3.17.2009

Some Slightly Schizophrenic Style...

How many of you are into decorating? I never really thought I was, but I found this website the other day that I thought was pretty cool, and so I thought I’d share it with you all. Take this quick quiz at http://www.sproost.com/, and you can find out what your decorating style is. I took it three times, so that I could weigh the outcome and get the most accurate results. The three that came up the most often were: Hollywood Couture, Contemporary, and Modern Elegance.

Here are some of my favorites from each style (and Sproost's description of what each one is).

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

Hollywood Couture…


"Welcome to Hollywood! What's your dream?" That's right, it's time to roll out the red carpet and get ready for the sparkle of crystal and all things flashy that make up Hollywood Couture.

Glam style originated in high-end lifestyles that made up the years between the roaring 20's and the swinging 40's, where it was important to bring a feeling of glamour to the home when the world outside may have lacked it. Nowadays it's scratching a similar itch in the sense that it's bringing a sense of opulence to a world that seems to have forgotten how much fun it can be!



The great thing about the updated version of the style is how versatile it is. You can take it in any direction and add almost any style into the mix — perhaps a contemporary leather sofa paired with lacquered Louis XIV chairs that have been upholstered in lush velvet. The key is that each item feels as rich and over-the-top as possible and yet everything still seems livable. It's not a space that screams: "do not touch" - rather it almost dares you to experience its luxury.

Modern Elegance…


Variety is the spice of life! And nowhere is this truer than in the design of your home. You may love contemporary, but wish it wasn't quite so cold and austere, or perhaps you're drawn to traditional rooms but you'd like to create a less cluttered and busy space. Transitional Style is here to marry those apparent contradicting designs.

And guess what? It's the contradictions that make the mix of contemporary and traditional so successful. The result is an elegant room that appeals to young and old alike. A sofa with modern lines blends seamlessly with a pair of traditional chairs. New fabrics work so well on antique pieces. It turns out that modern art looks even more exciting above a collection of traditional pieces. The room feels simple and sophisticated, elegant and hip.


I tend to love Asian things too. I’ve always had an obsession with Chinese lifestyle—kung fu, yoga, tai chi, oodles and oodles of tea, etc. I guess it shows through in my decorating taste too. I find it interesting how our personalities can be so accurately reflected in our preferred d├ęcor. Here are a couple others that I liked that are kind of along the Asian lines.



Strange art pieces, and orchids are a couple of my weaknesses, so I'm sure they'd make their fair share of appearances in my place. Maybe a cool little bonsai tree here and there to spice things up a bit. Take a moment to head over to http://www.sproost.com/, take the quiz, post a comment and tell me your results!

P.S. I might put up some pics of my current quarters (a.k.a. my dungeon, my cave, or on the rare occasion my bedroom), if you all wish me to do so.

4 comments. :

Grobuonis said...

Funny... They couldn't identify my style. (Don't know how that happened.)

And I guess I don't have enough time right now to redo this quiz... Oh well...

Laura said...

That was so much fun and helpful! We hope to be moving into a new home soon and I will be decorating in Wine Country Style, Nantucket, and Arts and Crafts!

Thanks, Abigail! I feel that I know myself a little bit better today!

youthofeternity said...

Contemporary and Vintage Modern. Accurate, especially contemporary.

Blondie said...

Oh, my. I just took the test three times and every time it came up with mountain lodge. Now, I do love the log cabin style and would prefer a mountain house over a beach house any day, BUT there's not a thing in my house that even remotely resembles a mountain lodge style. Maybe that's what I need to do - completely re-decorate!

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