrift store, or organizing a long overdue party at my house. Buy it, but only if you fun!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
disappointing 3 Jan. 2013
By tom - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting another great book of design ideas, but overall theme is monotonous with bland colors. No variety or pop that JA is know for.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
LOVE IT! 31 July 2013
By 4 konijnen - Published on Amazon.com
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All of his books are good! I think, in my opinion, this one is the best! Very happy with my purchase for sure.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Makes me happy 5 Aug. 2013
By Priscilla - Published on Amazon.com
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It will not change my life, but, certainly, it makes me happy. Simple highlights that bring "colour" to our lives.
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