Have y'all ever been to Allie's blog From the Right Bank to the Left Coast? It is fabulous! AND she's just landed a plum gig as Seattle contributor to Apartment Therapy - how cool is that? AND she's crushing on orange today. Be still my heart. Her style is a combination of modern meets world traveler meets Francophile and it is divine. Allie has a little game called "What's Your Style in One Picture?" that you can join in anytime. I've been pondering this question all summer.
A couple of years ago there was a showhouse in town to raise money to build a Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte. This verra huge house had a little den that backed up to the family room, with a fireplace and doors opening out onto the back porch. It was simple and cozy, not at all like any other space in the house, and I was smitten at first sight. Fast forward a year when we were getting ready to start our house. There was a grandiose looking two-story library with a spiral staircase adjacent to the family room in the plans, and...
You guessed it, I claimed that space as my own, nixed the stairs and two floors of shelves, added a fireplace and a door to the back porch, et voila!
The room below is from Traditional Home (click on photo to enlarge). I love everything about it - the paint color on the bookshelves, the sofa fabric, the fun rug, the chandelier, the artwork, the quintessential Southern hydrangeas. I'd also be willing to bet there's a fireplace on the other side of the room that we can't see. It's bigger than the Mickey D's room, but has the same "cozy factor".
As a matter of fact, this whole house is to die for. Guess what else? This is hanging in the living room.
HEY! THAT'S MY LIGHT!
So there you go. My style (cozy) in one photo. Wanna play?
p.s. The Mickster's house is still for sale. If you have a spare $2 million lying around, come see.