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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Modern Manifesto

I love Jonathon Adler's witty, whimsical, entirely-inappropriate-but-still-so-irresistible manifesto for life, some of which I've included below. Inspired, I have whipped up a little one of my own.


WE BELIEVE that your home should make you happy.
WE BELIEVE that when it comes to decorating, the wife is always right. Unless the husband is gay.
WE BELIEVE minimalism is a bummer.
WE BELIEVE tassels are the earrings of the home.
WE BELIEVE in our muses: David Hicks, Alexander Girard, Bonnie Cashin, Hans Coper, Gio Ponti, Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman, Yves Saint Laurent, and Madonna.
WE BELIEVE in the innate chicness of red and brown.
WE BELIEVE in being underdressed and overdressed always.
WE BELIEVE in infantile, happy emblems like butterflies and hearts.
WE BELIEVE in rustic modernism: Big Sur, A-frame beach houses, raw beams, and geodesic dome houses.
WE BELIEVE in Palm Beach style: Chinoiserie, Lilly Pulitzer, The Breakers circa '72.
WE BELIEVE dogs should be allowed in stores and restaurants.
WE BELIEVE you should throw out your Blackberry and go out and pick some actual blackberries.
WE BELIEVE colors can't clash.
WE BELIEVE our lamps will make you look younger and thinner.
WE BELIEVE in irreverent luxury.


WE BELIEVE everybody should be made to go to Paris. At least once.
WE BELIEVE in the crisp sophistication and timeless elegance of black and white.
WE BELIEVE good manners never go out of style.
WE BELIEVE travel is the best education you'll ever receive.
WE BELIEVE in white verandahs, beautiful views, chic outdoor settings and dirty martinis (preferably all together).
WE BELIEVE that Champagne is the answer to everything.
WE BELIEVE books are life enhancing, and libraries are (almost) better than sex.
WE BELIEVE in our muses: Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Diana Vreeland, David Hicks, Dorothy Draper, Anouska Hempel, Audrey Hepburn, George Clooney and Brad Pitt. (The last two just for the eye-candy factor.)
WE BELIEVE simple white timber beach houses are the best beach houses of all.
WE BELIEVE your marriage and children should make you happy. And your home should come a close second.

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