Q&A With Melissa Amos
Casaza: How did you get your start?
Melissa Amos: I started designing early when I was a child. I grew up helping my parents with remodeling and decorating our own home. I would get to refinish furniture and help with every step of the remodeling. I loved to move the room settings around all the time! One time my punishment was, "No more moving furniture."
C: How would you describe your style?
MA: Painfully modern, when I’m not designing specifically for a client. My personal style is ultramodern with minimalist white, glass, hard lines, and super uncozy.
C: Where do you get new ideas and inspiration?
MA: I am inspired by design used in other industries and how colors, patterns, and trends can be incorporated into interiors. Additionally, I have great admiration for classic modern architecture such as the Bauhaus era.
C: Favorite room in the house?
MA: The kitchen! Not because I can cook, but because the kitchen is the heart of a home. There are so many details and options. Since it is the most intricate to redesign when the kitchen is well done, it is the most rewarding.
C: Design rule you don't subscribe to?
MA: I would say it’s function over form. Just because you have pets or kids doesn’t mean you have to pick ugly, safe fabrics. I believe you can have nice things and kids. Maybe you need nicer kids…
C: Recent project that inspired you?
MA: I am currently working on Area 15, a unique concept of a wholly re-imagined world weaving together immersive experiences, themed events, art installations, restaurants, bars, and nightlife. It’s going to be a game-changing addition to the city.
C: Favorite texture/pattern/color?
MA: White and marble because they are classic and always in style. Marble can make any space look luxurious and I’m okay with the high maintenance design element.
C: What is “good design” to you?
MA: Good design is design that takes every element and detail into consideration. From mood lighting to music, it's well thought out. Good design incorporates all the senses and you’ll know it’s well executed when you can’t put your finger on any one element that stands out as they all work together.
C: Pack your bag! You're moving into a famous home. Whose is it?
MA: It’s the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This is a spectacular use of extravagant materials in its simplest form. I love the minimalist aesthetic. This building was a pioneer in construction forms with disciplined understanding of space.
C: What’s your rule when entertaining?
MA: Must have booze. Every party deserves a signature drink... And don’t forget flowers!
C: Best advice for DIYers?
MA: Hire a professional.
C: Best advice for those hiring a pro?
MA: Ask for references; if your friends would use that trade professional again, then they are worth a meeting to see if they are a fit on your project.
C: What design trend are you most excited about this season?
MA: Colored casegoods. There are so many brightly colored cabinet options, now you can personalize your space not just with fabrics but with mixed metals and wood finishes.
C: How do you take your coffee?
MA: Black like my wardrobe.