We have a white couch.
We have a white couch that we knowingly and purposefully purchased AFTER having a kid.
Ok…confession #1…our ‘kid’ is only a year old, so he really hasn’t fully harnessed his ability to ruin anything yet; bibs, burp cloths and newborn clothes notwithstanding.
And confession #2…our white couch is actually a white slip covered couch.
I am an avid lover of all things coastal and as any coastal gal worth their sea-salt will tell you, when you live near the water, you want to keep your doors open to the breeze, your floors easily sand-sweep-able and your furniture wash-and-wear.
So how did we land at the white-slip-covered-couch-decision when we live in a 101 year old colonial on a hill in Boston…which, while it may be closer to the ocean than our landlocked families in Pennsylvania are, is certainly not a refuge for sandy toes to run in from the beach and grab a cold one?
As with many homes in our area, we don’t have a designated play room, so we know that the couch in our living room is going to get used, and used well. Whether it is play-doh in the crevices, chocolate ice cream splayed across the cushions, a spilled glass of red wine (from the big ‘kids’) along the skirt, we needed something that was versatile, comfortable and able to take some licks and hopefully keep on ticking. So even though we live at least a 45 minute hike from the nearest beach (who knew a city on the water could be so far away from the beach?) we’re taking a gamble and hoping that the cool, calm, laid-back sensibilities of coastal style can translate to our living-with-kids needs.
What about you? Are any of the design choices in your home based on the sensibilities of a different style than where you live?
Photos: (1. Country Living), (2. Miriam Bradford)