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Black and Blues aren't just for arms & legs: Jonathan Adler

 

A Simpler Design is presently being run remotely from the confines of a hotel room adjacent to the Toronto airport!  Sadly the exclamations end there.  I'm here on a work trip, which would be fine, only I have exceptionally limited internet, making all things in life difficult [HOW did we LIVE without texting and phones with the entire world wide web at our disposal???].  It took me almost an hour just to load some images onto the blog, and far it's past my bedtime as I write this. I have to be at work early, so I'm writing this the night before as I drink wine in my surprisingly comfy king size bed.  

Here are some photos from a recent visit to the Jonathan Adler store in Atlanta.  I love his store, but I first fell in love with all his colorful wonders at the New York International Gift Show [now that's a fun work trip! Sorry to throw shade [still not sure I'm cool enough to use this phrase] at Toronto, but when I'm forced to stay next to the airport and eat exceptionally overpriced food, the only options of which are pizza and steak, I get a little grumpy.  Nay, a lot grumpy. 

Back to Mr. Adler! He tends to dress rooms monochromatically, using lots of pinks, with a pop of gold or chartreuse to mix things up, or an all red room [not red rum, thankfully this guy isn't a decorator!] with a shot of mocha.  But I was completely drawn to all the blue hues at the store this trip.  Read on for my notes on my favorite little [or sizable] designer touches. 

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Love how the gray-blue sofa is backed by not just a console, but two chairs flanking it.  Simple way to add an extra seating area to a space? Yes please.

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Upon closer inspection, I find an awesome graphic navy and white rug. I see a line of ties running across the floor and I like it.  The lamp is so gigantic and awesome, and I appreciate the use of black and blue in one space.   Whoever said black and blue clashed has got it all wrong!

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I want to say that this reasonably priced floor sample sofa in a Hollywood regency style was what drew me over here, but let's be real: there are two birds just begging to be loved. [The one on the right is literally saying 'Love me?' with his stupidcute face!]  Is it weird that I immediately wanted to jumbo enlarge similar silo shots of my pets and frame them for my living room?  I would end up being just like one of those families that decorates with unreasonably large photos of their children.  It's not right!

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I spy a mustard chevron throw [it was paired with a mixture of navy and blue pillows, I just forgot to photograph them, whoops!]  PS- someone buy me a book on tree houses, puhleeeeese??!  [I'm not Seven, I swear...]

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I wanted to walk this giant sofa out the door.  It's at a least a foot too big for any space of mine, but the fabric was insanely beautiful [couldn't get a photo that did it justice] and it had such nice, clean lines.  Someone buy this for themselves so I can come hang out on it?

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Two things: If I had this backgammon board, I'd play ALL.THE.TIME.  Or at least just look at it lovingly.  Now the rug I loved from before even looks like the game board, funny how that happened! Also the cocktail table intrigues me.  I can't remember exactly how it was set up, but I love the three tonal blues used together.  

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Last but not least, weiner doggie bag!  No, not your usual doggie bag, it probably can't fit the dozen cheddar bay biscuits you're looking to stash in your purse [yes, I'm the only foodie who actually has an affinity for Red Lobster...].  This clutch was really cute, and had a nice weight and quality to it. I actually don't own a clutch, so this one is in the running.  Ah, and I posted it here because it is in fact navy, which is the primary color component to this post.

Too many pretty things, too little money to hoard them with.