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Today we’re celebrating the 107th birthday anniversary of American writer and cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known to children and adults around the world as Dr. Seuss. I’m sure everyone has read at least one Dr. Seuss masterpiece. My personal favorite is Green Eggs and Ham. Not only is making green eggs and ham (with an overabundance of green food coloring) one of my fondest memories from kindergarten, but it’s also the first book I ever read on my own as a child. Now all grown up and working in the world of design, I find that I’ll come across a space and do a double take…thinking, am I the only one who sees a touch of Dr. Seuss in that room? Is it some kind of childhood reading flashback based on the mesmerizing images in his work? Look back and forth really fast between these book covers and room pics, and tell me if you see it, too!

Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Andreas Charalambous

The crisp, white countertops and cabinetry set against a bold red backdrop hint to that infamous cat and his iconic hat. Although straight-lined and modern, this kitchen’s use of color is definitely vibrant and playful. HGTV Designers’ Portfolio, by Andreas Charalambous

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Shelly Riehl David

Sam-I-Am would love to cook his green eggs and ham in this elegant, sunny lime kitchen. I know I would! HGTV Designers’ Portfolio, by Shelly Riehl David

Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Aquarium

I would be one happy lady if I could replace my walls with floor-to-ceiling aquariums full of gorgeous marine life. And with the playful yet sophisticated use of turquoise, it would be like living in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Via Modern Residential Design

Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go Randy Weinstein

I wish I could be a child again, just so I could nap, do my homework and read my favorite books in this swinging bubble chair. The whimsical and modern design of the chairs instantly reminds me of the swirly, twirly and fantastical cover of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! HGTV Designers’ Portfolio, by Randy Weinstein

Dr. Seuss said, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” I’d say that’s an important element in design, too.


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8 Responses

  1. pixelecho69 says:

    ! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss ! I would eat Green Eggs and Ham in that beautiful Lime Green Kitchen.

  2. The fish wall is really cool!

  3. Jackie Babin says:

    Happy Birthday!!!! I grew up reading your books, so did my childern, now my granchildern. Thanks

  4. D O2q says:

    Oh how I would love to have a full ceiling to floor aquarium in my house

  5. Krista Freier Tjosse says:

    Our house LOVES Dr. Seuss! We did a Seuss-themed nursery for our second son. Hand painted Horton, Sam (Green Eggs and Ham), Thing 1 and Thing 2, Cat in the Hat on the walls and all the bedding is Dr. Seuss. :)

    • lynn says:

      walter k whityy would go by now I don't car how you can stamp yourself and go by mail, just please go now

  6. Kayla@HGTV says:

    I definitely agree. It's so fitting, right?

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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