Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quizness Bizness: Defining Your Style

Today I completed Challenge #2 from Vintage Revivals' Fearlessly Finding Awesome club. If you missed them, you can also check out my posts about Challenge #5 (my DIY uniform - it involves a feral kitten) and Challenge #1 (how I want my home to feel - in a word, "quelegant").

Challenge #2 was pretty simple. Mandi Gubler directed us to visit the HomeGoods website to take a 10-question Stylescope Quiz. I don't often take online quizzes, though I used to be a big devotee of them in Seventeen and YM a few years back. Okay, maybe more than a few years back, but who's counting? I'm not, because I've lost count. Lost count of the gray hairs infiltrating my temples, that is. So, yeah, more than a few years back I used to love to take personality quizzes. It was actually pretty fun to take one again, especially because this one was quick and easy and had fun visual questions. After selecting my answers, the HomeGoods quiz gods gave me my style results:


You keep up with culture, style, and trends, but have a classical appreciation for beautiful forms and well-made, functional objects. You are inspired by good design and quality craftsmanship, but have a sense of the theatrical and the fun. You liven things up and infuse personality into your rooms. You like how something ornate mixes with modern, or how daring flourishes, like bold color or a wild pattern, can inject some humor and contrast to the serious, straight lines of modern pieces. You are a style leader, and your friends look to you for advice. You are not afraid of glamour. Because you embrace color, art, and elegance, your home makes a happy impact.
You value creativity. You are stylish and fun loving, and can be an inspiration to others. You have a natural sense of drama, and you know you have to be willing to take risks—whether with colors, finishes, furniture choices, or ideas—for your home to stand out. Your home can be happy and lively and the place all of your friends want to be.

I think that was pretty spot on in a flattering sort of way, like any good quiz or horoscope. It definitely described what I want my home to be. There were a couple useful extra tidbits:

1. Your Design Challenge: UNIFYThe good news is, you probably have many things you love and have collected, and no one would ever say your home is boring! You've done the hard part; now you just need to pull it all together. If your furniture seems like a mish-mash, unify it through similar upholsters or slipcovers. When grouping objects, try to find something they have in common. If they share a shape, color or material, they will look like a collection. A tray is every decorator's secret weapon for making groups of small objects look purposeful and sculptural. If your accessories are all over the map, try subduing the upholstery or wall color, so your small items are the stars.

Yep. Unifying my look is definitely my big challenge, like I talked about when I made up the lovely word quelegant. Hey, it's better than elegirky, right? And:

Putting Color to Use!
Don't forget that color looks best when paired with some neutrals for a little visual relief. If you go wild on the walls or with your upholstery, pull back a little on the rugs or curtains or vice versa. Each room can definitely have its own color palette, but think of your home as a whole, with each room transitioning to the next. Some tricks: go for fairly neutral hues in hallways, or add some colors from one room into the neighboring room, even in the form of accessories or fabrics.

Pretty basic advice, but good to remember. You can head on over and take the Stylescope Quiz here. Come back and let me know what they say about you, and if you think the results are right or wrong.

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