Home Decor Interview:
Wendy Hyde from "The Shabby Nest"
Wendy Hyde might have a blog called
“The Shabby Nest,”
but her house is anything but "shabby."
In fact, Wendy keeps her home clean, well organized, and beautiful. That's
impressive as it is, but when you throw in how busy and hectic her life is as a
mother to four young children and creator of lovely arts and crafts, you have a
modern day wonder woman.
In celebration of the Spring season that has just "sprung" upon us, we bring you
Wendy Hyde: a truly fascinating blogger who has developed quite a following over
at “The Shabby
With her irresistible pillow collection, among other creations that she
shares with her readers, Wendy is exactly the kind of person we like to feature
at Decor Medley. Her passion for decor runs through and through, and we
are honored to have her here to talk about her remarkable life. Enjoy!
1. Hi Wendy, welcome to Décor Medley and thank you for stopping by.
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your blog,
“The Shabby Nest.”
I am a busy wife and mom to four wonderful
children. About a year ago I was having what I like to call my "creative
crisis." I felt the need to create and a compulsion to share it with those
around me, but I didn't know how to accomplish that goal.
Then my younger sister introduced me to the world of blogging, and I discovered
all of the wonderful creative blogs out there, and I realized I had found my
outlet. The Shabby
Nest is my creative spot where I can share my obsession with decorating and
my love of creating.
2. In addition to decorating, you have a love of photography. Please
tell us about your photography and how you use it in your very own
I have always loved to take pictures, but I
didn't really start pursuing my interest until about a year and a half ago. My
husband is a professional photographer, and I always helped out with the
business end of things. But I often accompanied him to photograph weddings and
was the "stylist" if you will. I would go through the proofs with him, and
really started to develop an eye for what looks good. I started playing with
the camera, and learning what I could, and about a year ago, he let me accompany
him on a wedding as second camera! I was hooked! I'm still figuring out the
nuances of the camera, but it is fascinating, and I love it.
One of my favorite parts of photography is the
editing process. I have a lot to learn, but I really love what I can do so
far. I create images that are simple and elegant and lend themselves well to
the notecards that I have created to sell in
I am toying with the idea of selling prints of my photos, but for now, the cards
are fun, and it is a way for me to get my photography "off the screen" and into
the real world!
3. Many times, all it takes is a little vacation to inspire us with a
new idea for our home. During your recent trip to Maine, did you come across
anything that gave you new ideas, and if so, what were they?
My family loves Maine. It is one of our favorite
places to visit. This last visit was purely for relaxation...which always gets
my creative juices flowing. But I can tell you that during warmer times, we
spend hour upon hour on the beach in Maine, and you can see touches of that
"beach cottage" feel all over our home. Apothecary jars full of seashells,
little bits of sea glass, a soft blue and white color scheme in my bath. All of
these are inspired by the beach!
And if you ever find yourself in Kennebunk, Maine, make sure you take a drive
along the shore and look at the beautiful beach homes, they will definitely
inspire you. Kennebunk also has a great store called Old House Parts that
offers architectural salvage items. Oh what fun and inspiration can be found
4. You’re in the middle of making over your master bedroom, much of it
being your own creations. Where did you learn this skill, and really, where did
you learn all of the other arts and crafts skills that you possess?
My creative skills are born of necessity! I love
creating a beautiful home, but I really have to do it on a budget. I love to
find ways to create high-end looking decor without spending high-end dollars.
have been making things since I was a little girl, and I took sewing and art
classes as a teen. But I guess things have just evolved through trial and
error. Messing up is half the fun, and sometimes the goofs yield amazing
decorating projects do you have on tap for Spring, and what is your favorite
season in general?
This is a tough question for me! I love both
Spring and Fall equally. I live in New England, and Autumn here is
breathtaking. I love pulling out the warm sweaters, going to bonfires,
crunching in leaves. But when Spring starts to appear after a long, dreary
winter, it is rejuvenating! I love the tiny buds, the pinches of green, the
sunshine. I love the renewal of life.
This spring I want to lighten up the house. I
plan on making some new drapes for my dining area that are lighter, and perhaps
switching out some of our richer-hued accessories for the neutral, calm tones
that I love so much! My husband and I are planning on painting the interior of
the house almost top to bottom. That will definitely make things seem fresh and
new... although I must admit that I'm not looking forward to the actual process!
6. You obviously love to decorate for your children, and they are young
enough to where they probably don’t put up too much of a fuss.
Are you prepared
for the day when they become teenagers and want to put their own stamp on their
rooms and reject some of their mother’s decorating touches? Or do you see this
as an opportunity for some unique teen décor that you guys can do together?
Even though my kids are young, I have made sure that they are actively involved
in the decorating process. I have made some compromises with them already, but
being the mom, of course, I have always had the final say. I am actually
looking forward to the time when my children and I can collaborate on designs
for their rooms.
Since my husband and I both work at artistic endeavors, we cherish the creative
process and nurture it in our children. Helping them to create something that
they love brings me a lot of joy. I am definitely open to new styles and to
letting go so that they can express their own individuality and creativity.
7. It was
noted in your
“Today’s Creative Blog” write-up that your home photographs contain
virtually no messes or clutter. Anyone who browses your blog would come to the
same conclusion, begging one to wonder: is your home always that clean, or do
you clean it up for the pictures? And if it’s always that clean, what is your
I get this question often, and it makes me smile every time. Let’s put it this
way, I have four children ages 8 and under. I would have to be magic to have my
house clean all the time.
That said, it is not usually a disaster either. We have rules that toys are not
allowed in the living room, and everyone is responsible to make sure that their
things get put away where they belong. The house is always clean when we go to
bed, so we start the day off right. But life happens, and messes do
too… especially with my two littlest boys that I lovingly call the Toddler
Of course, I don’t want the world to see our everyday messes, so when I take
photos for my blog I always clean the area I’m photographing. It serves two
purposes. I get a good photo, and a mess, if there is one, gets cleaned up.
Besides, a little good photo staging never hurt anyone.
8. Part of
decorating is throwing parties, which you recently did for your daughter’s 6th
birthday. You featured several innovative, unique party items (such as your
“Welcome to the Soiree” sign) that aren’t seen at most parties. What was the
reaction of your guests to these adorable items?
My guests seem to like the unique touches very
much. But, honestly, I
probably get the most joy out of creating these things for my children's
parties. I want my children to be able to look back on their childhood as a
magical time. I feel that adding special touches to their celebrations helps to
create that magic.
But, I have to admit, when my mother-in-Law, who is a former caterer, came in to
the party and gasped and told me how wonderful my cupcake tower was, I was
extremely proud!! (Especially since baking is not my strong point!)
9. Wendy, thanks again for spending time with us today. For the last
question, please tell us how
“The Shabby Nest”
has changed your life, and do you have any plans to expand your blog and
internet presence over the next few years?
Oh goodness, where do I begin. The Shabby Nest has been a tremendous blessing
in my life. It has given me the creative outlet that I longed for, but it has
become so much more. It is part of who I am now, and it is a part that I am
amazed by. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started The Shabby Nest, but I
have been overwhelmed by the wonderful friends and amazingly talented people I
have met through blogging. I love the encouraging comments I receive. They
mean the world to me.
As for my future plans, I will definitely continue blogging. I'd love to see
store expand, but I have no definite plans. I will just take one day at a
time, and share the things that I love and create, and hope that my wonderful
readers will continue to enjoy them with me for a long time to come.
What a bundle of creative energy Wendy is! Thank goodness for people like
her who bring so much excitement and vigor to their homes and lives.
Sounds like there is never a dull moment at Wendy's household, and obviously she
enjoys all of what life has to offer.
We'd like to thank Wendy for taking time out of her busy schedule to give us a
great interview. Please remember to check out
“The Shabby Nest”
every day as she shares her life with all of you, and please also check out her
store as well. Thanks Wendy, enjoy the Spring!
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