8.20.2009

Versatility

I love white couches for many reasons. When I got my white slipcovered couch everyone (not in the blog world that is, you guys know whats going on) told me I was crazy and that it would get dirty and gross in no time.

Well, they are/were wrong wrong wrong, it is the BEST thing I have purchased for the house! The number one reason is can be cleaned/bleached/washed/etc.!! We have already had 10+ stains and each and every single one has come out with little to no effort. Just a dab of stain remover, borax, or a TINY amount of diluted bleach for the stubborn ones and it's good as new. Having white means we can clean it and not have to worry about ruining the color- double plus when you live with a messy BF.

Second reason is I can change up the look of my family room on a whim. Since I'm design ADD and always changing things up the white couch is fabulous.

Keep the couch and switch up the accessories and you have a look like any one of these:

a traditional look with blue pillows and woodtone side tables

Love the box pleat detail on this white sofa

Modern with orange and brown pillows and some sleek black and silver tables

White linen slipcoveres a la Joni from Cote de Texas, gotta love her french style- its beautiful!

a quilt, some floral pillows and a white wicker side table and you have a country look.

Don't like color? here is a white slipcovered couch in a beautiful black and white room. But, it would be super easy to switch it up and add lots of color.

Show a little leg...

...or none at all.


So that is why I bought and LOVE my white slipcovered couch- I would suggest it to anyone looking for a new one.


Photos from Better Homes & Gardens, Cote de Texas, Cottage Living, Country Living

28 comments:

Design Esquire said...

Great post! I'm drooling over all the couches. I'm definitely going white or light tan on my next purchase.

bluehydrangea said...

I agree, great post. I have 4 white slip covered chairs in my den and just like you everyone said I was CRAZY. But with 3 little pigs they have been a life saver. One wash and they are good as new!

urbansardines said...

Wow, you are totally making me rethink my strategy! And happily so, because I LOVE white furniture, LOVE IT! My one qualm is that I have two black cats... so, could still be a problem with all the black fur everywhere... but, hey that's what dustbusters are for, right?

my favorite and my best said...

have one myself. love it. easy to clean. and i have two cats and a kid. no probs.

The Consummate Hostess said...

Though I adore white sofas,my two dogs and one cat have always stopped me from buying one. Your post might just convince me to take the plunge. Hope that you have a fabulous day!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I have one as well and everyone thought I was nutty. I loved getting it, but I have a little pup that likes wiping his face on it! Ah!!!!! Plus one that likes to leave dog hair all over the place. So the sofa gets a daily cleaning and I love it anyway.

Deliciously Organized said...

I'm so glad we share this mind set on the white sofa! I was just commenting on Christine's post over at Design Esquire about this! I worked at Shabby Chic for a while back in SF and couldn't leave without our famous white slip covered sofa and over stuffed chair. They are so versatile and not just the furniture but they make the rest of the space versatile too! Love them....and I had the same problem when I first bought them. My mom urged me against WHITE…she thought it was very dangerous! -carlee

inthetweeds said...

I've always loved (and feared) white couches, but you've made a convincing argument! I especially love that second pic with the PLEATED slipcover, grasscloth walls and green curtains. Love it!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I agree! Almost went with white slipcover. I have 2 of the end tables in the first pic. I use them as coffee tables. From Tarjay!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

I am so with you! I have one in my studio and I'm always changing the cushions on it too. It's just the easiest thing in the world to decorate with.

Emily said...

love this post and i always want to get a white couch but never do because I fear it will just show dirt! maybe i should take the plunge?

Lauren said...

I want one sooooo badly, but just can't decide on the right sofa...it's hard to find one with the right lines (and the right price)!

Meg said...

I've picked a white nubby fabric for the sofa I want to have made too. Just saving up now to order it all! But I am not planning on doing a slip cover...I hope that isn't a mistake! :)

Yansy said...

I wish I had one. I'm so jealous of all of my clients that have them. It changes the whole look and feel of a room.

Ms. Bright said...

Excellent call LindsB! I've found the exact principle applies to bedding and towels, too! Buncha scardy-cats out there :)

Southern Aspirations said...

I LOVE those! I have white towels for that exact reason and white bedding... only sometimes I struggle with our clay dirt stains on the duvet cover and can't get those out... once I learn how to clean though, watch out! :-)

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Totally agree! Thinking about buying the white slips for my ikea sofa and chair - think I can re-slip them for less than $300 - crazy, huh?

Stephanie Sabbe said...

my best friend in Nashville has a big white sofa. I love it. Although her dog puts his muddy paws on it, so she's resorted to covering it with a sheet when good company is not around (I'm not good company)

I haven't forgotten about the LEB/sabbespot event of the year. I'm feverishly trying to find a job before it starts snowing and I become a total shut in:) Let's plan to get together next month?

Haven and Home said...

I am with you, I love the white sofa look too and the possibilities for change are endless!

abbegail said...

I have a BEAUTIFUL white on white stripe curvy sofa in my living room aptly named 'The Marilyn' - oh, how lovely she is. I have 3 small children, a dog, & a cat & the sofa is fine, just fine!

JMW said...

I love the second couch - the high arms are fabulous.

Jen said...

I love the orange w/the brown in the third pic. I think I need that blanket - can you tell me where that pic is from so I can hunt it down? Thanks!

LindsB said...

Jen its from BH&G, I cant remember the issue off the top of my head but I will look through my files and see if I have it somewhere :)

kottagekara said...

I'm with you...my family thought I has lost my mind when I bought a white Ikea sofa but I love it!

Meg....it must be a slip cover...dont' do a regular sofa in white!!!

Lauren said...

beautiful pics!!! i couldn't agree more!!!!

xoxo

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Love those photos, esp. the first one. We have cream microfiber chairs, and so far they've resisted cat barf and red wine! Wish I'd thought to get the same color & fabric when we bought our couch (two years before the chairs).

Blueprint Bliss said...

I was thinking a darker khaki slipcovered sofa for the condo I am working on... but recently started thinking about white since it could be bleached. Hmmmm....

L.Duncan said...

I want a white sofa in my family room! People think I'm crazy because I have three boys, but like you said it's easy to clean. And what about people who have dark colored furniture that can't see the stains that well eewww!!!