Author Archive | Melissa Gulley Interior Design
I truly feel blessed that you helped me accomplish our dream home! I know my style is not for everyone, but I smile every time I stop and admire our house. Plain and simple, our house makes us so HAPPY! It represents the zany personalities of our family and I could not have accomplished this without you and your vision. You pushed me out of my comfort zone and you reigned me in when I needed it.
I have received ENDLESS compliments……everyone raves about the amazing use of color. I vividly remember our first meeting when I showed you a few of my thoughts for the house…..a lot of very safe colors that i thought I was supposed to like and use. You took it all in and listened to my thoughts. You came back for our second meeting and asked me a very pointed question…..” i’ve noticed that you and your husband wear a lot of color, what about incorporating those vivid colors into your house, they seem more fitting for your family and lifestyle” You were exactly right and off we went!
I know every client is different…some clients want you to bring them options and/or present them a complete picture, but you allowed me to bring ideas to the table then worked with me to seamlessly bring together a complete vision. We couldn’t be happier in our new space, it truly feels like a home that perfectly fits our family. Thank you again for everything – your vision, your patience, your guidance and most importantly your vast knowledge of how to perfectly bring together all aspects of decorating a home.
-Ashley, Wellesley, MA
Working with Melissa Gulley has been one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences. We started with a completely stark white house, virtually no furniture, definitely no window treatments, and almost no concept of what we liked and what our tastes in decorating were. Because of this, the thought of decorating our house and making it a “home” was daunting and depressing. But, then, a friend of ours suggested we talk to Melissa. We went to a house she was in the process of decorating and we really loved what we saw and this encouraged us to make that first scary phone call. From the very moment Melissa walked in our house for our initial meeting we both fell head over heels in love with her. She was simply great. She laid out a plan, first helping us to learn more about our own tastes and what we wanted our home to look and feel like. Then, she guided us through a process of envisioning our home, helping us with colors, fabric, window treatments (as much as we insisted that our house was different and didn’t need window treatments, Melissa showed us the way to understanding that window treatments are the pivotal part of decorating, now we can’t help but notice the window treatments everywhere we go!), furniture and, most importantly, making our house a home for our family. The results of our work with Melissa are evident – our home is warm and welcoming with the all important beautiful window treatments, simple yet elegant furniture, fantastic colors, rugs and wall treatments that make everything come together, and, most importantly, our home is lived in and very much appreciated.
Melissa is the most energetic and exciting person we have had the pleasure of spending time with. She makes everything relaxed and easy going. She listens to your concerns and cares intently about everything you express. Melissa understands and respects your budget, she is extremely open and forthcoming about costs and comes up with creative ways to work within your budget. She has the most intuitive sense of colors, fabrics and style, mixing and matching things that you never thought could come together and making them look fantastic.
Every single day our entire family loves and appreciates how beautiful and comfortable our home looks. There is never a day that goes by that we don’t think about the gorgeous red carpet on our stairs, our welcoming and comfortable kitchen, our funky dining room, our more formal, yet still homey living room and our very exciting family room. We love it all and attribute every morsel of it to Melissa. We’ve known Melissa for over 7 years and we’ve grown to have a warm and wonderful relationship with her, both professionally and personally. She is a joy to be with, her creativity and decorating ability is just awesome and she is the most honest, trustworthy, reliable, considerate person – the total package!! Come see our house and get a first hand view of what we’re talking about! We feel very lucky to know Melissa – she is certainly our decorating go to girl!!
Margaret and Jason
Over the past 15 years, Melissa Gulley has provided incredibly detailed design services for our family in two homes, on projects of varied scale and budget. The scope of her services ranged from fully transforming and decorating my master bedroom, baby’s room and living room to design specifications of a three story construction project. Through her questions and time spent with me and my husband, she was able to bring fabrics, furniture, tile, carpet, accessories and ideas which suited, complimented and heightened our taste, needs and personalities. She worked out the differences between my need to be funky/ modern and my husband’s need to be true to his Boston subdued persona and more traditional taste.
Throughout the design process, Melissa Gulley helped restore our Home, bringing in millwork, incredible molding and creative space planning. Melissa worked cooperatively with the builder as well as the architect, to develop a functional and beautiful floor plan. Prior to Melissa’s involvement, we did not maximize lighting, built in units, and window/ceiling placement. The hard working, detail oriented, spirited, and beautiful design genius worked her magic with all of the contractors and I am certain each and every one would be willing to also submit a testimonial supporting her incredible value to our large scale construction project. One of the best parts of these projects is that we all had fun, she shows up smiling and happy. This should be fun and Melissa added just the sunshine and humor we all needed.
The icing on the cake with Melissa Gulley is her ability to not only bring together great floor plans, furniture, window treatments, and rugs, but as a former stylist, she has an eye for the smallest of detail and will take the time to find items of character and value to each home she decorates. Shopping for knickknacks, coffee table books, artifacts, even great art seems to be sport for Melissa. She also has employed local artists to paint original pieces for my home. Even years later I feel she is always keeping our needs in mind. My favorite time of year is when she pulls a few incredible finds from the Brimfield Antique Show that are just perfect for our space.
I would refer Melissa to anyone anytime without the slightest hesitation, she seems to work beautifully with all personalities, tastes and budgets. Interestingly, her clients never seem to leave, she does multiple houses and projects for people again and again. She has worked with so many of our friends and everyone just absolutely LOVES her. They all give her name out to other friends with ease and enthusiasm. I don’t think Melissa has ever had to advertise- its all word of mouth- that says it all!