Jonathan Adler’s Stylish Stationery

Jonathan Adler Stationery

My love of Jonathan Adler is hardly a well-kept secret, so it should come as no surprise that I’m absolutely head-over-heels for his new stationery line. Released a couple of weeks ago, the collection includes cards, journals, sticky notes, file folders (!), pens and more, and everything is priced for stocking up. And with such a variety of colors and patterns, these paper goods will make you happy to take notes or write a little letter.

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Color Tip of the Week: Integrating texture and color

Glass Tile

There are many different ways to accent a room aside form the wall color.  Adding texture with items like glass tile, natural stained woods in funky colors that accent the grain or patterned linoleum are all ways to make a splash.  Every room calls for a unique solution so put on your thinking cap and go to town.  The glass tiles shown above would not have the same effect in a muted color, see the tiles below.  Color plays an important role when paired with texture.  The deeper the color, the richer the texture and that is that.

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Organic bedding by West Elm

Bedding by West Elm

Kudos for this new line of organic bedding offered by West Elm, the American home furnishings retailer.  I usually love their designs and hate their quality,but this line of sheets and bed covers sets itself apart from the norm.  Organic home furnishings is the latest craze and now it can be found in mainstream stores, I featured towels from Pottery Barn  while back.  I love the “pin-tuck” duvet shown above.

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St. Louis Gateway Arch

The last time I went to St. Louis, I was maybe 5 or 6, and I remember not getting to go up to the top of the Gateway Arch because I was either too little or my parents wouldn’t let me. They probably thought it would freak me out. They were probably right. This past weekend my husband and I were in St. Louis, and I still didn’t get to go up to the top of the thing. Only one of the two trams was in operation, and it was sold out both Friday and Saturday. But we did at least spend plenty of time hanging out beneath Eero Saarinen’s architectural wonder of shiny stainless steel.

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Color Tip of the Week: A warm home

A house can be made a home by adding colors from the warm side of the color chart.  Yellows, reds, and oranges all reside in this category.  If you are not fond of the idea of painting an entire wall in one of these vibrant tones then accessories can do the job just as well.  Adding a red pillow or two to a green room can pump up  the rooms volume in a heart beat.  How about re-upholstering a chair in an orange velvet for some zing? 

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The Objects of Designers

A couple of weeks ago I was at the opening exhibition of the Design Museum Holon titled: The State of Things – Design and the 21st Century. An international exhibit that featured current objects and the practice, consumption and cultural impact of contemporary design. They were grouped into various categories. Factors that shaped the selection process were: the materials used, the concepts conveyed and the intended uses.

There were eight categories in the exhibit. But I’ll touch on the things that caught my eye. The object above is a Water clock by Kouichi Okamoto.

Now what time would you say it is?

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Collecting canisters

Canisters from Great Bay

Canisters are one of those items that make collecting fun and challenging.  Many times sets are made to be broken, as is the case with this decorative and useful item.  Usually found in sets of three, these containers are little stories in themselves.  But because of their nature as separate items with detachable lids quite often canisters sets do not survive the test of time.  The canister itself can be found in interesting shapes and sizes while the subject depicted on the exterior creates another dimension where stories can be told. 

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Stylin’ in the Rain

jonathan adler barnes and noble umbrella

Spring in Arkansas means lots of rain and generally crazy weather. so you’ll understand the disdain I felt last week when I opened up my umbrella one rainy evening last week only to discover that one of my sweet, precious doggies had made a chew toy out of a small portion of it. It being the super-cute Jonathan Adler “Words” umbrella (above) from the collection he did for Barnes & Noble. And while it’s still mostly functional, I have to replace it. Umbrellas are one of those fun little necessities that just begs for a bit of personality, right? Here are few cool ones I’ve found so far…

kate spade signature stripe umbrellaKate Spade’s signature stripe umbrella with bright turquoise handle—could anything be more cheerful on a gloomy, rainy day?

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Blue has no boundries

House Beautiful : Blue Chair in Central Park

Call me crazy, but haven’t I been talking about this shade of blue since this summer right here on Tchochkes?   This month’s issue of  House Beautiful  is devoted entirely to this vibrant shade and they are really putting on a show.   I just read about their Blue Chair Give-away  on the streets of New York City… WOW, they gave away some really great chairs for FREE.  Sorry I missed out on that one!

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Color Tip of the Week: Color collecting

Pantone Color Swatches

Collecting is a bit of a habit for those who like to accumulate piles of stuff.  A nice way to get started on a color path is to begin by “color collecting”.  This is a term that I use to excuse myself from the term hoarding. 

I have been a color collector for many years now, with piles of color references in every empty drawer.  If this idea appeals to you then you can easily start a collection of your own.  

Choosing a favorite color is easy, all you have to do is focus on the ones that bring you joy.  Here’s how to get started.

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