Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Boys & White

Once in a while, I get asked how I can live in a house with light color walls, white furniture, three boys, AND a dog. Since our living room has white furniture, people sometimes assume that it's one of those rooms in the home that no one ever frequents. The truth is that, with the exception of the formal dinning room, every room in our home gets used on a daily basis.

And when I say used, I mean USED!

What's my secret? Slipcovers and time-outs. I don't think I'd dare to have white furniture without them being slipcovered. They get washed about once a month. I could do it more often but laundry is already an issue around here. 

I still battle this little innocent-looking face to not use the walls as his canvas. But for that I just use soap & water or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser... and time-outs.

Then there's Cooper the dog. He sneaks on this couch to not miss a thing going on outside.
He doesn't really "sneak" since, as you can see, he does it right in front of me as I take this picture. But it's not something he does when I am home. I've yet to figure out how to solve this one.

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Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I don't think you can break him from that! At least he's white, too. :)
Don't you love washable slipcovers?

michelle said...

I love your home and I love slipcovers, especially with kids and dogs. I remember I would buy white for my son when he was a baby and people would wonder why. I told them bleach is a fantastic thing. :)

Ceci Reyes Blanco said...

What great pics... I have a little wall Picasso of my own. We also have a slip-covered sofa and a slip covered sectional. When we have a party or something, the covers come off and voila! brand new furniture. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Kelli W said...

We have color everywhere and it can still be a mess with three boys running around! The dirtiest thing in my house right now is the trim around the outside door. There are a million and one dirty little hand prints all over it...I guess someone needs to repaint it soon:)

Emily@TheWickerHouse said...

I laughed as soon as I saw the title to this post. I have 2 little boys and a dog, so I have a pretty good idea of what your home is like. Love the illustration pictures. So Cute!

Cassie Bustamante said...

i tried white but i was not disciplined enough to wash them as often as i should have!

Chris said...

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Teachinfourth said...

I just can't ever get over how amazing your home looks (well, the parts you choose to show us).

Amanda Padgett said...

#1 Gorgeous home
#2 Gorgeous kids!
#3 Beautiful phone pictures!! Wow!!

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