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post #21 of 51
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You guys are the best! I am getting a lot of great ideas and love the less is more theme.

I'm such a rabid purger that I have a hard time seeing decorative touches as much more than "future trash/donation". On the other hand, my husband and I both agree that staging the house really did make it feel more like a home. It's hard to strike a balance between being decluttered and making a house a home.

Please keep the ideas coming!
post #22 of 51
My problem is, I don't know what my style is! I've tried to figure it out, but no cigar. I could sit down with a stack of decorating magazines and find something in each that I really like, you know? I try to tell myself that I like a certain style, but then find myself yearning for another. I have a fear of commitment, I guess


So how does one discover personal style? I could use this help in all areas of my life, frankly. I am so completely devoid of style, and recently I have decided to try to fix that. Mostly it's because my husband has been out of work, and we've been so broke, but that's changing very soon. It's rather exciting.
post #23 of 51
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Originally Posted by mesa View Post
My problem is, I don't know what my style is! I've tried to figure it out, but no cigar. I could sit down with a stack of decorating magazines and find something in each that I really like, you know? I try to tell myself that I like a certain style, but then find myself yearning for another. I have a fear of commitment, I guess


So how does one discover personal style? I could use this help in all areas of my life, frankly. I am so completely devoid of style, and recently I have decided to try to fix that. Mostly it's because my husband has been out of work, and we've been so broke, but that's changing very soon. It's rather exciting.
it sounds to me like you have an eclectic style since you are drawn to different design styles....which is great! in your case i would just buy what you love and it will all come together in a very natural way. this doesn't mean buy every little thing that you like, just buy the pieces that you LOVE. does that make sense?

you need to keep the 5 design principals in mind...which are: line, color, texture, mass, and form. by keeping these in mind when putting your room together, your eclectic look will be unified and not look like a jumbled mess.

it's helpful to ground your space with some neutrals as well to help balance out any crazy mix of colors on pieces.

okay, just some food for thought as i head to bed.
post #24 of 51
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OMG that link is HORRIBLE! LOL! i just sat here laughing out loud and my family looked at me like i was nuts!
OMG those were the most awful things I have seen.. skeeery that people live in those houses lol.
post #25 of 51
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My problem is, I don't know what my style is! I've tried to figure it out, but no cigar. I could sit down with a stack of decorating magazines and find something in each that I really like, you know? I try to tell myself that I like a certain style, but then find myself yearning for another. I have a fear of commitment, I guess.
Yep, definitely eclectic. If you stick with your basic colors, it'll tie it all together.

As Vicki said, I think keeping the basics of decorating in mind is the most important, everything else will fall into place.
post #26 of 51
check out www.sproost.com - you can do their quiz multiple times and get new pictures every time to really figure out what type of style you're drawn to. i love that site.
post #27 of 51
Cool site! It told me I like mountain lodge, wine country, and Arts and Crafts

Which is so true, I never thought about combining them before. Check out this bedroom set we're getting ready to buy...it's the single largest purchase I've ever made (besides a car) and I'm a little weak in the knees thinking about it. What style would you call it?

http://www.a-america.com/Default.aspx?tabid=378

this is so much fun. Thank you for the help!
post #28 of 51
IncaMama - nice link. It's hilarious because I've always called my decorating style "formal country" and I came away with "traditional country" (w/wine country style, which I'm not that crazy about) which is right on.

mesa - it's "mission style" furniture. It's clean, "arts & crafts" style and it can be used in any style of decorating. Your tastes, I think, are eclectic so it can work with almost anything.
post #29 of 51
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Originally Posted by SAHDS View Post
IncaMama mesa - it's "mission style" furniture. It's clean, "arts & crafts" style and it can be used in any style of decorating. Your tastes, I think, are eclectic so it can work with almost anything.

sorry, that's not mission style. maybe a bit of arts & crafts, but only a few elements. i do think that that is what the furniture makers were going for, but it's a jumble of styles actually. with the shape of the headboard and the style of nightstand and the mirror. mission style (and arts & crafts) are very specific in line and form.....and this is not it.

this is a true mission style bedroom set (well, a modern version anyway).....

http://www.homeplacefurn.com/shop/images/cb_412.jpeg

and this is true arts and crafts style.....
http://heirloomcustom.com/wp-content...av-cabinet.jpg


in any case mesa, if you love it then get it!
post #30 of 51
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sorry, that's not mission style. maybe a bit of arts & crafts, but only a few elements. i do think that that is what the furniture makers were going for, but it's a jumble of styles actually. with the shape of the headboard and the style of nightstand and the mirror. mission style (and arts & crafts) are very specific in line and form.....and this is not it.
Yes, that's what the designer was going for, a mission style look.
post #31 of 51
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Yes, that's what the designer was going for, a mission style look.
yes, but it's not mission style. period. regardless of what they were going for.
post #32 of 51
Ok- the outhouse wallpaper would look GREAT in an outhouse..

second, I LIKED the wood paneling, cool looking towel rack, and the lighted palm tree rocks- although I wouldn't put them all together obviously..

the room that had flowered couches that matched the wallpaper made me dizzy. How could someone live there without getting a headache every day?
post #33 of 51
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the room that had flowered couches that matched the wallpaper made me dizzy. How could someone live there without getting a headache every day?
i second that thought! it was really really terrible.
post #34 of 51
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check out www.sproost.com - you can do their quiz multiple times and get new pictures every time to really figure out what type of style you're drawn to. i love that site.
interesting site. i took the quiz and here are my results......which aren't surprising at all since i know my taste well.

60% contemporary
20% arts & crafts
20% vintage modern

very cool! thanks for posting it.
post #35 of 51
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yes, but it's not mission style. period. regardless of what they were going for.
I don't know a whole heck of a lot about mission or arts and crafts, but I always thought they were usually darker woods. This furniture is solid hickory, and it's really beautifully constructed. It's not cheap either, so I'm trying to talk myself out of it.

Part of the reason I like it so much is that it seems to be kind of blank canvas furniture, you know? Like, 5-10 years from now, I could totally change the look of the room and the furniture would still work. I think I could change my room with just linens and paint with this furniture...not trendy, just classic. And for the price they're charging, it would have to last forever

Anyway, I'll stop thread jacking now Thank you for all the help!
post #36 of 51
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I don't know a whole heck of a lot about mission or arts and crafts, but I always thought they were usually darker woods. This furniture is solid hickory, and it's really beautifully constructed. It's not cheap either, so I'm trying to talk myself out of it.

Part of the reason I like it so much is that it seems to be kind of blank canvas furniture, you know? Like, 5-10 years from now, I could totally change the look of the room and the furniture would still work. I think I could change my room with just linens and paint with this furniture...not trendy, just classic. And for the price they're charging, it would have to last forever

Anyway, I'll stop thread jacking now Thank you for all the help!

you're right, they rarely did anything with wood as light as what you posted.......using mostly oak. and regardless of what style or period the style comes from, if you really love it, then that's all that matters.

there is an eclectic mix of styles going on in that set. everything from the almost "sleigh" like shaped headboard to the curved shape of the mirror. the only elements that even hints at the arts & crafts period are the "window pane" trim and the iron hardware.

but given it's very jumbled nature, you would most definitely be able to morph it into whatever style you'd like if your tastes change down the road. something you'd have a hard time doing with true mission style furniture as it really doesn't lend itself well to other styles.

oh and don't fret about investing in good furniture! i know it seems expensive up front, but it will last for years and years.
post #37 of 51
the quiz says i'm
50% zen style
25% arts and craft
25% vintage modern

i am surprised at how much that fits me! i had never heard of zen style but it really does seem to fit me well. very cool site
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by SAHDS View Post

Thanks for this. I lost all evening and a lot of this morning looking at pictures on that site lol. Scary!!!
post #39 of 51
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Originally Posted by IncaMama View Post
check out www.sproost.com - you can do their quiz multiple times and get new pictures every time to really figure out what type of style you're drawn to. i love that site.

I was 100% Modern Elegance.
post #40 of 51
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Originally Posted by IncaMama View Post
check out www.sproost.com - you can do their quiz multiple times and get new pictures every time to really figure out what type of style you're drawn to. i love that site.
okay, I took that quiz and got this "Hmm, that's odd
We couldn't identify your style based on the quiz results. Would you mind taking it again? Sorry, but we just want to be sure..." ... I pretty much hated everything I saw besides the stuff you're supposed to ignore (like windows, architectural features, color, etc...), it's not like I hate everything though, I love mission stye, and I absolutely *love* vicki's home! But I really hated the furniture and decor I saw at that site... I'm not liking it much more than the ugly site, honestly... pretty much everything I saw in those pics reminded me of stuff I saw at Ross (hate that store!) None of the stuff looked like it belonged together to me! I guess this is why I struggle with decor, lol, I have absolutely no style, apparently!... well, off to try again, maybe I will get better pictures....
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