Whitewashed cottage - Photograph: Claire Bingham
Photograph credit: Claire Bingham

The Whiter Heritage

Just wait while I blow your mind…  My husband is Lee Whiter, British born painter and decorator of over 30 years.

Well with some light research it turns out the surname Whiter is an old English occupational surname for a decorator. But more specifically, one employed to apply whitewash to the walls of buildings.

So Lee’s early medieval ancestors were also painters!  His name not only his heritage but his ancestors occupation too! Talk about carrying on tradition.

Tower of London - By Bernard Gagnon - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3675330
Photo Credit: Bernard Gagnon

The actual meaning of the name Whiter: To make white. The keep of the Tower of London was known as the “White Tower,” because it was whitewashed. Which also resonates as Lee was born in London.

And it doesn’t even end there! Lee’s great grandfather on his dads side was also a painter.

Even his grandfather on his mum’s side was a decorator. He applied cornicing in historical homes in the UK.

Some things are just meant to be.

Living room image featuring Driftwood a white timber look wallpaper

Wallpaper V Paint

Nowadays Lee focuses on wallpapering. It has been his passion for some time and loves the technique and finesse it takes to hang wallpaper well.

Wallpaper creates instant transformations to a room. By using a quality wallcovering and having it professionally installed it can also last longer than paint. With less upkeep maintainence.

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