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I Heart Jonathan Adler

Today has been a bit of an ugly day. Or rather my children’s behavior has soured the sun shiny beauty of the day. I was feeling the need for a hit of beauty to refresh myself so I went onto Jonathan Adler’s website. Have I ever mentioned before that I adore everything Jonathan Adler? The glamorous quality of his designs feeds my inner girly girl. I love his use of materials: glass, brass, luxurious fabrics.

Ge ready to beat down that covetous nature before you continue because the pictures I’m going to share will make you wish you could afford such splendor (or maybe you can, lucky you!).

My love of Jonathan Adler started with his pottery. These bird bowls are my favorite and actually an "affordable" Christmas present. Hint hint, nudge nudge, Steve.

My love of Jonathan Adler started with his pottery. These bird bowls are my favorite and actually an “affordable” Christmas present. Hint hint, nudge nudge, Steve.

What uniquly beautiful chairs. And that bar cabinet. Check out its innerds in the next picture.

What uniquely beautiful chairs. And that bar cabinet. Check out its innards in the next picture.

Mixing metals. So pretty. And that blue! What an unexpected surprise.

Mixing metals. So pretty. And that blue! What an unexpected surprise.

Light and sculpture in one piece.

Light and sculpture in one piece. I would love this in my house. Too bad the hubby would hate it.

This little bench is very vintage chic in appearance. The dusty rose colour is so sweet.

This little bench is very vintage chic and the dusty rose colour is so sweet.

Lucite, brass, and a high gloss finish. Glamorous much?

Lucite, brass, and a high gloss finish. Glamorous much?

If I saved up for one item it would probably be this. I have a hard time finding side tables I like and this one hits the mark for me.

If I saved up for one item it would probably be this. I have a hard time finding side tables I like and this one hits the mark for me.

Ahhh…dear Jonathan, you refresh my mind with your ingenious creations.

 

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Fat Albert vs. Fru Fru Freddy

A few months ago we moved from our one bedroom apartment to a townhouse. There are tons of changes I would like to make but none are urgent… except for the unsightly light hanging above our powder room mirror. Lets call this light fixture Fru Fru Freddy. Fru Fru Freddy doesn’t match the other metals in the room, its scale is too big for the mirror and it is traditional whereas the rest of the bathroom is contemporary. And did I mention I think it is ugly, really, really ugly. The problem you see, is that I have run clean out of financial room for making big purchases for our house, and in terms of our cash flow, a $200 plus light fixture is a big purchase.

Fru Fru Freddy

Fru Fru Freddy

In my rigorous lighting class my lovely (and opinionated) teacher did her best to impart her vast lighting knowledge on us students. One simple thing I readily agreed on was her low opinion of “fat alberts”. These unsightly light fixtures appear in many a sad bathroom from the 80’s and I was living in a home with one such bathroom at the time I took this course.

A design savvy friend of mine, one of those naturally gifted decorators, recently flipped a home with her husband. As she was leaving my home she told me she was heading over to Lowes to buy some aforementioned fat alberts for their newly renovated bathrooms. At under $20 a pop they are pretty much the most budget friendly vanity light you can buy.  In my head I heard my lighting teacher’s voice and cringed. However, after living with Fru Fru Freddy for a few more months I began to take her use of fat albert into consideration. What I have realized is that while albert might be a bit rotund, he is less offensive to my sensibilities than freddy’s fru fru-ness. And so, I offer my sincerest apologies to my decorating instructor because today, hanging above my mirror, is a curvaceous version of a fat albert light fixture, and I like it!

Fat Albert

Fat Albert

What’s your opinion, who takes the cup in the clash between fat albert and fru fru Freddy? See poll to vote.

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