Melissa Lee, Principal Designer

After graduating with a BBA from the College of William and Mary, I spent the first ten years of my professional career in the fast-paced world of retail buying. When my husband and I bought our first home in 2004, I discovered my passion for interior design after being inspired from HGTV and also from time spent helping my father with home improvement projects while I was growing up.

After moving to Charlotte, NC, I completed the Interior Design program from the New York Institute of Art and Design in 2009. With the addition of my son, I started my interior design firm, New South Design, in 2011. My first project was selecting fabrics and sewing pillows right at my dining room table and I quickly realized my love for working with fabrics to create a truly custom look for my client’s homes.

In almost six years, we have grown into New South Home, offering full service interior design and affordable custom home décor online to our customers. My favorite projects are working with families to create environments that are functional, family-friendly, and reflects my client’s personal style.

My husband and I now have lived in Charlotte for over 10 years in the same house in Matthews and we have our 7 year-old son and a 4-year old daughter at home. My personal style is a mix of traditional design with the latest trends in home decor and I love the color navy blue! I prefer to mix the colors gray and taupe to create a timeless neutral palette and layer in pops of color to allow for easy and inexpensive updates.

Sandy Moore, Project Manager
I was born and raised in Charlotte, so I have really seen this city grow over the years. My husband comes from a long line of “Matthewsians” (or Matthews, NC natives) from parents to grandparents. We have a beautiful 13 year-old daughter named Nicki, born here in Charlotte.
I have always followed the latest fashion trends and I spent most of my career in retail working at places like J. Crew, Gap, Chico’s and the Body Shop. I assisted my sister-in-law with her sport events company for 8 years and have alsospent time in a seamstress workroom assisting with creating custom home decor. I have really enjoyed learning the design end of the business over the past two years working with Melissa. New South Home is a place that makes me excited to go to work everyday because I never know what exciting client project or new product introductions will benext!
I am personally drawn to a neutral palette, but I have learned how to add pops of color that allows me to change up my decor easily. I think that if you find a great color story or pattern that fits your personal style, that’s a great place to start. I love watching the show “Flipping Out” on Bravo and have told Melissa from the beginning that I plan on being her “Jenny” at New South Home!