The hard thing about decorating is that I like A LOT of things. And, I like things that don’t really go together. As I am in my personality, it is also with my decorating style – I’m a walking contradiction.

I LOVE color, but it scares me. Neutrals are safe.

I enjoy trends, but I’m all about CLASSICS.

I love being BOLD, but sometimes I just want to blend.

I adore high end looks, but I’m all about BUDGET shopping.

What’s worse is that I like a little bit of every style. I like the clean lines of the MODERN look. I love the lush fabrics (i.e. silk) in FORMAL/GLAM. I like the quirkiness of the BOHEMIAN/ECLECTIC look. I like the “homey” look of RUSTIC design. And like I said, I love the CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY look. Bottom line, I guess I’m not sure what my dominant style is?

So, I took a cue from one of my bloggy friends (and a dear friend from high school), Becky. **Please check out her Etsy site [amazing bags and handcrafted pieces] and awesome blog [she’s a new mommy and one of the ones that gets me excited about parenthood someday]** and tried to find my decorating style.

Though I didn’t have any magic epiphanies or revelations, it was fun to get confirmation that I do really like a lot of different styles. Here are a few: 🙂

This quiz that Becky used was a great help but did come up different each time I took it (yes, I took it 3 times)… but per them, my [sort of] decorating style is…

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?

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.

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.

I’m not really all that obsessed with WHITE so I’m not sure that one totally fits. I get the comfort thing though, for sure.

This one was kind of fun because the questions were hardly related to decorating but more about personality:

Your style is Modern and Sleek

You strive for clean lines, smooth surfaces and up-to-date looks. You prefer high contrast such as black and white. You buy quality furniture but slightly out of the ordinary. You read up-to-date fashion magazines. You like to look current but not too trendy. You do not like clutter; everything has a place in your home. You have very few knick-knacks but what you display is fine art and sculptures. You strive to be the best at work and at home. When you entertain you invite a mixture of well-traveled people. You like new things and don’t see the appeal of most antiques. You will try new colors and different furniture placements.

You grew up in a home where nothing ever changed so now you seek and strive to not be stuck in an old decade. Your decorating challenge is to add warmth and comfort to your living spaces.

I LOVE antiques, so that was way off. I guess this kind of fits, but I don’t consider myself ULTRA modern either. I mean, it has to be comfortable. But I hate clutter, so I think that’s where the modern part comes from.

I used to watch (and make fun of) this design show on HGTV and I feel like this one is more accurate but it just adds in more contradictions…

Ethnic Eclectic

Your style is a mix of bohemian chic and contemporary ethnic flair. Whether you travel extensively or shop locally, chances are good that your home is filled with a collection of interesting accessories. By contrast, a neutral color scheme and furniture with simple lines is the best backdrop to accentuate your most colorful pieces. To achieve this mix-and-match design style, look to nature. “The concern with the environment is playing a big role in interior design trends – from colors you find in nature, to high-end natural fibers in wall coverings, to exotic woods and stone being used throughout the home,” says Denise Turner, an interior designer in Alta Loma, California. It’s all about simple lines and natural materials as a backdrop for your collectables and artwork.

Design Tips for Ethnic Eclectic
Contemporary and chic accessories go with any style. Dress up family-friendly comfort in the dining room with a sophisticated Murano glass light fixture that’s out of the reach of little hands. Or, make the master bedroom your grown-up retreat with soothing colors from the garden and a wooden platform bed with a trendy upholstered headboard.

I’ve taken this same quiz before and gotten Contemporary Eclectic.It kind of fits, but the ethnic part throws me off. It’s not that all like all these crazy artifacts in the house, it’s that I love traveling and just wish I could do more of it. And, I love unique things.

So… I’m not sure what to think anymore! I guess I need to coin a description for my own decorating style. I think I’ll call it….

Contempary Ecletic Modern Comfort
C.E.M.C. emmthusiasts love it all. Your mottos is “Simple is best, except when it isn’t”. You can be found dreaming in stores like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and Ethan Allen, but found shopping in stores like Target, World Market and Pier One. You love color but fear that it will take over a room. You’ll buy patterned throw pillows until you die even though your husband hates them and thinks they serve no point. You love to mix the old and new and you love to find that one unique thing that no one else has. You want people to be comfy in your house but you also want it to have that “wow” factor. You feel most at home with the classics and are still drooling over that chocolate brown leather couch you can’t afford, but love to throw something funky in… Think peacock feathers! You adore natural light and will often be found opening the curtains and windows that your husband has just closed. Clutter gives you anxiety attacks but modern pieces make you think of a Beverly Hills doctor’s office. You adore nature and love bringing the outside in – stones, deep dark woods, metal, glass and fabrics. You love vases filled with fresh flowers and the special touches that make a house a home. But, at any given time, all of this could change because your decorating style is schizophrenic.
Yeah, that fits.
And so does this room…

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