Today’s Designer Spotlight Melissa Wyndham Interior Design hails from London and has been a leading influence in English style since opening in 1985. Today, the firm is led by Vanessa Macdonald and Honor Hebblethwaite. Their careful curation of period art, design, and furniture creates the perfect balance of traditional taste with contemporary flair.
The entryway designed for Lismore Castle highlights a few select pieces that add character and warmth to the space. The Gothic hall chairs reflect the epitome of English style with its decorative motifs recalling medieval architecture. On the wooden cabinet between the chairs, a single bronze equestrian sculpture and Asian blue & porcelain bowl add a personal touch and invite closer inspection. The rich colours of the timber are offset by the refined portrait framed in carved giltwood.
This entryway features the elegant combination of the traditional Georgian hall chairs carved from rich mahogany with a refined neo-classical demi-lune giltwood console table. The modern abstract art hung above the ensemble creates a dynamic and interesting tableau that is both unexpected and eye-catching.
In this spacious light-filled drawing room, a pair of Louis XVI style fauteuils are framed in the large windows. A George II style mahogany console table sits between the chairs. Both the table and chairs share the classic cabriole leg form, a feature found on many 18th century antique pieces.
For Vanessa’s drawing room, she highlights a generously proportioned George II style carved mahogany armchair by the window. The mahogany demi-lune tables on either side of the fireplace belong to the same stylistic tradition as the chairs, and they are complemented by the richly coloured red and blue fabrics used throughout the room. The collection of blue & white porcelain on the mantel are beautifully displayed in front of a beach landscape painting mounted in a giltwood frame. This room demonstrates how to beautifully harmonise rich timbers, elegant textiles, blue & white ceramics, and gilding.
We will finish with this view of a bedroom designed by Vanessa for her home. The simple carved ladder back chair sits in front of a dressing table that is adorned with a pair of gilt bronze candlesticks that have been converted to lamps. If you take a peek in the mirror you will see the mantelpiece reflected in the background: here a lovely blue & white porcelain bowl sits atop the mantel, and above you can just see the base of a giltwood mirror. Have a look on the firm’s website to see the full bedroom, including the wonderful mirror reflected. Thank you for letting us feature your work, Vanessa & Honor! To follow along with their latest projects and designs, keep an eye on Instagram to see progress photos and behind the scenes insights.