Five months ago, I was in LOVE with Jonathan Adler’s “happy chic” approach to furnishings and interior design. “It embodied so much of who I am (correction: want to be), I often would boast to friends who a) had no idea who Jonathan Adler was, and b) couldn’t make sense of what I could mean by a interior design aesthetic “embodying me.”
This was supposed to be the “design plan/guide” for my living room.
“Just like me,” I often thought while smiling to myself, “it is bright, sophisticated, complex, yet simple, edgy, yet traditional, bold, yet…” (you get the point)
When I moved into my new home in October, I began with buying some throw pillows made to resemble the ones in the picture. I bought two sets, one with a floral-like pattern (like the green and yellow ones in the picture) and another with a geometric pattern (like the red, brown, and white ones in the picture).
After the pillows, we purchased a sofa set. I couldn’t find green and my husband didn’t really feel comfortable with the other non-traditional colors. He also thought the modern designs that seemed Jonathan Adler-ish were uncomfortable and not practical for our lives with a baby, but that didn’t stop me. I purchased a structured set in a shade agreed upon by my husband and I. It was brown. The set was delivered the next day.
I continued on with my quest to recreate Adler’s happy chic by expensive purchasing lamps, a funky looking rug, and drapes. I didn’t really consider how these items would look in the space of my living room. In fact, I didn’t really care how they would look.
It seemed I cared most about fulfilling my vision of Adler’s happy chic. It was his version of chic, after all, that was me.
My living room is now fully furnished.
True to my vision, it is chic, bold, edgy, modern, traditional.
It is happy chic.
But, it is not me, unfortunately.
I am, I have realized through this whole endeavor to “see myself” in my living room, much more practical, traditional, and, dare I say, conservative.
I like bright colors, but only as accents among muted, neutral tones.
It’s amazing how are home decor can reveal such things about us, isn’t?
So, part of this weekend was spent placing ads on Craigslist for my Adler happy chic goodies.
I have sold the sofa set and lamps. With the money earned, and much to my husband’s delight, I plan to redesign my living room.
So, I am back to square one.
What inspired your home decor? Any suggestions on where to buy pratical, yet chic furniture at an affordable price?