4/29/2009

What's Your Style?

What's Your Style?
A Design Challenge...
Hello my friends! I'm so excited about today's post..."What's Your Style? A Design Challenge"!

My sweet and very talented friend Vicky over at "Room Service - Decorating 101" has issued a design challenge! Last Sunday, April 26th, Vicky did a post called "It's So Me". She said that she was asked to join the posts going around where you show your "true" style in only one picture.

Hmmm....the challenge is to find a picture...just ONE picture...that shows your "true" style!

So I thought it would be great fun to join in and take on this design challenge, "What's Your Style?"...I mean, how hard can this be? I know what I like and I believe that I can find a photo that perfectly describes my design style!!!

Ohhh my...after spending an hour on the computer, searching all of my archived files of "favorite rooms"...I realized that this challenge was harder than I first thought! I really love so many different styles and I think my home's decor proves this to be true! To find just one photo that entirely expresses my "true design style"...what I love best and what my dream home would look like...took some thinking!!!

This is the one photo that describes my "design style" best!
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This magnificent home belongs to my dear sweet friend Vanna!

I just love every detail...it's simply gorgeous! If I could start over, had the time and the money...this is what my home would look like! Ahhhh...can't a Girl dream? This would be my "dream home"!!! Don't get me wrong, I love my home and I'm very appreciative of what the Lord has blessed me with...but remember this is the "What's Your Style Design Challenge"!

Okay...for those of you who are up to accepting this Design Challenge...I think it would be interesting to include at least five reasons why..."this is so you"!

Five Reasons: This Room Is So Me...

1. I love the colors! I really do love the deep, rich colors used in this room...the sagey greens, the deep dark reds, and the beautiful creamy ivorys! I find myself drawn to darker, moody rooms. It feels as though it's reaching out and wrapping it's warm, cozy arms around me...I feel a security in this!!! I'm not sure what this says about me...but this one thing I do know, the design style that you love...speaks volumes about who and what you are!

2. I love the ambiance of this room! This room just exudes "Old World" charm! I love the distressed looking walls...the drapery fabric...the antique art...the furniture! I love anything and everything that is old/antique! I'd buy an old home, with it's old architectural elements, any day over a brand new home! I love a home/room that feels like it has some history to it! Ahhh...if only walls could talk!

3. I love the design style! I love, love, love anything with French styling!!! Ohhh, the fabulous French furniture...just look at that beautiful table and chairs! The lamp, accessories, and the ornate scrolled design of the window shade...all so fabulously French!!! The heavy ornate frames on the art...and Ohhh, the art!!!

4. The details! I really do believe that great style is made by the astute attention given to even the littlest of details!!! Look at the beautiful ornate piece that sits atop the window valance...to each side, two fabulous french vases...with a large handled tray sitting between! The fabulous Louis Vuitton cases stacked under the table and chair...another case and point of "the details" as well as the sweet vignettes atop the table and glass doored cabinet!!!

5. "More is better!" I know that Vanna is definitely NOT a "less is better" kind of gal and I like her philosophy!!! It is the concept of "more is better", that in my opinion, makes a house a home! I love being surrounded by all the things that I love! Things of beauty...things of sentimental value...I love things!!! Hehe! Just as Vanna has collected all of those magnificent little ornate boxes...I have my favorite collections as well, red transferware and white ironstone, and I love to display them...enjoy their beauty every day! They just make me feel good!!! Being surrounded by the things that I love gives me a sence of belonging! I suppose that as long as I have at least a narrow pathway that I can move from room to room by...I'm happy!

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I just have to say...that I love Vanna's entire home!!! I had a difficult time choosing which photo of her home to use for this challenge...I ended up using the "fireproof" method of choosing one...you know, "Eeny, Meny, Miney, Moe..." Hehe!!!

Vanna is one of the most talented women that I know! She has a "natural eye" for fabulous interior design...and the proof is seen and enjoyed in every room of her home!!! Thank you Vanna...for giving this old gal lots and lots of viewing pleasure...inspiring me to widen my design horizons...and giving me sweet dreams to dream and hope for!!! Love you, my dear sweet friend!!!

For more of Vanna's fabulous home, you can visit her blog, "Delusions of Grandeur"!

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Well my friends, I hope that you enjoyed "my take" on "What's Your Style...A Design Challenge"! And now...I pass on this challenge to you!!!


What's Your Design Style?

I'd just love to see what "is soooo you"! You can learn alot about a person by seeing what design style "floats their boat"! Hehe!!!
Thank you so much Vicky...for putting forth this Design Challenge! And while I had lots of fun, I must admit that it was pretty thought provoking!!!

If you haven't ever been over to Vicky's place...do yourself a favor and pay Vicky a visit...I can guarantee that you won't be sorry!!! Vicky is a professional Design Consultant and she has the most delightful blog! Each post offers such thought provoking, inspirational designs and ideas!!! Vicky also has one of the most beautiful homes that I've ever seen! And...if I were to be challenged on exterior/landscaping designs...Vicky's fabulous yard and property would be at the top of my list of "all time favorites"!!! It would be my "dream yard" for certain!!!
Just click HERE to get to Vicky's place.


Love ya'll,
Chari


PS...If you decide to take the "What's Your Design Style" challenge, please leave me a note in my comments when you post...I'd love to see it!!!


21 comments:

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Chari!
This is a great idea! I'm like you, in that I like so many different decorating styles!

This picture you chose, that you think best describes your style, is beautiful and elegant!
It also reminds sooo much of my Mom's home and style too!
Maybe sometime I'll post some pics of her home for you to see!

Thanks for sharing!
If I can narrow my style down in one pic I'll post it!!

TTYL
Sherri:D

Keetha said...

I wonder if there is a style called "mishmash"? I call my style eclectic - - - but it is really mishmash.

Stacey said...

It's a beautiful room that you chose. I'm sure that was hard to do. This is a fun challenge to try.

Cynthia said...

My dearest Chari,
What a neat post! Well, all your post's are neat. I'm up to it, I just have to think for awhile. The room you picked is gorgeous and I will visit her blog. Chari, I looked at your profile again, we are the same age and I'm married to a teacher and my son is teacher. You have lots of grandkids though, not fair, I have none. I'm with Keetha, I think my style might be mishmash too. Have a great day, Cindy

Laura said...

This is a challenge right up my alley- if I can just get organized enough to get it done!

Maybe that's my style...

Laura

Martha said...

Love that room -- love the layering and all of the nice treasures. And the colors . . .

If you go back and look for ceilings on my blog you'll see the different ceilings at Linderhof!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

This was a great post. I loved your 5 reasons! When I first saw the room I thought that looks like vanna!! I love her style too. Thanks for all the kind words you said about me too. smiles Love it.

Candy said...

Chari,
Every word you write, I say yes, that is me. We share every point of what you like and why. Can't wait to visit your friends and drool. As I was reading I thought of the perfect picture from my stash of a bedroom.
Off to dreamland,
Candy

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Chari! I'm back! We had a wonderful time at the Biltmore! I promise to do a post! I love Vanna's home too! She has the most beautiful things!!!! Hmmm...I'll have to think about this one! It will be interesting trying to find just the right picture! I'm like you..I like anything that's beautiful! It will be hard to pick just one! You have a blessed day! Lauralu :)

Chrissy said...

Well...i am impressed!! Not only with your style choice, but with the fact you really did it with just one photo!! I have to do it too, but I can not decide on just one!! Have a great day,talk to you soon,,,,

Happy To Be said...

GM Chari,,,WOW!! don't you just love winks home...I could't have picked a better one myself..I told her I just wanted to move into her shabby chic bedroom last year ha ha!!
How are you doing my friend...I am sorry it took me so long to get here..I am so far behind again girl...and I am trying to redo my guest room and sunroom..all at the same time..And girl I am OK...just a bad time of year for me!! May 2nd always hits me real hard...I spend days crying before and after that day...its real hard for me to visit or talk much..Hope you understand my friend..May you have a great day dear Chari..and I'll see you on Sunday..can't wait...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cathy said...

Chari.
I came by to thank you for your sweet comments and to tell you every thing I read about you on other blogs is true...you are the SWEETEST!!! Thank you!!!

Your design challenge sounds like so much fun!!! I am going to give it some thought and respond. I love the picture you chose and I completely agree with the more is more theory!!! I think Charles Faudree calls it controlled excess!!! Don't you love that? Vanna's home is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the photo!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

lvroftiques said...

Oh Chari, I have tears in my eyes that you would honor my little bedroom as being "just your style" I am overwhelmed with all your lovely words. And I can also say "ditto"!! Right back attcha sister! Because your bedroom is at the top of my favorites list too....And... well....we do have the same style *winks* You are (and I've said it a thousand times already) the kindest and sweetest of the sweet! I'm thrilled that you love my room! And I'm sooo honored to be your friend. Love you girl! Vanna.....Oh and I call my style "Frenchy mish mash" Lol!

janet said...

hi there Chari, wow, what a gorgeous room, so grand!!! There are so many styles i like so this is a hugh challenge to achieve, but i will do it, as soon as i spend hours looking for the right picture...lol thanks for sharing
hugs
janet

kimmcl said...

I couldn't agree with you more about Vanna Chari! Everytime I visit that sweet lady's blog I get utterly lost in it. It takes time to soak it all in!!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

What a fabulous and fin post! I LOVE this! It really can say alot about someone. Love your room! I hope to do this sometime. Creds to you, of course!

Judi said...

Hi Chari
Oh my Vanna's home sounds lovely and the picture you shared is beautiful. It is so elegant...the drapes are a beautiful style..the chair..just love it.
I will have to check out her site.
thank you for sharing..
stop by when you have some time.
have a lovely day
Judi

Linda said...

Hi Chari,
Just wanted to say thanks for dropping in my blog and being so sweet! Be sure and give yourself the Crowned Award!
I have to agree, Vanna's house, wow, I am ready to move in there. Do you think they would notice me? tee hee
She has me rethinking all my decore. I need to hire her to come revamp all of my spaces.
Linda Q

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautiful Chari!

You're right Vanna's home is gorgeous.
Great choice for sure.

I do enjoy your home photos so much as well!!

Tomarie said...

Hi Chari! Sorry I'm just now getting back...but am always so happy when you come by and visit!! I love that you've started "Sunday Favorites"...what a great idea!!
You know I had to come down here to your "Vanna post"...her style is BEYOND FABULOUS and also sooooo inspirational to "get out of the box" and decorate with more flair and personality!
Only 3 weeks of school left...goodness I didn't think it would ever get here!! Now I knooooow I shouldn't complain, but can you believe they've already set us up for 8 or 9 inservices (so far!) for the summer?!? Geeze! But I shouldn't complain cause at least we get more than most people. :-) (I bet the inservices is definitely something you DON'T miss! lol)
I hope you're having a great Sunday my friend! Love ya! L~

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