Meet Wendy Beard // IDO Educator
Like many women IDO Educator Wendy Beard changed her career after becoming a mum. Born in the UK, Wendy has called Australia home for 20 years now. She recently made a sea change with her family, moving from Sydney to the beautiful NSW South Coast.
What has been your career path?
I worked in the travel industry for many years, but after having children I decided to retrain as an Interior Designer. I’d always loved reading interiors magazines and have a keen interest in anything design related.
My interior design study at IDO’s partner school Sydney Design School led to me starting my own business, Hello Yellow Interiors, where I work with private clients. I also ran an online homewares store under the Hello Yellow brand. I still work with clients on residential and styling projects, which keeps me industry connected for my role as an Educator at IDO.
I love that IDO has given so many of our students the opportunity to follow their passion and study interiors while balancing work and home life. It’s often an exciting new beginning for them, and I enjoy the role I play in that.
The best thing about your work day…
I receive a lot of student emails asking for assistance with anything from questions regarding an assessment, checking work for a re-submission to providing general guidance. I deal with the emails as soon as I can, and the relief and thank you messages I get back make my day. I really thrive on being able to help people.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When starting out in the interiors industry have the confidence to follow your instincts and knowledge. Take the initiative to educate and guide clients even if they can’t see your vision straight away. Believe in your worth and the value you bring to a project.
What are you passionate about?
I love to work with clients to create the home they always dreamed of. My favourite type of project is working with small spaces – making the most of every centimetre, adding functionality and of course making the home beautiful!
On a personal note, I’m passionate about taking time out for yourself – as a mum it’s all too easy to not take a break. I love going for a long walk with my daughter Flo. Or solo is always good too!
Favourite recent interiors trend?
Without hesitation, it’s the use of ply in interiors! I love it in all colours, forms and applications.
You recently moved out of Sydney to the South Coast of NSW. What do you love most about your sea change?
A lot of Sydneysiders have moved south in recent years, so there are amazing local cafes, restaurants and homewares stores opening up – especially in Thirroul. Austinmer, where I live, is a lovely family oriented place where the kids can head out on their bikes and play safely. The beach is at the end of our street with two fabulous cafes nearby. I love that there’s a strong sense of community and there’s often a fun local event happening around the corner.
What are your favourite things to do in your new neighbourhood?
The beautiful Coal Coast walks are a must! There are some great local markets, which are always fun. The Foragers markets are held every Sunday and the Coledale markets happen once a month. The garden at the Scarborough Hotel is a lovely place to sit with a gorgeous ocean view, and Jose Jones and South Sailor are my hot restaurant tips!
What are you reading? The Break by Marian Keyes (very girly!).
Your favourite movie… It’s been the same forever: Love Actually… the Heathrow scene gets me every time!
Music or podcasts? ‘80s/’90s flashback music… give me Craig David and George Michael any day!
High tech or Low tech? Low tech. I love it when I can get away from technology.
Ice cream or sorbet? I’m still an ice cream kinda girl. With a flake on top!