Halpert at the VineyardTraditional Dining Room, Boston
An accomplished potter and her husband own this Vineyard Haven summer house.
Gil Walsh worked with the couple to build the house’s décor around the wife’s artistic aesthetic and her pottery collection. (She has a pottery shed (studio) with a
kiln). They wanted their summer home to be a relaxing home for their family and friends.
The main entrance to this home leads directly to the living room, which spans the width of the house, from the small entry foyer to the oceanfront porch.
Opposite the living room behind the fireplace is a combined kitchen and dining space.
All the colors that were selected throughout the home are the organic colors she (the owner) uses in her pottery. (The architect was Patrick Ahearn).
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Drape a quilt over the table. Now don’t freak out; I’m not advocating slurping spaghetti sauce atop an antique gem. I’m suggesting that those who don’t eat at the dining room table all that often use it as a prime spot to display a favorite heirloom. It’s a much better way to enjoy it than keeping it folded away in a blanket chest.
A quilt as a table cover. Bishop views family heirlooms as an important aspect of Southern style. “They tell the story of history, the story of where we came from,” she says. A quilt or an afghan in the living room can look dated. Draped across a table, though, it’s unexpected and surprisingly civilized — quintessentially Southern.
“Never keep something simply because it belonged to someone you love.” — Jessica McClendonDuring these big January organizational projects, it’s important to look at why you are holding on to things. If you won’t miss a piece when it’s gone and you never use it, it’s time for to pass it on to someone else who will love it. Full story: Escape the Inheritance Trap: What to Do With Sentimental Pieces
Have a great quilt you’d like to display? Hang it on the wall. Use it as a tablecloth. Forget about its intended use and make it work for you.
When you look at a quilt, think of the woman or women who spent hours and days cutting and sewing. Imagine the conversations that took place. Maybe the quilters were making a statement about what was important to them in the only manner available to them. Using a quilt as a tablecloth allows you to touch it, trace the stitches and study it up close. But if it is a vintage piece, you might want to add a glass top if you are actually going to eat on it.
1. Give an old quilt a new purpose. While you wouldn't want to eat on Grandma's priceless heirloom, vintage quilts picked up at thrift shops can make fabulous tablecloths. Spot clean it between uses and give it a full wash only when really necessary.