This isn't like other online design services 

I'm not going to speed through your design to create run of the mill plans,
showing you only whatever pieces and parts make me the most commission.
  
Instead, you'll get a design that fits with your budget, works with your schedule, AND feels uniquely you.

 THIS isn't just about getting it done

I'm the listener.  The facilitator.  The idea generator.  The finder.  The figure-outer.

But what makes your design magical are the little tidbits of your life and your story that you share with me.

THIS IS working together to figure it out

Design should be personal.  A connection between you and your designer.
 
About discovering your vision, and then bringing it to life. 

THIS IS Design with a thoughtful approach

Pinning for hours will only get you so far.

I’ve seen my sister create a beautiful Pinterest board for her DIY wedding, but then call me in a panic because she had no idea where to go or what to buy to make her wedding feel like that.  Or how long things would take to make or what things would actually cost...  

I’ve had friends come to me desperate for help because their kitchen flooded, when they've been thrown into renovation unprepared. Now they have to pick new finishes with no definite plans, because their insurance contractor starts in a week. Turns out, life doesn't stop for a broken pipe...  

I’ve worked that 50hr week, hustling through daily life, then scrambling to pick the paint colors for the new house on late nights and weekends - falling asleep on the sofa with my laptop open, 50 tiny white paint chips that were all essentially the same all around me.  Too tired to make a decision...

I know how hard it can be to tackle these big projects.

and then?

I'll show you how to get it done.

So, I'll listen to what you want.
I will make sure you have everything you need. 
I'll cover every little detail.


And you don't have to be good at everything - asking for help is totally allowed!

BUT It doesn't  have to be so hard.

seattle, wa

Rachel

"Mel helped us plan the best party of our lives.  Everyone kept saying how much it felt like us.  Our friends still talk about it!"

Colleyville, tx

Lindsey

"She did so much to understand my style.  I had no idea what my style was or what I wanted.  Mel made all those worries go away, and now I have a house I can be proud of."

cape canaveral, fl

Carrie

"Working with Mel was like waving a magic wand and instantly having  a new place that felt like home." 

Then you can rest easy, knowing it's all covered.

I will listen to what you want, 
make sure you have what you need, and
show you how to get it done. 

EMPOWERED to make it happen.

I want you to stop feeling overwhelmed with that big project, and instead feel

regardless of how much time or money you have.

you deserve a well-designed life

I believe that 

Detailed planner, seasoned shopper, & thoughtful creator of easy solutions for the overwhelming design projects in your busy life. 

I've been helping people just like you for over 20 years.

I'm Mel!

Hello,

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Peace of mind is one click away.

are you ready to stop feeling overwhelmed?

Upgrading to first class flights; reading smart and snappy romance novels; champagne on a Tuesday

my not-so-guilty pleasures ARE...

Classic Steakhouse.  A perfectly cooked steak, medium-rare with a loaded baked potato.  And a Manhattan. 

My FINAL MEAL WOULD BE...

A fun spot near the ocean, anywhere we can road trip to, or a 5-star hotel with excellent room service.

My favorite vacation is...

The idea that Kindness & Thoughtfulness are the key to Happiness.  

I LIVE BY...

Organizing cupboards.  Reading actual printed magazines.  Watching classic films or British TV.  Making plans.

I relax by...

A tiny town in Montana! While the West will be home for me, always, I've made a life in the South for 25 years now.

I was born & RAISED in...

a few tidbits about me

SEE MY MARINE WORK HERE

And still do, sometimes.  Yes, really!

It taught me that people want the same ease of living no matter how much they're spending and that a day on the water can cure just about anything.

It also explains why I have trouble with left and right - my brain still thinks in PORT and STARBOARD! 

I used to design yachts full-time.

Married for twenty years this year (!!!), we met in Savannah during our time at SCAD. 

Bri is the rock that keeps me grounded, the sounding board for all my crazy ideas and the reason I've seen Star Trek: The Motion Picture more than 10 times.  

Husband.  Bestie.  Partner-in-crime.

I firmly believe Saturdays in the fall are meant only for viewing college football.

My Mother's family is deeply rooted in Nebraska.  So yes, this IS me at age 3 in a formal portrait studio rocking my Huskers gear.  Real fans know.  And also probably have one of these same portraits.

#GBR

GO BIG RED!

I could never choose between coffee OR tea.

I mean, I came of age in the Northwest in the 90's.  But also I love a cuppa.

In any case my collection of tea and coffee pots is getting out of hand.

I cannot function before caffeine.

That is, until I get to have Thanksgiving dinner out in the backyard. Or swim outdoors in February.

The only thing I truly miss about winter is the sound your boots make when you walk on snow.

crinkle...
crinkle...
crinkle...

I do miss real winter sometimes.

The secret is constant observation, and a reminders list in my phone.

People tell you exactly what they want, you just have to listen very carefully!

Gift Giving is my love language.

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Because you don't have to go it alone.

are you ready to have someone to share the load with?