Confirmation! (Vindication?)

Who doesn’t love a good quiz?

I found this decorating quiz via another blog I hit on completely by chance — and it’s a fun one.

Take a minute and take it. (Go ahead, come back when you’re done.)

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How’d it work for you? Just as I suspected — I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll (if by country you mean cottage and by rock-n-roll you mean arts & crafts).

Specifically:

40% Cottage Chic

40% Arts & Crafts

20% Mountain Lodge

Or, in a funny coincidence, as I wrote to my friend Kev last week, before even knowing a darn thing about this quiz…(and with apologies to Donnie & Marie):

I’m a little bit country, and I’m a little bit arts & crafts. I’m a little bit Martha and Morris*, with a little bit of Lloyd Wright in my soul. Don’t know if it’s good or bad, but I know I love it so. I’m a little bit cottage, and I’m a little bit arts & crafts.

No surprise our house is the “eclectic” decorating mix it is. (Don’t you love designer-speak — that’s “mishmash” to everyone else.)

It’s why we have a lodgey, rustic, handmade stool…

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Living next to some cottagey birdhouses and a basket full of primitive hearts…

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On the hearth of our very arts & crafts fireplace…

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So, if you just ignore our 1940s sort of Hepplewhite dining room and my traditionalish cherry office furniture and the contemporary (i.e., cheap) assemble-it-yourself entertainment center and assorted flea market and given-to-us pieces scattered throughout the house, it’s like we have a style! That we planned!

‘Know thyself?’ If I knew myself, I’d run away.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

*William Morris

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17 Comments

  1. robbie said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I wish they had more pictures. I was 50% arts & crafts and 50% traditional country (which at first sounded frightening until I read their definition). Love the idea of the quiz but how, really, can you ignore the four walls, ceilings and floors?

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    I didn’t read the “instructions” until afterward, so based my answers on the overall room. (I agree — how can you ignore major parts of the room?)

  3. Rege said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    33%,33%,34% I’m thinking you could read this a couple different ways.

  4. WritingbyEar said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    What do you mean, a couple different ways? And Robbie, I think there were a lot of pictures. I kept saying “like it” to a bunch of them and it kept showing me more and more? Like 15 or 20?

  5. Rege said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    One way would be ‘I don’t care”

  6. WritingbyEar said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Now there’s a surprise.

  7. Rege said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Another would be that I’m a true Renaissance man. Not hung-up by preconceived notions of what, or what is not, “in” or passe’.

  8. WritingbyEar said,

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    I vote #1.

  9. THE CHAPPY said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

    ok, so i took the quiz twice and each time 100% arts and crafts! however i think it was all crap, especially the 2nd quiz. i liked the 1st with the nice matching pair of chairs, settle and two cabinets, but beyond that did not like anything…especially given interiors were not part of the choice. i have much better style sense, aesthetics and sophistication than any of the photos. i am 80% english arts and crafts, 10% gothic revival (9% gothic, 1% 17th century english) and 10% aesthetic movement…who needs a quiz to tell me that?

  10. WritingbyEar said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 10:13 am

    This is why boys should not take quizzes — you all take it so seriously. Women know they’re full of crap and just for fun. (Don’t ever read Cosmo or even glance at the cover in the checkout line.)

  11. THE CHAPPY said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:40 am

    will heed your advice!

  12. robbie said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Are there interior photos from Venus and Mars?

  13. WritingbyEar said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Interesting idea — a la “Designing for the Sexes” on HGTV…

  14. Facie said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I took the quiz four times, and each time the result was different:
    1st time: modern elegance
    2nd time: 50 classic and 50 traditional Asian
    3rd time: Nantucket style
    4th time: traditional country

    I think this just confirms that not only can I not make a decision on my own, but I also have no discernible taste (or maybe just a lot of taste!). The quiz was challenging for me because I would find a table I loved (I do generally like clean, straight lines), but then the lamp would be ugly. Or I would love the shape of a couch, but the wall hangings or accessories were awful.

    Really, there were a number of things about a lot of the rooms that I loved, and if someone would come and decorate my house like almost any of those rooms, I am sure I would be happy.

  15. WritingbyEar said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yes, it is all kind of relative. All the rooms were lovely in their own way. I can appreciate any of them — some more in someone else’s house though.

  16. WARREN said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    As I figured, my score was 0%. As you can tell from my furnishings.

  17. WritingbyEar said,

    Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    So, let’s talk furnishings when you come over — we have too many; clearly you need some (nicer)… Although, didn’t a lot of what you have come from me?


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