Jonathan Adler is one of my absolute favorite designers. Not only do I adore his bold use of bright, poppy color but I especially appreciate that he advocates for bringing glamour into everyday living.
As a designer, when working with my clients I think about ways to bring touches of glamour and chic living into their lives. At first, the words "chic" and "glamour" might conjure images of sparkly chandeliers, highly polished marble and lush, silk drapery. That's certainly a type of glamour that I enjoy but the kind of glamour I'm talking about today comes from taking everyday tasks or objects and making them extra special. To me, a chic and glamorous feeling in our homes can be achieved by examining our normal routines and surroundings then thinking about how we can make those moments and vignettes more intentional and beautiful.
Take breakfast for example. It's easy enough to open a container of store bought croissants or muffins and bottles of jam, plop it all out on the counter and be happy, right? Croissants and jam for breakfast? Yes, please! But what if we took just an extra minute to arrange those same store bought croissants on a pretty cake stand, basket or platter? And what if we spooned the jams into a decorative bowl or dish? And poured the juice into a carafe? Now we've created a pretty moment that feels just a little extra special right?
None of these changes have to be expensive in order to be chic. By making just a couple of simple swaps in our normal routine we've added a little bit of glamour to an everyday occurrence.
Another way I like to add beauty in the everyday for my clients is through organization with decorative trays and boxes. This may sound basic or obvious but having a visually pleasing way to collect and corral the "not so pretty" necessities of life helps to create a feeling of calm and organization that to me feels very chic.
In family rooms I often utilize decorative boxes to store remotes, pens, notepads (I'm forever making lists and brainstorming business ideas that pop into my head at all hours!) and all of those other items we need right at our fingertips but that aren't necessarily something we want to see splayed out over the cocktail table. I believe that by organizing these mundane items inside something beautiful, we begin to create a mood in our home that is calm and more peaceful because it is pulled together and thoughtful. And I don't know about you, but to me, that one element goes a long way to creating a home that feels chic.
In my home I don't like a lot of "stuff" on the kitchen counters. Having clutter cleared away and a place for everything makes the kitchen feel inviting. At the same time, I love having all the tools I need for cooking right at my fingertips. So I put my most essential utensils in a big jar like the one below that's attractive and functional. It's not a groundbreaking concept and not one I invented but I think it illustrates how being thoughtful and intentional elevates the mundane.
In bathrooms, I love adding a small tray on the vanity to organize jars and bottles and even a framed photo, candle or a vase to hold a few flowers. Giving a bit more attention to how we display and arrange things in our homes and intentionally creating little moments of beauty for ourselves is definitely chic and glamorous. It's the kind of chic and glamorous living that doesn't necessarily take a lot of time or money just a thoughtful approach.
I hope this has inspired you to take stock of your everyday surroundings and brainstorm small changes you might make to bring a little bit of glamour and beauty to your home and daily routines. I know I'm already pondering ways to make my morning coffee and paper-reading routine feel a little more special.