The team at Hensley Interiors consists of Heather, Lynette and Windsor, and our affiliates Tessa and Glenn.
Heather qualified as a textile designer and won a bursary in 1991. She spent many years designing fabrics for the commercial industry, such as the Woolworths, Ackermans and Edgars She also designed for Margaret Roberts, the doyenne of the SA herb industry. At times Heather’s design skills have served businesses in overseas markets such as Australia & New Zealand.
She was also fortunate enough to design curtaining and upholstery fabric ranges for two interior associated companies, Block ‘n Chisel (an upmarket furniture store) and The Jay Smith Collection, an interior design company based in Cape Town.
At various stages during her interior design career Heather has printed textiles in her own capacity, the first being a fabric collection with a Shabby Chic flavour (2001), and 12 years later a more graphic range of simple geometric shapes for beach gear, which can be seen in the product development category.
Her interior design career started in 1999 after working for the renowned Jay Smith Interiors in Cape Town. “I was initially hired to design their fabrics, but soon fell into designing interior spaces using my constructional drawing skills, working with architects and various tradesmen for Jay Smith.”
In 1999 Heather started her own business in Cape Town. She then spent 2003 to 2010 raising her children, and during that period moved to the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. “Having very itchy fingers, I began slowly again, from scratch, to break into the very competitive and over-supplied market in this small town.”
The interior design section of her business has grown steadily and was complemented in 2013 with the development of the Beachyheads beach accessory range.
“The vision is to offer a variety of services in addition to interior design.”
Lynette has a mind and memory for figures. She has worked in banks and accounts departments for most of her career. She moved into the interior design world later, spending 13 yrs in the manufacturing of soft furnishings. Here she has used her accounting skills to quantify fabrics and quote for clients.
Lynette is amicable and has a special way of interacting with people. She’s well loved, admired, honest and is known to go the extra mile when something is important to another.
With these qualities she manages our growing business in the Admin & Production division.
Windsor, our installer and upholsterer, thrives on acute detail. He can install anything that he is asked to.
Windsor is a complete gem, trustworthy and very mindful of safeguarding and protecting a client’s possessions while working in their homes.
When he is not performing installations, he is working on small upholstery projects such as headboards, occasional chairs and ottomans is another of his amazing skills.
Even if our clients just need pictures hung, Windsor will do the job. Windsor also fulfills our collection and delivery service.
Tessa van Schaik
Tessa van Schaik heads up a young team of architects and designers in Plettenberg Bay, called The Planet Thing Architects.
Their unique take on architecture has landed their projects in a number of prestigious design magazines, both local and international.
Our common vision and good working relationship have brought us together on numerous projects.
Glenn recently come on board to take photos as our projects finish.
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