The Highfield House; Introducing Andy and Lindsey

It’s a cold and wintery morning and I’m at The Highfield House in Driffield to interview the owners of this exclusive private hire venue, Lindsey and Andy Lampard. Seated in the lounge and bar area, which was formerly the old library, the house is as charismatic as it is charming. I am able to see why many of their clients flock here in their droves to marry in such a romantic setting. After a short while, the couple enters the room and after some brief introductions, we are keen to get our interview underway.

Background

Lindsey from Pocklington and Andy from Birmingham met many moons ago when their lives became interlinked during an eight-year stint at a design agency in London. Andy explains, ‘’Whilst undertaking many high profile projects together such as the Dolder Grand Hotel Zurich, Lindsey and I worked in some of the world’s most luxurious environments. We headed up a team of 6 designers in locations such as Doha and Mumbai and would later become the ultimate husband and wife team.’’

Lindsey joins in, ‘’As you know though, things do change and we found ourselves unhappy with the company’s ethics and the limits they put on our creativity.’’

A fresh break, Andy and Lindsey joined forces with friends from all collaborative backgrounds and disciplines.

From visualisers to illustrators, their collective company ‘House With’ was born. Andy says, ‘’As a company, we offered the entire process, absolutely everything from the architecture to the interior design, furniture and uniforms. We shared our studio with a team of 20 and continued to offer our design services to a clientele of internationally successful restaurants and hotels.’’

It wasn’t until Lindsey’s father decided on a house build and asked her to be the project manager did she find herself commuting to and from Yorkshire quite often. After a heart to heart and with marriage and babies calling, it was back to Yorkshire for Andy and Lindsey to establish their multidisciplinary design studio for commercial, private residential and homeware design.

‘’We were thinking,’’ says Lindsey, ‘’how could we combine our love of the countryside with our business? We came across this house and well, Andy just fell in love. I can still remember thinking, you must be joking me, we live in a one bed flat in Peckham?!’’

Andy continues, ‘’We moved up here for the freedom and this house made it viable for us. It’s a house that can run as a business in its own right and is something we are able to fall back on if the design studio didn’t work out when we moved out of London. We needn’t have worried because straight away we took on some huge projects, a boutique shopping centre in India, international bars and private residents in the high-end luxury sector to name a few. We relocated to Yorkshire as lone wolves and we made it work.’’

Andy and Lindsey, owners of The Highfield House
Andy and Lindsey, owners of The Highfield House

A typical day at The Highfield House

‘’A typical day at the house,’’ says Andy, ‘’will usually start with a regrouping with the housekeeper. We need to know what’s happening that day, visitors coming and going, deliveries and tradesmen in and out. It takes a lot of planning and a lot of orchestrating to keep it all moving. With Lyndsey now looking after our new baby I will then generally head for the studio to go through emails and planning applications. Afternoons are usually spent planning out the latest club and going through mood boards for private home renovations.’’

‘’We have one golden rule though don’t we,’’ Lindsey chimes in, ‘’work stops at 6 pm sharp. It’s family time then.’’

Now we’re getting personal 

When asked about their passions in life Andy’s eyes light up. ‘’Family,’’ he says, ‘’then entertaining and success in work.

Family is everything. On Sunday mornings, you can always find us dressed in some sort of DIY get up, stripping some wallpaper or climbing on a tractor. Our two-year-old is obsessed with Bob the Builder.’’

‘’I love throwing big parties for our families and friends from London.’’ giggles, Lindsey.

On the rare occasion, they’re not working on some kind of project, there is nothing Andy and Lindsey love more than to entertain the old London crowd on their regular jaunts to Yorkshire. In fact, get the G&T’s and 1980’s Cosmo’s flowing and you can guarantee Lindsey will be the first to get everyone on the dancefloor.

‘’Seeing a project being finished too,’’ says Andy, ‘’finishing another room in this house is the absolute best feeling in the world.’’

‘’He also loves to cook for us all,’’ says Lindsey, ‘’I think it’s these Michelin star chefs he’s been mixing with.’’

We all laugh at that.

The owners of Highfield House, Andy and Lindsey
The owners of Highfield House, Andy and Lindsey

Accomplishments and compliments

‘’When we take on a new project,’’ says Andy, ‘’what impresses our client is the wow factor we bring to the table. Take The Highfield House, for instance, even people who remember it as a country club have visited and have been absolutely in awe of the work we have done here. We win most of our jobs through vision, coming up with something that isn’t fundamentally obvious and we get a lot of repeat business through our boldness.’’

‘’Relocating to Yorkshire and maintaining what we had has also been such an accomplishment for us,’’ explains Lindsey, ‘’every single client has remained with us even though our studio is no longer in London. We’ve also overcome the challenge of keeping going and withstanding adversity throughout this entire house project. What makes it worthwhile is when we have a big event on in the house, a wedding, for example, the atmosphere is electric, the guests are crying happy tears and to be able to evoke that kind of emotion in someone through design is just, it’s beyond wonderful.’’

The Highfield House, Drawing Room
The Highfield House, Drawing Room

Quickfire questions

Describe each other in three words.

Lindsey: ‘’I would say he is imaginative, strategic and bold.’’

Andy: ‘’She is meticulous, methodical and relentless.’’ They both smile at each other.

What books are you reading at the moment?

Lindsey: ‘’A Tina Turner biography.’’

Andy: ‘’Total Tractor, for my two-year-old.’’

Tell me three pet hates.

Andy: ‘’We don’t actually have any pet hates. Oh except wonky pictures and lampshades!’’

What “lesson from mum” do you still live by today?

Andy: ‘’My dad once taught me that a rest is as good as a sleep. My brain is very active so it’s great advice.’’

Lindsey: ‘’My mum always was and still always is a very well dressed and stylish woman. She tells me to look my best no matter what the situation.’’

What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?

Both together: ‘’Design and run The Highfield House in Driffield!’’

What is your personal motto?

Andy: ‘’We have branded ourselves ‘Design for Life’, which means make a plan and stick to it. We are always reviewing our 10-year plan and designing for a better life.’’

The Highfield House for your occasion

It goes without saying that everything taking place in The Highfield House is a living breathing result of the wonderful and personal family run ‘Lifestyle Brand’ that Andy and Lindsey represent.

Speak with them about your celebration, home, project or perhaps pay Andy and Lindsey a visit and see for yourself the delightful and exquisitely renovated wedding venue that is The Highfield House.

The Highfield House wedding venue
The Highfield House, wedding venue
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Interior Design Fashions for 2018; what’s in and what’s out

We’re at the start of a glorious new year and as domestic trendsetters up and down the country set the tone for 2018, it’s out with the old and in with the new as we bring to you five of our favourite interior design fashions to look out for this coming year.  

Frondescence

A fanciful word we’ll admit but in a nutshell, frondescence means foliage and if fashion-forward designers would have us believe correctly, it is still very much included in the interior design fashions for 2018. No longer reserved just for weddings and special occasions, greenery is an inexpensive way to add a touch of glam and colour to your home. With the wellbeing industry also continuing to flourish, indoor plant life will ensure you enjoy many other health benefits too such as clean indoor air, humidity regulation and chemical absorbance.  

Ultra Violet

The colour masters over at Pantone recently announced their colour of the year as being Ultra Violet and this marvellous bluey purple is already influencing mainstream trends from fashion to interior design. Work Ultra Violet into your homes colour scheme with sumptuously painted wall panelling for that deluxe and palatial feel. The colour purple is also often associated with royalty and grandeur meaning your home will forever be your kingdom if you play this interior trend right.

Statement Ceilings

Forget blank ceilings and god forbid, artex, if you’re lucky enough to live in a home that has some form of decorative feature in the ceiling then you have accomplished at least one of the interior design fashions for this year. Statement ceilings have already been around for centuries but they are very much back and here to stay in modern architecture. Out goes minimalism and in comes unforgettable with the emphasis of a statement ceiling being on the luxurious detailing. A marvellous example of this opulent trend can be seen taking pride of place above the grand staircase of The Highfield House (pictured). Why not pop in and see it for yourself sometime?

Dark Woods

If a show-stopping ceiling just isn’t feasible, why not work the trend for beautiful dark wood floors instead? After it’s rise and rise last year, it would seem consumers are now turning away from the once sought after ‘Nordic’ trend with its paler palette and organic materials. Instead, depth and elegance are firmly back in favour and we’re seeing a move towards the use of darker woods in interior design such as mahogany, dark oak and walnut. Why not coordinate your dark floors with metallic furniture legs in brass or gold to add a touch of retro charm to this otherwise sophisticated trend.

Bold Colours

It’s time to get serious about your shades this year as the popular trend for dramatic pigments continues to unfold. Darker hues are overtaking neutral colours in the style stakes, mainly due to the fact that they promote a level of comfort and indulgence that the likes of Magnolia simply cannot compete with. When done the right way, adorning your walls in a deep blue or burgundy will certainly wrap you up in sophistication, much like The Reception Hall of The Highfield House (as shown).  

We hope you have enjoyed reading our five favourite interior design fashions to look out for this coming year.

The H-OUSE Team have many exciting design projects already underway including the ongoing and impressive renovations of The Highfield House. For expert advice on how you can work the interior design trends for 2018 into your home, our luxury venue holds inspiration aplenty so please pay us a visit soon!   

Meet The H-OUSE Team; an interview with Chloe Wray

Chloe Wray is a seasoned designer and one who holds her own significant position within The H-OUSE team. Her sensational artwork can be seen in the form of exquisite blooms and verdurous nature throughout The Highfield House’s interior decoration and they, having viewed the artwork first-hand myself, are very much worth a look-see. A talented, inspiring and witty lady, I enjoy a catch up with Chloe one morning in the studio to find out what she has to say.  

‘’I didn’t plan on getting into interior design specifically,’’ explains Chloe, ‘’it kind of well, just happened.’’  

It’s clear that Chloe, originally from Skipsea, East Yorkshire, is an incredibly clever individual. After studying interior textiles at university and achieving her biggest accomplishment, sky-high results in her degree, Chloe relocated to London for a couple of months where she revelled in an internship for a short while. It wasn’t until a family bereavement, the passing of her beloved grandfather, Chloe found herself back in Yorkshire for good.

‘’It was funny how it worked out,’’ say’s Chloe, ‘’the vicar at my grandad’s funeral actually had a connection within The H-OUSE Team and recommended that I send in my portfolio to them. Andy and Lindsey looked through my work and they absolutely loved it. I started working with them not long afterwards and I haven’t looked back.’’

Chloe goes on to explain what a typical working day is like for her in the studio, ‘’I love how each day is different. In the morning I may either be drawing up sketches for a home, working with material or emailing clients. My afternoons could be spent corresponding with project managers and specifying curtain material or a paint colour for a current project. Designing for The H-OUSE Team is certainly rewarding, we laugh and we joke, nothing is too serious and it feels like we’re one big family.’’

Moving on to her personal life I ask Chloe to describe herself in three words. After a short pause, she replies with, ‘’Competitive, perfectionist and chatty.’’ On a Sunday morning, you can usually find Chloe walking her Cocker Spaniel, Scout, followed by a relaxing read of her current novel, All my Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman.

Two things that make Chloe very proud are her degree and the wallpaper project that is showcased throughout The Highfield House. ‘’I don’t want to come across as cliche,’’ explains Chloe, ‘’but my creative process kind of just comes to me. A lot of my work is based around botanicals and natural elements, so it kind of just happens, you know. I can plan for something but then it doesn’t always fit together like I wanted, it kind of transforms so you have to make the pattern fit together again and go with it.’’

‘’Three pet hates,’’ ponders Chloe, ‘’hmm now that is a tough one. I suppose I don’t like it when people squeeze the middle of the toothpaste tube, oh and when noisy people keep me up at night whilst I’m trying to sleep.’’ Don’t get on the wrong side of Chloe when she’s giving you a lift either. ‘’Another one,’’ she exclaims, ‘’is when I’m driving someone home and they get their keys out about ten miles away from their house and then sit and jangle them for the rest of the journey. That is so annoying.’’

As our interview comes to a close I can’t help but admire Chloe’s honesty and her describing herself as ‘being an open book’. It’s obvious she also has an eye for meticulous detail and a gift for design. If you haven’t yet had the privilege of seeing the impressive wallpaper designs of Chloe Wray that are beautifully debuted throughout The Highfield House I absolutely recommend you pay them a visit.   

Before I leave I have one other question to ask Chloe. What is her personal motto.

With a wry smile, she shoots back ‘’You get from life what you put into it. Don’t expect to reap the reward without putting the effort in first.’’

I like this girl.    

A Victorian Christmas at The Highfield House

Oh, come ye oh come ye to The Highfield House at Christmas time. The year is 1860 and our ancestors would have been busy preparing for this joyful festive period by spending time with their loved ones and savouring their seasonal Christmas traditions. Gather round as we share with you the humble beginnings of some yuletide customs, including those that would have been thoroughly enjoyed during a Victorian Christmas at The Highfield House.  

The Christmas Tree    

The Christmas tree has been a long-standing German tradition since the 18th century and it was during Queen Victoria’s reign that her husband Prince Albert, who was German himself, decorated a large tree at Windsor Castle to reminisce of his childhood merrymaking. Victorians were notoriously very family orientated and hearteningly, the Christmas tree bedecking would have been a large household affair. Both mother, father and all of the children would have pitched in to adorn this giant evergreen with bright festive candles, cakes, sweets and ribbons. After all, The Highfield House tree had to be the best decorated in town.  

A Victorian Christmas at The Highfield House
A Victorian Christmas at The Highfield House

The Handmade Cards and Gifts

Before the Victorian era, Christmas was completely unheard of but to the relief of children everywhere and during the popular Queen’s reign, the Victorians loved nothing more than to reward their children with treats and gifts. What started as a New Year tradition eventually moved to Christmas as the significance of this day began to grow and the rich presented their children with handmade toys whilst the poor would look to stockings more commonly filled with fruit and nuts. British civil servant and inventor Sir Henry Cole would also later print over 1000 Christmas cards for sale as wealthy families began sending out their own greeting cards every year. If you weren’t fortunate enough to afford your own printed cards at Christmas time, arts and crafts would have been a great shared activity at The Highfield House during this festive period.

Christmas crafts at The Highfield House
Christmas crafts at The Highfield House

The Christmas Dinner

After the Victorian family would have attended the local church service it was time for their Christmas dinner.

It was the main highlight of the day and a vast amount of food would have been served with northern England enjoying a staple of roast beef and the south a roast goose. As expected, lucky Queen Victoria had both beef and a swan or two on her table. Christmas dinner at The Highfield House would no doubt have been enjoyed in The Great Hall, with cheery decorations aplenty and all kinds of exotic food overflowing the extremely large dining table. The crème de la crème was a figgy pudding, of course, washed down with copious amounts of spicy mulled wine and the non-alcoholic version, Negus, served for the children.

A Christmas feast in The Great Hall at The Highfield House
A Christmas feast in The Great Hall at The Highfield House

The Carollers Sing

The tradition of door to door carolling comes from the term the “waits,” and this is an ancient English custom of going from house to house and singing in exchange for food. The Victorians loved their music and as Christmas dinner is complete for another year at The Highfield House, the gratified Victorian family would have retired to The Reception Hall for the evening to enjoy the forthcoming carol singers. Head of the household, father, nurses his Christmas nightcap and the whole family listen intently as the angelic voices drift sweetly in and around the huge hall to the chords of The First Noel.    

The carollers sing in The Reception Hall of The Highfield House
The carollers sing in The Reception Hall of The Highfield House

We sincerely hope you have enjoyed our little trip back in time to a very Victorian Christmas at The Highfield House. From Andy, Lindsey and all of our team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.   

The historical transformation of The Highfield House

The History of The Highfield House

A long time ago, around the year 1860 or so, there stood an old Dutch-style windmill, on the same site that is now known as The Highfield House. Due to weather damage taking its toll the old windmill was eventually demolished and the site bought by grocer and draper, Henry Angas who would later name his newly built home, Mill Field Hill.

The house was purchased from Angas in 1882 by a leading Driffield figure known as Harrison Holt. A producer in linseed oil and animal feed, Holt carried out extensive remodelling of the house up until the year 1893, reconstructing the home from its original Gothic style to an Elizabethan approach with varying architectural characteristics. The name of this grand residence was suitably changed and it was then that The Highfield House was officially born.

Over many years, lots of minor alterations and various colourful owners including local philanthropist Henry Bean, the house would later become a country club well known in the great market town of Driffield and it successfully ran from 1957 right up until 1999. If a little birdie would also have us believe correctly, many ‘first’ sherries were wholly relished and savoured during this time as a popular and neighbourly outfit.     

 

The History of The Highfield House
The History of The Highfield House

The transformation of The Highfield House

With such a soulful past and a dazzlingly bright future ahead, there were only two people that could take The Highfield House to the next level. Upon taking ownership of this first-class wedding venue, Andy and Lindsey set about right away doing what they do best, designing for life, providing spaces for love and restoring this historic manor house back to it’s magnificent and palatial best.

From The Drawing Room to the luxury apartment in the East Wing, the husband and wife duo have worked their magic, injecting as much passion and charm back into the residence as the nuptials taking place within it. A lot of the finer details of this great house have also been painstakingly handcrafted and astoundingly, the wallpaper that adorns the walls ascending the grand staircase was actually hand-painted by in-house designer Chloe Wray. Hers is a delightful story and one that we look forward to sharing when we come to the New Year.

 

A before and after of the Grand Staircase
A before and after of the Grand Staircase
A before and after of The Drawing Room detailing
A before and after of The Drawing Room detailing

Book your visit to The Highfield House

Teaming with unique stories and secrets of bygone times, The Highfield House provides without a doubt the ultimate surroundings for a most pleasurable celebratory experience.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect wedding venue, a place to entertain your work family over a seasonal dinner or even if you’re just plain curious and an admirer of all things historical, Andy and Lindsey would be more than happy to give you an awe-inspiring tour of their beautiful home that is, The Highfield House.  

 

 

Home libraries are making a comeback

Our historic love of home libraries    

Let’s take a step back in time. Way back when to a place where a house was not a home without a butler’s pantry or library and studying and reading were the order of the day. The old library of The Highfield House would at one time have been crammed to the hilt with richly carved cabinets, memorabilia, paintings galore, oh and of course rows upon rows of educational books. The walls of this historical reference centre will also have been witness to the academic and earnest thoughts of local philanthropist Alfred Bean. Alfred himself would have certainly whiled away many an afternoon in this great room, perusing over his numerous hospital and charity developments in the surrounding areas of Driffield.

Fast forward to 2017 and the revival of the library is being celebrated by bookworms nationwide. Research by Mintel shows our fellow Brits still prefer old-fashioned print, with sales of physical books forecast to rise by 6% this year to £1.7 billion. Even more, interestingly it’s actually now seen to be quite romantic to collect literature and with department store John Lewis reporting an 11% increase in sales of bookcases this year, popularity with digital media such as The Kindle is at an all-time low.  

 

The trend for libraries in interior design
The trend for libraries in interior design

Home libraries in interior decoration

It’s fascinating to witness the effect, of what our renewed love for these educational gems has in the interior design world. More and more designers are working to incorporate home libraries into their creations and their clientele cannot get enough. From bookcases leading to secret areas to room dividers teaming with fiction and biographies, books are also being used as fashion statements with the core of a room design being to give the impression that the owner just loves to indulge in a great read.

One ever growing popular trend is to decorate your coffee table with a collection of books featuring stunning covers. Think photography, architecture, travel and all things worldly. Not technically a home library we know but the result is a deeply sophisticated look, plus it gives your guests something to leaf through whilst you’re pouring the G&T’s. A versatile alternative is some artfully placed shelving which can also be used to house air cleansing potted plants and other room enhancing ornaments.

 

The Highfield House, Library Bar
The Highfield House, Library Bar

The Highfield House for your inspiration  

How does this all relate to The Highfield House exclusive private venue I hear you ask. Well alongside this much-loved venture, owners Andy and Lindsey also own and operate a highly success multidisciplinary design studio. They are in the process of renovating the historic Highfield House room by room and more recently completed the impressive transformation of the old library which is now known as The Library Bar.

Andy and Lindsey continue to offer their adept design expertise to private residential and commercial customers alike and conveniently, their door is always open should you require some knowledgeable advice on the return of chic home libraries. 

 

The Highfield House, Library Bar
The Highfield House, Library Bar

A visitors take on The Highfield House, Driffield

Surrounded by seven acres of immaculate lawns, picturesque nature and the rolling beck stands the magnificent and gracious Highfield House, Driffield, one of Yorkshire’s finest Grade II listed buildings. I’m excited about my appointment with owners Andy and Lindsey for a look around this once country club, still fondly remembered by local residents today.  

Andy greets me at the front door with an amiable smile and invites me in. As I step into the grand entrance hallway I am met with a delightful display of sumptuous blue wall panelling, ambient lighting and a bunch of fresh white roses on the reception hall table. Andy’s mother Phyllis appears to tell us the log fire has been lit in the old library and there will be tea and biscuits waiting for us once we have finished our tour. I’ve not been here five minutes and I’m already feeling suitably pampered. It’s a well-received welcome.

We make our way to The Drawing Room which is an elegant space decked out in traditional neutrals and mink accents. The large french doors at the back of the room look out onto the vast gardens and frame the views of the green landscape just perfectly. I can picture the guests mingling out on the front lawns, jovial and glowing from a just finished wedding service and sipping champagne bellinis out of crystal flutes. It’s all very boutique and I already adore what I am being shown.

Continuing our tour of The Highfield House, Driffield, Andy shows me the private suite that they reserve for newlyweds and The Great Hall where the actual ceremonies take place. There is even a minstrels gallery hidden at the back of the hall that can hold a string quartet to walk you down the aisle if you so wish. With every room in the house feeling more and more decadent than the last, I’m left wondering what other venues can possibly top this?  

What I have noticed on my foray around The Highfield House, Driffield is Andy and Lindsey’s use of daring and opulent colours. Love it or hate it, this approach harks back to their predecessors of yesteryear and celebrates everything historical and grand. Which bride wouldn’t want to feel like a Lady on her big day?

The interiors experienced couple are also certainly onto something with their specific choice of palette. Light coloured hues are taking a back seat in interior design and the trend to create a ‘safe nest’ through rich pigments is soaring. With society spending more and more time in cold and corporate environments, guests can certainly seek privacy and comfort at The Highfield House, Driffield. Peering around at the superb velvety walls I can see how Andy and Lindsey have made such a name for themselves within the private residential design market.

As for myself and the burning question that is on everybody’s lips, would I be happy to have and to hold from this day forward at The Highfield House, Driffield? Oh, you bet. And if you’re on the lookout too for a wedding venue bursting with exuberant character, I would suggest you do the same.

 

A visitors take on The Highfield House, Driffield
The Highfield House, Driffield