Friend Makin Monday - My style

Monday, March 1, 2010

Today at Friend Makin' Monday we are determining interior design style via Sproost. I took the test 10 times and got totally different results each time. It's terribly inaccurate or I'm a terrible test taker. I'm leaning towards the later, but I did have fun.

My last attempt seemed to be the most accurate (I took more time with each picture, answering more carefully). 50/50 Cottage Chic and Traditional Country. It's pretty perfect because my dream living room and kitchen look like the traditional country picture and my bedrooms and bathrooms look like the cottage chic picture.


50% Cottage Chic
50% Traditional Cou
ntry


Traditional Country

Even if your backyard isn't acres of farmland and you don't actually have a chicken coop, your house sure brings you back to a time when that was the case. You love spaces that feel casual and lived in. Furniture is practical and comfortable, and yet at th
e same time its very stylish. The best part of country style is how much it highlights collection and found objects. Antiques here, garage sale finds there and Aunt Milly's hand-me-downs throughout. Unique items that used to serve very practical purposes are now on display, and their history seems to permeate the home. Each space in the home seems to invite friends and family to come in and stay a while. There is a true sense of home felt throughout.

Materials

When it comes to materials in Traditional Country homes, think rustic, warm and comfortable. Wood or natural tile floors, natural or painted wood tables and chairs, and natural materials on the soft furnishings. Stripes, plaids and florals are popular and often all are mixed in one room. Soft vintage leather and suede are common and wrought and rusty iron also reinforce the rustic nature of the rooms. Large wood pieces of furniture are very common, and help manage storage throughout the home. Wallpaper is very popular and most often highlights floral patterns. For traditional country, the concept of minimalism is avoided at all cost. It's the collections that give the space character and reinforce the lived-in nature of the spaces.

Colors

For color, spaces can go either bright and airy or soft and muted. Think of the countryside in spring and summer with yellows, bright greens and blues. Or you can go for more of a fall country day, and go a bit darker but still stay in the earth tones. Dark browns, reds and greens. Either direction you go in, be it light or dark, the key is warmth. Traditional country rooms rarely, if ever, feel cold.



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 Planning

The 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.


What's your style?

15 bubble blowin' comments:

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I am drooling over those rooms!!!

B Sparkly said...

I love the first one:) I want it NOW!!

Miki said...

Took the test 10 times, eh? And kept getting different results...it's not the most in depth test either, with a wide variety of samples. I was answering quickly the first time through and totally disagreed with the results too. When I took the time to really look and gauge my responses, it was much more accurate, Happy FMM! Miki

RayeLee said...

I like the first one, though I'm not much for Country. :)

Christina said...

OHH yes we match..well i have a bit of mountain something thrown in as well! I like the rustic look. Happy FMM~

jackie said...

Happy FMM! Love these two rooms!

Yellow House Knits said...

Very interesting. I took it twice and got French Electic the first time and Modern Elegance the second time, and I would actually say that my style is a hybrid of the two. I thought the results were particularly interesting given that there weren't any rooms that I said that I loved, so I didn't give it much to go on.

Thanks for the fun diversion!

Sara said...

Thanks for visitng my blog! I love the cottage chic! I wish I would have gotten that one

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh I LOVE that first one! So bright and cheery!! Happy FMM! :)

Amy said...

How fun! I am going to have to head over there now and check out that quiz. I am very interested to see your bathroom and the rest of your house, how you tied it together. I bet it is brilliant!

MOM OF 2 said...

I love both of those styles too. I don't remember those pictures popping up for me. I think my style might be all over the place. Ha.

Ashley said...

I love Cottage Chic! I've tried to take this test a bazillion times, and I always get something different! :D

I absolutely adore you blog! It just makes me smile! Love it!

Thank you for stopping by and visiting mine last week! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get around to visiting yours! I've just been super busy these last few days!
I soo look forward to being a reader and getting to know you!

Have a wonderful week!
Lots of smiles!

Mommy of Two said...

I really like the second picture!

Very cute blog!

thatgirlblogs said...

my house is like #1. or it was until my kids starting messing it all up.

onestylemile said...

i love Sproost...it aptly described my style as "Hollywood Couture" haha...although I do think ima bit of "Shabby Chic" too.

love your blog designs...stopping by from SITS

~persis.
http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

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