Owner, Principal Designer, Associate ASID, Broker
Melissa discovered her passion for interior design as a child growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii. The daughter of a high end custom homebuilder, she found herself immersed in all aspects of construction and design from a young age. Her career in interior design began over 10 years ago when she moved to Austin and started working with investors to purchase, remodel and stage homes for resale. Melissa found she had a knack for transforming dreary, cramped and outdated houses into beautiful and functional spaces, and she was inspired to devote herself to design full time. In 2014 she founded Dwell Modern, a boutique Interior Design and Staging company located in Austin, TX. She works with investors and homeowners on projects of all sizes, whether it's a simple room makeover, staging for resale or an entire home remodel.
Melissa brings a charismatic energy to her design, balancing diverse styles and distinctive materials to create a fresh, timeless aesthetic. Her childhood in Hawaii continues to influence her work, which showcases an affinity for clean lines, natural materials and lots of light. She takes a uniquely personal and collaborative approach to each project in order to bring each client’s vision to life and thrives on the challenge of creating dynamic spaces that complement the lifestyle of each of her clients on the budget they desire.