Saturday, June 24, 2006

What's Your Style?

I think that most of us on here like the country/cottage look, else wise, why would we be here? :) I found this quiz in a decorating book that I've been rereading in preparation for putting our house on the market and I thought it would be fun to put it one here.

What's Your Style?

If your feeling wishy-washy about which cottage look you like best, these questions will help you put your dreams into words and ideas.

There are no wrong answers to this quiz. In fact, you might discover you like a lot of different cottage styles. Many other homeowners do too. That's why you're apt to find seashells in a landlocked farmhouse and Native American prints in a lakeside cottage. So enjoy the questions, think through your answers, and be ready to experiment with your cottage style.

My favorite color scheme for decorating is.....
a. Based on the colors found in a favorite piece of fabric.
b. One main color, plus one or two accent colors.
c. Monochromatic with multiple shades of a single hue.
d. Blues, greens, neutrals, and other colors from nature.

If I could hang any chandelier it would be...
a. One with crystals and beads and lots of detailing.
b. A simple iron shape with curves and scrolls that looks handmade.
c. An over sized round or square lampshade hung like a chandelier.
d. A lantern-look fixture that reflects its oceangoing past.

I love furniture that is...
a. Inspired by 18th-century design. I'm drawn to the curves and added detail.
b. Rustic and hardworking with classic lines. This furniture looks better with wear.
c. Clean lined and modern. I like simple lines and a spare feeling.
d. Simple with a worn painted finish.

I would decorate my mantle with...
a. A gilded mirror and a bouquet of white roses.
b. An architectural fragment.
c. Three modern vases or metallic pots.
d. Seashells or twigs in a glass cylinder.

When I walk into a fabric shop, I'm drawn to...
a. Lush florals and toiles.
b. Classics, such as stripes and checks, in a limited range of colors.
c. Solid-color fabrics with wonderful textures.
d. Durable fabrics, such as denim and ticking.


My most prized collection includes...
a. Transferware plates, platters, and tureens.
b. Folk art and oddities, such as carved toys, old maps, and concrete urns.
c. Hand-thrown pottery with soft glazes in cream, mocha, and celadon.
d. Nature's objects, such as shells, branches, and pine-cones.

My favorite vacation would be...
a. Traveling in the south of France.
b. Driving on back roads across the United States.
c. Checking out city art museums.
d. Hiking in the mountains or walking on the beach.

My dream house is...
a. A cottage filled with architectural details.
b. A farmhouse with high ceilings and wraparound porches overlooking the garden.
c. A city loft with open spaces and industrial finishes.
d. A casual cottage by the water's edge filled with nature's soothing colors.

Mostly A's: You love the look of European cottages and would be happiest in a place where you can combine your love of collecting with beautiful fabrics and colors.
Mostly B's: Vintage architecture suits you perfectly, whether it's a farmhouse or a bungalow. You're ready to embrace the past and update it for today.
Mostly C's: You're torn between living in a modern loft and loving cottage style. don't fight it. Cottage ingredients are perfect for softening the hard lines of a contemporary structure. But restrain your cottage outlook to make sure the space feels right for today.
Mostly D's: You've never gotten that favorite vacation getaway out of your mind. Bring the feeling of the lake, sea, or woods home to your house. This livable look offers comfort and ease, the perfect ingredients to make any day seem like a vacation.

Can't pick? Don't worry if you want to pick more than one answer for the questions. It's possible to mix and match and still create a cottage that lives with style. You'll find a lot of examples in the pages that follow.

Quiz taken from the book, Better Homes and Gardens New Cottage Style. Decorating ideas for casual, comfortable living.

2 comments:

chelle said...

This was:
(a)helpful
(b)insightful
(c)fun, fun, fun!

My answers:

1.(d)
2.(d)
3. not sure if my answer for this one is (b) or (d) I am not so much into chipped paint look...I would use for a few accent things, otherwise I like the clean crisp look of solid paint on walls and furniture, etc.
4. (d)mostly but sometimes(a)
5. (b)
6. (d)&(b)
7. (a),(b), and (c)
8. (d)first, then (b)

MrsCottageDreaming said...

I'm glad you liked the quiz Chelle. I realized this morning that I didn't post my own answers! Must have been the fact that it was 1:30 in the morning when I wrote this! :) So, here are my answers.

1. (d)and then based it on (b)
2. (b)
3. (d) and then (b)
4. (d), (a), and (b) (I've got all three in different focal areas in the house, so they would all work.
5. (b) and the (c)
6. (b) and (d)
7. (a), (b), and (d)
8. (d), then (b), then (a)

What can I say? I am a multiple choice girl! I love to leave my options open. :)