Saturday, August 28, 2010

Home Design Style...

Do you know what yours is? Mine is:

55% Rustic Revival
36% Nantucket Chic
9% Cottage Chic

I discovered this by taking the style quiz at Sproost. It was really quick and easy and I think that my results cover off on my design aesthetic pretty well. If you're interested in finding out more about your style, you should head over there.

My percentage allocation means a whole bunch of things that I'm going to document here along with images so that I can refer back to this when various pretty things on the Internet strike my fancy. I've also included some of the images that they show to detail out each style. All of this comes from the Sproost site.

Rustic Revival

  • Urban Country
  • A mix of modern and country. 
  • Clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix
  • Appeals to young and old alike. 


  • Material palette  runs the gamut because of the two extremes being mixed. 
  • Countryside: lots of wood, woven rope, canvas and linen, rustic metals and wrought iron, cowhide and vintage leather. 
  • Modern side: acrylic, satin and polished nickel and chrome, glass, faux fur, refined leather, fiberglass and sleek woods. 
  • Floor Coverings: Seagrass and natural woven materials, Concrete and natural wood floors are very popular, and work really well together.
  • Think light, casual and airy. 
  • Colors that make nice, subtle backdrops: White, pale gray or beige, khaki and sage
  • Reference colors from: natural linen, concrete, iron, rust
  • Key: keep the spaces feeling open and yet warm  
  • Go light on walls and major pieces 
  • Use color on accents and accessories

Nantucket Style

  • Think Beach
  • The feeling of the seaside is both abstract and literal in the design of your space. 


  • Art and accessories: Things that remind you of the coast. Pieces of driftwood, pictures or paintings of views
  • Fabrics: Natural, cottons and linens and are light in color and touch.
  • Furniture: Wood or wood framed (the lighter the better) and wicker, when done right, is a must.


  • White, light beiges and grays of the sand and driftwood
  • Variety of blues for the ocean and sky
  • Greens and vibrant blues of the sea glass
  • Key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and have a laid back mood

 Space Planning

  • Furniture: Comfortable 
  • Layout: Cozy 
  • Space: Both durable and casual

Cottage Chic

  • Love the carefree spirit of cottage interiors, but also appreciate modern art & hip treasures
  • Love old and new alike, and love to highlight them to expose the uniqueness of each
  • Light Background


  • Accessories: Bring humor into space
  • Fabrics:Natural (cottons and linens) and light in touch. 
  • Furniture: Wood or wood framed (the lighter the better) and used sparingly or with modern lines, wicker here and there.


  • Colors are similar to colors in Nantucket Chic section.
  • Key is balance of old and new

Space Planning

  • Encourages intimate gatherings 
  • The color throughout is light and airy
  • The main color seen and felt throughout the house is white or very light versions of colors that feel almost white. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

Color Test

Happened upon this test online, which tells you aspects of your personality based on color selection. A snapshot of my results are below... I think it's kind of cool that it comes up with all of this over just a few clicks of the mouse. If you have 5 minutes to spare, check it out :)

You are 45 % extrovert and 55 % introvert.

Independently of any order of importance :
You are intellectual and intelligent, you wonder and you inquire before taking any action.
You are also creative, you always have new ideas, and your inspiration comes from the inside.
Finally you are strong-willed and active, your actions are determined by your own will, by the goals you settled for yourself, and by your need to act and to move forward.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

But Will It Make You Happy?

Did you see this article in Sunday's New York Times? If you missed it, you can luckily still read it right here. It talks about how spending money in different ways impacts happiness. If you have 5 minutes, you should read it. It made me think a little bit more about what is really important to spend my money on and what might just be something that will just suit my fancy for a short period of time.

While the article may not entirely agree, one of the things that I've been spending my money on lately is my new favorite drink:
The XXX flavor is the best! And for a little thing, it has definitely been putting a smile on my face!

Monday, August 9, 2010


So this morning I looked outside of our bedroom window to see this...
Let's take a closer look. What was once up here...
...was now on our dog run fence.
My first thought... when did that happen?! No big deal that we sleep with the window open, right by where this giant tree branch fell and had no clue. Looks like we can sleep through anything, and I'm not sure that's a good thing!

My second thought... who's supposed to pay for that? As you can tell, it's from a tree in our neighbor's yard. Dan said she stopped by this afternoon and told him that a tree guy was going to be coming who could also work on fences, but we're still slightly fuzzy on what exactly that means to us from a cost perspective. Time will tell.

I'm just glad that this guy wasn't out there when it happened.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Summer Fun!

July was a really busy month for us. We had two weddings to attend and spent a few weeks in Michigan with family and friends. It was so much fun being back in the mitten. We are really lucky to have such a great network of people out there to hang out with. Since we drove out there, Charlie was able to tag along with us on all of our adventures. I'm pretty sure he had a better vacation then we did. Here he is at Dan's parents' lake house loving life by the water:

We had a great time too and can't wait to go back next year :)