4.17.2012

An Interview with Andrew and Shannon Newsom from Wisteria~

One of my favorite decorating stores/catalogs  is Wisteria.  I have recommended many an item from Wisteria to my clients.  I love their eclectic mix of furniture and accessories, as well as their timeless yet chic approach to decorating.

So you can imagine how excited I was when I had the opportunity of meeting the owners of Wisteria while I was in New York City a few months ago.  Andrew and Shannon Newsom are the talented couple behind the catalog/shop, and I am so glad that they took the time to answer some questions for me.  Today I am very excited to share that interview with you, my dear readers!
Andrew and Shannon Newsom & Family (All images via Wisteria.com)


Shabby Nest:  For those who might not be familiar with the fabulousness that is Wisteria, please define your shop/catalog for us in a nutshell.

The Newsoms: We are a growing family business that strives to bring treasures from all over the world back home, making them available and accessible at great prices and with great service. Wisteria updates traditional design inspiration with wonderful accents of color and Rare Birds from around the globe.



Shabby Nest:  What was the inspiration behind starting Wisteria?

The Newsoms: The inspiration came from our families and our love of travel. We wanted to share the kinds of things we found on our travels with others, making great design available at great prices. Andrew's mother, Lisa Newsom, is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Veranda magazine and is an integral part of our design team. Shannon's mother, Jane Moore, is an interior designer and antique dealer in Houston, Texas. Both inspire us and support us at Wisteria.


Shabby Nest: Please give us a brief history of how Wisteria has developed/grown into what it is today?

The Newsoms: Wisteria started as Andrew's dream to travel and bring unique treasures from around the world back home to share with others. At first, we had a small operation out of our house/garage. Now, we are supported by a wonderful team of more than 120 people who we couldn't do without. Every single member of our team contributes to Wisteria's personality. 


Shabby Nest: How do you find the merchandise that you feature in Wisteria? 

The Newsoms: We travel the world over visiting bazaars and markets as well as shops and trade shows. We concentrate our buying in India and China. We look forward to working with more craftsman right here in the States, too.



Shabby Nest:  Can you tell us about "Rare Birds?" 

The Newsoms: Rare Birds is a collection of antiques, special finds, and one-of-a-kind treasures we have hand-selected on our trips. They are available online and in our store.


Shabby Nest:  What do you feel is a "must-have" item from Wisteria?

The Newsoms: I cannot pick one!! We have so many wonderful treasures. Our patina furniture is the bread and butter of our brand. Shannon loves the Sleek Dutch Chest of Drawers, the French Country Chest, and the Handpainted Sunburst Mirrors. Also, we think all of our coastal accessories are fantastic additions to any room. The Vintage Chinese Butcher's Table is a beautiful, high-quality antique crossover piece that adds a touch of ethnic to an otherwise traditional room. Finally, everyone must have a gift closet in his or her house. Fill it with some of Wisteria's ideas—Natural Linen Hand Towels, Simply Bee-autiful Hand-embroidered Towels, Bone Photo Frames, Washed in Beads Necklaces, and our Indian Tunics and Scarves (great for travel.)


Shabby Nest:  What is your personal design aesthetic?

The Newsoms: Shannon is drawn to Scandinavian designs—clean lines; minimal furniture, fabrics and accessories; natural light; neutral and light color palette; outdoor elements inside; texture and organic elements and contemporary art. Andrew brings a more eclectic flair, appreciating depth of color and eccentric collections from all over the world.


Shabby Nest:  How do you go about putting together a room? How do you start?

The Newsoms: A fun but long process! Shannon offers, "I take dimensions of a house/room (using floor plans when possible); create furniture layouts; determine size and scale of furniture, wall art and lighting; choose the color palette of the entire house so that each room flows together; make decisions about all surfaces, including floors, walls, ceilings (stone, wood, etc); Finally, start having fun with furniture, fabrics and accessories!!!” Another route is to pinpoint one anchor piece and then build a room around that piece in terms of scale, color, and so forth.


Shabby Nest:  Fill in the blank: Every room needs  ________________________.

The Newsoms: Pops of color and layers of lighting!


Shabby Nest:  What's next for Wisteria?

The Newsoms: Flea market sales at our Dallas store, community events with music and food, fun additions to our website…lots of surprises!

 A special thanks to The Newsoms for taking the time to answer these questions for us!  Make sure and visit their wonderful site so you can be inspired by all of their beautiful pieces!

xoxo
Wendy

I am not affiliated with Wisteria.  Nor was I compensated for this post.  Wisteria is one of my  favorite decorating stores, and I simply wanted to share this fun interview with my readers!

4 comments:

Jane Craske said...

What gorgeous goodies! I love seeing the progression of a brand and where it's going next.

Jennifer said...

Love Love Love this catalog!

Susan said...

Wow - love all the ginger jars!

pam {simple details} said...

How fun that you had the chance to meet them, Wendy! Their catalog is like reading a favorite magazine filled with inspiration!