Have you taken a quiz at Sproost? Normally online quizzes are way off or so generic the results are meaningless. But this result was interesting.
According to their dozy whatzit quiz, my home decor style is 100% French Eclectic. (Seems like an oxymoron to call a style eclectic but then to say I'm 100% that - but I'll let this slip in logic go for now). What's French Eclectic? Glad you asked...I wondered the same thing. Here is what they say:
Parlez-vous français? Even if the answer is no, you can confidently say your home does! French Eclectic somehow manages to be both formal and casual, classy and unassuming at the same time. You like your spaces to feel inviting from the moment you (or your guest) opens the front door and this feeling should continue even after you've entered your most formal room.
Even though there are French antiques here and gold details there, the rustic country elements provide a balance and warmth that seems to say, "come in, relax and stay a while." Your love of antiques leads you to flea markets, garage sales and hours of eBay hunting.
Well, I definitely do not speak french so I don't know about the first part but I'm certainly fond of finding goodies on the street corner or at flea markets. What do you think - is this an accurate view of my home decor style? Maybe I should call it hobo chic? haha
And speaking of ebay, we went on a pretty mad roadtrip this weekend to pick up an ebay find. Long story short, it was a pretty fruitless trip - we drove a hell of a long way and wasted a lot of money for one little piece of furniture. (The plan was to find more along the way but it didn't work out that way)
Are you wondering what I bought? We'll I'm sort of wondering that too. Let me explain.
I found this this brass dresser in one of my random ebay searches. (their photo, not mine) I hadn't seen something quite like it and it reminded me of this sort of thing but at a much more favorable price point. The photo and description were not great so it was a gamble but we went for it.
Well, I won't go into the gory details but when we arrived to pick it up, we encountered something out of Sanford & Son. (Insert theme music here) All sorts of trash strewn about their lawn, a child that might just be feral, random animals all over the place. They seemed like nice people but this should have given me an indication there might be a problem.
We loaded the table into the back of the car and said our goodbyes. At this point the piece was purchased so there was no point in examining it closely. But when we got home, I saw there was a lot more damage and rust than I imagined. Ok, maybe I can clean that up with a bit of elbow grease. Maybe.
BUT THE SMELL!! I opened the drawers and it smells like old feet in there. Ugh. For now, I've loaded it with baking soda and will keep my fingers crossed.
I'm not sure what to do. I feel kind of crappy for wasting an entire weekend on this wild goose chase so the last thing I want to do is chuck it. But if I can't get the smell out, whats the point??
Oh well....sometimes you gamble and lose big. This might just be one of those times.