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.
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.’’
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.
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.’’
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.