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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Names Interior Decorator Heather Chadduck As 2022’s Designer in Residence

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WILLIAMSBURG-The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced Wednesday, February 16, that interior designer Heather Chadduck has been named as its second designer in residence. Chadduck will redecorate the interiors of the historic Nelson-Galt House, which is the oldest residential dwelling located in Colonial Williamsburg and dates back to 1695.

Established in 2019, the Designer in Residence is a collaborative program that was initiated by WILLIAMSBURG, the licensing brand of Colonial Williamsburg. The program’s intent is to highlight the significance of historic buildings and décor to today’s interiors while providing an aesthetic merging of past and present.

The owner of Heather Chadduck Interiors & Textiles is based out of Birmingham, AL, and is known for conveying the spirit of hospitality that defines Southern style. Before starting her own design business, Chadduck inspired others through her editorial work at Cottage Living, Coastal Living, and, most recently, as the style director of Southern Living.

A native Virginian, Chadduck grew up in Martinsville and often visited Williamsburg as a child. “My father has strong ties to Colonial Williamsburg and designed several of the homes where we lived,” said Chadduck. The homes were designed with Williamsburg flair, cedar shake roofs, Chippendale railings, and period furnishings.

“I felt an instant connection upon my first school fieldtrip in the second grade,” said Chadduck. “The living museum remains to be a constant source of inspiration in my design work. I will never forget my first visit to the blacksmithing shop or the sweet smell in the air of baking gingerbread cakes.”

At the age of 8, Chadduck’s parents arranged a meeting with an interior decorator. “I drew the design for my own bedroom, complete with portieres and wallpaper on the ceiling,” said Chadduck.

As a young adult, she attended Sorbonne Université in Paris and attributes her stint there as the most influential time during her education because it’s where she developed her love for antiques, art, and textiles.

Paint colors from the Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Paint Color Collection will be used in the transformation. Roughly 144 curated colors from the 18th and early 19th centuries will be featured throughout the home.

The fabric sponsor for the program, Schumacher, is also the licensed partner for the new Williamsburg x Schumacher collection that will be launching this spring, designs from which will be featured throughout Chadduck’s transformation. Additional sponsors include Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; The Shops at Carolina Furniture of Williamsburg; and ARAMARK, retail operator of Colonial Williamsburg Shops. Paul Montgomery Studios and Adelphi Paper Hangings, among other WILLIAMSBURG licensees, will also support the endeavor.

Chadduck has toured the Nelson-Galt House to take measurements and brainstorm her design. She’ll return in May to work on interior painting and the application of custom wallpaper.

“Our team has been working on the overall design plan for the Nelson-Galt House since November 2021, when we accepted the honorable position,” said Chadduck. “The presentation to the foundation was approved in January, and we are excited to install the project early this summer.”

The Designer in Residence program began in 2019, when designer Anthony Baratta redesigned the historic Palmer House in Colonial Williamsburg. Baratta decorated the Palmer House in a vivid scheme of bold Americana and conveyed his enthusiasm for Georgian architecture and 18th-century furnishings.

“We couldn’t imagine a better partner than Heather Chadduck to take on the redecoration of this very important structure,” said Colonial Williamsburg Director of Licensing Kiri Franco in a prepared statement. “Heather’s approach to design offers a fresh take on tradition that nods to classical design, but has a timeless, relaxed feel that is as comfortable as it is elegant. Colonial Williamsburg’s significant resources of scholarship, design archives, and artisans, will help support Chadduck’s design project. We’re delighted to share what she creates for this incredible historic home.”

To keep up with the Nelson-Galt House’s metamorphosis, visit

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