Charlottesville, Virginia, homeowner and shopkeeper Christy Ford offers five ways to turn a house into a home.
Photo: William Waldron
Christy shares the secret to letting kids and animals really live in a house without losing your mind: “Slipcovers—everything is washable!” The white slipcover on the sofa in the dining area, just across from the kitchen, is forgiving of mealtime mishaps. “I purposely chose white because you can use OxiClean on it to remove ketchup and marks from the dogs rubbing up against it.”
Every room has details that forgive wear and tear. In the kitchen, Ryan and Christy chose Virginia slate countertops and then had a sink custom made out of the same dark slate. The color hides stains that would show on a white sink