Do you ever watch design shows in which the designer’s first task is to identify the homeowner’s personal taste? The wife will proclaim “I love bold reds and leopard” and the husband says “I can only live with neutrals” and chaos ensues from there. Often people use colors, places, or time periods to describe their style, which makes perfect sense, but I was recently charmed by the brilliant way in which Caecilia Potter described her home, “We all love the sense of patina and age in our home, she is like a warm and fun old lady with a very original character.” Immediately I considered my own space—is it male or female? Young or old? What personality traits might he or she possess? It’s a fun exercise, and I’d love to hear from you in the comments: how would you describe your home?


Jeeves & Wooster Pendant Lights — It’s all about these pendant lights. They’re made from authentic bowler and top hats, which makes me think there is a fairly simple DIY project opportunity here.

Charcoal Soap — This soap is chock full of natural ingredients that are nourishing for the skin, but I have to admit I’m most intrigued by the charcoal.

Chevron Turkish Towel — These woven towels fit the relaxed luxury of this gorgeous master bathroom.

Pear Branches — Lately I am loving the look of branches in a tall glass vase. They look equally good in an entryway, the kitchen, or in this case the master bathroom.

Wire ‘Be My Guest’ Sculpture — Ever since seeing Heath Nash’s wire sculpture in this outdoor shower I’ve been searching for a similar piece. Finally I’ve found this wall art at Anthropologie with an attainable price tag.

iVictrola — This iPad victrola would definitely take my singing in the shower to another, more sophisticated, level.

Bathtub — The clean lines of this tub did not distract from the hat pendants, and it’s all about the hat pendants!

inspiration photo by Sean Fennessy for Design Files

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} | February 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

    those bowler hat pendant lamps are absolutely fantastic!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

    • Cristina | February 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      I’ve seen them look lovely in a hallway too!

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    Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls | February 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    What a fun thing to come up with! I like to think of my home as a charming, feminine 20-something girl who loves black, white and pink, who is obsessed with books and candles, and who strives to be organized, but often end up rather messy 🙂 In short, she’s me 🙂

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

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    Emily | February 3, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Please, can you provide a link for the lovely shower head? Thank you!

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    Cristina | February 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Love your description Ivana! 😉

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    Sayeh, The Office Stylist | February 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    OMG those top hat lights! so cute!


    -Sayeh, The Office Stylist

    • Cristina | February 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

      I’m obsessed! And a DIY project waiting to happen 🙂

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    Phoebe | February 5, 2014 at 1:43 am

    I love those hats, they just seem a little puny, don’t you think? Maybe that’s just the dramatist, in me, but I think they should be about twice as big. (But yes, I understand they are original, and top hats weren’t twice as big!)

    • Cristina | February 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

      That would be very Mad Hatter Phoebe!

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    Jennifer Rose Smith | February 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Fun assignment! I think my current place is a forever-young free spirit with old Texas roots. A rebel debutante.

    • Cristina | February 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Fits your place to a T. I love it.

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    PinkPanthress | February 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I believe my place is an old, comfy man with a white, big bushy Beard. Always reading a Book, ’cause I got a few hundred Books in it, he can choose from a wide range while I live ‘with’ him.

    P.S.: Love the Jeeves & Wooster Penfant Lights!!!

    • Cristina | February 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thanks for playing, love the bushy beard detail! Sounds quite cozy.

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    Elisa (@ElisaGIH) | February 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

    what a great post! I love your observations about the personality of a space. Now I am wondering if my living room is a he or a her 😉

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