Jonathan Adler & Liz Lange

May 4, 2010

I’m always inspired when I visit Jonathan Adler’s website because he is a real design dynamo constantly showing us something new and cheery in the world of interiors. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday he’ll open a shop in mainland Europe so I can shop more frequently but I know this much: when I’m in New York this summer I’m going to raid his crackhouse of happiness and bring home some goodies for sure because I’ve never been to one of his stores and well, it’s about time I change that!

Jonathan Adler & Liz Lange

Have you had a chance to recently view his interior design portfolio? The home of Liz Lange, at least her country home, is shown in glimpses below. I can see most of these things fitting together nicely in a room or in a series of connected rooms – like a living room and an attached dining area, home office, or entryway.

Jonathan Adler & Liz Lange

The fresh touches of blue, green and yellow cannot help but let the sunshine in. How could one ever dread mornings with a kitchen to greet them for breakfast like this?

Jonathan Adler & Liz Lange

What strikes me most is her owl umbrella holder as I won something similar on eBay awhile back (and blogged about it here). My umbrella stand has a name, I’ve called him Oscar, and when he arrived in my boxes from America I quickly lifted him out to ensure he was crack and chip-free and he was in perfect condition. So now he is perched in my hallway and each day when I arrive home I’m greeted by this sweet ceramic creature. Hey, color me crazy but I love reminders of my favorite things dotted around my home.

Owls have always been my favorite bird, my mother used to bring me to Brookgreen Gardens a few times a month during my childhood to see the birds – the owls were the ones I was most mesmerized by. I could stare at them and try to engage them for hours, so enthralling… The fascination still continues. I often walk into the forest around the corner from my home and I hunt for owls sometimes right after the sun sets, the time of night when there is still enough light to make out silhouettes and a perfect time for owl spotting. I found a massive brown one just the other day, I do not know what kind it was, and wanted so badly to scoop him up and take him home with me. What I would do with this magical creature then, I have no clue, but I’ve always wanted to own an owl and now I do – my ceramic pal Oscar who sits in my entryway day after day holding my collection of umbrellas. And it looks like Liz Lange has one too.

What animal are you naturally attracted to and do you have this animal in your home – perhaps as bookends or a sculpture? Maybe an art print?

What do you connect with in the images above? Any accents that particularly call out to you?

(images: jonathan adler)


  • Reply Shanon May 4, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I love rabbits. I had a few as pets when I was little, but I’ve always loved wild rabbits most. There are always a few hopping through our backyard, even though we live in the city.
    I don’t think I have them anywhere in our decor, but I do have a bracelet with three tiny bunnies along the chain.
    They seem to be so aware, and notice what’s coming before anyone else. Maybe that’s one reason why I’m drawn to them. Their keen awareness.
    .-= Shanon´s last blog ..Wear:See:Do =-.

  • Reply liza May 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I have some Jonathan Adler in my home… a few thanks to you!! I won your giveaway a while back (yay! score!) and used my gift card to purchase the Utopia Caesar/Cornelia vase and three bright pink and orange tea towels. I also have a pair of orange Capri table lamps in our guest room. They add some great pops of color. Above, I love those upholstered Cherner chairs, and the bowls in the kitchen shelves next to them… and that huge vase on the countertop! I’ve never been in an actual store either… hopefully next time I head to the big city. Thanks again, Holly.
    .-= liza´s last blog ..Trip =-.

  • Reply Nuit May 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

    seriously breathtaking, Jonathan is a genious. I love the colors and shapes, this is overwhelming inspiration!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang May 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Oh wow. The entry way… beautiful.
    .-= Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog ..I was fairly certain it was just another trip to the park… =-.

  • Reply Brigitte May 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I’m surprised by the images you’ve shared from Adler’s design work. I love, love his products and aesthetic, and the shots from Lange’s home are much more restrained than expected. But Adler’s style still shines…happy, happy!
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..But Feel Free to Ignore Home Depot Dude =-.

  • Reply Tanis May 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

    These spaces are beautiful. I think that what I connect with the most are the colours. I love white spaces and my favorite colour of all time has always been any shade of blue. People tend to think of blue and white as cold and potentially uninviting, but I love that these spaces, though they use cool tones of blue and green, are very welcoming and friendly!

  • Reply Mads Mom May 4, 2010 at 11:50 am

    LOVE the open shelving and tile all the way up to the ceiling. Trying the get the guts to do that in my own kitchen.

    I too have been attracted to owls recently. I LOVE that umbrella holder. hm, need to find a place for something like that (plus my two year old calls Owls owees, with the sweetest sad face. too cute!)

  • Reply Leah May 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

    LOVE his style! So fun! I like your picks of his too! I really love your blog!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..Cool Gwen =-.

  • Reply Tammy May 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Owls….fabulous umbrella stand! My daughter has decided the owl is her spirit animal, and we both have her tattoo to prove it! I had forgotten about brookgreen gardens, I visited ages ago and marveled at all the sculpture. I guess I must plan a trip to take my daughter and look for owls! Thanks for the reminder!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..New dresses from Old Skirts – Baby Doll Restyle =-.

  • Reply The Zhush May 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Crazy! I posted this same image yesterday and blogged about my owl umbrella stand and how JA inspired me! I guess great minds really DO think alike! :)
    .-= The Zhush´s last blog ..Inspiration 101 =-.

  • Reply sarah May 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, wow and wow.. What a fantastic country residence. I love all of the colors, textures, everything. I am new to your blog and adore it!!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..windows =-.

  • Reply Diana May 4, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I am such a huge fan of the blues and yellows!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Great Big Love!! =-.

  • Reply Jill Seidner | Interior Design May 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I love Liz Lange’s home – and have seen it published before – love the cheerful colors. I agree, Jonathan Adler should open up stores overseas! That’s a brilliant idea…wonder if he’s considered it…or at least to ship international!
    .-= Jill Seidner | Interior Design´s last blog ..Online Design | Interior Design Services =-.

  • Reply Will May 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I visited my first JA store last summer in NYC – the tiny little one on 83rd and Madison. The staff were so helpful and it feels delightful to shop in there – total bliss. His style and designs make me so happy and I’m totally with you – pleaseeeeeee say they open an EU (pref UK!!) store soon because his stuff rocks off my socks!
    .-= Will´s last blog ..{Magazine Review: Living Etc June 2010} =-.

  • Reply Asia May 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for posting this! This exactly what I needed to see as I continue to re-vamp our house before Summer. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • Reply Beth May 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I love how he takes such a simple base of white and adds pops of black and bright colors and all manages to come together – what a great home!
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Hello Catherine Nolin =-.

  • Reply cristin @ simplified bee May 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Love Adler’s designs and store. He is getting it all right. Love what he did for Liz’s home too.

    .-= cristin @ simplified bee´s last blog ..Laura Casey Interiors & Suzanne Kasler’s Inspired Interiors Giveaway =-.

  • Reply Slow Lane May 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I love everything Jonathan Adler and following his work for years now so I feel like we both came a long way… his way might be more successful thought! :)
    He got amazing touch and style.
    Love the 2 last photos with the bold color combination of blue and yellow. So pretty.
    .-= Slow Lane´s last blog ..Tick Tock… =-.

  • Reply julie May 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I love owls too, but we rarely ever see them where we live. Very late one night we were on the way home from hospital visiting my husband’s sister. It was a worrying time for us. We were both travelling in separate cars with my husband travelling not far behind me, and when we were almost home I crossed a bridge and saw an animal perched up on the railing. As I got closer it turned to look straight at me. It was the most beautiful, light coloured, almost white owl, and it seemed to look straight into my eyes. My husband had the same experience as he drove over the bridge. It gave us a sense of calm and I know it may be a little silly but I saw it as a sign my sister-in-law was going to be ok.
    .-= julie´s last blog ..printdolls closing down sale =-.

  • Reply Carolyn May 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Oh, how I love the happy combination of shades of blue with yellow. I love the kitchen bench with the bright yellow flowers!

  • Reply monica of hola!design May 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    The yellow chairs really caught my eye! I love Jonathan Adler.
    .-= monica of hola!design´s last blog ..Quote by Picasso =-.

  • Reply EvitaLana May 5, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I definitly love black panthers! I love to see their well trained muscles under their shinny fur. They are so elegant! Such beauties!

  • Reply laura trevey May 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

    So bright and full of color! Love these interiors!
    .-= laura trevey´s last blog ..Windows in Provence =-.

  • Reply PhillyLass May 8, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Hmmm. I love JA’s fun, colorful aesthetic. And I have a couple of his accessories. But, in this context, he’s really overwhelmed the classic architecture. These furnishings would make a lot of sense in a modern home, but here they seem to be competing with the traditional trim and moldings. A dash of modern in an old-school setting can be really cool. But it has to be done judiciously. This is too busy to be restful–and isn’t restful the point of a weekend house?

  • Reply Tracy May 8, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Sooooo funny… I just purchased some JA as a gift for my mom. I love his ceramic work, and his ‘manifesto’ continually cracks me up. Such fun and a lot of LIFE there!

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