For the last decade Decor Bloggers and DIY blogging has become an increasingly popular way to share one’s sense of style with a greater community. For the last 2 years, Courtney Hamby of TheHambyHome.com has dedicated her blog to making a space where women can feel comfortable decorating their homes and creating easy DIY projects on a reasonable budget. Recently, Courtney sat down with the Deco & Bloom Staff to talk about her site, her design inspiration and her love for a great bargain.
Hi Courtney, Thanks for sitting down with us today! For our readers who may be unfamiliar with your work, tell us a little about how The Hamby Home got started and what inspired your decision to make your blog about Home Decor.
The Hamby Home started a little over 2 years ago out of the desire to turn my husband’s bachelor pad into a place that felt like home. Once we got married and I moved in, my goal was to make it cozy and feel more like “our home” instead of “his home” [while keeping it] budget friendly.
After deciding to take on the challenge of making your husband’s space feel like a home for the two of you, you decided to share your experiences with the world in the form of a blog. What initially drew you to the world of blogging?
I have always enjoyed reading and following blogs of all types (diy, decor, fashion, health, lifestyle, etc.). I love getting to know the people behind the blogs and their personalities and I always learn so much and walk away inspired.
That is my goal for The Hamby Home, to share my projects with hopes to inspire people to use their creativity and encourage people [to understand] that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a home look and feel beautiful and cozy.
Originally, your background was in Graphic Design and Marketing. How has your experience helped you with your work on The Hamby Home?
My graphic design skills have been super helpful in many different ways, from designing graphics for the blog, to editing pictures, to composition for photography, etc.
I am currently a full time marketing manager for a technology manufacturer where I manage our website and social media sites. My day job and blogging world often overlap which has really helped me learn and improve at both jobs.
Your site chronicles your home decor journey throughout the years. How would you characterize your overall style and who are your personal design style inspirations?
That is a tough question, I guess I would consider my style to be a mix of traditional and rustic. Our house is a new construction and is very traditional so I really try to add my style in with the lighting, furniture and decor.
There are so many places and people I get inspiration from but I’d have to say the ladies and styles that inspire me the most are Joanna Gaines, Bre from RoomsforRent, Lindsay of Whimsygirldesigns and Lucy from CraftBerryBush.
Not only do I love their styles, they always inspire me with new ideas which keeps me growing and pushing myself to continue learning and improving my home decor.
You’re very open about being a thrifty spender and decorating on a budget. What tips can you give our readers about saving money while decorating their own homes?
I think the best tip I can offer is to be patient. Filling a home takes time and you don’t want to just go out and buy stuff to fill a house that you want to replace a year later. Sometimes I go shopping (retail or thrifting) and find several items and sometimes I walk away empty handed, but I’m always happier when I’ve waited for the right pieces. Another tip is to know when to splurge and when to pass.
I am super frugal when it comes to almost all of my home decor. If it something unique and that will be used year round or year after year (mirrors, wall art, furniture, etc.), it may be worth the splurge but for the little decor pieces that get moved in and out and around, I usually will wait for a good deal.
I switch out my decor often and never feel guilty for putting something away for a while because I usually didn’t spend a lot on those items. I love shopping at Home Goods, Target, etc. but my favorite and most unique and frugal finds usually come from thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales. You can find so many great items that you can repurpose or transform into what you want and you cannot beat the prices.
Your blog is very centered around the DIYer. What has been your favorite project to work on thus far?
I think my favorite project would have to be my DIY wooden and iron pumpkin for two reasons. A lot of my projects are inspired by products or projects I’ve seen before but this was one of those projects that I am proud to say just came to mind when I saw these wooden furniture feet in a box.
Another reason this is a favorite is because my husband helped with it. He usually has no interest in helping with my many projects but thankfully helps when I ask for it and I always cherish the quality time we spend working on them together to create something beautiful for our home.
Courtney,there are so many voices present in the blogging community today, why do you think so many readers have chosen to listen to yours and follow your blog?
I often wonder the same thing myself! I think the main reason is that people feel like they can relate to me and my budget and my projects are achievable.
My DIY projects and decor style don’t require a lot of money or a lot of skills, they really are something that most [people] can do and afford.
I always try to remind people that it’s not about how much money you spend or keeping up with the trends, it’s about filling your home with things that you and your family love and enjoy.