Saturday, 10 January 2015

Who's style is it anyway?

Well the plan for today was loft flooring however the gale force winds and lashings of rain have prevented any wood cutting outside with a circular saw! We don't have the luxury of a garage for these projects you see. Unfortunately the knock on effect of no flooring in the attic is that the Christmas decorations cannot go back up there and the house cannot return to normal. So while Christmas is out of my head, it is not out of the house just yet.

  Thoughts of sugar plums have now been replaced by do-overs and fresh decor. Top of the to-do list is the hall-stairs-landing. The painting is a big job that may require scaffolding due to the vaulted ceiling so we will be getting a painter in. Both Mr. Auburn and I are okay with this! When we moved into this house it was painted good old Magnolia from top to bottom and it has served us well. I don't suspect we will stray far from the neutral range. The carpet on the stairs and landing is a malt colour and the tiles downstairs cream travertine. These are some wall colours I have been considering from the Colourtrend range (which all look exactly the same in this light!).

Oyster Bed - Patience - Ivory Tusk

We will also be painting the woodwork (doors, architraves, skirting and stairs). We originally painted all the woodwork in Innocence (a pale antique cream). We never got around to staining the newel posts and the handrail as was intended, we have considered painting them but now think we are back to dark staining again.

Heartstone - White Tea

When the painting is complete, we are onto the fun bit. I have plans for some revamped accessories. I would like new door curtains. Check out this lovely fabric which goes on sale next week! (Apologies for the really bad pic taken with my phone). A matching lamp and cushion on the landing also? We'll see if the budget allows.

While over at Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow this morning I found this post in which Su rearranges her gorgeous bedroom. If you haven't been, you need to visit. Amazing things happen over at Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow! In this post she mentions a decor style quiz which her daughter found online. I thought that could be interesting so I went over to Sproost and took said quiz myself.

The results are in....

50% Rustic Revival
"the clean lines of the modern softened by rustic vintage elements...a subtle background of light colours provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love".


25% French Eclectic
My home speaks French apparently!..."formal and casual, classy and unassuming...inviting from the moment you open the door...French antiques here and gold details there, the rustic elements provide a balance and warmth that seems to say, come in relax and stay a while. Your love of antiques takes you to flea markets, garage sales and hours of eBay hunting".


25% Classic
"all of the beautiful forms, colours and textures of the past...a mix of European influences and French, English and Italian antiques and replicas are often used together...classic rooms give off an air of history that seems to say: I was here long before you, and will remain long after you've gone".


I think that's pretty fair actually, in theory I mean. The house is more up-cycled flea market find than French or Italian antique! Had you asked me though, I would have said a mix of country and traditional, home and away, old and new. While I live in a new build, I love to be surrounded with things that had a life before they came to me, that remind me of time long ago, places I have been or people I have known.

What is your decor style?


  1. Oh I will have to take test and see. I always call myself modern country but never really sure. I am so reliant on second hand finds that maybe I am more "hand me-up provincial"? :)
    Oh and I agree that staining the rail is the way to go.

  2. It's funny but all three 'styles' have the same palette, a sure sign an interior designer has been involved somewhere. I love the look of neutrals, but I think I would have to ditch most of what I own. The trouble is I tend to buy what I like, which normally means a fair bit of colour and individuality. I don't think there is any hope for me.


  3. So happy to see you posting again! I love the interesting style that you came out with. Thank you for the lovely visit at my blog, I just saw your sweet notes in my e-mail. I think I recall that you like classical music... We have been going to a festival for the last nine days, and I'm catching up before we head out to another recital. We also had two layovers in Ireland last summer. What a lovely people. xoox

  4. I remember reading that post of Su and taking the test, though I don't remember what the results were. Maybe I should take the test again...

  5. Just redid the test and it turns out I'm 100% French eclectic... How surprising!


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