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Melissa Hughes

interior decorator, professional organizer

Melissa Hughes

Winston Salem, NC

The Roving Decorator

My name is Melissa Hughes, and I am a designer, styler, artist, and educator. I enjoy a challenge and I am driven by the need to be creative and add beauty to the world. I offer a multi-faceted skill set via my experience as an Ashley@Home Designer, professional photographer, adjunct fine arts instructor, my B.S. in Organizational Communication Studies from Ohio University, and my Masters in Fine Arts from AAU San Francisco.

The Roving Decorator is a visual log of my mobile and digital design projects. Being able to bring pleasing design and decor directly to the customer has always been an important part of my role. I am an experienced interior decorator with a Masters degree in Fine Arts making me an expert at selecting a cohesive color scheme and creating a truly functional floorplan that is also pleasing to the senses. I specialize in digital designs and renderings, as well as working in-person with clients to help them with furniture selection and creating a cohesive, organized, and functional home.


I offer a variety of options to suit your interior decorating needs, from a Digital Design Guide to help you D.I.Y. or Full Service options if you want help through the entire process. My goal as a designer is to help create a living space that supports, relaxes, and functions beautifully for your entire family, while being accessible and affordable.

I am always available for a FREE design consultation if you need some quick design advice, color scheme guidance, or to discuss your project and see if I may be able to help. You can see me in-person at my Design Desk at our local Ashley Homestore in Greensboro, NC. My hours are Tue - Sat, 10am-6pm unless I am out on appointment. I can also schedule a video chat consultation at a time that suits you if you'd prefer not to do an in-person consultation or if you are not local to the area.

This option is perfect if you just need help adjusting or determining the layout of the furniture in your space to determine what works best for your family. I can work with existing furniture or new furniture if you are considering purchasing but are concerned about fit. I take into consideration traffic patterns in the home, seating needs, functionality, and flow of the space to give you several options so you can reposition your space without all the guesswork. This option is $50 for the digital floorplan with up to 2 revisions (complimentary to Ashley Homestore customers with their purchase).

This is a full and comprehensive digital design of your room or project that includes a furniture floor plan for placement; a mood board with suggested furniture items together along with a shopping list guide (if needed); a full 3D photo realistic rendering of the finished design with a virtual walk-through tour so you can experience what the space will feel and look like; and design advice for finishes, color scheme questions, and any additional design question support. This package is $199 per room; up to three revisions of the space/items to make sure we get things perfect for the final design and four weeks post design support (can be extended if we are waiting on furniture delivery or construction project to finish).

In-home assistance with furniture placement, staging, hanging artwork, styling the space with decor, and help with placement/styling upon delivery with furniture purchases.
- $199 per room (40 mile radius from Winston/Greensboro/High Point area)
- Ashley Homestore customers: $199 per room with a $99 instant credit for home decor/accessories
on in-store purchases over $1000. Includes in-store design help with mood board and floor plan.

In-home or on site assistance with holiday decorating or decorating/styling/merchandising for events. Rates start at $40/hr and vary based on location, type of decorating, and if decorations need provided for you or if you already have all decor and supplies needed.