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What do Barbra Streisand and Jonathan Adler have in common? Well…

  • Streisand is star of stage and movie screen. Adler, star of the TV screen and design scene.
  • Streisand and Adler both have adorable dogs in neutral hues (Samantha and Liberace).
  • And they both love interior design and color.

Except orange. Barbra…not so keen on orange. Her favorite color? Burgundy. Adler…he LOVES orange, along side pink, turquoise, brown and navy. Something else they have in common? New books, available in stores now.

What happens when the director of Yentl and Prince of Tides (she should have taken home an Oscar® for both!) doesn’t secure financing for her next movie? She pours all her creative energy into building her dream home. Then she writes her first book, My Passion for Design, about it.

While enjoyable for the lavish pictures alone, most by Ms. Streisand, it’s her humor, insights and stories, like her childhood memories of her family’s first couch — nubby olive green and covered in plastic, that make My Passion for Design a book to curl up with and savor. If you love interior design, you’ll be in awe of Ms. Streisand’s deep knowledge of classical and modern styles, architects and designers, manifested in the design and decor of her home. (Remember, Barbra’s graced the covers of House Beautiful, In Style and Architectural Digest, twice.) Plus there are plenty of gems to satisfy her ardent film and movie fans.

Courtesy of Barbra Streisand / MY PASSION FOR DESIGN (Viking)

Like Ms. Streisand, Jonathan Adler invites us into his home, a flat in New York City, as well as those of his clients including fashion designer, Nanette Lepore, in his Happy Chic series. These reads vibrate with Adler’s technicolor exuberance for life and design.

What in his books will make you smile — while radically altering your understanding of color and accessorizing?

  • Adler’s how-to formulas for mixing impossible combos like red with brown, blue, yellow and magenta. Or how about orange with navy, gray and brown.
  • Learning that Grace Jones, who “dyed the inside of her mouth with pink dye,” is one of his major muses, along with Lilly Pulitzer, Verner Panton and the Isle of Capri.
  • Proof that a giant reclining banana sculpture, Pill pillows and Philippe Starck gnomes have a place in everyday decor.

So pick up a copy of both Happy Chic Colors and Happy Chic Accessorizing. After all, Adler promises you’ll experience “decorative nirvana.” You’ll know you’ve reached it when your brain goes “kapow!”

2 Responses

  1. pixelecho69 says:

    I will give it a try ! Mr. Adler say's that I will experience a Decorative Nirvana I will know when I have reached it because my brain will go Kapow, well I have to try it because decorating is a passion for me, and the more you learn the more you know.

  2. Amy PureHome says:

    My Passion for Design by Barbra Streisand is excellent! For a great flashback in time check out our wonderful article about Streisand's home in 1974 originally published by House Beautiful.
    http://blog.purehome.com/2010/a-look-back-at-barb

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