MESDA Design Seminar

May 4, 2019 Winston-Salem, NC

Classic to Contemporary:

An International Point of View



May 3-4, 2019

Please plan to join us on May 3rd and 4th when three legendary designers will come together to provide inspiration and share ideas about what’s chic in interior, architectural, garden, and landscape design.  This year, the MESDA Design Seminar will offer a distinct international perspective.

Registration Options:

   Individual Ticket

  • Seating for one at the program and the luncheon.
$165.00 Frank L. Horton Society*
   Reserved Table Host**

  • One table with seating for 8 at the program and the luncheon.
   Patron Ticket

  • Admittance for one to an exclusive private cocktail reception with the program speakers.
  • Preferred seating for one at the program and luncheon.
   Patron Table Host**

  • Admittance for 8 to an exclusive private cocktail reception with the program speakers.
  • Preferred seating for 8 at the program and luncheon.
   Sponsor Table

  • Admittance for 8 to an exclusive private cocktail reception with the program speakers.
  • Preferred seating for 8 at the program and luncheon.
  • Full-page advertisement in the program booklet.
  • Logo placement in printed materials, on the MESDA website, and on MESDA social media platforms.
  • Name recognition at the program. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Catherine Carlisle at or 336-721-7328.



*To receive your Frank L. Horton Society discount, please be sure you register and/or sign in with your Old Salem Museums & Gardens username and password.
**Full payment and guest names are required at time of registration.  Seating cannot be otherwise guaranteed.


Patron Reception
Enjoy a special opportunity to mix with the speakers and fellow program attendees over libations in the MESDA galleries.
This private gathering is open to Patron-level ticket holders.
9:30am Seminar check-in and Book Store
Concourse, Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
10am Welcome
Catherine Carlisle
Development Officer, MESDA
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
J. Thomas Savage
Director of Museum Affairs
Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library
Winterthur, Delaware
10:30am Lecture
Hermes Mallea
M(Group) Architecture and Decoration
New York, New York
11:15am Break
11:30am Lecture
Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill
Interior Designer and Decorator; Founder of Woodstock Design
Oxfordshire, England
12:15pm Luncheon
1:15pm Book signing
1:45pm New to the Collections
Daniel Ackermann
Curator, the MESDA Collection
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
2pm Lecture
Ben Page
Page|Duke Landscape Architects
Nashville, Tennessee
2:45pm Questions for our speakers
3pm Enjoy time in the MESDA galleries


About the Speakers:


Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill
is an English interior designer and decorator and founder of Woodstock Designs. She has been included in the list of 100 Leading Interior Designers by House & Garden Magazine on multiple occasions. She is the author of several design books and personal accounts, including Blenheim and the Churchill Family: A Personal Portrait, an anecdotal and historical account of her family’s ancestral home.




Cuban-born Hermes Mallea is partner at the Manhattan-based architectural firm M(Group). After visiting Cuba as an adult, Mallea found inspiration in the “romantic, extroverted, informal, family-oriented” personality of his childhood home and has written multiple books documenting Havana’s glamorous past and celebrating Cuban designers.





Ben Page gleaned knowledge of land, natural systems, and horticulture from a young age, spending time on his grandparent’s Tennessee farms. Now a Principal Landscape Architect at Page|Duke in Nashville, he has been published nationally and featured on HGTV, and has received numerous awards for his richly detailed work, which often incorporates a deep combination of historical influences interpreted for the 21st century.



MESDA is pleased to welcome back J. Thomas Savage, Director for Museum Affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, as the Design Seminar Master of Ceremonies. 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 was previously the senior vice president of Sotheby’s Institute of Art and he served as curator and director of museums for the Historic Charleston Foundation.





The 2019 MESDA Design Seminar will take place in the
James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium
Old Salem Visitor Center
900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, NC



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.

Seminar Hotel:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the nearby:

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Winston-Salem Downtown
125 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Block Name: MESDA Design Seminar Group
*Please note, to ensure a room at the discounted price, reservations must be made by 5pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.  Your reservation can be cancelled for a full refund up to two days prior to the reservation.

Other recommended hotels:

The Zevely Inn Bed and Breakfast
803 South Main Street
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 and 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 in cancelling hotel reservations.