Monday, July 20, 2015

An oldie but a goodie

Have you ever taken one of those "What's your style" quizzes?
You know the ones--you look at photos of rooms and click on the ones you like and then they tell you what your preferred decorating style is.
They don't ask you to be realistic.

You're not choosing between this:

and this:

You're choosing between multiple picture-perfect rooms in order to find one that is your style.

Only sometimes, it isn't easy to pinpoint your style.  Sometimes, your wishy-washiness causes the website to crash and your computer to explode.  (Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration.)

In a completely unscientific experiment, I have taken five surveys (because five is an uneven number and I thought I might need a tie-breaker).  These are my results:
French Country
Cottage Chic
Vintage Eclectic
Country Romantic
Cottage Eclectic

That's two cottage, two eclectic, two country, a French, a vintage, and a romantic.  Oh, and don't forget a chic.  Always a chic.

So when I perused HOUZZ to find something that bespoke my style, I found this listed under "French Country":

And this under "vintage eclectic":

Eclectic Bedroom design by Vancouver Photographer Heather Merenda

And this one is considered "Romantic:"

Here's "cottage":

Traditional Exterior design by Portland Architect Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc

And here's "chic":

Lawd.  No wonder I'm confused.
Don't get me wrong--these  homes and rooms are all great.  And there are some elements that overlap, like contrast and color. (You can read what I think about color here.) 

I'm sure I'll eventually figure out what my style is, but until then I'll sit on my leather couch in my den that's really a kitchen, staring at a TV that's too big for the white built-ins.  Because that's how we roll at Brandywine.  In our vintage romantic French country chic cottage, which just happens to be eclectic.


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am totally with you and i like to just think i have my own uncategorized style.

Rita C. said...

Lol, that IS confusing! I call myself a traditional / transitional (that's code for a little bit modern) with vintage fusion in the mix. It's that vintage fusion that can take on anything from Art Deco (that sort of transitional thing) to French twist (that's traditional in Europe, right?). I think Furlow Gatewood has the right idea - find some architectural pieces you like, and build the house/style around it. But for us common folk, rob the bank on way in order to fund it, or keep building that fund with restaurant discounts till we get enough for the projects. ;)

Junkchiccottage said...

You crack me up Kirby. I am all of those styles too. I guess we can all say we are eclectic in most of our decor loves. My motto is surround yourself with things you love and that is your style. Have a great week.

Art and Sand said...

I guess my style is beachy schizo!

Art and Sand said...

I spelled that wrong, but it's late and I couldn't see well.

Beachy Schitzo!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

It is all so confusing! I know what I like, which is a lot of different styles, but I don't know exactly what they're called. When I go to list an item on Etsy I am always stumped on the Style box. I am so afraid to call it wrong! I just mix and match whatever I like and that's my style.

queenopearls said...

Kirby, you are so right.. rarely is a photo/choice what I live at the moment. Style? We gots stylz.... I consider myself rustic eclectic mid-century romantic farmhouse cottage chic. BOOO-yah! :)
~ Christina

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I hear ya! I've got a mix of furniture we bought for our previous house, hand-me-downs from relatives, and junk I've picked up without thinking where I'm going to fit it in our....I don't know what kind of house. Too funny! (One single style would be way to boring anyway.)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Well, my expert opinion is that you are eclectic romantic vintage.
So there.

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