Melissa Miles Rufty
Named one of Architectural Digest's Ones to Watch 2013 and one of the New Faces of Southern Style in 2010 by Garden & Gun Magazine, Melissa has garnered a loyal national following for her modern take on classic Southern design. Her work is never formulaic. Instead, she is always careful to listen to her clients’ ideas yet deliver an unexpected interpretation all her own.
“If you begin with your client as inspiration, your design will always be open-minded and varied,” Melissa says. Her work is relaxed and chic but never trendy. She takes great care in layering rooms with interesting color combinations, comfortable furniture, and hand-picked accessories. Most important, she maintains, “My job is not done unless the client’s personality greets you at the door.”
MMR Interiors is located on New Orleans’ famed Magazine Street. It is from there that much of Melissa’s inspiration originates…the fabulous antique stores, modern art galleries, local artisans, vintage lighting and hand-embroidered linens, to name a few. With all of those indulgences, she jokes, “Who could miss?” New Orleans is a city known as much for its grandeur as for its joie de vivre. “It’s not about perfection. Fine antiques are wonderful, but lesser things can tell a unique story and convey a sense of place.” This same wonderful dichotomy of elegance and approachability continue to define Melissa’s sophisticated yet relaxed style. Melissa is currently working on projects throughout the United States.