You don't have to feel overwhelmed by your renovation anymore.

You don't have to feel overwhelmed by your renovation anymore.

Because you can have someone help you make those big decisions, and show you what it all could look like before it's installed. You can have a trusted set of eyes on your project and get your confidence back - with West | South.

designing your exterior got you stressed?

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And you're juggling work, family, daily life, too - sometimes even deciding what to eat for dinner seems like too much to handle. Designing your home on top of it all feels impossible.

What if you could get the help you needed with your project, for a tiny portion of your renovation budget, in just one short week?




But it's time to finally get the home you've been dreaming of.

life these days...is crazy

carrie in florida

“Working with Mel is like waving a magic wand and instantly having a place that feels like home.”

It's easier than ever to get answers to all your questions, see your home's potential, and find the best sources - in just one week.

you can simplify your life with

exterior
 Design help

thoughtful

photo renderings showing all sides of your home

thoughtful, bespoke designs for your budget and climate

unlimited revisions during your consultation

MULTIPLE PROPOSALS in a no-pressure video presentation

collaboration by email with unlimited answers 

Included

everything you need is

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complimentary color samples and swatches delivered to you

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How it works

first

Answer a  questionnaire, take photos of your home and send links to your inspiration.  And you can email whenever you have time - no meetings, no calls, no stress!

next

Picture how your home could look with a video presentation of photo renderings or a digital moodboard showing multiple options for whatever you'd like.  And ask as many questions as you need!

then

End your consultation knowing what you want, excited for your project to get finished, and feeling confident instead of overwhelmed.

tell your story

See the potential

feel confident

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"Mel has already saved us time, money, and conflict."

Mel is a gifted designer and communicator. She was able to articulate her reasoning that helped us to see exactly what and why she came up her plans while being kind and affirming.  And Mel has already saved us time, money, and conflict. Her design plans are not only beautiful, but they are practical. When we have done other projects, it has been difficult and even unclear to us what we want and how to communicate it to our contractors. Not this time!

"Mel was so insightful, so thoughtful, and so informative."

I knew our house needed updating but I didn't know how to achieve it or where to begin. Mel was able to quickly identify opportunities for making big improvements within our budget. She understood our special issues and helped us understand them too. Before the consultation I felt so overwhelmed and hopeless. After the consultation I now feel excited and hopeful that we can achieve a style that fits our desires and our budget. It was such a relief, and exciting, too!

"The entire experience was exceptional."

Mel is extremely well-rounded in design, a solid planner and communicator and someone who keeps her promises most importantly.  It is not common in today's world for people to do what they say they will do. Mel delivered on all timelines and her commitment to our project was felt at every turn. It's a design partnership, with open dialogue and mutual feedback and was very satisfying.

SUCCESS STORIES

erin in washington

"After our consultation, I felt confident."

Mel nailed it in terms of my vision for our house.  This was exactly the type of guidance I was looking for - I didn't need an architect, but didn't want to show my GC pics from Pinterest, either.  I was floored with all Mel's support and her creativity, and I was impressed with her responsiveness. This was so worth it.

wayne + catherine in california

"This was one of the best experiences we've had as homeowners."

Mel is talented, insightful, responsive and generous with her input and feedback.  We could not have imagined a better experience even if we worked together in person.  The renders were all so helpful in helping us make decisions in record time. And the video was a really great experience! Hearing her feedback over 30 minutes really breathed life into the renders.  Without question, this is one of the most effective, valuable and fun ways to work on your project.  

This could be you....

Laura in texas

"I got way more than my money's worth."

This process was easy, focused, and I was delighted with the care that Mel took.  I truly felt that she connected with my vision in a far deeper way than mere design suggestions.  This consultation got me out of my head and the rabbit hole of design research and showed me the perfect vision for my home.  I felt overjoyed at the end!

Susan in california

"This service is a real gem among a lot of options out there."

Mel delivered!  She exceeded all our expectations - not only does she have a very collaborative and time conscious approach, she's SO thoughtful of what you are seeking. And leaves NO question unanswered. Mel considers the full context of your home (period-built, location, neighborhood) in creating her design concepts.  That was terrific.  After the consult, I felt perfectly confident to advance my exterior renovation with my GC. Her design eye is superb, but it's her thoroughness and how she ensures you are equipped to execute the concept yourself that is really special. 

SHAARE in florida

"It has been fantastic to have a trusted advisor with the experience to help me make better decisions and avoid mistakes.  It's an incredibly valuable experience."

LESLEY in NORTH CAROLINA

"Don't hesitate!  My only regret is not doing this sooner. If you're even contemplating a remodel, this is the first step."

STEPHANIE in utah

“Mel's professional direction was a game-changer for our renovation.”

ANNA in illinois

"This is the best way to see what your house could be through the eyes of someone who understands its potential."

KImberly in arizona

"I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with how to update the exterior of their home. To have a plan so I can move forward with confidence is a relief."

so LET'S GET STARTED!

I want you to feel confident again, too...

Q + A  Session

consultation by email for 3 days

digital materials board with source ideas

help making your toughest decisions

1 payment of $349

Full Exterior Design

consultation by email for 7 days

multiple photo rendered design proposals with 360 degree views

unlimited revisions during your consultation

private pinterest board with sources

1 payment of $849

most popular

complimentary material samples & swatches

professional feedback on your home and plans

select the consultation that works for you:

QUESTIONS?
READ more about THE Q+A Session
questions?
READ more about THE full exterior design

where else does your payment go?

4% of 2022 profits will go to homeaid america

complimentary paint swatches

where does your payment go?

3%

website + email maintenance

2%

tools for your design

4%

business + payment service fees

5%

marketing

28%

taxes + insurance

33%

SHELTER + UTILITIES

22%

DESIGN time + expertise

4%

donation to help the unhoused

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QUESTIONS?
READ more about THE Q+A Session

Using the calendar, select the day you'd like the conversation to begin. (You'll also need to select the 10am time slot as a technicality - there will be no actual meeting).  Your consultation will run for 3 full days from that start date.

Dates are limited in order to provide the highest level of one-on-one collaboration with you during your consultation. 
All highlighted dates are still available.

Once you complete your secure payment, your confirmation email will have the next steps!

PLEASE NOTE: this session does not include renderings, samples or a Pinterest board. If you need those things, please reserve a Full Exterior Design Consultation.

book YOUR Q + A session NOW

This fee is for Consultation services only and does not include materials, supplies, trade services, or other vendor fees to complete your project. 

Your confirmation email will contain a link to sign the Service Agreement & complete the Questionnaire, both of which are required before any Consulting work will begin on your project.

Consultation Services from West | South are non-refundable. However, rescheduling is possible should you need to delay your Consultation start date for any reason. 

QUESTIONS?
read more about the full exterior design

Using the calendar, select the day you'd like your designs to begin. (You'll also need to select the 10am time slot as a technicality - there will be no actual meeting). Your consultation will run for 7 days from that start date - including weekends.

Dates are limited in order to provide the highest level of one-on-one collaboration with you during your consultation. 
All highlighted dates are still available.

Once you complete your secure payment, your confirmation email will have the next steps!

book YOUR FULL exterior DESIGN NOW

This fee is for Design Consultation services only and does not include materials, supplies, trade services, or other vendor fees to complete your project. 

Your confirmation email will contain a link to sign the Service Agreement & complete the Questionnaire, both of which are required before any Consulting work will begin on your project.

Consultation Services from West | South are non-refundable. However, rescheduling is possible should you need to delay your Consultation start date for any reason. 

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Because pinning for hours will only get you so far. And you don't have to be good at everything - asking for help is totally allowed!

So if you're ready to stop feeling overwhelmed, I'm ready to help you find peace of mind and get that project done.

I know how hard it can be to tackle these big projects. Which is why I want to help make them as easy and fulfilling for you as they can be.

you're in the right place.

SARAH IN CALIFORNIA

“Working with Mel was the best money I've ever spent. I'm feeling so much more confident.”

DETAILED PLANNER, SEASONED SHOPPER & THOUGHTFUL CREATOR

Hi, I'm Mel.
Your Designer + Collaborator.

I want you to stop feeling overwhelmed with that big home project, and instead feel confident, empowered, and ready to make it happen.  

I'm going to listen to what you want, make sure you have everything you need, and then? I'll show you how to get it done, too. 

This      for you if:

you're choosing paint & finishes for exterior siding, roofing, doors & trim

you want to change or add dormers, change roof supports, add balconies or create additions

you're selecting door hardware or lights for existing boxes

you need schematics for electrical installers

you need inspiration for basic plantings and hardscape colors

It's        for you if...

you need to know the exact plants and hardscape materials to use

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you want to see options for outdoor furniture and accessories

you need architectural drawings for courtyards, decks or pergolas

Questions about your project and Virtual Design?  EMAIL ME 

You want to fall in love with your house again, right?

Then take a small piece of your overall budget to make sure  that what you're choosing for your project is what you really want, and that it's right for your home.

Make sure the decisions you're making now are not ones you'll regret in a year, and that your investment will stand the test of time. 

get the help you need now

no meetings, no calls, no stress

zero pressure to buy a single thing

all of your questions, answered

peace of mind that it's all been covered

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Know exactly which colors and materials you should be looking at for your style.

Understand which ideas make the best sense for your house, and why.

Have sources you can go to for the best things for your home.

Know what the next steps are for your renovation. 

Feel confident that what you're selecting is what you'll love.

Be able to relax, knowing it's all been covered.

After your consultation, you will...

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SHAARE in florida

"It has been fantastic to have a trusted advisor with the experience to help me make better decisions and avoid mistakes.  It's an incredibly valuable experience."

LESLEY in NORTH CAROLINA

"Don't hesitate!  My only regret is not doing this sooner. If you're even contemplating a remodel, this is the first step."

STEPHANIE in utah

“Mel's professional direction was a game-changer for our renovation.”

ANNA in illinois

"This is the best way to see what your house could be through the eyes of someone who understands its potential."

KImberly in arizona

"I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with how to update the exterior of their home. To have a plan so I can move forward with confidence is a relief."

Let's do this!

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Q + A  Session

consultation by email for 3 days

digital materials board with source ideas

help making your toughest decisions

Full Exterior Design

consultation by email for 7 days

multiple photo rendered design proposals with 360 degree views

unlimited revisions during your consultation

private pinterest board with sources

1 payment of $849

most popular

professional feedback on your home and plans

select the consultation that works for you:

questions?
READ more about THE full exterior design

where else does your payment go?

4% of 2022 profits will go to homeaid america

1 payment of $349

complimentary material samples & swatches

QUESTIONS?
READ more about THE Q+A Session

complimentary paint swatches

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QUESTIONS?
READ more about THE Q+A Session

Using the calendar, select the day you'd like the conversation to begin. (You'll also need to select the 10am time slot as a technicality - there will be no actual meeting).  Your consultation will run for 3 full days from that start date.

Dates are limited in order to provide the highest level of one-on-one collaboration with you during your consultation. 
All highlighted dates are still available.

Once you complete your secure payment, your confirmation email will have the next steps!

PLEASE NOTE: this session does not include renderings, samples or a Pinterest board. If you need those things, please reserve a Full Exterior Design Consultation.

book YOUR Q + A session NOW

This fee is for Consultation services only and does not include materials, supplies, trade services, or other vendor fees to complete your project. 

Your confirmation email will contain a link to sign the Service Agreement & complete the Questionnaire, both of which are required before any Consulting work will begin on your project.

Consultation Services from West | South are non-refundable. However, rescheduling is possible should you need to delay your Consultation start date for any reason. 

QUESTIONS?
read more about the full exterior design

Using the calendar, select the day you'd like your designs to begin. (You'll also need to select the 10am time slot as a technicality - there will be no actual meeting). Your consultation will run for 7 days from that start date - including weekends.

Dates are limited in order to provide the highest level of one-on-one collaboration with you during your consultation. 
All highlighted dates are still available.

Once you complete your secure payment, your confirmation email will have the next steps!

book YOUR FULL exterior DESIGN NOW

This fee is for Design Consultation services only and does not include materials, supplies, trade services, or other vendor fees to complete your project. 

Your confirmation email will contain a link to sign the Service Agreement & complete the Questionnaire, both of which are required before any Consulting work will begin on your project.

Consultation Services from West | South are non-refundable. However, rescheduling is possible should you need to delay your Consultation start date for any reason. 

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Will you work with any style?

Yes, because I understand that you are an individual with individual tastes!  Also, when you work with me, you can have pieces from any and everywhere - not just a specific group of stores or a tiny group of pre-approved vendors.  And since I don't receive commission on materials or furnishings, you can trust that what I propose is what I think you'll love, and not what I make the most profit on.  

Frequently Asked
Questions

Is there a minimum project budget?

Absolutely not!  Aside from your investment in design services, the rest of the budget is entirely up to you.  So no matter if you want to DIY and save for another project, or if this is your forever home and you're going to go all out, you can expect the same level of service.

Do you only offer online design services?

Yes.  E-Design is a great way to get your project started, or to select the final materials and colors to finish your project.   I work on projects from coast to coast in the US - and Canada, too!  So even if your project is local, the E-Design process is a great way to get the thoughtful design help you need in a quick and affordable way.  

What's your policy on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion?

I acknowledge my privilege as a white cis-het woman and pledge to be an ally, as I am able, to those in my community and the world.  I understand that I have a great deal to both learn and un-learn.  I believe that everyone has an equal right to getting thoughtful design help for their home.  This right is regardless of age, gender, biological sex, skin color, heritage, nation of birth, or religious affiliation. 

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