I’m a “Glamorous Classic.” Who Knew?

My little sister is all into those HGTV shows. “Experts” tell you how to make “attractive” home decoration (which quite often just look “home made”). They call it “DIY,” for “do it yourself.” She keeps telling me about a store called Home Goods. Her claim is that they are always showing fabulous finds from that store on the shows she watches. I have never been to the store.

While I believe her assertion that the store has beautiful goods, I don’t often buy “new” home furnishings. Unless someone gives me money, I probably will never know for certain. As I’ve told you before, my “decorating” is done with finds from thrift stores, garage sales, and sometimes even people’s trash piles. So, it came as quite a surprise to me when I took the Home Goods “Stylescope Quiz” and discovered that my style is “Glamorous Classic.”

NO! I’m not kidding … that’s what it said!

I think the test must be flawed. It could be because they didn’t ask the right questions … or it could be that they didn’t offer the answers that really reflect what I would do. The very first question threw me for a loop.

It asked: “You are running late and have 10 minutes until your guests arrive. What do you do?” The answers included: give the house a quick sniff & light scented candles; put together a tray of munchies; think drinks; or dim the lights to create ambiance and set out candles.

No where on that form did it give the option: “Call your guests and tell them you are quarantined with swine flu.”

Ten minutes? People, I have five cats! Before any guest comes in my door (at least before any guest I respect comes to my door), I have to empty the litter boxes and wipe the cat hair off the furniture! The closest answer that they offered was the one that said: dim the lights and set out candles. I figured that if the lights were low, people might not see the cat hair and if I light enough vanilla scented candles it might mask the odor of cat boxes. There is nothing “glamorous” about that! And, remember that you have been forewarned not to sneak up on me.

The survey asked, “If your home were a handbag, what would it be?” Again, they didn’t offer an appropriate answer. “Duffel bag.” “Suitcase.” Those might have applied. But, often I don’t carry a handbag, so technically I would be homeless!

One question on the survey asked “if your relationship to color were a romance, you would describe your feelings as…” It gave a lot of different answers, but it didn’t offer “open relationship.” I like all colors and mix them indiscriminately.

My home is nowhere near “Glamorous Classic.” It’s comfortable. It’s interesting. Mostly it’s clean, except for unavoidable cat hair (I promise I was kidding … the cat box is usually emptied on a regular basis and it doesn’t smell). I think that my style is more “Gypsy Garage Sale.”

You can go answer the questions on that survey (it only takes a couple of minutes and it puts you in a drawing for gift cards, I think). Probably they won’t describe your style the way you would, but I’m curious about what other styles they list.

Knowing my “style” probably won’t change the way my house looks, because I don’t think that DIY is all that and a bag of chips. My idea of doing it myself is to write a check to the handyman while I lounge by the pool. Except, I don’t have a pool; I don’t have a handyman; and writing a check is out of the question at this moment. Unless someone from one of those HGTV shows comes to my house and offers me a free home make-over, this place isn’t going to change.

Maybe I should just print out the answer to the survey, proclaiming me a Glamorous Classic, and frame it for my walls, so that all my guests can read it while they wipe cat hair off their clothing?

  8 comments for “I’m a “Glamorous Classic.” Who Knew?

  1. September 15, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Of course I had to go take the test. Came out “Country Casual”
    http://www.homegoods.com/quiz.asp?q=QkFEQ0REQUJDRDExNDA

    That is what you get when most of the pictures get a response of “You have to be kidding!” well except for the one with the wine alone on the deck. I like wine on the deck, it gets me away from our five cats.

  2. September 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Mine would come out football locker. Great analogy.

  3. September 16, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I got earthy casual, which actually fits quite well. Nothing glamorous or frou frou going on here LOL.

    “Robin, you are an Earthy Casual
    You’re interested in creating a welcoming home where people feel comfortable and happiness flourishes. You appreciate the warmth and individuality of natural materials and handcrafted things and are inspired by colors and forms from nature. You love mixing up different textures and are sensitive to the tactile qualities of objects. Your style is grounded and solid, not flighty or frilly. And you are never taken in by the trend of the moment.

    You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.”
    .-= Robin from Israel´s last blog ..Bent but not broken =-.

  4. September 16, 2009 at 3:21 am

    I didn’t take the quiz. Decorating? What’s that?! Like you, second hand stuff from garage sales and thrift stores. I never know why I like something I see while wasting a perfectly good friday morning in someone else’s driveway, but if I like it, I usually buy it and put it somewhere.
    Then again, what is art?

    Peace.
    .-= Spadoman´s last blog ..I’ve returned, So In the Meantime….. =-.

  5. Michele
    January 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I was global casual which means I am basically eclectic. This is true. I love too many different things to ever pick only one style. I have one goal and that is the comfort of any who visit!! BTW I think gypsy’s are glamorous!

    • January 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Oh, heck! I would have tried different answers if I had known I could come out “eclectic.” I love your goal, and I just bet you meet it! As for gypsy’s being glamorous—I guess it depends on the gypsy, doesn’t it? šŸ˜†

      • Michele
        January 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

        I think gypsy and eclectic go hand in hand. When I think of gypsy, I think of free spirit! I like to think of myself that way too! It was a fun little quiz and I think you have a fun website. I’m off to check out the rest!!

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