Posts Tagged: Jonathan Adler

THE NEW FORMAL: CATHERINE M. AUSTIN INTERIOR DESIGN VIA ATLANTA HOME & LIFESTYLES

It is always a thrill to see a favorite project published. This labor of love with longtime clients was recently published in one of my favorite publications, Atlanta Home & Lifestyles. The Atlanta design community is near and dear to my heart. Not only did I grow up there, but I also went to design school in Atlanta and began my design career there. Many of the items featured were sourced through the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and made their way through previous homes for these dear clients before ultimately landing in Washington, D.C.

See below for the full feature along with other images from our photo shoot…

JONATHAN ADLER: FALL ENRICHMINT FORUM AND NEW INTRODUCTIONS

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Jonathan Adler has always been one of my design heros. His love of the creative process, ability to effortessly mix high and low, and his infectious sense of humor make him irresistably charming. I am beyond thrilled that he will be coming to Charlotte next month for the Fall EnrichMINT Forum sponsored by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. The first time I read his company mainfesto, I was completely hooked with all things Jonathan Adler….
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A trip to the Adler-designed Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, gave me a bigger dose of his spectacular imagination.  Mr. Adler’s sense of humor is evident is every detail of the design and branding of the hotel. He created the hotel as the estate of the fictional “Mrs. Parker”, a chic, eccentric globe-trotting collector and lady of leisure. The modern mix of bohemian decor reflects Mrs. Parker’s wanderlust and items collected on her travels around the world. Click here to read the full post.

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Now, we are lucky enough to host Mr. Adler (and his charming partner Simon Doonan, Barney’s Creative Ambassador-at-Large) right here in Charlotte! I cannot wait to see how event chairs and designers extraordinaire Kathryn Dixon and Carrie Miller of Dixon Miller Interiors  trip out the museum channeling the Manifesto above. The evening includes a champagne reception, light bites, conversation and book signing of 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life. Tickets are $150 each and be purchased online by clicking here. Proceeds benefit children’s educational programming, exhibitions and acquisitions for The Mint Museum.

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FALL INTRODUCTIONS-click here to see the full collection

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LAMPERT GRAND SOFA, RIDER LOUNGE CHAIRS, JACQUES SIDE TABLE AND COCKTAIL TABLE, PERUVIAN FLATWEAVE RUG, JENNA SNYDER PEACOCK GOUACHE, AND ACCESSORIES

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HAINES CHAIR, CHANNING CONSOLE, BARCELONA ACCENT LAMPS

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VERTIGO SWIVEL CHAIRS, JACQUES COCKTAIL TABLE, MALTA TRIPTYCH, STELLA BANANA SILK RUG, GENEVA FLOOR LAMP, BRASS ORB, STELLA WEB SATIN STITCH PILLOW

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CARACAS CHANDELIER, GOLDFINGER LOUNGE CHAIRS, RIDER ETAGERES, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, BAXTER T-ARM SOFA, ZIG ZAG THROW, GILDED PILLOWS, MALACHITE STAIN STICH PILLOWS, ARIES COCKTAIL TABLE, ABACA RUG

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GOLDFINGER DINING CHAIR, CHANNING DESK, CANNAN TABLE LAMP, JACQUES PEDESTAL, ATLAS BUST, FUTURA DRIP URN, CRAWFORD REVERSIBLE RUG, SALVADOR AND MISIA BRASS ORBS

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MR. 7 MRS. GODFREY CHAIRS, MR. & MRS. NEEDLEPOINT PILLOWS, ANTWERP FLOOR LAMP, CANAAN ACCENT TABLE, RELEIF VASES, STEPPED BRIDGET BANANA SILK RUG

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THE GOLDFINGER COLLECTION

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TALITHA PILLOWS

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1948 ° DINNERWARE

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JACQUES BAR CART

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POP DECANTERS

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GLOBO COLLECTION

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BACKGAMMON

The entire series of INSPIRATION POINT with JONATHAN ADLER is incredible. Take a peek into his Fantasy Factory and wild world by watching every episode!

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CREATIVE MINDS: HOLLY PHILLIPS

Bumping into Jonathan Adler at Marche Biron

It is a rare and wonderful thing to find a kindred spirit like Holly Phillips who has almost identical taste in art, design, shopping and even wine! Our design adventures have taken us to New York, High Point, Nashville, Atlanta, Paris, and on the horizon are trips to Charleston for The Southern C Summit and Los Angeles for La Cinega Design week.

In addition to her design talent, Holly’s work ethic is beyond inspirational. Who else would post a blog at 3 o’clock in the morning after being at Hotel Costes dancing on the banquette? Click here to read that entertaining and hilarious post!

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I recently had the pleasure to write an article on a fabulous project of Holly’s for Peachy Magazine. Here are some more questions I had for this social media maven and designer extraordinaire along with some favorite images of her work…

When did you know you wanted to pursue design as a career and how did you get started?

I grew up in design.  Mario Buatta decorated my house when I was a child. He encouraged my mother to pursue design after she already has a successful antique business, The English Room.  I went to college as a fine arts major wanting to be an artist. I changed to an art history major thinking my future was in Fine Art through working in a Museum or Auction House.  After a few summer internships at Museums and Sotheby’s I realized that interior design would allow me the creativity and freedom I craved.  I need a creative outlet.  My design work and my blog are the perfect platform for my zillions of budding ideas.

 

What is your creative process?

My creative process often changes with the scope of the work but I often like to start with the wow factor in the room and move backwards.  I like to pick out the POP fabric, art or rug, then create the space based on that.  Sometimes that item ends up being a small piece of the overall puzzle but a critical one.

 

What is your latest creative breakthrough?

Lately, I have been giving clients fewer choices and it seems to make for more success.  I try to be well edited before they are given selections.  Three great choices are better than 10 good ones.  I always tell my clients I would never show them something I would not want them to use.

 

What has been the most pivotal moment in your career?

Starting my blog has certainly opened many doors and amazing opportunities such as Blogtour Milan and London this year with Modenus.

 

Tell us about your current work.

I am wonderfully busy with a new construction large project for a vacation Mountain home for repeat clients, a few large-scale renovations in Charlotte and loads of additions spaces.  I tend to juggle lots of projects at once with lots of help of the staff in my office.  We need to bring on more people.  That is for the fall.

 

Can you give us a glimpse of what to expect from The English Room in the future?

Bigger and Better.  I want to focus on getting more projects photographed and published. I dream of having my own fabric and wallpaper line.  I have dozens of patterns sketched in my head. My studio space is retail that also needs to be beefed up with more staff.

 

What do you want to be remembered for?

 Making my mark in the design world through an original and fresh eye. Creating happy homes for my clients. I love design and I hope it shows.

 

Do you have any advice for budding designers?

The landscape of this business has changed drastically in the past 15 years with the internet.  You need a true design education, a strong work ethic and a backbone. Your fee structure needs to be defined and concrete.  This is a business with a goal of monetary gain, not a hobby as it can often be perceived.

 

Whose work do you admire?

David Hicks for innovation.
Miles Redd for bold use of color and layering abilities.
Mario Buatta for sentimental reasons and his classic English Country look.
Amanda Nisbet for her killer color.
Kelly Wearstler for her ability to push the envelope.

 

Who would be your dream client and why?

I have loved the total freedom that one client has given me with a budget and an address. It was such a thrill to be turned loose with my creativity and the total trust of a client.

 

What is your dream vacation?

Around the world shopping the markets from Morocco to India with a lovely family safari stop at Singita. I really have to say our favorite vacation ever is A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming.

 

What is your secret vice?

Not sure I keep my vices secret but, Internet shopping and travel are certainly two…oh and cheese. My husband said Botox and Etsy.

 

What is your idea of bliss?

 Bliss is time with my family and dogs at our mountain cottage on the porch with coffee or good chardonnay (depending on the time of day) reading my favorite blogs.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls)

 

What do you collect?

What don’t I collect? I have a huge collection of 18th and 19 Century sporting art particularly dog paintings that I started when my mother would take me on buying trips for her antique shop when I was a child. Elephants, my grandmother collected them too. Bangles galore, anything with skulls…

What is your favorite color?

 “Beige is Boring”  Orange, of course.  I also love Purple….my daughter is named Violet.

THANK YOU HOLLY FOR GIVING US A GLIMPSE INTO YOUR COLORFUL WORLD!

PINING FOR THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS

All of this snowy weather has me longing for warmer destinations, lounging by the pool, and soaking up the sun. My all time favorite hotel is The Parker Palm Springs designed by the incredibly creative and talented Jonathan Adler.  Mr. Adler’s sense of humor is evident is every detail of the design and branding of the hotel. He created the hotel as the estate of the fictional “Mrs. Parker”, a chic, eccentric globe-trotting collector and lady of leisure. The modern mix of bohemian decor reflects Mrs. Parker’s wanderlust and items collected on her travels around the world.

There is a surprise around every corner at The Parker.  The estate has been configured as a series of outdoor rooms with pathways hidden among tall hedges.  You never know what you will find at the end of each path….it could be a gorgeous pool set against the backdrop of the mountains and palms, a croquet lawn, the colorful PSYC Spa, or the delightful Lemonade Stand seen in the image below (complete with mist to fight off the desert heat).

The architecture and interiors blend together seamlessly.  From the entrance through the infamous orange doors, pops of orange connect the eye through the lounge areas and onto the terrace where Norma’s restaurant is located.

The chic and cleverly named Mini-Bar off of the main hotel lobby…

In addition to the spa and various villas, guests will discover clay tennis courts, two saline swimming pools, petanque, fire pits, hammocks, croquet, and charming lounge areas nestled into the grounds of the estate.

Each villa is decorated in typical “Mrs. Parker” style with furnishings and accessories from Jonathan Adler along with vintage mid century furnishings and art.

The Palm Springs Yacht Club (cheekily known as PSYC) features world class treatments set in a colorful nautical theme. The spa also has an indoor pool, fitness center and outdoor garden and dining. Click here to see a hilarious video of the amenities at the spa.

PSYC MANIFESTO

We believe in the American country club experience: mixed doubles, a long steam, and a stiff cocktail. We believe in inner beauty. But, do what you can on the outside. We believe in old-world etiquette and new age simplicity. We believe you can swim right after you eat. We believe we should trust those seeking enlightenment and doubt those who claim to have found it. We believe the earth is three-quarters water, and your body is three-quarters water, and… this is purely coincidence. We believe in good sport as well as fitness: Pétanque and Pastis, Pimms Cup and Croquet, Snooker and single malt whiskey. We believe you are only young once… but you can be immature forever. .

My fun-loving travel partners…accessory designer turned stylist Jodianne Johnson and artist extraordinaire Windy O’Connor. A special thank you also goes out to Trina Turk for getting this trip donated as an auction item for the Mint Museum Auxiliary.
For more fabulousness from Jonathan Adler, click on this video to see how he inspires his team to hip hop their way to their inner creativity….
Here we are meeting Jonathan at the flea market in Paris….this made our whole trip!
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All images from the Parker Palm Springs unless otherwise noted.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM HIGH POINT

Here are a few favorites from High Point’s Fall Furniture Market.  Any of these can add some much needed flair to any interior…

Gossip Chair by Oomph

1. Oomph was one of our favorite lines at High Point. Along with the Gossip Chair above, all of their tables, mirrors, and lanterns in lacquered finishes would give any room an extra punch of personality.

Wallpapers by Jonathan Adler

2. Anything by Jonathan Adler  puts a smile on my face.  His new line of wallpapers does not disappoint. You gotta love a designer that has his own Manifesto including such truisms like “We believe that when it comes to decorating, the wife is ALWAYS right, unless the husband is gay.” and  “We believe in Palm Beach Style: Louis chairs, Chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa ’72.”

Cocktail Table by Chelsea Editions Furniture

3.Chelsea Textiles  has always been known for their embroidered fabrics and needlework pillows.  Now they have introduced a Mid Century Modern Furniture line that includes side tables, desks, chairs and cocktail tables like the one pictured above.  The colors range from teal to raspberry and everything in between.

Zig Zag Side Table by Festoni

4.  We discovered Festoni for the first time a couple of years ago in High Point.  Since then, their booth is always a must see every time we visit. Their linen wrapped and lacquered pieces come in a range of colors from chocolate to poppy.  They have cocktail, bedside and game tables along with chests and consoles.

Color Palette for Lilly Pulitzer for HFI Brands

5. Speaking of Lilly Pulitzer, HFI Brands launched her eponymous furniture line this summer.  The palette of colors is above and the pieces themselves are stunning. Even though the pieces have a retro flair about them, they would work in almost any interior with the appropriate finish and fabric.

Wing chair by Lilly Pulitzer for HFI Brands
Scroll Cocktail Table by Lilly Pulitzer for HFI Brands
Mirrored Console by Bungalow 5

6. Bungalow 5 ‘s booth gets “Best in Show” for styling.  All of their pieces looked fabulous against the cerulean blue walls.  Their new mirrored furniture line included Asian inspired consoles and vanities.

Diego Bed by Oly Studio

7. Oly Studio was another beautifully styled showroom. After looking at booth after booth of merchandise crammed into small spaces, it was heavenly to walk into their ethereal showroom. The murals on their walls should be featured in one of their upcoming ads. They set a beautiful backdrop for their furniture.  This bed above caught my eye.  It can come in a gilt, silver or bronze finish and reminded me of  a Giacometti sculpture.

Duffy Table by Made Goods

8. Madegoods has always been a favorite resource for mirrors and accessories.  This ceramic side table called “Duffy” reminded me of the Pierre Cardin furniture from the 1970s.

 

Turot prints from Natural Curiosities

9. One of my favorite designers from LA introduced me to Natural Curiosities last year.  I adore all of their Specimen, Graphic and Abstract Art.  For this collection, they took one of their Turot Geometric pieces(which used to be a Swiss educational aid)  and added color to the diagonals. These were introduced at market this Fall.

 

Etagere from BeeLine Home

10. This etagere was created by one my all time favorite designers and inspired by another.  Bunny Williams of  added this etagere her collection at BeeLine Home this year. It was inspired by a piece that Albert Hadley has in his New York apartment. Hadley’s bookcase was built in 1936 to commemorate the Olympics being held in Berlin.