November 19, 2010

Pop Quiz: Discover the Style That Makes You Smile!

One of my favorite places to shop and find great deals is Home Goods stores (often in/part of Marshalls). You can often find some inexpensive accessories that brighten your home and add a great eclectic touch so that everything isn't so matchy-matchy.

Well, I found out today that they have a great online quiz aimed at breaking down your design style. And being the quiz-guru that I am, I had to try it! Here are some of the questions I answered and then my results...

Question 2: If the sofa is the centerpiece of your home, choose which best represents your style?

I selected the sectional sofa since this is what we want to buy for our family room anyway. It provides the most seating for the space at hand.

Question 7: Choose the room that would make you happiest!

I selected a fairly casual room with neutral colors. Looks inviting and comfy, but not sloppy.

Question 8: Now it’s time to dress it up! Choose the group of furnishings you favor.

Again, I chose fairly casual, earth-toned furnishings. The little chair especially drew me in.

My Smile-y Style-y Results: EARTHY CASUAL! (go figure)
According to the site... You're interested in creating a welcoming home where people feel comfortable and happiness flourishes. You appreciate the warmth and individuality of natural materials and handcrafted things and are inspired by colors and forms from nature. You love mixing up different textures and are sensitive to the tactile qualities of objects. Your style is grounded and solid, not flighty or frilly. And you are never taken in by the trend of the moment.

You value serenity. While there are probably a lot of interesting things in your home, they are joined by your taste or a certain palette that keeps them in harmony. You appreciate the beauty in simple forms. Whether fancy or plain, you appreciate things that are well made and function as well as they look. You also have a strong respect for the environment and craftsmanship. You care about how things are made, and how they are used.

I don't know about you guys, but this description hit me spot on!!!

The only think I was surprised by was the color pallet the site gave me. It selected colors in the blue-range. And while I do decorate with blues in several rooms of my house, I don't picture it as being "earthy" the way I do greens and browns.

The site also gave me a few tips to enhance my earthy style...

1. Your Design Challenge: UNIFY
The good news is, you probably have many things you love and have collected, and no one would ever say your home is boring! You've done the hard part; now you just need to pull it all together. If your furniture seems like a mish-mash, unify it through similar upholsters or slipcovers. When grouping objects, try to find something they have in common. If they share a shape, color or material, they will look like a collection. A tray is every decorator's secret weapon for making groups of small objects look purposeful and sculptural. If your accessories are all over the map, try subduing the upholstery or wall color, so your small items are the stars.

2. Your Happy Place
Make this room as comfortable and inviting as possible by bringing in some real furniture like an armchair or a sofa if you have the space. A little lamp on the counter or decorative hanging light can set the mood. Stools are great perches and can easily be moved around. Don't forget to bring your personality and style into this room: hang some art or display a collection of family photos in mixed frames. Consider bold, happy colors in the kitchen as well, like brightly colored pots and pans, big bowls for corralling fruits and vegetables, and trays for spices, oils, teas and pepper mills.

3. Be Party-Ready All the Time!
The first thing you notice about a home is how it smells. Use naturally fragrant cleaning products. If you find a scented candle or fresh potpourri you love, stock up on it. Any scent you like, whether perfume or linen spray, can be used on upholstery, bedding or just spritzed into the air.

Mood: Nice, flattering light makes us feel good. So nix the harsh, direct light from overhead fixtures in favor of the softer glow from floor and table lamps. Also, stock up on some votive candles and a couple of hurricane lanterns for setting around the room.

Food: Devote space in your pantry or on a shelf for go-to party essentials: crackers, dip, chips, nuts—whatever you like to serve. Keep on hand a collection of attractive bowls and cocktail napkins, and you'll be able to set a spread—instantly!

Drink: The simplest and chicest thing is to have a drinks tray or table always set up. Include a mix of pretty glasses, an ice bucket, a lovely pitcher, and bottles of soda and water. When the bell rings, just add ice and limes.

So, what do you think? Did the quiz nail me? I was very pleased with the results!

Want to find out the style that makes you smile? Click Here! And don't forget to share the results!

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