Find Your Decorating Style
Creative and eclectic: carefree details
COLOR You have a hard time picking a favorite, so try layering a paintbox full of informal, girly brights: yellows, pinks, blues and greens.
FURNITURE Be honest: New pieces and matching suites bore you. You'll be happier with an exuberant patchwork of eras, styles, upholstery and finishes collected over time. For example: Mix a new traditional tufted sofa with old painted-wood flea-market finds.
PATTERN Your artist's eye hasn't seen a check, polka dot, stripe or paisley it didn't like, and florals are a must. The secret to this random mix? Balance colors and vary scale.
FABRIC Collected bits of handiwork, like laces, embroidery, crewel and appliques (some new, some old), will reinforce this whimsical cottage look.
RUGS You like comfort above all. Cozy boucle carpet tiles, needlepoints or plush cottons meet the "treat your feet" test.
WINDOWS Sunshine recharges your creativity. Try translucent fabric, on soft shades or charmingly embellished curtains, to let the light stream in.
ACCESSORIES Anything handmade speaks to your center. Group collections of paintings, sketches, collages, quilts, pottery and more to achieve the heartfelt, mismatched look that says "you."