August 5, 2010

You have a what?!

We have a white couch.

Yup.

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)

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3 Responses to “You have a what?!”

  1. Amy Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    We live in a townhouse in the Seattle 'burbs but long for an urban loft.  We're starting to make some design changes and I think our townhouse interior will not be in keeping with its suburban roots (more industrial hardware etc)… I don't really think its an issue though.

  2. Miriam Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Ooo, Amy, that sounds really fun.  

  3. Kristin ~ Bien Living Design Says:
    August 5th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Oh, I am with you on the beach style – I long for my non-existent beach house on a daily basis!
    But, to answer your question, YES!  We live in Chicago and moved from an oh-so-fabulous, industrial, exposed everything loft in River North to a turn of the century, original stained glass graystone in Lincoln Park…and took all of our clean lined, modern furnishings with us!  It ended up turning out great and I had a blast marrying the two styles together :)