The Neutral Nest owners combine architecture, graphic design skills to open home decor store in Tomball

Co-owner Emily Lyszaz spent 12 years in graphic design before opening The Neutral Nest with her husband, Bryan. The business opened in August 2018 on Commerce Street in Tomball. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Co-owner Emily Lyszaz spent 12 years in graphic design before opening The Neutral Nest with her husband, Bryan. The business opened in August 2018 on Commerce Street in Tomball. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Co-owner Emily Lyszaz spent 12 years in graphic design before opening The Neutral Nest with her husband, Bryan. The business opened in August 2018 on Commerce Street in Tomball. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The shop began selling neutral-colored clothes in summer 2019, Lyszaz said. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Lyszaz designs all of the canvas signs in-store, handpicking the quotes and images. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Emily said she imports old windows, doors and shutters from Europe to create some of the frames at The Neutral Nest.
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Other home decor items, such as artificial plants, are offered at The Neutral Nest. (Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
Emily Lyszaz, co-owner of The Neutral Nest, spent 12 years in the graphic design industry after earning an architecture degree, while her husband, Bryan, owned a sign company. The couple opened a wholesale home decor company—Brayden & Brooks—five years ago to kick-start their business endeavors, she said.

After selling their designs at Round Top Antiques Fair for two years, Emily said she and Bryan decided to combine their skills again to open The Neutral Nest in August 2018 in Tomball. The Neutral Nest offers a variety of custom-made signs and frames.

“It’s kind of a culmination of graphic design, architecture and signs. I design all of the signs myself, and my husband makes some of the frames,” Lyszaz said.

In addition to the frames designed by Bryan, Lyszaz said they also import old windows, doors and shutters from Europe to create modern farmhouse, vintage-style frames.

She then hand-picks the quotes, designs and styles to be printed on canvas signs.


Some of the European frames still have the original hardware, hinges and handles, which Lyszaz said is a big selling point.

“I’m very particular about what goes on [the signs],” she said. “My rule of thumb is I won’t put anything on one of my signs that I wouldn’t put in my own home.”

A limited stock of clothes, jewelry and other home decor items are also offered at The Neutral Nest, Lyszaz said, all in neutral style, hence the store’s name.

“My style is obviously very neutral, very little color,” she said. “Either you fall in love with this kind of style or you don’t, and that’s OK, too.”

Photos can also be printed on The Neutral Nest’s canvas signs and framed, Lyszaz said. True Expressions Photography—located down the street from The Neutral Nest—offers free 20-minute minisessions for The Neutral Nest customers looking to add photos to their signs, she said.

“Not everybody wants a sign in their home, but almost everyone wants a photo of their family,” she said. “Yes, there’s lots of signs out there, but there’s nothing like The Neutral Nest. What we do here is very unique.”

The Neutral Nest

104 Commerce St., Tomball

832-373-9593

www.theneutralnest.com

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.
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By Kara McIntyre

Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.


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