Monday, August 24, 2009

A Low Country Kitchen

Veranda recently featured this kitchen from a guest house on Brays Island in South Carolina. It has beautiful water views. And I love this table. But the upholstered white benches gave me pause.

Does it seem odd to anyone else to have those there? Or am I the only one with visions of peanut butter and jelly smeared all over them? Even the skirts on them bother me. Just too fussy for a kitchen.

Maybe I've just been a mom too long. I can no longer just enjoy a pretty room without thinking about how practical it would be to use (and clean)!

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33 comments:

  1. Yep...I have my bottle of spray and wash on hand. But see that upholstered chair in the corner...I have been dreaming of two of those at the end of our long farm table.

    Call me crazy.

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  2. oh, I really want that table! I love it! And I'm with you - white slip covers at the table are just begging to be covered with smears. Hopefully, they just pull off and go into the machine, cause you have all the time in the world to do extra washing, right?

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  3. I am thinking they are slipcovers? But yes, too much work and washing for a casual kitchen!

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  4. Lets hope it is Crypton(probably not)or Sensuede. Designers never talk about these fabrics but I use them all the time. You can get Sharpie marker out of Crypton and just about anything comes out of Sensuede with water. All my clients have kids, as do I, so I'm a realist. I do love Suzanne Kasler (this designer) in fact my post today has her chest(ummmm, decorative chest) on it. Shhh don't tell because I used it as an inspiration piece for a knock off. Suzanne's is muy muy expensive.

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  5. That's interesting, Kristin! I think I could use some of that Crypton around my house.

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  6. I thought the same thing about the benches...it's a great look but not practical at all, at least not in my house.

    LeAnn

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  7. I'm with you Julia. I loved that kitchen when I first saw it but those benches? They seem so out of place in a space that's supposed to be all about relaxation and family holidays. Their presence in my kitchen and the worry that they wouldn't make it through even one summer would NOT be relaxing!! The slipped wing chair can stay though. And that table would go back home to the city with me so I could look at it every day!

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  8. My back would not let me sit on a bench for more than a sec, but the rest... ahhh!

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  9. I first looked at the photo and thought "One marinara accident and the benches are history." Then I read what you had to say. Whew! I am glad that we are still on the same page. :)

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  10. I love the casual elegance of low country designs. I spent significant time in the area and just adore it. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. The first thing I said was "Ohh... I love this kitchen." Then I said, "Are those white????"

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  12. No, you are not the only one. Not only are they a disaster waiting to happen! They look low and uncomfortable to go with the pine table.

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  13. The word I want to use for those overstuffed benches is 'poncy'. Definitely trying too hard - but I love the wing chair. And the table. And the floor. And the counters. And the ceiling height.

    White slip-covers are easier to take care of than any other because you can bleach them. I have made dozens for clients (yes, I twisted their arms): in wonderful coarse cotton damask, rough white and natural linens, and my favorite, organic hemp. But you'd be a brave woman to use white on benches!

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  14. Love everything but the benches,too. Besides the color ,I really like to have something to lean back on.

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  15. Oh Julia, I call that kind of decorating "The Emperor has NO CLOTHES!" Yes, no one but a nutter would use white on benches in a kitchen! thanks for being brave enough to point out the
    Emperor's lack of clothes!
    Cass

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  16. I love the that table too! My daughter is almost off to college(one more year) but I think I would be the one to make the mess on those white benches! I'm sure I would spill something on them, I'm not messy but accident prone sometimes!:)

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  17. I totally agree Julia! Seems like they were going for a look here and not a practical design! Even a durable fabric would have been better...

    ~ Pam

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  18. Maybe you could slip them of & put them in the wash? But I agree a better place would be out on the deck, itwould have to be a kid free home though!!

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  19. Although I understand your thoughts, I adore the mix of ideas with the slipcovers and the rustic table. I want cream or white slip-covered furniture in my house and I have kids and dogs. I figure they can go through the was and be lovely once they get soiled.

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  20. It looks lovely although it doesnt remind me a kitchen, and you are right with kids, it is impossible..

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  21. Yup I agree...I do believe you can have kids and white slipcovered furniture...but in the kitchen, like that, nope not gonna work! It is a lovely kitchen though!

    :) T

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  22. I know some moms/designers swear by slipcovers as you can wash them, but some stains just don't come out! I agree, I think I would like to see some legs on those benches instead of the skirts.

    My goal is to make a banquette for our kitchen and vinyl-coat the fabric first.

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  23. Laurie--
    I'm glad you mentioned that. I have a white slipcover on my playroom sofa and it is not as easy to wash every time it gets a stain as people make it sound. For one thing, it's a huge pain to get off and on. For another, it looks like a rumpled mess unless I spend hours ironing and starching it. It drives me crazy, frankly. So whereas I like the idea of slipcovers in theory, I have not found them to be all that convenient in practice. -Julia :-)

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  24. I have more to do with slip-covers than I usually care to admit Julia, so forgive me if I am telling you what you already know!

    Bleach a white slip cover, don't put it in the drier but spread it out if to dry partially, then put it on the sofa damp, smoothing and stretching it with your hands. Prop the cushions separately to dry out. If there are wrinkles spray them with water and again smooth with your hands.

    This works brilliantly with a cotton damask, and quite well with linen, cotton...not so good. Hope it helps.

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  25. I agree with you Julia, I don't really think those should be there either, I think long benches would be cute though...I like the idea of mixing different styles but I see PB&J's all over those too! :)

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  26. Hi, I agree with you, Little ones or not, my kitchen does not stay that clean whilst baking cakes etc. the rest is absolutely gorgeous, x

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  27. Love the look. In fact, I have a similar look in my dining room with a fireplace. The look is practical if you use an indoor/outdoor fabric or a crypton. Go for it! The look is perfect for the beach!

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  28. Suscipe--thanks for the slipcover advice! I never heard any of that before. I always run mine through the dryer, and it's always a rumpled mess. -Julia

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  29. My girls are grown so I'm not worried about peanut butter and jelly. I'm concerned about the person's back who has to sit there with no support!
    Brenda

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  30. Looks pretty but soooo not practical! Ditto for the white wing chair at the window. Between the black dog, the red wine, and the clumsy owners (and that would be *our* household that I'm describing) they would be toast in a week. A *good* week! :-)

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  31. Wonderful blog! Refreshing! Enjoyed my visit! ~Maryjane

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  32. Hello Julia - wow, lovin' that fabulous table! Oh my, drool.

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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I'm so glad you stopped by. Kick off your flip-flops and stay awhile! ~Julia :-)