Melissa’s drive to design started very early. As a kid, she loved to build doll houses out of cardboard boxes – using wrapping paper for wallcovering and plastic wrap for windows. She even designed and built the furnishings, drawing inspiration from ads in her mom’s JC Penney catalog. If she inherited her creative gene from anyone, it was probably her dad, a mechanic who could visualize and sketch in 3-d.
After working full time and attending a local college, she transferred to Loyola University Chicago on an academic scholarship. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Art in Interior Architecture and Design.
The first interior designer Melissa ever worked for made a lasting impression on her. She was impressed by his lack of ego and his interest in her thoughts and opinions. She aims to emulate his genuine collaborative spirit when working with members of her own team.