Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dream Home (and a coaster giveaway!) (yeah!)

A few days ago, I took the Style Maker Visual Quiz (found thanks to Young House Love).  I like taking silly little quizzes, especially when they just involve clicking pictures I like.  I made a photo collage to sum up my favorite images...

Ah, the dream home.  How I want thee. Funny story (ok, tangent): When I originally took the quiz, it said my style was "Artisan Bauhaus" (whatever that means) - I just took the quiz again (just for fun, ya know), choosing all of the same answers as before, and now it tells me my style is "Winsome Charm".  The funniest thing?  I took it a third time, made one change (picked the Shakespearean-looking actor instead of the ballerina), and got "Winsome Charm" again, but with a different description.
Winsome Charm #1: An intimate home of modest proportions. A kitchen that reflects your passion… large, sweeping - authentic. Resort, retreat, getaway - all inside your bedroom. Choreographed by you, the design fundamentals and colors present a moving style. Your relaxed table atmosphere is enjoyed by everyone. Watch the grass grow in the hot summer sun. Pre-war, upper east side attitude. A creative and social space, your kitchen is managed competently by you..
Winsome Charm #2: Details of craftsmanship with natural materials surround you. To cook a grand meal in an elegant kitchen is your joy. Build a roaring fire and jump into your cozy bed. Players have their exits and entrances… your home the stage. Lake Cabin table for your salads and seafood. Watch the grass grow in the hot summer sun. Pre-war, upper east side attitude. Focused on good food and good company, you're the chef!.

I know.  Insane.  Your mind is boggled.  It's totally silly.  Kind of accurate though.

Anyway, I have definitely been in Dream Home mode lately.  Ever since we decided to get cable again, I've been watching a lot of Property Virgins (my current HGTV show of choice). I'm back on the reading-all-sorts-of-home-improvement-blogs bandwagon, and I'm in full on nesting mode at home.  Perhaps it's because Spring is in the air, and with Spring comes Spring Cleaning, and we still have some cozy rainy days, perfect for organizing the house.  Last night, we took two trips worth of recycling down to the garage, ridding our living room of several boxes.  This weekend, I hope to finish unpacking (eep, could we really do it?) so I can start tidying and maybe even thinking about some real decorating (side note: I'll need your advice).

In the spirit of homeystuff and nesting, I'm doing a little giveaway.  See, my friend Rachel is awesome.  She recently started a company called Coasting Along, where she sells handmade coasters.  They are really great - I got the Sudoku print ones for Will's dad for Christmas, and they were a big hit!

Rachel has graciously offered to give away a set of coasters (up to $13 value) to one lucky reader!  Omigod you guys! So awesome.

To Enter:

  • Visit Rachel's shop at
  • Come back here and leave a comment telling me which coaster set you'd choose if you win (you can change your mind later if you want)
  • You can earn additional entries by Tweeting, Facebooking, Blogging, Digging, or otherwise sharing this post on the interwebs. Simply come back here and leave a comment for each thing you did.
  • There is no limit on entries!  Enter as many times as you like!  Wheeee!
Get your entries in by Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 11:59pm PDT - a winner will be chosen on Wednesday 3/23 by the Random Number Generator!  :-)

Enjoy, and good luck!


  1. This is what I ended up with: "Old Money Extravagance".

    Graceful living in a well appointed home. Your kitchen is your prize. Decorative, finished… elegant. A button down bedroom belies it's comfort. Blown away by the handcrafted nature of art. Thematic table accessories set the mood. The glass of red - a highly recommended habit. Pre-war, upper east side attitude. Always intriguing, never clumsy. .

    Love this giveaway, but I have enough coasters. :)

  2. Second one where I picked a few different images:

    "Bespoke Classic"

    A classic home in an established neighborhood. With inspiring kitchen of deep wood tones and stone, you cook. The Bedroom exudes a sensuous tranquility. As with a technical dance, your style has it's own volcabulary. Modern subtleties extend to your table. The glass of red - a highly recommended habit. Pre-war, upper east side attitude. Always intriguing, never clumsy. .

  3. Uh, they misspelled vocabulary. Unless they ment volcabulary, like, you're
    a volcan? Also, "With inspiring kitchen of deep wood tones and stone, you
    cook." Such poetry!

  4. I'm such a grammar a-hole. They used the wrong "its" - so now I don't
    believe anything they say.

  5. It looks like they just pick a sentence to go with each photo you choose, and then categorize it to the one you pick the most of... I'm sure they didn't count on us taking it more than once. :P My style is volcanic, yo!


    Okay, but really, has Coasting along thought of selling the Nerdy coasters to ThinkGeek? They need the them. I <3 the Darmok & Jalad @ Tanagra... (of course production would need to be pumped up for that as well...)

  7. I don't know if she's thought of ThinkGeek! Good idea! That might put a
    strain on her production schedule (since she's only one woman and has only
    two hands), but that could be a real business booster! I'm a little
    embarrassed that I had to look up Darmok & Jalad @ Tanagra...and I'm still a
    little confused. Guess I'm not a big Star Trek nerd :)

  8. I don't believe these people speak English at home. Or live with a professional reference book editor. I thought I was pedantic Before I met Ben!

  9. The coasters are such a great gift idea! I love that they are hand-made too. The Letter Nostalgia ones are great.

  10. Indeed. I think it's just a silly web quiz and I like pretty pictures. :)

  11. Indeed! I love that they are handmade, and that I know the hands that are
    making them! Hehehe :)

  12. Go Rachel! Those coasters are amazing (though I'm terrified by human heads on bees). Should I be the lucky winner, "There is a Light" has my name on them.

  13. Tough choice, but I'd have to go with the elegantly simple "Drink" coasters. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  14. I would definitely go for the "relax" coasters!

  15. Where families gather, children are raised and we always seem to find solitude and comfort. I our retirement years, it is the place that we hope we can remain, in that comfort. Everyday families are faced with the responsibility and worry about the emotional and physical well being of a parent or loved one being able to reside safely in the comfort of their home.

  16. The Bedroom exudes a carnal tranquillity. As with a abstruse dance, your appearance has it is own vocabulary. Modern subtleties extend to your table..