Thursday, March 4, 2010

Home Style + another Giveaway

Home Goods is an incredible resource for chic, yet affordable home decor. So, when I found a "Home Style" quiz on the Home Goods website, I just couldn't resist! Here are my very accurate results:

Natalie, you are an EARTHY CASUAL

You're interested in creating a welcoming home where people feel comfortable and happiness flourishes. You appreciate the warmth and individuality of natural materials and handcrafted things and are inspired by colors and forms from nature. You love mixing up different textures and are sensitive to the tactile qualities of objects. Your style is grounded and solid, not flighty or frilly. And you are never taken in by the trend of the moment.

You value serenity. While there are probably a lot of interesting things in your home, they are joined by your taste or a certain palette that keeps them in harmony. You appreciate the beauty in simple forms. Whether fancy or plain, you appreciate things that are well made and function as well as they look. You also have a strong respect for the environment and craftsmanship. You care about how things are made, and how they are used.
Putting Your Style to Work!
With your style and needs in mind, here are a few tips that will help you make your home a little happier.
1. Your Design Challenge: UNIFY The good news is, you probably have many things you love and have collected, and no one would ever say your home is boring! You've done the hard part; now you just need to pull it all together. If your furniture seems like a mish-mash, unify it through similar upholsters or slipcovers. When grouping objects, try to find something they have in common. If they share a shape, color or material, they will look like a collection. A tray is every decorator's secret weapon for making groups of small objects look purposeful and sculptural. If your accessories are all over the map, try subduing the upholstery or wall color, so your small items are the stars. 
2. Your Happy Place
Choose a color or two that harmonizes with the tableware you already own, and collect things like linens, glasses, dessert plates, or platters in those hues. This is a fantastic way to liven up a plain, white table setting. And if you can, set the table the night before a dinner party, so you can really take pleasure in tending to the details.
3. Be Party-Ready All the Time!
 Mood: Nice, flattering light makes us feel good. So nix the harsh, direct light from overhead fixtures in favor of the softer glow from floor and table lamps. Also, keep some votive candles and a couple of hurricane lanterns for setting around the room.

Scent: The first thing you notice about a home is how it smells. Use naturally fragrant cleaning products. If you find a scented candle or fresh potpourri you love, stock up on it. Any scent you like, whether perfume or linen spray, can be used on upholstery, bedding or just spritzed into the air.

Food: Devote space in your pantry or on a shelf for go-to party essentials: crackers, dip, chips, nuts—whatever you like to serve. Keep on hand a collection of attractive bowls and cocktail napkins, and you'll be able to set a spread—instantly!

Drink: The simplest and chicest thing is to have a drinks tray or table always set up. Include a mix of pretty glasses, an ice bucket, a lovely pitcher, and bottles of soda and water. When the bell rings, just add ice and limes.

Thanks to all of you design-savvy bloggers and your posts full of incredible decorating and party-hosting ideas, I already follow each of these guidelines. So, my first thought after reading my results was "wow, I guess I'm doing something right!" Very reassuring for an avid decorator :)

Click here to take the Home Goods Style Quiz and leave a comment, letting me know what style you are and if you think your results are accurate!

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Also, be sure to check out this amazing giveaway over at High-Heeled Foot in the Door. Up for grabs: THREE GALLONS OF PAINT!


That is way too good of a giveaway to pass up. Click here to enter ~ good luck! :)

5 comments:

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

Yay! Love paint!! And I wanted to let you know about the "lead transfer method". It's something I've been doing for years and thought i was the brilliant one to invent it...but alas, I've found lots of tuts out there for it.
A really good one can be found at http://www.livingwithlindsay.com/2010/01/teach-me-tuesday-pencil-rubbing-design.html
The only difference I would note in my technique is I ONLY lead the edges of the image, not the entire back. I trace around each letter by looking at it through a window.

A Wedding Story said...

Thanks for the help on the graphics, however the girl you listed is the one who did my Etsy banner and never got back to me. It's hard to do business like that. I'm so lost, I don't even know where to start!

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

thanks for sharing this....love quizzes! thanks for stopping by the blog....giveaways the whole month!

you look so adorable! grateful for another blogger friend!

stephen said...

The collection of Metroloft includes a wide range of RTA Home Furniture for designing your home in a modern way.

Life with Kaishon said...

Home Goods is like one of my favorite places on the planet. Every month I look at the budget and see if I can eek out some dollars for that store : )

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