I have a favorite designer. Jonathan Adler. And if I ever win the lottery, I’m commissioning him to decorate my house. I love his use of color, prints, patterns, playfulness and layered textures.
In trying to emulate his aesthetic on my very limited budget, I’ve learned that it’s common to confuse his level of elegant whimsy with “teenage girl taste” and that that fine line between taste and tasteless can be very easy to cross. But I’m doing my best, even if I don’t always get it right.
Take this JA piece, for example:
That’s a blue lucite giraffe head for $495. And listen, if you can afford to spend $500 on an accessory, I’m happy for you. Really I am.
But $500 is more like the entire budget I have to do my whole living room so I’ve had to make concessions. For example: I found this pink faux deer head for $20 at Ivy House Antiques and while I know it’s not everyone’s taste, I’m obsessed with it.
The other items pictured include: An embroidery hoop stitched with the quote, “WE ARE ALL HORRIBLE AND WONDERFUL AND FIGURING IT OUT” that I got at Monster Art & Clothing in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, another embroidered hoop of the Scorpius constellation (because I’m a Scorpio) from a gift shop called Moab Made in Moab, UT…and another fake critter head that I found in Amarillo Texas at The Big Texan Steak Ranch – which you may recognize from this episode of Man v. Food on the Travel Channel:
TIP: If you Google “faux animal heads” you can find a bunch of options in different sizes ranging in price from $10 – $15,000. Here are a couple that are similar to mine: