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Jody Brown asked just that.

It can be hard to decide what your personal architectural style is. There are so many choices. And if you’re trying to choose something important — like, say, the house you want to live in for the rest of your life — well … you should probably get that choice right. But how can you tell what style you are? Is there a guide? Well, no, actually. There’s the summary that the real estate people write, but that’s basically science fiction. All ugly houses are called “contemporary.” That’s not helpful.

We need a better system. Something more … scientific. So I’ll give it a try. Using my vast knowledge of architectural styles and my keen powers of observation, I’ve compiled the following. Feel free to make changes in your life accordingly.

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This applies to Seattle as well.
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In most real estate listings, “Cape Cod” means small and painted white.
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I think I hate this guy, but I’m leaving my card with him just in case. Maybe he can give one to his father as well.
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Her recipe for mac and cheese with truffle oil is simply amazing. You have to try it.
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That’s a police car in the lower right corner, by the way…
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Mad Men? Or Sad Man?
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Imma let you sit there.
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Sitting in a midcentury-modern chair while wearing a flannel shirt. I think that’s called irony, and it’s awesome.

Thanks Jody Brown.

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