Design Seminar

May 3-4, 2024 Winston-Salem, NC


Ordered Beauty: The Classical Home & Garden
A MESDA Design Seminar

May 3-4, 2024

Please plan to join us on May 3rd and 4th when four legendary gardeners, designers, and architects come together to share the latest trends in classical design.


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Jacques Levet, Jr., born and raised in Southeast Louisiana, began his professional education by studying biomedical engineering and medicine before pursuing a masters degree in Classical Architecture at Notre Dame.

Since then, he’s received numerous awards, including a Shutze Award for his design for a Center of Architecture in New Orleans as well as the Suzanne Kasler Paris Drawing Tour Scholarship. He currently works for D. Stanley Dixon Architect and utilizes his engineering education to promote the benefits of the classical language by creating designs that balance form-function relationships and are also beautiful, accessible, and sustainable.

Stan Dixon, AIA, is the president and founder of his Atlanta-based firm, D. Stanley Dixon Architect, Inc.

Stan’s edited approach to the classical elements of architecture creates an understated aesthetic that is historically based while embracing influences of modern design.

In response to his work, Garden & Gun magazine named Stan one of “The New Faces of Southern Style.” He is a three-time winner of the “Southeast Architect of the Year” award given by Veranda magazine and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Stan is also an eleven-time winner of the Philip Trammell Shutze Award presented by the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Most recently, Stan was awarded the Addison Mizner Medal by the ICAA for his work in Palm Beach.

Jackye Lanham is known for timeless interiors that appear at once effortlessly elegant and easy to live with. Her relaxed approach to formal settings combined with her clean interpretation of classic style infuses her spaces with an unparalleled gracefulness.


Jackye’s work has been featured in national magazines, including “House Beautiful”, “Elle Decor”, “Veranda”, “Architectural Digest”, “House and Garden”, and “Southern Accents.” Her most recent collaboration with Stan Dixon on a lowcountry house was also featured in this month’s “Milieu Magazine.” Her projects have also appeared in several books, including Southern Accents on Color by Frances Macougall, The New Decorating with Pictures, The New Curtain Book by Stephanie Hoppen, and Stan Dixon’s D. Stanley Dixon Home. Her firm, Jacquelynne P. Lanham Designs, Inc., is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sissinghurst was created nearly a century ago by the writers Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson as a private home and as a refuge dedicated to natural beauty. Today it is owned by the National Trust and visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

Troy’s career has been devoted to the beauty and romance of gardening. Since joining the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland in 1990, Troy has led some of the world’s most beautiful gardens, among them the Courts (Wiltshire), Bodnant (Wales), and two stints at Sissinghurst (Kent), where he has led a remarkable transformation and restoration of the Vita Sackville-West gardens.

Troy’s approach to gardening at Sissinghurst places beauty and romance first, “cultivating an intimate relationship with the gardens to understands its unique ‘spirit of place.’”

J. Thomas Savage is Director of Educational Travel and Conferences at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Tom’s lifelong passion for country estates and extraordinary collections has led him around the world in pursuit of those with refined taste and style. A native of the South, Tom has been director of external affairs at the Winterthur Museum, was senior vice president of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and served as curator and director of museums for the Historic Charleston Foundation.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts is one of the museums at Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  MESDA is located in the Frank L. Horton Museum Center at 924 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.  Seminar lectures will take place in the James A. Gray Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.
Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts follows the inclement weather policies of Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  When OSMG is closed, the museum is closed as well.  Should this occur, the seminar will be cancelled and refunds will be issued.  For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved with cancelling hotel reservations.