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Real Simple Design Style April 28, 2010

Filed under: Home Decor — trntm @ 11:47 pm

I love quizzes, so when I heard about Real Simple’s Design Quiz, I had to take it.

My results:  Sophisticated Classic

You’re drawn to timeless pieces and luxe materials. You love rooms that offer an elegant blend of refined traditional furniture, jewelry-like accessories, and pale hues, pairing patrician old-world elements with cleaner Art Deco shapes. The look evokes a more formal lifestyle. Think Grace Kelly, Tiffany & Co., and Charlotte from Sex and the City.

The sample room made me gush

Then they broke down the design style even more.


  • Delicate furniture pieces with feminine lines and tapered legs.
  • A palette of neutrals and soft colors.
  • Grand chandeliers.
  • Luxurious fabrics, like silk and velvet.
  • Rich dark woods with polished veneers.
  • Luxe accent materials, including metal, marble, and glass.
  • Symmetrical floor plans.

Place I Should Try Shopping At (links included): 

As well as some inspiration starters: 

So head over there and take the quiz, then come back and share your results.


One Response to “Real Simple Design Style”

  1. greeneyedsims Says:

    I liked this quiz! Here’s my results. I certainly do tend to decorate this way.

    Cozy Casual

    A warm, traditional look made for relaxing with family and friends. Draws on English and early-American furniture designs, as well as laid-back country, cottage, and farmhouse styles. Weathered, low-maintenance furnishings are easy, inviting, and built for daily life. Think golden retrievers, fuzzy slippers, and just about any movie by Nancy Meyers.


    Plush upholstery, often slipcovered, with roll or square arms and skirts or ball feet.
    Indestructible tables with turned legs, trestles, or substantial pedestal bases.
    Warm wood tones with rustic or distressed finishes.
    Natural fabrics, like cotton and wool.
    Solid textiles, simple stripes, or unfussy florals in muted colors.

    Trying shopping at:

    Crate & Barrel
    Libeco Home
    Maine Cottage
    Pine Cone Hill
    Pottery Barn

    Go here for inspiration:
    Classic Country, by Kathryn M. Ireland ($40,

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