Jonathan Adler

Tuesday, February 26, 2013






Pardon my absence yesterday I was on a kick of tackling things around the house. The weekend proved to not be long enough for all the things I had started and wanted to finish (I am still working on the finishing part). But the weekend wasn't all work and no fun. On a work-related trip downtown to the "pearl district" to pick up some pillow inserts from west elm, I found myself parked right in front of the Jonathan Adler store. Oh me, oh my! This place makes me want to just set up house right there in the middle of the store, kick everyone out and declare it as mine, all mine. Jonathan Adler designs are so fun but that fun is met with such lovely clean lines and gorgeous materials I find it just fabulous. Sadly everything is way out of my target/west elm/ikea price range and it was all look and don't touch. I did find myself petting one of the blankets for a few minutes until one of the sales clerks came up and told me that I should definitely buy one, that he just did and he loves it. But after I flipped over the tag to see the price in the $500 dollar range my face must have lost all color because after that he directed me to the clearance section. Yeah, still out of my price range. But it was a little bit of heaven just looking around and was one of the highlights of my weekend. I might not have left with anything but I did leave feeling really inspired to keep working on the projects I started around the house. We made a couple stops at some of my favorite portland haunts, hopefully I will get around to sharing at least one more this week.

I rounded up a few of my favorite things from his line (grand total: $7,968). But I have to say these were even more dreamy in person than I could have imagined.

24 comments:

  1. Funny post :) Yep, JA is a bit pricey though such a GREAT inspirational store that teaches us how to ix and match without FEAR. I haven't stopped by his store lately so THANKS for sharing pics :)

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    1. I agree such great inspiration for mixing and matching and color! I love the use of color while still maintaining a clean palette.

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  2. Love Your Selection (colors, shapes, and mamma mia, that light!!!)! A bit expensive, indeed, but so inspiring!!

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  3. I would have been in shop heaven!!! I have a new philosophy to desginer pieces and that is it is worth saving for one or even two fabulous desginer pieces for the home as they will make such an amazing difference to the entire space. That's my story to my husband...and I'm sticking to it anyway! :)

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    1. i totally agree! that is definitely something i have learned with age. trying to get a look by buying pieces that aren't exactly what you want, i think a) creates clutter and b) you end up spending more money in the end. but i don't know if i could throw down 500 dollars for a blanket no matter how much money i had! maybe half that and i could donate the rest ; )

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  4. I love JA stuff too, but I'm with you on the price range. Ouch. That chair? Super yummy! I agree with My Scandinavian Home, save up for one or two nice things, for sure, but a $500 blankie? Uh, can't do it. Inspiring looking though, yes?

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    1. i can stomach 1,800 for a chair more than i can 500 for a blanket. but it sure is fun to look and dream . . . and get ideas of course! i should have added some stuff was pretty reasonable (on the higher end for most of course). the pouf is a good deal at 275 and a lot of the decorate items hoover around 100. right now i am feeling slightly obsessed with the pouf.

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  5. I love visiting the Jonathan Adler store! It is definitely pricey, but I do find the burst of colors and unique designs incredibly beautiful!

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  6. Oh when is the weekend ever long enough, Christine. J Adler definitely has a fun and funky edge to everything he does. But alas, out of my price range too. Few pieces I have, I scored at a sample sale some years ago.

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    1. ha! yes, they are never long enough! the days are getting a bit longer though and i love that!

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  7. Oh my goodness, JA. One day! I love that Charlie Chaplin (?) pillow in the second shot. Can you believe I've never set foot in a proper Jonathan Adler store before?? I think the closest one is in Manhattan, and somehow I've never made it in. Probably for the best, considering the price tags. I do love me some West Elm and IKEA, haha. xoxo

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    1. i am pretty sure you'd be in heaven. the blankets are amazing, so soft. you will have to go in one of these days, it kind of feels like the disneyland of the design world, it's just fun stuff. xoxo

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  8. So much cute! I've never been into a JA store, but I definitely peruse the website for some eye candy like this!

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    1. the store is new here and i had only ever seen his work online. i have to say it's 100% prettier in person. i am feeling my design crush has grown tenfold. . . .now if only my bank account could magically do that same. but maybe a 1000-fold ; )

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  9. Why oh why does JA's stuff have to be so expensive? I dream of having a little collection of his white ceramic animals on my fireplace mantel, which would of course give my current collection of white vases from West Elm the boot. And then there are his pillows and furniture and rugs. We have a store near to us that I always go in when we're in the area. I have never purchased anything. The sales people must see me coming and think: There comes that lady that never buys anything. :B

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    1. i was wondering what the ratio is of people who actually buy something. i imagine they have a lot of "tourist" at the store, they must be used to it. they do have some fun items that are priced well. maybe next time i will get a small something just for the fun of it. all his ceramic animals, love them! how would i choose?!

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  10. Christine, I laughed out loud at your shopping experience! I have so many similar ones! Sometimes I think I am purposefully drawn to things I can't afford (expensive blankets are my weakness too)! I usually find myself heading straight down to TK Maxx to see if I can get something special for half the price.

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  11. I've been to the Jonathan Adler store in SF and was glad that I was flying home with only a carry on. There are definitely some BOLD pieces as part of his line that you could build a little shrine around in your home

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  12. awesome! our JA store opened last year & still haven't been...I think I'm afraid I'll go on a shopping rampage :)

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  13. I have never been to a JA store (which is probably a good thing because I can't even afford things in the $50 range) but everything looks amazing. I love the quirkiness of everything.

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