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vm9799's Avatar vm9799 02:58 PM 03-12-2009
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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.

Pinoikoi's Avatar Pinoikoi 03:00 PM 03-12-2009
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?
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 03:01 PM 03-12-2009
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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.
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 03:17 PM 03-12-2009
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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.
mesa's Avatar mesa 03:23 PM 03-12-2009
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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!
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 03:29 PM 03-12-2009
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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.
mama_daba's Avatar mama_daba 03:35 PM 03-12-2009
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
hillymum's Avatar hillymum 03:38 PM 03-12-2009
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Thanks for this. I lost all evening and a lot of this morning looking at pictures on that site lol. Scary!!!
hillymum's Avatar hillymum 03:51 PM 03-12-2009
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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.

I was 100% Modern Elegance.
Ygle's Avatar Ygle 04:08 PM 03-12-2009
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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.
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....
IncaMama's Avatar IncaMama 04:51 PM 03-12-2009
ygle - i've gotten that message before too so i just did it again a few times. i usually come out w/traditional, nantucket (what's that??) and arts & crafts.
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 06:04 PM 03-12-2009
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ygle - i've gotten that message before too so i just did it again a few times. i usually come out w/traditional, nantucket (what's that??) and arts & crafts.
nantucket is a "beachy-cottage" style. like cape cod. lots of crisp whites and breezy blues with warm wood tones mixed in. earthy but beachy.
IncaMama's Avatar IncaMama 07:17 PM 03-12-2009
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nantucket is a "beachy-cottage" style. like cape cod. lots of crisp whites and breezy blues with warm wood tones mixed in. earthy but beachy.
weird. i don't like beachy at all. at least not what i think of as beachy. i like the nantucket architectural style, i think...but interior design, not as much i dont think.

maybe i should read more about it. i remember seeing a lot of wicker, though, which i HATE.
SAHDS's Avatar SAHDS 08:17 PM 03-12-2009
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i remember seeing a lot of wicker, though, which i HATE.
UGH, I LOATHE wicker. I do enjoy rattan, though.
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 10:43 PM 03-12-2009
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weird. i don't like beachy at all. at least not what i think of as beachy. i like the nantucket architectural style, i think...but interior design, not as much i dont think.

maybe i should read more about it. i remember seeing a lot of wicker, though, which i HATE.
nantucket style is an upscale beachy style. it mixes classic pieces with that coastal feel.....much like the architectural style. think natural materials of cottons and linens, comfy furniture, warm wood tones and textures like baskets, and colors on the muted palette......white, blues, greens, greys. actually, wicker is in the "cottage chic" style, so not the same thing....although that is really a personal preference for most people. nantucket style is really gorgeous when done right.

and i too hate wicker.
IncaMama's Avatar IncaMama 09:57 AM 03-13-2009
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nantucket style is an upscale beachy style. it mixes classic pieces with that coastal feel.....much like the architectural style. think natural materials of cottons and linens, comfy furniture, warm wood tones and textures like baskets, and colors on the muted palette......white, blues, greens, greys. actually, wicker is in the "cottage chic" style, so not the same thing....although that is really a personal preference for most people. nantucket style is really gorgeous when done right.

and i too hate wicker.
hm...i dunno, i like VERY dark wood. espresso or black. i hate light wood, actually. really bugs me. lol i do like very simple, clean lines though.

but i also love very very bold colors. purples, oranges, greens. but with a traditional backdrop, kwim? like a bright green wall with espresso furniture. and orange/purple pillows. HAHAHA

LOL what style is that?? LMAO
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 11:43 AM 03-13-2009
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hm...i dunno, i like VERY dark wood. espresso or black. i hate light wood, actually. really bugs me. lol i do like very simple, clean lines though.

but i also love very very bold colors. purples, oranges, greens. but with a traditional backdrop, kwim? like a bright green wall with espresso furniture. and orange/purple pillows. HAHAHA

LOL what style is that?? LMAO
sounds to me like you just like traditional (edging on more contemporary with the clean lines) style with a more artistic "i don't take my home too seriously" love for bold color. it doesn't really change your style, just your color palette.

traditional style can be very bright, bold and dramatic while at the same time achieving a clean-lined, functional space. there are some amazing geometric prints out there for upholstery, window treatments, or pillows that can help achieve that look as well, while still using traditional furniture pieces and in a traditional arrangement.

here are some perfect examples of traditional style done in bright bold colors:

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4 (this one is a bit more eclectic but most of the pieces are traditional done in more modern materials)

okay.....i'm not sure if that's helpful at all, but i hope so!
Pinoikoi's Avatar Pinoikoi 01:56 PM 03-13-2009
I love my wicker.. I spray paint it different colors all the time! I have a black one with blue and silver throw pillows on it that is a rocker in the family room (my theme in there is OLD Hollywood- I have Marilyn Monroe pictures and pillows and Fred Astaire, Greta Garbo, and Audrey Hepburn).. I have mirrored stars on the walls and two blue/silver futons..

I have standard wicker seating in my living room. I spray painted those ones gold and have red and gold pillows on them.. they fit in beautifully with my Asian/Bombay theme that is in there.. they are very versatile as I can rearrange them in different formations often..

I am 60% Asian, with a sprinkling of Modern Contemporary and Modern Elegance.. which makes COMPLETE sense to me.

Dh and I SO love a room that has that ONE unexpected piece in it.. like a zebra striped chair.. but I have always assumed that MOST of our taste is Asian/polynesian.. (Asian, but the more balmy side of it..)
IncaMama's Avatar IncaMama 02:33 PM 03-13-2009
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sounds to me like you just like traditional (edging on more contemporary with the clean lines) style with a more artistic "i don't take my home too seriously" love for bold color. it doesn't really change your style, just your color palette.

traditional style can be very bright, bold and dramatic while at the same time achieving a clean-lined, functional space. there are some amazing geometric prints out there for upholstery, window treatments, or pillows that can help achieve that look as well, while still using traditional furniture pieces and in a traditional arrangement.

here are some perfect examples of traditional style done in bright bold colors:

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4 (this one is a bit more eclectic but most of the pieces are traditional done in more modern materials)

okay.....i'm not sure if that's helpful at all, but i hope so!
yup, love them!!!

thank you!!!

i'm gonna go look for some more pics online for inspiration.
vm9799's Avatar vm9799 02:38 PM 03-13-2009
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yup, love them!!!

thank you!!!

i'm gonna go look for some more pics online for inspiration.
glad to help as this is what i "do" ! feel free to pm me if you have any other, more in depth, questions. i promise i won't charge you! lol!
mommaof3boz's Avatar mommaof3boz 09:09 PM 03-13-2009
100% Nantucket. I agree. However, I do like Arts n Crafts in the pic VM9799 posted of the built in cabinet. And I love all things Wright.
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