Apr 24, 2009

Never been there, but apparently I'd love it

Because I am obsessed with design/decorating (but have no actual skill or knowledge to back up said obsession) I took this quiz today, courtesy of the link at The Shabby Nest.

It classifies my style as "Nantucket," which they helpfully pictured for me:

Here's their definition of "Nantucket," accompanied by my breakdown:

Oh how you love the beach! Who doesn't, right? And so your dream home is either perched in your favorite beach town, or you've brought that favorite beach town into your house. (This whole paragraph: false).

Your art and accessories speak directly to the activities that are found at the beach. Pieces of driftwood you found here, pictures or paintings of the amazing views there. Things that remind you of the coast - surf boards or fishing boats - are found throughout the house. The feeling of the seaside is both abstract and literal in the design of your space. The fabrics are natural, cottons and linens and are light in color and touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and wicker, when done right, is a must. (This whole paragraph: false -- but it's funny that the nursery is ocean-themed.)

And since your true inspiration is the sea, the colors and textures in your home are the same that you would find at your favorite beach: white, light beiges and grays of the sand and driftwood, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and vibrant blues of the sea glass -- but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back! (This whole paragraph: false -- except that Nathaniel and Nick DO have a lot of blues and greens in their room.)

Your furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. (True). The more it reminds you of actually sitting on the warm sand, the better! (False). And what do you do at the beach? Hang out with family and friends - and your home is just an extension of this play place. (True). And though the space is filled with large white furniture (false), it somehow manages to feel both durable and casual. (True).

My den is most of the things described in the last paragraph of my "in-depth analysis," with the exception of the "large white furniture." They need to have some kind of caveat for people with young kids. White just isn't happening in our home, not even in the master bedroom. Because until the kids are grown, I can't handle the stress that having white in my home would add to my life. Plus, I just like color ... even if it's neutral, I still like having color on my walls and in my furniture. See: den.

You can't tell from this picture, but there IS accent color in this room. It comes in the form of Jake's activity table and the images on the TV screen. Kidding. I have rust-colored throw pillows on my couch, and until a few weeks ago I had a red Persian rug on the floor ... but it was rolled up to make way for all of the Wii Fitting that's going on.

In addition to the picture of the room with which my preferences [apparently] most closely align, they also provide a collage of accessories and furniture that work with your style. Here's what they chose for me:
Absolutely none of that strikes my fancy, although I'd take that wicker loveseat for my Dream Screened-in Porch one day.

If only they'd stolen pictures from the Pottery Barn catalog to gauge my design style ... they would have had better luck. Anyway, hop on over and take the quiz, and let me know how accurate it was for you!


Melanie said...

It worked for me - although this is what I would like to be (instead of what i actually achieve or have): Contemporary
So fresh and clean! Antiques? No thanks! Vintage collections and clutter of any type? Not for you! You like your space new and sleek. Each piece is chosen carefully as though it were a piece of art, and your love of minimalism is expressed throughout each room. Furniture has clean lines and geometric shapes are preferred.

You're not afraid of color — in fact, bold color options only highlight the minimal items you choose for your home. But the key is clean. To master the minimalist interior you not only have to be selective in the few furniture items you bring into the space, you must also find a way to hide all of the real-life items as well.

RLR said...

I got Nantucket, too - and could true/false it in much the same way that you did. It's hard to define a 'style' though, when you are still furnishing your home with furniture you had before you got married! We have breakfast room, den, and porch furniture that we selected - the rest are things collected here and there along the way. Not to say that it's horribly ugly - just not what I would have selected for myself.... We're making the best of it, and slowly adding in new things as we can.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Yep, that sounds like the way you'd like to be! I think the point of it is what you said (what you would LIKE to have) so that it can help you identify a style so you know what to shop for as you add things to your home ... so eventually you can get closer to what you really want.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

RLR, You're sort of in the same boat I am. We have lots of older stuff I'd love to replace with my newer design preferences, but you just can't re-furnish your entire home in one fell swoop!

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