I work together with my clients closely and choose energy carefully.
Being direct is a form of respect.
Cutting corners is bonkers.
Taking it personal; makes it meaningful.
Yes, I have expensive taste.
No, I don’t apologize for it.
Life is better without clutter.
I see color and love it like butter.
Get more done while having fun.
Listen, you don’t have to be an asshole to be successful. Period. And while some experts only care if your check clears, I know it’ll clear—it’s how you talk to your mother, address your waiter, and tip your hairdresser that matters to me much more.
Because how young are you? Seriously. Subtract your age from 90, then take that number and multiply it by 365 and you’ll get a number. (Sorry if you hate math, I do too, but stick with me) My number as of this writing is 19,710. That’s 19,710 days. And that’s if I’m lucky and live to at least ninety. Life is short (the only overused cliche I agree with), do you really want to work on the home of your dreams with someone who has a stick up their butt? I don’t either. The kind need only apply.
“Don’t take it personal” they say and that’s cool if you’re talking about the witch at work who never dealt with her childhood issues and is driving everyone mad. But this is your home we’re talking about and if you’re not taking it personal, it’s likely not meaningful.
Nothing irks my nerves more than passive aggressive behavior. I’m not a mind reader and don’t expect you to be either. This is why in all of my contracts, email, blog, etc. my goal is to make it so easy to understand that you can read it to a 12 year old and they’d get it. If I’m ever unclear, don’t be shy — ask me and I’ll be happy to clarify when necessary. You’ll always know where you stand with me, and I always want to know where I stand with you.
“You never have to cheat to succeed.” is coined from my sister who graduated as a valedictorian and always climbs to the top rank of every company she’s ever worked for and while sales can be considered a doggy dog industry, she refuses to believe that you have to cheat to succeed. I agree with her. It may take longer. It may be harder (or easier, depending on how you look at it). But you don’t have to cut corners. Not with a contractor, supplier or any other vendor for that matter.
Look, everyone tries to be super spiritual about how they don’t like nice things and how humble they are because stuff doesn’t really matter. I’m not here to debate that, I am here to say that if given 10 chandelier options, I choose the most pricey option every time without even seeing the price beforehand, because I like really nice things. And frankly, it’s only a problem if you’re broke and if you’re reading this you’re far from it.
“I don’t see color” makes sense if you’re blind and literally can’t see color. But if you’re a human with two working eyes and don’t
see want to see color, I’m not for you. Because for me, color in a room is like flavor in a cake. Can you imagine your favorite cake (i.e. Pound, Italian Cream, German Chocolate...) without butter? It’s like night and day. Why even call it cake? (Let’s be real, butter makes everything better.) That’s how I am about color. It makes every room better. It creates order. No greige allowed. (Side Note: Not talking about a smorgasbord of every color in the rainbow in one spot. Heck no. There’s also a thing called balance and color theory.)
Don’t get it twisted decorating, designing, and decluttering a home while “pretty” requires you to get dirty, and it isn’t for the faint hearted or microwave minded. Having the right energy, personality, and attitude is often what can make or break a project. Because while my aim is for your complete and utter delight — delays happen, timelines change, and adjustments occur. But adopting a “this will be even better” mindset is what can turn a detour into an adventure instead of a nightmare.
I’m a millennial obsessed with traditional, colorful interiors.
If you had asked me what I was going to be when I grew up I would’ve said, “a missionary or a ballerina”, because I enjoyed serving at church and loved twirling in ballet class.
In 2018, I left my predictable hourly job and started selling custom draperies on commission to see if this was purely an inkling or a true desire for a new career.
Three years later, I became one of the top performing design consultants selling over a million dollars annually in custom window coverings.
In 2021, I completed my first interior design project, the Dream Studio Office. In 2022, I completed my second interior design project, the Queen’s Quarters Bedroom.
During this time, I realized that clients wanted more than coverings for their windows, they desired a complete room design transformation. In 2023, I opened up my boutique interior design firm, Melodee Forbes Interiors in Houston, Texas.