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A Pop of {Jonathan Adler} | Tips from a Denver Blogger

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Last night I attended a designer shop event at the Jonathan Adler store in Cherry Creek North. It was great to be able to talk design with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable shop team. I have been a fan of Adler ever since stumbling upon his small shop packed with pottery in SoHo many many MANY years ago. Known for his sense of design humor and bright pops of color, his pieces find their  influence in the clean lines of mid century  and the richness of Hollywood regency. Some of my favorites were the navy 100% Cotton Velvet Mrs. Godfrey Setee, the Shearling covered Ingmar Chair,  the White Lacquered Louis Chairs in Navy, the Burnt Orange Leather Preston Cocktail Table, and the plethora of colorful Kilim rugs.  Of course, there is no shortage of fabulous pottery, lamps, and accessories as well. Next time you are in Cherry Creek “pop” in for a bit of eye candy and inspiration!

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Mix it Up

If I had to label my style I would say I lean towards the modern vintage aesthetic. I love the mix of old and new – clean lines and textures. My living room/dining room is a great example of what I mean and although it still needs some additional layers such as some more color pops, curtains, and wallpaper it is a great foundation thus far. It is in fact a perfect blending of the old and the new with things that are vintage, new, and handed down. Nothing is more generic or boring than walking into the space where almost every piece came from one source. Buying a whole room takes out the personality and warmth that spending  time thoughtfully choosing pieces with meaning reflects.  I also had to buy things that fit into our budget when we moved into a new larger home, so while some of the things I will keep forever a couple are “for now” rather than long term relationship potential. The fact is you can style a space on any budget without making it look “cheap” you just need to be a little creative and know where to look for what. Where are some of your favorite places to shop for things that reflect your style?

1. Sofa & Rug-West Elm (I wanted a simple, modern looking sofa with clean lines. I love all the mid century looking sofa’s that Design Within Reach, Mod Livin, and Room & Board sells but they just weren’t in the budget.

2. Coffee Table – Ikea (I actually really like this table is big and very kid friendly)

3. Artwork – most were from my mom and have been in my family for awhile. They all have some meaning and I love clustering art together.

4. Credenza-Mod Livin’ (This is a vintage mid century piece that houses all my depression glass and art deco wares that my mom gave me.)

5. Cow Hide Chair-Room & Board ( This chair  was inspired by Le Corbusier’s 1929 original, the Pierre chair. I love the original but unfortunately it’s a bit out of my financial reach.)

6. Blue Lounge Chair (This was my brothers and was originally upholstered in a bright orange vinyl. I had reupholstered in a light teal outdoor fabric so it will wear really well even around kids and husbands with sticky fingers. This is my reading spot.)

7. Stained Glass (These were found in abandoned homes in Detroit and repaired by a shop in Royal Oak, Michigan that my brother used to work at. I cannot remember the name of the place, but these are truly a work of art and completely original.)

8. Dining Table-Design Within Reach (I purchased this off the floor when I worked there. I love this table and it’s definitely a keeper.)

9. Dining Chairs – West Elm (I looked for about 4 years for dining chairs and finally found these and I love the red against the light wood.)

10. Pendant Light – Design Within Reach (Again, this was a purchase I made while I worked at Design Within Reach. I love this light and it is something I will always cherish as it is an iconic modern design.)

If you live in the Metro Denver area and would like to have your space redesigned by me shoot me an email! I can help you shop for new pieces, use what you own, and plan out the space to function in the best way possible. ( and I work within ANY budget!)

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