Designer, potter, and author Jonathan Adler is best known for his cheeky and unabashedly upscale approach to interiors. His colorful midcentury-modern home decor line has been known to brighten up rooms—but at price points that aren’t always intended for the masses. Case in point: this purple giant acrylic foot for $1,495. (It’s “like a Roman marble ruin on acid”!)
But now, you can score Adler’s signature style for just a fraction of its usual cost, thanks to the designer’s new collaboration with Amazon, dubbed Now House. The trendy, online-only home collection includes sofas, tables, wall art, accessories and even reasonably priced throw pillows in three curated sections: Eye-conic Chic, Graphic Greatness, and New Neutrals (light mint and pale blue are, apparently, the new white).
While the collection is definably more affordable than Adler’s eponymous line, some of these prices are still pretty steep. To help you decide what’s worth spending your money on, we got designers to pick out which products you should snag ASAP—as well as those you should probably pass on.
What to buy
1. Vally dining table
This versatile table also doubles as a desk.
On the hunt for a sturdy table that can fit a tight space? Look no further than this Vally dining table ($428, amazon.com), recommended by Lisa Weiss of Lisa Weiss Interiors. The New York-based designer predicts that it will be popular among college students living in tiny dorms as well as city dwellers in small apartments.
The color-matched metal and glass make this table a polished way to bring Adler’s minimalist look into your home. It can also double as desk.
“One day, it’s up against the wall and being used for work, and later that evening it floats in the center of your space to entertain three or four guests,” says Weiss.
2. Three-drawer dresser
A modern dresser is a staple for any home.
As the trend of black and white furniture heats up, this three-drawer dresser ($448, amazon.com) is sure to sell out fast, says Susan Serra, president of Susan Serra Associates, Inc.
“It’s smart, has crisp details, and adds über style,” she says.
And with drawers deep enough to hold thick sweaters and jeans, the dresser can be used to keep your wardrobe essentials organized in every season.
3. Upholstered storage ottoman
Store your extra stuff in this trendy ottoman.
Weiss is obsessed with the chic style—and versatility—of this ottoman ($298, amazon.com). The color adds a crisp, modern touch, and the piece even offers a hidden compartment for storage.
Pop open the removable lid whenever you need space to stash your clutter, or use it as an extra seat or place to kick up your feet.
4. Grace sheet set
Switch out your light linens for this polka-dotted sheet set.
With the temperatures dropping, it’s the perfect time to swap out your summer linens for thicker winter sheets, and Chicago-based interior designer Lauren Visco recommends Adler’s Grace sheet set ($90, amazon.com).
“This subtle dot print adds a perfect amount of personality to a neutral bedspread scheme” she says.
5. Midcentury modern dining chair
This dining chair is a midcentury modern must-have.
According to Serra, this midcentury modern dining chair ($198, amazon.com) is a big winner for its “style, comfort and color.”
While Adler’s chair is meant for the dining room, Serra thinks the light wood and warm tones make it a versatile must-have for any home. Place it in the kitchen, living room, or even a work space.
What not to buy
1. Sideboard buffet
Our designers say to pass on this busy sideboard.
Our designers typically love pieces that have more than one use, and this sideboard buffet ($798, amazon.com) works as dinnerware storage and serving station all in one.
But while Adler is known for his maximalist style, Serra thinks the design of this blonde wood multi-tasker is just too overwhelming—and too expensive.
“That pattern, wood grain, and wood color used together is too busy,” she says.
2. Glass knot
A funky glass knot won’t add much to your home.
A great decor accessory can bring out a room’s best attributes, and the right piece can make a statement on top of a table, shelf, or stack of books.
However, Weiss wouldn’t pay the price to put this funky glass knot ($58, amazon.com) anywhere in her home.
“This object feels like it’s priced a bit high for the market,” she says.
3. Otto pedestal accent table
We can’t imagine what would happen if this chess piece-like pedestal fell over.
Adler’s Otto pedestal accent table ($198, amazon.com) follows his modern taste, but Serra thinks it looks “too much like a chess piece,” and we have to agree. Checkmate!
Source: Housing Trends Feed