As Melissa Gulley’s very first client, I like to believe I am responsible for launching her fabulous career. But, it was not my referrals or testimonial which made her a style genius. Melissa Gulley is a great success because she has impeccable taste, an uncanny ability to draw out the personality of each client, relationships with top tradesmen, amazing work ethic and, as simple as it may be, she is a joy to be around. I only kid myself when I take credit for launching Melissa Gulley’s career, because everyone I know who has worked with Melissa, has also referred her to their friends and so on.
Over the past ten years, Melissa Gulley has provided design services for me 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 assisting in the design specifications of a three story construction project. Through her questions and time spent with me and my husband, Rick, she was able to bring fabrics and ideas which suited our taste, needs and personalities. She worked out the differences between my need to be funky and my husband’s need to be true to his Boston subdued persona.
Throughout the design process, Melissa Gulley helped restore our 1920’s colonial, 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, 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.
The icing on the cake with Melissa Gulley is her ability to not only bring together great floor design, 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, crystal, artifacts, even great art seems to be sport for Melissa. Always remaining within a set budget, Melissa has guided me through the purchase of great art from local artists – who show their work through local Open Studios. She also has employed local artists to paint original pieces for my home. My favorite time of year is when she pulls a few incredible finds from the Brimfield Antique Show.
So, as anyone can deduce from my testimonial, I was not responsible for launching Melissa’s design career. Her work, her ability to keep clients over a decade, and the fact that everyone feels comfortable referring her services to their friends and family speak to why Melissa Gulley is a design genius.