Though Jonathan Adler's cozy couches, scented glass candles and needlepoint pillows represent a rainbow of colors at his brand new Georgetown store, his favorite hues are patriotic. "Red, white and blue is my favorite color scheme, which inevitably lead me to Washington," the designer and author said at a party Tuesday night toasting both Adler's new store and a new book. "I've been looking forever to open here, just hadn't found the right spot -- I love Georgetown, I love spending time here," he said.
If Adler had his way, he'd also wave his hand at one particular room in the White House. "I try to stay non-partisan but, you know, I would never say no to giving the Oval Office a little touch-up," he told Yeas & Nays. "It actually looks just like how it should look, but, you know, a little more red, white and blue never hurt."
Adler, who is married to Barney's creative ambassador-at-large Simon Doonan, said he didn't help the White House decorate for the holidays, like his husband did three years ago. Nor did he have any plans to in the future. "That would be a really fun job," he added.
Back in 2009 for the Obamas first Christmas, Doonan's decoupaged ornaments started the mini-scandal "Tinsel-gate" for containing controversial images and igniting a fight between Doonan and the late conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart.
For Christmas, the couple will probably take it easy on their own home. "Because Simon and I are both sort of elves essentially -- we spend all our lives getting ready for Christmas--so by the time it rolls around w -- re super JV at home, like [at] our home it is not a varsity holiday," Adler said.