Meet Mindy McVay Heilmann

By Leslie Moore

Meet Mindy McVay Heilmann

A Columbia, South Carolina, native, the lovely and stylish Mindy McVay Heilmann moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 1972, started her design business three years later and has created beauty through her work ever since. Owner of Mindy McVay Interior Design, she is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID), and has won numerous awards for her work. When Kathleen Hughes, a friend and volunteer for the Smith Medical Clinic, asked her to help with a Designer Showhouse in Georgetown, to benefit local charities, Mindy agreed to become the Design Coordinator.

Please tell us a little about the Designer Showhouse.

It will be in the Stewart Parker House in Georgetown, on Front Street, beside the Kaminski House. This is a lovely, Georgian, waterfront mansion, constructed around 1740, and local legend has it that George Washington was entertained here! Proceeds from the Showhouse will benefit Smith Medical Clinic, Healthy Learners and Friends of the Kaminski House Museum. Twelve designers and design firms will participate, each designing a room or space in the house. There will also be a boutique, at 905 Front Street, with many unique items for sale. My design premise for the house is “Southern Style with No Boundaries,” and visitors are going to love the eclectic blend of styles!

Most people don’t realize that the designers finance everything they use in the showhouse, a very costly donation, and the furnishings in the house will be for sale, with the proceeds going to the charities. Most designer showhouses are done to benefit non-profits and to promote the interior designers – ours is unique from other showhouses as they are usually done in homes that are for sale. The house will be open for two weeks, from October 13-27, and on three Sundays the designers will be in the house to answer questions – Designer Sundays are always a favorite with showhouse visitors.

What is your favorite design work, and what else do you do?

Model homes are my specialty and I have designed several in the Grande Dunes, however, I do all types of creative design work, including commercial design, consultations, refurbishing and condo packages. I am also a sculptor and jewelry designer. Sculpture is one of my hobbies and I have sold a couple of pieces at the Brookgreen Gala’s silent auction.

I have lived in Pawleys Island since 1995 and Myrtle Beach 23 years prior. I am dedicated to my yoga and Pilates practice and enjoy kayaking, cycling and walking on the beach.

I also volunteer with the American Cancer Society at the Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Clinic in Georgetown, educating patients and helping them access services. A lot of people don’t realize how many free services are available for cancer patients, family members and supportive friends. I’m a cancer survivor as well – melanoma and thyroid cancer, so I understand what they’re going through. I was very fortunate to have discovered the melanoma at the insitu stage. It was just a tiny little black dot – barely noticeable. After discovering and excising the melanoma, a friend insisted I have a PET CT scan and that’s when stage 1 thyroid cancer was discovered. I had no symptoms and was told I had probably had it for eight years. I feel very fortunate to have discovered these cancers so early and urge everyone to have their skin checked yearly. Melanoma can be deadly.

Where can we get tickets to the Designer Showhouse?

They are available at Currents, Harrington Altman and Primarily Pine in Pawleys Island; Bienvenue Home and the Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown; Posh Interiors in Surfside; Rose Arbor Fabrics in Myrtle Beach and Park Smith in Conway.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The house will be open from 10 am-4 pm, Monday through Saturday and 1-4 pm on Sunday. Our website is

Contact Mindy at or 843-424-6701.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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