(Psst. This post provides massive time-wasting opportunities. Read at your own peril. Or save it until the weekend.)
Every woman I've talked to about the subject -- and plenty of men too -- love taking those inane little quizzes in magazines that tell you important things like whether you are ready to care for a dog, or have a toxic best friend. I'll confess that I especially love taking quizzes that offer self-affirmation and gold stars. (Why yes! I am a superior spacial thinker. Yes, thank you! I always knew I was a great listener. Right you are! I am a natural leader.)
So, naturally, I loved taking this quiz from HGTV Canda that proves to the world that I am, in fact, a design superstar who is destined for TV fame. Or something. My dad will be so proud.
Of course I know what a beam-finding joist locator is, and how to use one. Who doesn't?! (I think that's what we Yanks would call a "stud finder." Yeah, I guess I can see why our friends up north would choose a different name for said device.)
That quiz was fun, but what I actually wanted to know was: If I took a whole bunch of different quizzes online, all professing to tell me my style, would they all come to the same conclusion? I'm talking serious scientific rigor here.
Let's find out! Playing along is highly encouraged.
This quiz from Stylish Home was first up. My result:
"Form and Function." Okay, I buy it. Even with that glaring typo in the first sentence of the explanation. Moving on...
Next up: Better Homes and Gardens' design style quiz. My result:
"Polished casual." "Anything goes, but simplicity is key." Spot on.
How about the Deborah Needleman (former Domino editor) HomeGoods quiz? It gives you both your style and your best color choices.
"Earthy and Casual," with a muted, neutral color palette. It's like Deborah looked straight into my soul. Or at least into my house.
How about another HGTV Canada quiz, since they were so darn encouraging about that whole design superstar thing.
"Chic and Cool." That description definitely sounds nice, but I'm not sure it's me. I love modern art, but I definitely don't want a modern art-looking home. But yes, I am very, very classy. And "definite ideas about what I like" is my middle name (but I mostly just sign "TH" because "TDIAWILH" is a pain).
Here's another quiz, from the Home Stylist.
"Modern and Sleek." Apparently my home looks like a sports car. Or a girl in a Robert Palmer video, if this was 1988. Like the previous quiz, this one came out thinking I'm far cooler than I am. There are definite bits of truth in there (clutter=bad, I like current but not trendy), but lots of silliness. "You read up-to-date fashion magazines." Hahahaha hahahaha. Clearly the Home Stylist has not seen my work uniform.
Okay, last quiz: the Ethan Allen lifestyle quiz. The best part? I took the quiz three separate times. I got the same result each time, right? Not even close.
"Romance"? Try again.
"Vintage"? Definitely closer, but not quite right.
So, sadly, I don't think all of these quizzes can stand up to the scientific rigor I put them through. On the bright side: no one told me that my style is Shabby Chic or French Country. And a few of the quizzes really nailed it.
What about you? Get any consistency in your results? Any bizarrely inaccurate assertions? Please share!
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