Alison's Interview: Me, or the Kids?

Alison's Interview: Me, or the Kids?

Alison Gerber
Aug 1, 2013

This month, I know I'm "curing" the kids' room, but does that mean I interview me, or them? It really is the age old question when decorating a room for kids, isn't it? How much should this room reflect me, and how much should it reflect the kids who sleep in it? This week, here is how I resolved that very question.

Look at these guys, they are 1 (Ivy, left) and 3 (Ralph, right). They haven't really got an established sense of style. I don't think, even with me as a mother, they could tell the difference between mid-century modern or art-deco to save their life.

What they do have, well Ralph anyway, is a sense of theme. Ralph knows what he likes: rabbits, trucks, blue things, playing music. To illustrate: Ralph loves rabbits, but he would be equally happy with a Beatrix Potter print on his wall as he would be with a more abstract wacky screen print of a bunny's silhouette on a trampoline. They're both rabbits, right?

The quiz, even though it has questions about "what is your favorite X", isn't really a quiz about theme. It is 100% about style. For that reason, I did take the quiz. What came out of it was I like color, I like things to stay light and fun, and I like spaces to be uncluttered.

So basically, if it comes down to a question of what theme something gravitates towards, I will, at least part of the time (I need to leave room for Ivy too!) defer to what I know Ralph likes: rabbits, blue things etc. But when it comes to the style of those blue things or rabbits? I will determine that along the line of the quiz results.

What follows are my actual quiz answers. Read on, if you like! But don't forget, I'd love to hear from you too. How do you resolve the my style vs. kids' style dilemma?

Here are the results of my survey:

1. List your favorites in each category:

- Actor: Steve Coogan

- Actress: Gillian Anderson

- Artist: Alexander Calder

- Writer: Haruki Murakami

- Music: Danielson Famile

- Restaurant: Who needs a restaurant when you could be eating POPCORN?

- Automobile: A Red 1983 Audi Quattro

- Movie or Television Show: Life on Mars/Ashes To Ashes (The UK Series)

- Clothing (pieces, designers or stores): Marimekko dresses, Happy Socks and laser cut bamboo brooches.

- Furniture (pieces, designers or stores): Eames, George Nelson, and when I'm too poor for any of that - IKEA.

2. Choose three words to describe your personal style:

- Colorful

- Modern

- Indie

3. Think back over all the homes you've lived in, both as a child and an
adult. Which rooms would you choose as your favorites and how would you
describe them?

Favorite room from a childhood home and description: My teenage bedroom complete with a wall full of X-Files posters, 1970's lime green swivel armchairs, walk-in-wardrobe and most importantly, telephone!

Favorite room from an adult home and description: Our old library/office. Wall-to-wall books and two tiny MCM desks with map tops for working side-by-side.

4. Whom do you consider a role model? Verlie Ellis, the most awesome 80-something you will ever meet

What three adjectives describe the qualities that you admire in this person?

- Godly

- Intelligent

- Loving

5. Every home has areas that are "just right". Which three spots or things
in your home do you feel are beautiful and feel proud of, right now, as

- My desk. A piece of furniture I dreamed of owning for so long, gifted to me by my amazing husband!

- Our bed. Perfectly comfy, with a white and black duvet cover and colorful pillows.

- The open shelving in our kitchen. Not too much in there but plenty of super cute stuff I am proud to own.

6. A month from now, at the end of the Style Cure, how would you like your friends to describe your home?

- Uncluttered

- Tidy

- Fun

(Image: Claire Harrison, used with permission)

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