The Shortt Pickens House

The Launch of Whitken & Co. Pt. 2: What's in a Name?

I had been wanting to change the name of my blog for a long time. When I first started the blog, it was actually for my photography business, Whitney Donae Photography. When I made the switch to interior design, I just dropped the photography off for lack of not being able to think of anything better. Naming your blog or business is a huge commitment, and I wanted it to be something I felt 100% sure about and wouldn't regret in a few years. I had no idea what I wanted the blog to become, but I knew that I wanted it to be bigger than myself. I wanted something that would encompass us as a family and allow us to grow as a brand and business. I shared my vision with Kendall and we worked on brainstorming names. I threw the name Whiken out there and he told me it was stupid. (Don't worry, it wasn't as rude as it sounds! I am blessed with an extremely kind and supportive husband. And a very honest one, apparently.) I also tried Kenwhit, but it just sounded too much like an appliance company to me.

The Shortt Pickens House Dining Room: Whitken & Co.

Well, fast forward several months. I still couldn't get the name Whitken out of my head, but I also had another name I liked and threw into the pot. I love, love, love me some textiles, and I kind of dream of having my own textile line someday.

I came up with the name Unfold Home. Kind of like you unfold your sheets or snap a towel from your linens to use, but I also thought it captured the idea of something that happened slowly and over time until it was something really beautiful.

When I threw out the name Whitken and Co. to Kendall the second time he actually really liked it. (Don't worry. I reminded him that just a few months ago he had told me it was stupid.) I also threw out the name Unfold Home and he liked it too, but was leaning more towards Whitken & Co.

The Shortt Pickens House Dining Room: Whitken & Co.

So, to help us decide, I ran a very scientific poll on my personal Facebook page, and asked people to vote for which one they liked.

Whitken & Co. won out almost unanimously. A lot of mamas told me that Unfold Home reminded them of laundry and didn't spark good feelings so even though I liked it, it had to go. I still like the name and who knows, maybe one day I'll use it for that textile line I want to create.

Anywhoo, that's how our name came to be. Obviously it's a combination of our two names, and I like that it sounds and looks timeless, but also has a little bit of whimsy to it. I think it sounds like the the style we hope to create and embody in our designs and I'm so excited to 'unfold' all the dreams and plans we have for it in the months and years to come.

The Shortt Pickens House Dining Room: Whitken & Co.

 

 

Pickens Final Before & After

I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking in today's post. I thought it'd be fun to show the house in it's naked state before we moved in and after we left. I did a full before post and video walk through before we moved in if you want to get an idea of the lay out and see more images. I'll link all the other before and after posts at the where explain my thought process behind my design and color choices if you're interested in more details. I've loved having you guys follow and encourage us on our first home journey and we're excited to share the next one with you!

Entryway & Living Room

Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After

Kitchen

Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After
Pickens' Final Before & After

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen! This little room was its own little nightmare. When we moved in, it had wood looking laminate floors and your classic fruity wallpaper from the early 2000's. Everyone who came to the house, made some kind of joke about that paper! (You can read how we removed it here.)

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

The plan was to renovate this room last so that we could learn how it would function best and save for a proper renovation, but than our dishwasher leaked soaking the floor, and we decided to bump up the reno. Well, than we decided to sell, and nixed the reno in favor of a paint update. The upside was that I learned to grill over the summer because we left the appliances out so that we wouldn't put off the reno when we were still thinking we were going that route!

We did have to pull up the floors, though, which consisted of a layer of laminate, two layers of linoleum, a layer of plywood, and a layer of tar paper. That tarpaper was no joke! You can see more pictures and read how we got it up here. There is no super easy way, but what we did worked really well. It was just a long, sweaty, and very stinky process. I wish I was kidding when I tell you it smelled like straight up poo.

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After

When we had the floors refinished, our floor refinisher said that it would be better if we replaced the floor in the kitchen because he wouldn't be able to refinish it to match the rest of the house. We didn't replace it due to time and cost factors but we did paint it with floor and deck paint to make the room feel and look cleaner for resale purposes. Moment of truth: I don't know that I would have gone with white in here if we were living in it. Even though I love the way it looks, it would have been a cleaning nightmare. The paint has held up well with all the foot traffic it's received from viewings, but it was also really dirty from it. Also, if I was to do it again, I would apply a coat or two of polyurethane to make cleaning it easier and to keep the shiny. Once the paint dried, it was very matte. We went the same paint color on the walls that we used in the bathroom and office, and I'm really happy with how it turned out overall. It looks fresh and clean and happy! Like a good place to make a sandwich ;)

Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After
Pickens' Kitchen Before & After