What's Your Style Statement?

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Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte reveal how to develop a personalized look for your home in their book, Style Statement: Live by Your Own Design. Through a series of questions and tips, Carrie and Danielle help you create your own two-word "style statement." Explore these sample styles from their book with rooms to match.

Refined Treasure: In the Details

Refined Treasure: "Polished, poised, and put together, this statement represents sophistication and elegance."

In a gracious room, details add the polish. Metallic edges, plush fabrics, intricate woodwork, and sparkling surfaces all refine a space, giving it a poised and confident look. A cozy conversation area by the fireplace is an invitation to gather in this elegant room.

Refined Treasure: Quiet Sophistication

For an understated yet classic look, use neutral colors and mix rich details with relaxing comfort. Two sofas drawn close together create a gathering place for chatting with friends and family. Use casual elements such as books and family photos to offset intricate moldings on bookshelves. Touches of gold and gracefully curved furniture, such as these nesting tables, cement the elegant look.

Structured Magic: Sleep Tight

Structured Magic: "These personalities tend to build things: systems, structures, achievements. They have a gift for recognizing and analyzing patterns and group dynamics."

Build a system of patterns, textures, and colors for a tailored bedroom. A structured look like this one relies on graphic patterns and geometric textures, such as the quilting on the bedspread. Use color deliberately -- mix in solid blocks of color with the black, white, and gray color base.

Structured Magic: Crunching Numbers

Geometry is all about numbers and shapes. In this space, those concepts are applied quite literally in an art piece of numbers, letters, and circles. Juxtaposition is another part of structured magic decorating. Here, touches of bright color contrast with the crisp white walls and furniture. Traditional woodwork meshes with a modernly engineered metal table and plastic chairs.

Structured Magic: Expect the Unexpected

Structure brings stability, while magic brings surprise. A classic color palette -- blue, brown, and beige -- is awakened with modern wall art and eclectic furniture choices. The room's personality comes through with the unexpected -- abstract art, a glass lamp, and a garden side table.

Organic Treasure: Rest and Relaxation

Organic Treasure: "This person is typically mindful of connections between parts -- whether in relationships, systems, or physical things."

A spa-like oasis in your own home is a welcome retreat from a busy life. The hues in this bathroom are all distinct -- white on the trim, khaki on the shower curtain, light brown on the floors. But all are drawn from the same color palette, creating a unified style.

Organic Treasure: Systematically Relaxed

Pictures displayed with deliberate placement, pillows lined up symmetrically on the couch -- everything has its place. But with a dose of oceanic blues, fun artwork, and a unique wall treatment, this room is anything but stuffy. Order brings the all-important cohesiveness to a room, and personal additions bring the room to life. Decorate with family photos, a favorite color, or a fabric you absolutely love.

Cherished Playful: Rest and Relax

Cherished Playful: "A collector of friends, experiences, and well-worn things, when 'Cherished' loves you, you know it. These personality types can be generous to a fault and are adventuresome and cheerful."

Ideally, a room should surround you with things you cherish and give you a place to be at ease. Build a collection of items you love and display it proudly. Here, flea market oil paintings hang randomly against a garden-green wall and set the theme for the room. Other antique-inspired items, such as the wooden side table and wainscoting, step back in time. Casual and plush seating creates a cozy place to rest.

Cherished Playful: Timeworn and True

Re-create beloved heirlooms by pairing them with personal touches. Reupholster worn chairs in a new, crisp fabric. Drab walls and woodwork can be reborn with a fresh coat of paint. Add a dash of your favorite hue, in this case, bubble gum pink, to complement neutral, traditional colors.

Visit Carrie and Danielle's Web site for more "Style Statements."

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