Tuesday, June 26, 2007

design styles When I was in Dallas last summer, I got to stay with both my sister and a good friend from college. I have always admired both of them for their decorating abilities. LeAnn always made our college dorm look cozy and inviting. Sarah has always had cute rooms and decorations. Whenever I visit either of them I have to guard my heart from coveting after what they have--both their decorations and their knack for decorating! Which is kinda funny since their styles couldn't be more different!! LeAnn is more homespun cottage with a touch of romantic or country depending on which room you are being hugged by at the moment. And, I love it. Her home is so warm and inviting. Sarah, on the other hand, uses a more contemporary style with a touch of Tuscan from her beautiful wrought-iron accessories that adorn nearly every room in her new home. And, I love it too. Her home is also warm and inviting--just in a different way. I love that as women, we get to add touches of beauty to the world around us. I enjoy visiting Sarah and LeAnn's homes to see how they are creating beauty in their living spaces, to see how they are expressing parts of their personalities through decorating the areas around them. Since I love both of their styles and then have my own style preferences too, it shouldn't be a surprise what the results were to this really fun quiz I took from hgtv.com. According to their twelve questions, my design style is "eccentric with a touch of sweet and classy." They say: "for you, it's all about the mix. Any style is welcome in your world as long as it complements something else. You're drawn to funky interiors and eye-catching color combinations (think red and blue, orange and turquoise, purple and gold). You like contrasting patterns and unconventional architecture. You enjoy furnishings that remind you of your travels mixed with modern pieces and offbeat antiques." I think they hit the nail on the head (except for maybe the color combo thing). They also suggested for decorating inspiration, I should look at rooms in one of these three styles: eclectic, southwestern, and Mediterranean. Of these three, I like the eclectic best. Some of the Mediterranean style rooms appeal to me; however, I personally don't care for the southwestern style in my own living space. I do, however, like the styles they call contemporary, transitional, and Asian (I wonder why?). Oh, and just for FYI, I really like this Asian style living room. [The top photo is my "pre-pink" bedroom; my mom made the curtains for me. The bottom photo was taken in my living room two years ago (and not much has changed since then). My mom and I sewed the pillows in Texas, and my students helped me stuff them and stitch them closed here in Taiwan.] So, what is your decorating style?

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