Jonathon Adler's 10 commandments

  I read Jonathon Adler's 10 commandments a few years back and got a kick out of his fun sense of humor about design.  I ran across them again today and thought I'd share them with you.

#1 Thou shalt embrace maximalism. Thou wilt find minimalism to be something of a bummer in thy abode. Thou wilt grow tired of an endless sea of beige and thou wilt long for a splash of color & a dollop of pattern! Bargello pillows, Furnace bottles, and rustic modern lamps - these shalt be the accessories that add some panache to your pad.
#2 Thou shalt not deny thyself hotelish comfort at home. Thy rooms shalt feel like the most opulent hotel rooms in which thou hast ever stayed. Thou art worth it.

#3 Thou shalt buy an X-Bench.

Then, thou shalt buy another. Thou shalt use them in pairs, perfect under thy console or placed near thy sofa. Thou shalt rest thy feet upon them & so will thy guests. In fact, thy guests might even fight over who gets to rest upon them. Therefore, thou shalt establish house rules about thy X-Benches. Perhaps thou should consider a sign up sheet.
 #4 If thy nest needeth zest, consider thy crest! Thou shalt emblazon with thine initials wherever possible.

#5 Thou shalt mix fancy with frisky.

Thou shalt not be overly formal, for if thou art, thou will be sad. Conversely, thou shalt not be overly whimsical, for if thou art thou will not feel chic. Therefore, thou shalt embrace a mix, pairing the chic classical foundation - excellent proportions, classic furniture - with a layer of playful punctuation. Then thou shalt rest.  
#6 Thou shalt honor the funsters of yore.

David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Piero Fornasetti, Bonnie Cashin, Bjorn Wiinblad - if thou dost not knoweth them, thou should. Thou can use Google Images to learn more about them and thou shalt channel their fun, idiosyncratic, playful spirit in thine own interiors. Thy home will be fun, happy, and chic. 

#7 Thou shalt not commit murder, unless thou art murdering for a decorative accessory. If thou should find thyself at one of our stores and seeth the last bird bowl on our shelf, thou shalt feel free to use whatever means necessary to obtain that special something.  

#8 Thou shalt not be afraid of orange.

Thou shalt use orange copiously in thy interior, whether it beeth in an orange breakfast room or via the zing of an orange lacquered box. Thou might even consider painting thy front door orange to pique thy neighbor's curiosity. Thou shalt also covet chocolate brown. 
 #9 Thou shalt play ping pong.

Better still, thou shalt have a ping pong table in thy living room. Then, lo, thou shalt play ping pong with thy spouse rather than sitting around watching thy tv.

#10 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house.

In fact, after following these 10 commandments, thy neighbor might covet thy house.
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  1. I really like the ping pong table commandment. In fact, Grandpa Awesome would love the ping pong table commandment since he was always such a good ping ponger. My husband and I started out with a ping pong table also (because of Grandpa Awesome's awesome ping png table challenges)but we indadvertently left it out in the dew and it warped. No more ping pong for us.

  2. haha, what a funny guy! i've always loved his style, but this made me love him so much more.

  3. This is not only awesomely hilarious, but seriously sound design advice! I love Jonathan, he is my design boyfriend. Shh, don't tell my husband...(c: I'm still giggling about his advice on x-benches...so witty...(c:

  4. Thanks for sharing! Now I can put out my orange X-benches with pride.

  5. I second #7. Could not agree more!
    Thanks for the humor.
    (Thanks for the very sweet and uplifting comment of the blog. Not sure if I can believe it, but meant so much!)