Thursday, September 25, 2008

My decoration (really? Try the quiz yourself).

The Shopping Sherpa mentioned this quiz , which purports to describe your decorating style.

Here's what it said about the answers I supplied - although to have the word troglodyte included does not, to me feel complimentary, nor the assumption that I have or may fall victim to 'designer cliche' (wouldn't say I have) and not all the images it supplied of 'things you'd like' were things I did like...Nevertheless, it's an interesting way to consider choices and ideas:


There's nothing quaintly countrified when it comes drawing inspiration from nature. You have an elemental approach to interior design, certainly in terms of colour, texture and (most of all) materials. It's going to take guts to even attempt to pull off the look: you not only see the beauty in wild flowers but in field grasses and scrubland too.

Living Room

You love connecting with nature and the world outside. The rustic living room is cousin to the country cottage, but it's altogether earthier and more rugged, almost troglodyte. There's something elemental about this look, which embodies the romantic spirit of a pilgrim and celebrates the independence of the hermit. That said, it can be warm and welcoming -- a respite or sanctuary from the world outside. It's about the homespun and the homely, about authenticity and log-cabin cosiness. Country-style accessories will help to soften the overall look without compromising on integrity. Vibrant, jewel-like colours command attention while bold prints add character and personality. Curled up on the sofa with a good book, your living room's the perfect place for some "me-time".


Your bedroom benefits from a lovely feminine touch. Sleep is fundamentally important to our well being. Clean, fresh air can truly aid sleep, but so, too, does a well-made bed and the best mattress you can afford. Touch is an important issue in the bedroom, from crisp, linen sheets to wool or even sheepskin underfoot. You like to surround yourself with pretty frills and flounces in your bedroom, using light, bright colours to create a refreshing retreat that's easy on the eye.

Dining Room

You're a maestro of minimalism using carefully chosen ingredients. At home, 'less-is-more' simplicity appears effortlessly stylish. With so little on show, every single item comes under scrutiny, so it's important that you give time and thought to your choice of china, glass and cutlery. Try to avoid the 'designer cliche' trap, whereby every single piece has impeccable provenance: at best this looks like showing off, at worst it's sadly predictable. When it comes to entertaining, you like to make an effort for family and friends.

Home Office

A little of what you fancy does you good -- even when you're working. Making a dedicated space for a home office really does make sense: a desk with adjustable task lighting and adequate filing is all you need to keep on top of things. Your innate sense of style will probably lead you to creating a work space that's as individual as the rest of your home. Just bear in mind basic ergonomic principles, especially when choosing a desk and chair.


Your home is a canny combination of styles and references: the log cabin but also the tree house, the hermit's retreat, but also the childhood den.


Isabelle said...

Love that quilt, by the way. Great colours and shapes.

rooruu said...

Thank you, Isabelle. This section was from a graduated set of hand-dyes (you are going to have to investigate quilting you know - it's soothing and delightful and cat-friendly, although this house is uncatted).