Interviews & Faces

Q & A with Kim Houssenloge (@featherandnest)

MyDeal Team 4/11/2016

In today’s day and age, it’s very rare that we find someone who is not absorbed in the city life - but instead enjoys the countryside. Once we find one though, it’s such a refreshing experience to hear their stories.

We try to create a vintage look using modern furniture, but Kim here is the real vintage/retro gal! Apart from being a country lover, Kim is an homeschooling mum, who spends most of her time gardening and writing.

Her vintage themes have caught our attention, and we know that she is one of Australia’s most up & coming bloggers!

We’re giving you a shot at adding some country to your city life too!

What is your name?

Kim Houssenloge

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an unschooling mum to my 16 year old son. I live on the far south coast of NSW. I am a writer of sorts, more of a rambler to be honest, a blogger, an interior decorator. I love the country life – cooking, gardening and hanging out with the chickens :) I have a bit of an obsession for all things vintage and have a pretty large collection of rolling pins!

What is the name of your blog?

Feather and Nest

How did you get into blogging and what inspired you to start up Feather and Nest Blog?

I fell into blogging quite a long time ago, when blogging wasn’t really all that popular. I kept a journal of my son’s life from the day he was conceived and in 2006 I found this thing called blogging and thought I’d set one up for myself. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing but I began looking for people online who did and got some handy tips from them. In the early days my blog was only about unschooling and my son’s learning journey. Eventually I began wanting to write about other things and in particular my love for all things homey so ‘Feather and Nest’ was born.

Tell us a bit more about what your social media/ blogs include.

My blog is really just a mish mash of my life. I guess I sum it up as a country lifestyle blog. I write about unschooling and my son, Lew’s learning journey. I share my home and my love for vintage treasures. I write about my garden, our animals and life on the far south coast of NSW. Sometimes I share recipes and I talk a fair bit about food and growing food. It is a rambling kind of blog, pretty much a diary of my day to day life.

Do you have any future plans for your blog for the next few years?

I would love to turn my blog into a book. I’ve always had a desire to write a book and blogging has filled that need to an extent but I would love to compile sections of my blog into something that I can physically hold and touch and sniff. I really love the smell of books!
I have also begun a new blog called Gluttonous Adventures which my partner and I run together. It has a story sharing focus on connecting people, food and places. I’d love to see Feather and Nest and Gluttonous Adventures meet in some way down the track. I also have a cute little 1950’s caravan that I want to introduce into both of my blogs as a kind of character that brings the two blogs together. We’ll see what happens in the next year or so.

With summer holidays coming up, what are some affordable activities for the family?

Camping! I can’t believe I’m saying this because a few short years ago I was not a camper but now I am a big time convert. It’s such a relaxing way to enjoy the summer with family. Walks along the beach, sitting around the fire, looking out to a pretty sunset, sipping a glass of chilled white wine, playing game after game of Uno and Spotlight once the sun goes down. Memory making, simple stuff.

What are some easy and quick lunch snacks that you recommend for our parents at home?

I love to make little frittatas with potatoes and whatever greenery I have in my garden. They are yummy hot or cold and so easy
Another hit with the kids is my pull apart bread. It’s really just a scone dough recipe and then I throw lots of cheese and then whatever else I like into the mix – bacon and pineapple, olives, sundried tomatoes and capsicum, spinach and feta. Anything goes!

I can see that you write a lot about ‘homey stuff’, what is your interior style and how can readers at home achieve the same look?

I am definitely a vintage/retro girl so most of my home is decorated with treasures I’ve found at garage sales and op shops. I’m fairly eclectic with my style – I like to mix and match a lot. I have a big old farmhouse style table that I’ve painted white and each chair is different. Achieving my interior style is so very simple. The key is to find treasures that you just love to bits and then put them together. If you love everything that you put into your home it will work because I truly think that a home should be a unique, funky reflection of the people who live there. Your home tells your story and that’s what brings everything together in an eye pleasing way.


We also know you love to garden, what do you grow and what are 3 tools & gardening products that everyone needs to get the result?

Yes, I really love spending time in my garden. I have lots of flowers around my house because they make me feel cheerful. I’m a visual person so I need to have prettiness surrounding me. Roses are amongst my favourites as well as Salvias and Lavender and blossom trees. I have a good sized veggie garden that I love to potter around in. I grow whatever is seasonal. My summer focus is definitely on tomatoes because I love to preserve them and make them last well into the winter months. Garlic is something I normally grow a lot of too because it’s so hard to find good Australian grown garlic in shops.
My favourite gardening tools are my wheelbarrow and shovel. That’s all I normally use when I’m working in my garden. I’ve recently purchased an old rustic metal wheeled wheel barrow and I feel like I’ve won the lottery. No more flat tyres! Yah! I like to add a lot of manure into my veggie garden beds. I mainly use chicken manure and straw from our own chickens and cow manure from my partner’s property. I’m organic in my veggie garden so I choose natural options for fertilising and nurturing my plants. I’m a pretty lazy gardener though so most of my plants have to be tough and stoic. lol

 You can follow Kim at her website Feather And Nest and on Facebook & Instagram.


Editors Note **

To apply Kim's tips on garden essentials for your home we suggest our spacey garden sheds as the ultimate storage solution for your gardening tools!

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