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Style diagnosis

November 10, 2009

I’ve just started a very exciting project:  the overhaul and redesign of a good friend’s bedroom.  When I found a few decor style quizzes for her to complete, I couldn’t help taking them for myself as well.  The Style Quiz at Sproost diagnosed my decor style as primarily Cottage Chic with a bit of Hollywood Glamour and (of course) Vintage Modern.  Here’s the scoop:

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I love the clean lines and soothing feel of this modern beach cottage room.

Cottage Chic

Who says that cottages can’t be modern and chic? Who says that they have to be floral and cheesy? Not you! You love the carefree spirit that the cottage interior inspires, but you are also serious about your appreciation for modern art and hip treasures. You love old and new alike, and love to highlight them all to expose the uniqueness of each. What better way to show off these treasures than with a light background?
Materials:  You have a great sense of humor when it comes to design and even like to make fun of the style itself. Which means that you will throw in a toy boat or a vintage life preserver to keep the mood of the place just like the color: light! The fabrics are natural (cottons and linens) and are light in touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and as long as it’s used sparingly or with modern lines, you even throw in a wicker piece here and there. 
 
Colors:  Your true inspiration (whether you know it or not) is the sea… the colors found at your favorite beach: white and light beige of the sand, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and pale grays 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! The key with Cottage Chic is balance; in one corner there could be a rustic wood table that looks like it could have been found rather than made, but it is offset with a modern vase while another corner is adorned with a modern Lucite piece.
 
Space PlanningThe furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it encourages intimate gatherings the better! Just watch out for the red wine spills on the new white sofa! The color throughout is light and airy – and though you love to accessorize with fun colors (the sky’s the limit with a white background), the main color seen and felt throughout the house is white or very light versions of colors so that they feel almost white.

Cottage Chic 4

Another chic cottage room? Yes, please.

Vintage Modern

Flea Market anyone? You know you are drawn to modern furniture and interiors, and yet you really don’t like a space that feels cold and sterile. And who could blame you? And that’s why Vintage Modern is so appealing to you. Though the backdrop of the room, the walls and windows, are many times white or monochromatic, the furniture and accessories have the color, shape and texture to bring the warmth into the space. The great thing about Vintage Modern is ease of mixing different styles in the one space. You can have a new modular sofa mixed with a great pair of chairs that your grandmother purchased in the late 1950’s and the new and old work appear as though they were destined for each other. What’s great is that even if you don’t have time for swap meets and garage sales, so many of the pieces from the mid-century were so great that they have been remade and mimicked year after year. 

Cottage Chic 2

I love how the ornate chandelier and mile-high window treatments add a touch of glamour to the room.

So what do you think of the rooms above?  What’s your style diagnosis?
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