My name is Whit and I am the husband of Melanie Whittington, a very talented and beautiful woman whom I love dearly.
Need to build a deck? “Whit can do it!”
Many of these projects occur and are driven by the high frequency entertaining that my talented and beautiful wife plans. I think men understand the PPP (Pre Party Project): a distinct and deliberate effort to use an upcoming event to drive some sort of home betterment agenda. I am a huge hockey fan and the PPP is the pure metaphor for “slipping one past the goalie.” The party is the mechanism to highlight the supposedly substandard living conditions in our wonderful home in Arlington. The chain of events usually goes like this….
- Dog barfs on sisal rug (a rug that has fallen out of favor with Mel).
- Mel: “We cannot have people over to see the dog barf stains on our sisal rug!”
- Whit: “Then let’s not have people over.”
- Mel: “But I have already sent out the invites!”
- New rug is procured and delivered
What is curious is that the new rug usually shows up the next day. As if the whole thing was already planned and I did not even know we were having a party. I am the goalie in this construct and I have just been beaten and I never even saw the shot.
By comparison to the overnight bathroom installation, my latest PPP was a breeze. It’s the holiday party season, so of course Mel wanted: The PVC Christmas Tree.
This project was inspired by a photo that Melanie had given me from one of her many, many design magazines (seriously, we have a lot). It looked pretty easy to me and there are many ways you can achieve this look. I am always excited about ways to use things that are in my garage or basement and the backing board for this project was an old door that I painted white.
Here’s how I did it:
Mark Whittington — aka “Whit” — is Melanie Whittington’s husband. Whit grew up in the family construction business where he learned how to build things from his father and older brother and developed a high degree of “general handiness” that gets called upon daily being the husband of a talented designer. From fabricating drapery rods, building outdoor bars, hand-placing bubble tile back splashes to complete bathroom build outs, Whit has tackled many home projects for Mel over the years. He is a software executive by day and wannabe DIY show host at night and on the weekends. He hopes to share the unique perspective of a designer’s husband, interesting projects, and stories that will help you make your husband or significant other a more productive member of your design projects.