Margery Wedderburn

Margery Wedderburn 

Margery Wedderburn Interiors 

www.margerywedderburninteriors.com

The Home Trust International (HTI): What compelled you to enter design?
Margery Wedderburn (MW): My mother was an antiques dealer and she was always dragging me along to antiques stores when I was a very young child, and of course I was not allowed to touch anything I saw. So I studied every antique in great detail while patiently waiting for her to go through all of these stores she so loved.  But bigger than that was the first time I went to a Design Center and saw all that the world had to offer for the design professional. It affected me deep down and I knew then that I wanted to be an interior designer someday.


HTI:
Who has been the strongest influence on your career? 
MW:  My grandmother for whom I am named was a huge influence. She owned several hugely successful businesses while also raising a family of 6 kids and she had more energy than anyone I’ve ever known. She was way ahead of her time, owning businesses in the 1930’s and 1940’s.


HTI:
If you could have told your 20-year-old self anything, what would it have been?  
MW:  Enjoy every moment. Be in the Present. And don’t worry about the small stuff. These are tips we always hear but I think you have to age a bit for it to really sink in!


HTI:
Please tell us about your family and your personal life.
MW: We moved a lot when I was a child which really opened my eyes to the world and to people from all walks of life. My husband is from Australia so we visit there frequently. We have 3 children; 2 boys and a girl. We love to travel and stay fit. And we have an Australian shepherd and two cats. Oh, and a turtle who actually has a great personality. Really!


HTI:
What is the best advice you’ve received and who was it from?
MW:  “You do what you want to do.”  My mom always says this and it’s true. Think about it. You do the things you want to do; you complete what you want to. You can say, “Oh I didn’t have time to do that” but honestly, most of the time you could have done it… you just didn’t want to.  So be clear in what you want to do and get it done. Simple.


HTI:
Is there a common thread that runs through all great products?
MW:  Attention to detail. A thoughtful product is one where a great deal of time was put into the detailing to make it great.


HTI:
What’s on your wish list?
MW: More travel.  And always more time with family and friends.  


HTI:
What recent projects can you share?
MW:  We’ve recently completed a couple of super resort homes: two beach houses and two mountain homes that I am particularly proud of. There’s an excitement to working on clients’ second, third and fourth homes. There can be more fun play, more experimentation with various styles and colors. Clients seem more relaxed and open to really going for some great design ideas.


HTI:
Who do you miss the most?
MW: Our oldest child who is out of college and lives far away.  


HTI:
Do you have a style or business icon?
MW:  One of my favorite designers is Gerrie Bremmerman of New Orleans. She retired at about 90, but she had this incredible style which combined the French style along with the international flavor of New Orleans combined with a tropical Caribbean style that was reflected in all her work. She just had “it”.  She just knew.  It was innate. And what a lovely person too. I met her a few times while in New Orleans and she kindly takes younger designers under her wing.


HTI:
Do you have a favorite object?
MW:  My harp in our living room. I used to play the harp when I was younger, and now it is an art object in our home, but what an extraordinary art object!


HTI:
What makes a room sing?
MW: Layering.  Well thought out attention to details that are layered.


HWI:
What places most inspire you?
MW: New Orleans, Sydney and any beautiful beach in the world. 


HTI:
What book have you read recently that you particularly enjoyed?
MW: Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt. It’s an autobiography by Consuelo, who was the Duchess of Marlboro in the late 1800’s. Fascinating.


HTI: 
Do you have a favorite museum? Why?

MW: MOMA with the extraordinary art housed in an extradinary building so it’s completely awe-inspiring.


HTI: When you’re not working where are you most likely to be found?

MW: Hanging out with family and friends, taking good walks with our dog, reading a great book, or – ideally – going to the beach!


HTI:
What makes a great organization?

MW:  The people and the vision.


HTI:  Why The Home Trust?

MW:  It’s the best of the best.


HTI:  If you weren’t in your current field what would you be doing?

MW: I’d be in Cirque de Soleil.  Okay but seriously, I would probably have gone into fashion design.

 

HTI:  Thank you Margery.  We’re proud you’re a member in The Home Trust International. 

 

Margery Wedderburn is a Washington DC based interior designer who serves high net worth clients throughout North America and the Caribbean.
She holds a Master of Arts with Honors in Interior Design from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 1997 as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business.
Margery has worked in the design field for 20 years. Before starting her own business, she worked for several well-known interior designers including the internationally-renowned Thomas Pheasant.  She also gained experience in the hospitality world working for Marriott International in the Architecture & Construction division.

 

Margery Wedderburn Interiors
10134 Colvin Run Road, Suite H
Great Falls, Virginia 22066 USA

703.757.5801