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Decorate like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler

Join master potter and designer Jonathan Adler for a unique 13-episode series on how to use design and decoration to communicate your particular style and brand.
Decorate like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 26.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much information! I loved this course and could listen to Jonathan Adler and his husband all day! They are so knowledgeable, entertaining and very interesting. Jonathan presents a very exciting and informative course. I used so much of his suggestions when redecorating my own house.
Date published: 2022-08-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from sparse examples Mr. Adler is undoubtedly experienced and knowledgeable. I would readily welcome him into my home for decorating advice. However, I was disappointed, however I was disappointed that many of his interesting descriptions and suggestions were not accompanied by photo examples.
Date published: 2022-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from He's a skilled designer, but questionable teacher I like the concept behind this series, I just don't think it's well executed. Each episode starts by introducing a concept in design, followed by some historical examples of those concepts, then personal examples of the concepts in Jonathan Adler's designs with very little instruction. It feels like too much to get done in the time allotment and I think he depends on the viewer having a lot of background knowledge. There are a few examples where he gives helpful rules for design, but otherwise the course seems more like a series of diatribes. This just was not as instructional as I had hoped.
Date published: 2022-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from straightforward and plenty of ideas like reading a magazine or a chat with an interior designer. You get some ideas.
Date published: 2022-06-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I felt like I was watching HGTV, but will fewer examples and less information. There was about five minutes in the first segment, where Simon Doonan was talking about the eras of design, that showed promise, but it was brief and with only minimal examples presented to make the point. It's all talk and no show. The production quality was good, but the content is far too basic. I also found it annoying in some ways. It's hard to take an adult seriously who says things like "chillax" with a straight face or who insists on referring to people as "personal brands." Not everything has to be about the Instagrammable image or moment. I really hope this is not the level of content we can expect going forward. I subscribe for higher level content than can be found free on YouTube or HGTV.
Date published: 2022-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creative I liked his enthusiasm, his wit, his creativity, his ideas, his simplicity, his genuineness. For example: three styles: mod/pop, natural, and deluxe, clearly defined and easy to remember. Also, three aspects of design: form, function, and fun! His interactions with his partner gave variety, humor, and interesting discussion of leading examples in the field. I will apply personally his ideas putting photos on hallway walls, using empty spaces, having a focus, using color as accent, and using light at different levels.
Date published: 2022-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presentation! Followed through on the basic elements of design. I reaaly enjoyed this class. Makes me want to redo some rooms!
Date published: 2022-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Celebration of Interior Design! Like a book you can’t put down, Jonathan Adler’s course, “Decorate like a Designer,” had me locked in from the first lecture and left me wanting more at the end. With just the right blend of history, design theory and personal experience, the course not only celebrates interior design but is packed with practical rules – and how to break them! Best of all, Jonathan validated design choices I’ve made in the past and opened my eyes to many possibilities I was missing in the house I’ve lived in for more than 30 years. Laura Conrad Textile, Wood and Glass Artist
Date published: 2022-06-19
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In the 13 charming, informative, and inspiring episodes of Decorate like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler, learn all the major rules of good design and decoration and finally say farewell to feelings of intimidation. Along the way, while you consider the vast and eye-popping history of design, you’ll be introduced to some of Jonathan’s biggest influences and inspirations and you’ll learn handy tips and tricks to use just like the experts.


Jonathan Adler

Use your design journey to create the space you want to live in and to remind yourself who you are and who you want to be.

Jonathan Adler is a potter, designer, and author who launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery. In 1993, Barneys bought his collection of pots, and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Jonathan’s desire to design all the bits one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, Jonathan Adler is a design company with stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, a full slate of residential and commercial projects, and a wholesale business with more than 1,000 points of distribution globally. It is dedicated to bringing Modern American Glamour to your life.

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Decorate like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler
Decorate like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler


Decorate to Communicate

01: Decorate to Communicate

Great interior design communicates confidence and your unique voice. Here, Jonathan shares his foolproof formula for communicating effectively who you are—and who you want to be—through your design choices. You’ll also get a look at how Jonathan arrived at his own personal style, and the major design movements that shaped European and American design.

28 min
Find Your Style

02: Find Your Style

Pop, natural, and deluxe are three style tentpoles that can help you decide who you want to be. Even better, they can be applied to any style or type of home. Learn how each tentpole comprises its own set of materials, inspirations, and influences, and how mood boards can help you corral all your design elements into one place—even if you start one mid-project.

29 min
All about Color

03: All about Color

People tend to want to fit in, which is why color can sometimes feel outrageous. But it’s actually the key ingredient to adding character and swagger to your design space. Here, Jonathan teaches you how to wield color’s remarkable power to tap into our emotions and feelings, and how to introduce it into a particular room. (One tip: When in doubt, use more color!)

30 min
Use Branding as Your Design Guide

04: Use Branding as Your Design Guide

The first step in designing and decorating a space: creating a guidebook to remind you of your goal. That’s where branding comes in (no, it’s not just for companies). Discover your three-word branding guide based on three adjectives that describe a personal trait, an environmental vibe, and a lifestyle or occupation. Here’s a fun example: well-read Scandinavian barista.

25 min
Salvage, Save, Purge, Splurge

05: Salvage, Save, Purge, Splurge

If you’re looking to design the way you want without a big budget, Jonathan recommends salvaging old objects, saving by using whatever’s free, purging what you don’t need or like, and splurging on a piece you really want. In this episode, get a host of tips and tricks for being a resourceful designer—and a few rules you’ll want to follow when the money’s a little tight.

30 min
Layout and Flow

06: Layout and Flow

What are you looking at when you enter a room? Where is your eye going to travel? Where are you going to travel? Layout is all about how shapes interact with one another in a room, while flow is all about how you move through a space or between rooms. Discover how the dichotomy between layout and flow can help you think about designing based on geometry and experience.

29 min
Design Do-Overs

07: Design Do-Overs

In truth, we all made bad design choices, once in a while. But that doesn’t mean these problems can’t be solved. In this episode on design do-overs, Jonathan teaches you how to conquer decorating challenges by recognizing what annoys you about a space and how to figure out what you can do about it. You’ll also learn about the best tools and solutions for your particular budget.

25 min
Minimal versus Maximal

08: Minimal versus Maximal

There’s a constant pendulum swinging between minimalism (using the fewest objects to say what you want to say) and maximalism (using as many fabulous objects as possible). Along with seeing how both modes have worked their way into fashion, art, and architecture, learn how careful curation is the key to nailing whatever design look you’re going for.

28 min
Put Wasted Spaces to Work

09: Put Wasted Spaces to Work

People often complain about wasted spaces in their home: a large closet or the space under the staircase, for example. But Jonathan says to think of these spaces as opportunities, instead. They can be a great way to add function to your home, or they can serve as an exciting canvas for self-expression. Here are some tricks and inspirational notes to do just that.

27 min
Decorating with Light

10: Decorating with Light

Lighting, says Jonathan, is everything. In this episode, discover how lighting choices can make or break a room, and spend time considering three different categories of light. Along the way, you’ll discover how to use any natural light to its best advantage, what to look for in window treatments, and how to map out the perfect light plan for whatever room you’re designing.

29 min
Take Design Outdoors

11: Take Design Outdoors

Design opportunities don’t just end at the boundaries of your home. Learn how outdoor design can set the dramatic stage for your perfect interior designs. Green thumb or no, suburban lawn or city fire escape, you’ll learn how outdoor design is about more than just gardening. Here’s a secret: The same fundamentals of interior design apply to designing around Mother Nature.

26 min
Say It with Accessories

12: Say It with Accessories

Incorporating accessories to create a mood for your space is usually the last step in the design process. Unfortunately, by that time, some of us have run out of steam and just want to get it over with. Master the art of scaping (arranging objects on a horizontal surface, like a mantle or table), and learn how to acquire accessories based on their content, scale, shape, and color.

31 min
In the Pottery Studio with Jonathan

13: In the Pottery Studio with Jonathan

In this final episode, join Jonathan in the pottery studio for a look at how he makes a pot. It’s a fascinating opportunity to watch a master at work—and to learn more about Jonathan’s life and career, as well as his particular design path.

13 min