7.21.2010

Kid Proof


I'm working with a client who has twin 18 month olds and I really have my work cut out for me!  I don't have kids so I didn't realize how messy they can be at dinner time till I spent an evening with them.  I quickly realized why my client has a lovely clear plastic sheet over her new kitchen table.  After I told her it was ugly (she is also a friend, so no hurt feelings here) and had to go she asked me what my solution would be. 

This is it! I love how the tablecloth is tailored to fit just the top while still showing the legs.  The short tablecloth also allows her to get a vacuum under the table for an easy clean up after dinner. 

It's a win-win situation for the both of us (and the twins).

(photo from House and Home by Mark Burstyn)

31 comments:

pve design said...

As a Mom of now 17 year old twins, I would advise feeding them in the tub and then shower down! ha, now Truthfully, placemats and bibs are saviors and letting them feed themselves!
Now mine eat me out of house and home!
pve

In the Tweeds said...

That is a great idea! I'd look into doing the same idea but in an oilcloth fabric - wipe-up-able and still stylin'!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Love that idea! And I really like the chairs on the end and left side of the table.

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

agreed! - no kids either - but loven' the tailed tablecloth! - and HOLLA those chairs r off the hook! - i want me some of them!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I think this looks great. As the mother of an 26 month old...I don't use a tablecloth b/c it would be in the washer after every meal...and I don't know how people w/o dogs keep their floor clean after mealtime with toddlers! It's funny, our breakfast area table is from Hickory Chair and pre kids I was worried about every little scratch....now I could care less. I have been thinking about having vinyl applied to nicer fabrics for the kitchen. I think that Suze at Dwellers w/o Decorators did this for some of her cushions to make them kid friendly. Still trying to sell myself on this idea!

Punctuation Mark said...

i love the rug and those wire chairs... it's like a whole line theme going on

North of 25A said...

I think this table cloth looks terrific, but for me it still would have to be something that I could wipe down.
Best,
Colleen

Full House said...

I am so into this post. I totally understand the difficulties in trying to make something look good and kid friendly.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Love this dining room.

Love that you can tell your new client that something is ugly. Those are the best clients. You guys are going to some great designing!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

When you first said it looked ugly I thought you were talking about what was in the image, I thought it looked great. That is a good solution. My kids are older now so I don't have to worry anymore, but I do remember keeping a plastic tablecloth on the floor to protect my rug when they were little.

Chic Coles said...

Great idea and it saves the table for when everyone is older.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

oh Linds, thats a great idea indeed

Jana Marie said...

This dining room is absolutely stunning! I love love love it!

Jana Marie
bonitas-cosas.blogspot.com

Designwali said...

Great idea. I love your blog!

Emily said...

love that image! so excited to see how things comes along. I need a project!!

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

What a great solution. Love it!
Such a wonderful blog you have here.. so nice to meet you,, you have a new follower :)

xoxo
Edyta
http://edytaandco.blogspot.com/

Emily A. Clark said...

I have kind of given up in our eating area. It always stays somewhat gross. They ususally eat at the bar and if they do eat at our breakfast table, I use no table cloth, no rug, nothing. Looks depressing, but I have hope it will look better in 10-15 years :)

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, it's lovely, and looks like it would be fairly easy to make! The colors are gorgeous, too! XO!

an old fashioned girl said...

Nice work!!

Terri said...

I have a 3- and a 1- year old and quit using a tablecloth. It's so much easier to wipe down the table than it is to stain treat a tablecloth every night! You could also use wipeable placemats that can be put away when not in use. That said.... I love, love that tablecloth!!

eddieross said...

Love it!! Thanks for the sweet post!

xo

eddie & Jaithan

Averill said...

Love the idea of a fitted tablecloth. So chic, so kid-friendly!

paula said...

my table is officially ruined. It's the only table so its also used for crafts, lego building, ect. This is such a cute idea. I would most def use an oilcloth. would hate to do wash after every meal too:)

sem said...

When my three were in the toddler-messy- at- every-meal stage, I had a piece of glass made for the top of my wood table-- it protects the surface and is an easy clean up.

Staci Edwards Design said...

Total win win! Looks great, table cloth and all! :)

Deliciously Organized said...

I love the blue walls. Very calming. And I spy my favorite Container Store boxes. Sups cute.

Kristin said...

Where has that been all my life?

Cristin said...

yes, and have a custom table pad made for underneath... kids will do the craziest things like "draw on the table with their fork". yikes.

xo,
cristin

charm home said...

This is such a great idea. I can only imagine how messy two 18 month olds can be. That mom has her work cut out for her. -c

Hello Lover... said...

Love this! I don't even have children but I feel that our beautiful dining table is getting so beaten up just by regular use - this is the perfect solution seeing as I love the legs of our table!

Anonymous said...

Any idea where I can buy that table?