Numerical Knitting

August 21, 2006

Name that decorating style

Filed under: General — by bethc @ 2:11 pm

Bunny, B, and I escaped for a week at “the shore.” We have never done the NJ thing, but enjoyed Brigantine very much. We rented an apartment sight unseen off of Craig’s list and until we were actually in the place we kept thinking that the whole thing might be a giant rip-off. It wasn’t and we spent a great week fully installed in the apartment of a stranger.

Shortly after we arrived I phoned my mother and she asked about the apartment. As I began to describe it she said, “what would you call the decorating style?” I was rendered mute, not a common occurrence, and never did determine a name. So it’s up to you dear readers… Name that Decorating Style! Put your suggestions in the comments and there will be a prize for the best (as judged by those who saw it in person) hand selected from my MD Sheep and Wool Stash.

What follows is a collection of photos taken throughout the apartment. I tried to get a variety of areas… click for larger images.

Nautical Wall Art

A grouping over the dining table. Leather tooled clock and nautical knot art.



Tweedy Sofa with many pillows This is the sofa. Brown and tweedy and very large with many throw pillows.



Lampshare with beads One of many small lamps with beads hanging from the lamp shade.




High Tech This was a high tech apartment. Plasma TV, wireless internet, and more pirated moves than you can shake a stick at. Also notice the elephant…


Fish art This was but one of three similar pieces of art hanging in the apartment.



Urn?This urn sat on one of two large wooden pieces. It did not seem to contain Aunt Thelma, at least not anymore…



cabinet This was a cabinet beside the sofa.




Chair seat Leopard print fabric had been used to cover the seats at the dining table.



Many rugs There were numerous rugs covering the wall-to-wall carpet. So many, in fact, they had a tendency to overlap.



Dresser The dresser in one of the bedrooms.



Gargoyle Close-up of the book-end.




Wall Art 1 Wall art 1.




Wall Art 2 Wall art 2


bed skirt Bed skirt and part of the rug. The bed in the master bedroom had a jacquard-like spread and skirt.


Shell Lamp

Finally, the bedroom lamp with a sea-shell base and a floral shade.




So, what do you think? Can you capture the essence of all that was there into one statement of style? Give it your best shot!


  1. This is an excellent contest, but as a close relative of mine is a professional in this area, I will bow out. I can’t believe you’re giving away some of your MDSW stuff! Noooooo!

    Comment by JulieFrick — August 21, 2006 @ 7:02 pm |Reply

  2. i think i’d call it “the world traveler” decorative style

    Comment by irina — August 21, 2006 @ 9:13 pm |Reply

  3. Early Freecycle?

    Actually, some of that stuff is probably really an antique. Other stuff — pure kitsch. Some stuff — probably should go back on Freecycle.

    Glad you had a good time down the shore. Brigantine is nice.

    Comment by Dee — August 21, 2006 @ 10:45 pm |Reply

  4. Collector’s Memories

    It looks like a lot of items that have been found over the years that are probably memories of past events, trips or times.

    Comment by Kimber — August 21, 2006 @ 10:53 pm |Reply

  5. Global Chic? Looks pretty eclectic to me, everything from the seashell/seashore/nautical goodies to the oriental cabinet, the persian rugs, the elephant statue and leopard print — kinda cool, it’s like they just went with what they liked without trying to go for a particular style. I’m not sure about those overlapping rugs though. I’d probably fall flat on my face on a regular basis.

    Comment by dhaunae (Lani) — August 21, 2006 @ 10:58 pm |Reply

  6. I call it Post-Modern Eclectic Junqueyard Chic. How’s that? šŸ™‚

    Comment by Linda — August 21, 2006 @ 11:42 pm |Reply

  7. Hand-Me-Down Hodge Podge?

    Comment by Anne — August 22, 2006 @ 8:35 am |Reply

  8. Serial ex-girlfriend? It seems liek there are way too many different styles to all be chosen by one person. Rather than ex-girlfirend, I should say “Serial ex-partner” style.

    Comment by emily g — August 22, 2006 @ 9:01 am |Reply

  9. Seaside Cottage–Vintage Style (perhaps too many Iron Chefs while up all night knitting?)

    Comment by Suzie — August 22, 2006 @ 1:06 pm |Reply

  10. How wonderful to get away! I’d say the decor is Seaside Shabby Chic.

    I commented on MD KAL but I’ll add here – I ended up using a size smaller needles than the pattern called for on the handtowels. I actually made mine longer than the pattern called for and still had some yarn left over. Not much, probably not even enough for 1/4 of another towel. Hope that helps!

    Comment by Bobbi — August 22, 2006 @ 1:48 pm |Reply

  11. Shades of Brown

    I can imagine the planning that went into this… “Hey, this elephant is brown, and so are the beads on this lamp. Seashells are brown right? And this rug has some brown… That big scary sun I found in the basement is kind of brown. I can’t get this huge fish out the door. Just hang it up and we can paint it brown later.”

    Comment by gracielou — August 22, 2006 @ 2:17 pm |Reply

  12. *From College to Cottage Eclectic*
    *Thrift store, yard sale, trash heap Chic*


    šŸ˜€ I’m kidding if you are the ownner of this place and are reading this via the worldwide Webness…my place looks quite similar-ish. šŸ™‚

    Comment by Lacey — August 25, 2006 @ 9:11 pm |Reply

  13. Ethnic Ikea šŸ™‚

    Comment by wavybrains — August 27, 2006 @ 4:53 pm |Reply

  14. i’m going to say Antiques Roadshow Meets Random Garage Sale Purchases. Or a blindfolded design technique called, “riiiight there.”

    Comment by margaux — August 27, 2006 @ 6:33 pm |Reply

  15. I think it’s RCSC — Retired Cruise Ship Captain.

    Comment by Dave — August 28, 2006 @ 8:48 am |Reply

  16. if i recall correctly, i believe this style is known as “my parents are asian, my girlfriend travels”. if you examine the pictures closely, you can see years of wear on some of the furniture. the dead giveaway is the asian chest of drawers. if they were filipino, you would also see a giant wooden spoon/fork on the wall (no joke!) travel related items appear newer and displayed in a ‘i guess i’ll put it here’ kind of way. she is currently in the process of redecorating his apartment for when she moves in. it was also her idea to post the apartment on craig’s list.

    okay, how close did i come?

    Comment by crankygrrrrrl — August 28, 2006 @ 10:06 am |Reply

  17. Early Yardsale with an emphasis on ethnic, fish, and wildlife.

    It’s always weird to stay on a furnished place – I used to stay in some in Northern California – also very strange decor šŸ™‚

    Comment by Kate — August 28, 2006 @ 12:29 pm |Reply

  18. I call it “Sailors of the Orient”…tying together the classical “nautical” style with Aisan inspired pieces to give the overall look an exotic flair. Clearly a cultivated taste. Or that’s how I’d describe it if I were their real estate agent.

    Comment by Aili — August 28, 2006 @ 3:20 pm |Reply

  19. Shore Chic……………Take a look at my website for some beautiful sea shell lamps………

    Comment by richard — August 28, 2006 @ 3:29 pm |Reply

  20. Sea Captain’s Bordello – just a regular ol’ sea captain would never have beaded lamps but he would have collected lots on his travels but he would have kept it manly looking. In particular he may have collected some LADIES – probably had to have all those rugs around for the ladies to recline!

    Comment by robin — August 28, 2006 @ 3:38 pm |Reply

  21. I vote for Eclectic Exotic style. Eclectic for the creative combination of objects, exotic for the representation of various locales and activities of the world.

    Comment by Carol — August 28, 2006 @ 11:55 pm |Reply

  22. Easy! That’s Early (Middle, Late) Jersey Shore or just plain Jersey Shore. It’s a mix of what was in the place when you bought it, stuff donated by relatives, garage sale finds, things you have no place for (or your partner won’t allow) in your regular abode), gifts people bring when they come to visit and the obligatory nautical flags and knots. Variations on this style can be seen all along the shore.

    Comment by Dana — August 29, 2006 @ 5:55 am |Reply

  23. Eclectic Traveler
    It reminds me of my aunts house, who has been everywhere!

    Comment by Stacey — August 29, 2006 @ 10:13 am |Reply

  24. I’m guessing it’s the Around the World in a Few Rooms look. Instead of dealing with the airlines and high gas prices, they decided to have their vacation at home. Much cheaper and much less hassle than actual travel.

    Comment by Christina — August 29, 2006 @ 3:34 pm |Reply

  25. Anti-Bauhaus
    If there were such a thing as the opposite of Bauhaus design, I think this would be it. Fun contest!

    Comment by Erica — August 31, 2006 @ 4:11 pm |Reply

  26. The general style is called Navy Wife.

    It is practiced primarily by the wives of those enlisted men who have been stationed in Okinawa and Korea. Every Christmas some bozo gives them something sea-related as a gift. The furniture has survived cross-country and overseas moves, but has to last a long time, due to the enlisted man’s meager salary (explains the re-covering). Also, they watch Christopher Lowell a LOT.

    Comment by Mei — September 3, 2006 @ 1:15 am |Reply

  27. […] I never thought that having a blog contest would cause me such angst. It seemed simple, post some photos, have people make suggestions, have all the people who actually saw the space vote, tally the votes to find a winner. […]

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