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This month’s issue of Real Simple has a fun visual quiz which will help you determine your decorating personality.  What you do is look at the images, choose those which speak to you and your decor preferences will be unveiled.

Diane James Home - Large Peony Bouquet

Diane James - Large Peony Bouquet

One of the images used in the quiz is none other than our large mixed peony bouquet which we will be adding to Diane James Home later this month.  According to Real Simple, if these peonies appeal to you, you are “vintage eclectic” and not the other three decor styles listed in the article.

Lars Bolander - "Vintage Eclectic"

Lars Bolander - "Vintage Eclectic"

While we agree that delicate pink and cream peonies would please the Grey Gardens in all of us, we also think peonies are perfect for every decor.

White Peonies for “Sophisticated Classic”…

Diane James Home - White Peonies

Diane James - Classic White Peonies

Barbara Barry - "Sophisticated Classic"

Barbara Barry - "Sophisticated Classic"

 Blush Peonies for “Cozy Casual”…

Diane James Home - Blush Peonies

Diane James - Blush Peonies

Pottery Barn - "Cozy Casual"

Pottery Barn - "Cozy Casual"

 and Pink Champagne Peonies for “Modern Graphic”…

Diane James - Pink Champagne Peonies

Diane James - Pink Champagne Peonies

Jonathan Adler - "Modern Graphic"

Jonathan Adler - "Modern Graphic"

So whether you’re “sophisticated classic” or “modern graphic” with a little “cozy casual” mixed in, a pretty peony bouquet is a perfect way to finish a room.

You can take the quiz online here and read more about your personal decorating style in Real Simple!

Photos from Diane James Home, Lars Bolander, Barbara Barry, Pottery Barn and Jonathan Adler

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  • Reply the zhush March 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I have a similar post lined up for later next week! Love these types of quizzes, thinking I am Vintage Eclectic based on those gorgeous peonies! (and guess what?! Just saw Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan having lunch at the same beach side restaurant as us! Had to tell someone since my kids and husband had no idea what I was talking about!)

    • Reply carolyn March 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Didn’t mean to steal your thunder! Aren’t Jonathan and Simon the cutest? What were they wearing? Swimsuits or casual linens? Glad to have you back in the ‘hood!
      xo Carolyn

  • Reply Punctuation Mark March 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    love that they pair the style with flowers… I think I might be the peony will get to the quiz to make sure!

  • Reply pve March 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Oh, I adore them all.
    Off to take the quiz.

    • Reply carolyn March 17, 2010 at 11:55 am

      pve – I think you should buy yourself a birthday present… how about a Middle Kingdom vase with some pretty peonies!

  • Reply Gwen Driscoll March 17, 2010 at 9:57 pm


    Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you too. I keep forgetting to tell you how much I LOVE your arrangements! I’ve admired them for so long and they just keep getting prettier and prettier. So glad to know you and your blog.


    • Reply carolyn March 18, 2010 at 6:48 am

      Thanks, Gwen! The admiration is definitely mutual – your blog is something I look forward to reading and I love your design aesthetic. Isn’t it fun to be inspired by beautiful things?
      ~ Carolyn

  • Reply annechovie March 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I absolutely love peonies – they top roses in my book! Thanks so much for your comment and visit. Have a great Thursday!

  • Reply paula March 20, 2010 at 9:58 am

    one of my favorites. wish i could get my peony’s to bloom.

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