Friday, October 16, 2009

Jonathan Adler: Chicago Store

The other day, I walked over to the funky Jonathan Adler store, conveniently located down the street from my office. I went to check out his area rugs and fabric, but obviously got distracted by everything else. Lucky for you, I brought my camera to document my findings and to share his great design.

As soon as I entered the shop, I was in geometric-pattern heaven. I was greeted by this vibrant turquoise wall with some cleverly hung pillows.

Wouldn't this be cool to replicate in a children's bedroom? Hang a collage of stuffed animals on one whole wall with clothespins for an interesting and cushy space. It would make cleaning up more fun and be child-safe too!

The opposite side of the turquoise wall was painted a rich chocolate brown (similar to a color Justin and I have chosen as a possibility for our front living room), but what is interesting with this set up is that the lamps flanking the couch are different. The color, material, and shade consistencies tie the two together without having to be the exact same.

If anyone is looking for a beautiful wall sconce, I have found it! Check these beauts out. The meurice swing arm wall sconces not only rotate counterclockwise or clockwise, but the arms also move side to side in case you like the light shining down on you.

And I couldn't pass up this egyptian-esque cat statue. Isn't she purr-fect?

So, on to my purpose for visiting, checking out the area rugs. I am such a hands-on person that before I buy anything I have to see the colors and feel the material. The Richard Nixon rug is one I have been eyeing on the Jonathan Adler website for some time now. I was goofing around with the design your own tool and was having a hard time deciding if I wanted the pattern light on a dark background or dark on a light background. What I found out by seeing it in person was that most of the rugs are reversible! So, if the mood strikes, I can flip it over whenever I want.

The desmond screen grabbed my attention also. It's placement in front of this chocolate brown wall mimics the rug design that I have been swooning over.

I'm a sucker for a beautiful set of dishes and if I bought them every time I felt my head go over my heels, I wouldn't have any space left for food. When I saw these ojai dishes I had to share their richness. I hope someone else can provide them a good home!

His book My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living has officially been added to my Christmas wish list. I love how this display uses a pair of horse statues as book ends. It's a contemporary twist that anyone could duplicate in their home. My local thrift and secondhand stores always have statue knick-knacks that with a little bit of spray paint, would look just as cool.

There are plenty of other fun items that I couldn't showcase in this post, but you can view them all on the Jonathan Adler website. Cheers!


  1. Love the hanging pillows! Great idea for the stuffed animals. I'm 23, am I too old to do that to my room?

  2. You're never too old for stuffed animals! I'm thinking about doing it in my closet with my handbags. :)


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