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Rustic & Refined Dining Room

Rustic & Refined Dining Room

Happy Wednesday, guys! 

I am really loving this week's dining room and this is definitely a look I wouldn't mind seeing in my own house. We have a similar table from World Market which I'm considering stripping down to create a look similar to today's mood board. I love the simple black windsor chairs from Target and how they pair with the end wishbone chairs. One of my favorite things to do in the dining room is to keep all the chairs the same but add a different set at the ends of the table. It keeps things interesting but still cohesive. 

The art is a replica, and my parents have the exact print from my grandparents house that I"m going to see if I can talk them into sending me for Christmas. I talked a little bit about why I love this painting in this post from a dining room we featured in our Why This Room Works sereies. 

The wooden bowl on the table is a little on the pricey side, but a really beautiful piece that you can hang onto and style in so many different places and ways for years. Its really one of those pieces you wouldn't ever get rid of unless it was to send it to me of course.

And can we talk about this hammered brass light fixture? Gorgeous. I love how simple, rustic, yet refined it is - all traits I try to bring into each of my designs.

And I've never been super into the buffalo check trend, but I really like it in this set up. It's always amazing to me how changing up the context of something can change your opinion on it. 

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Rustic & Refined Dining Room

SOURCES

  1. Man Praying Art

  2. Hammered Gold Light Fixture

  3. Ivory Flokati Wishbone Chair

  4. Black Windsor Chair

  5. Rustic Concrete & Wood Dining Table

  6. Wooden Decorative Bowl

  7. Black & White Buffalo Check Rug

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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' Dining Room Before & After

When we moved into #theshorttpickenshouse it was very much stuck in the early 2000's with its red walls and traditional chandelier. I had crazy plans for this room such as painting the ceiling a mustard yellow, but after we decided to move just 7 months after buying our house (you can read why here), I figured it was best to keep it somewhat tame for rent or resale purposes. Here's a look at some before's.

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

We lived with our kitchen appliances in the dining room for the longest time after we had to rip out the floor because we had originally planned to remodel the kitchen, and we didn't want to give ourselves an excuse not to get it done by making life too convenient. Let's just say I learned how to use a grill over the summer and it took me a while to quit going into the dining room every time I needed something out of the fridge once we moved them back. 

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

As with all the rooms, I thought I might be able to knock this room out fairly quickly, but as with all the rooms, it held it's own little surprises. When I was prepping the walls to paint, the old layers of paint started pealing off in huge chunks right down to the plaster. It was a patching nightmare! We also had these odd air pockets appear on the walls after we got the paint up. I went and poked them with a safety pin and they went down once the paint dried without a problem. And lastly, this is the only room that I taped off because of the chair rail and the contrast of the black and white, and guess what? That black paint bled right through my tape and I had to take a tiny little artist brush to the whole room and touch it up. (bangs head against wall.)

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

Even though I didn't get to change out the lighting here (I was thinking something modern like this chandelier from West Elm), I'm still pretty pleased with how this room turned out.

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

I loved hearing your input and votes on Facebook and Instagram on whether or not to go white or black under the chair railing, and I'm so glad I went with the black. Once the doors were all painted black and underneath the chair rail, the whole house seemed to just connect and flow together in a cohesive way.

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

The picture on the wall below is super similar to one my grandparents had hanging above their dining room table, and when I saw it in a local thrift shop, I couldn't pass it up because of all the memories it brought back to me. Eventually, I'll get the one from my grandparents house and hang them together. I know they're not great works of art, but I believe that one of the things that makes a home beautiful and fills it with soul is styling it with things that have meaning or some kind of story behind them. 

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

The clock used to be Kendall's grandmother's, and I love having it in our house now as a reminder of her.

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

Since this house was so small and also somewhat open concept, I really tried to keep in mind sight lines and how each room would look when looking into it from another room. I didn't want everything to match, but I did want it to feel connected as if each room was meant to flow into the next.

The  next three images are looking from the kitchen into the dining and living room. If you're super anal and OCD you'll probably notice that not everything is centered in this house. It's one of those things that drove me crazy and I wanted to fix, but you just gotta take the good with the not so good sometimes. Also, enjoy my THREE different table centerpieces. I was shooting these images at the end of fall and trying to get a few shots that weren't fallish as well!

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

These next few are looking from the living room and you can see the views from the entry way towards the beginning of the post.

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

I added the basket and blanket (pictured above and below) into the corner to help fill some space and add some texture and color and warmth to the room. If you read my Living Room Before & After post, you know that we chose to style the rooms with things we already had since we were planning on moving so that's why this room may seem a little bare.

Pickens' Dining Room Before & After
Pickens' Dining Room Before & After

Had we stayed here, I would have switched out the chandelier as I mentioned earlier, probably added a plant or two by the window where the basket is, added and positioned the art to make it more proportionate to the room (that one piece is too small on its own for the space), and probably added a buffet or some kind of tables/dressers across from the clock or at the ends of the room with lamps to add more lighting and places for holding things when we entertain. We love having friends and family over so I'm always trying to take that into consideration when I'm planning a space.

And that's it! I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. Don't forget to sign up for our email list if you'd like to stay up to date on new posts! 

Pickens Dining Room Before & After