My name is Melissa and I’m addicted to decorating homes and designing spaces. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been designing comfortable and stylish rooms with everything from dollhouses, forts of sheets and pillows to branches or snow piles. I see potential in neglected rooms and implement solutions to create more functional spaces.

I’ve lived in many homes throughout my life and have always enjoyed creating spaces that reflect my personality, functional needs and feel absolutely beautiful to me. When I graduated from the University of Guelph after studying art and art history, I explored additional courses in event planning and interior decorating. I also worked in a variety of spaces from a small town restaurant, a home décor shop, a luxury hotel to a family-run corporate job. All of these experiences have helped me learn that style is only as beautiful as the functionality of a space.

What’s in a name:

A HARBOUR is a refuge for boats from rough and stormy waters. So too a home must be a retreat and haven for those who live there.

A MILL is a building equipped with machinery or a well performing engine. If a home cannot perform to the highest degree for those who come and go from its’ structure, what good is a life lived within its’ walls?

For me, great home DESIGN is combining beautiful things that work on a functional level for the people who actually live or use a space. It’s layering colours and textures, balancing pieces from hand-me-downs to luxury purchases and creating some unexpected combinations.   I believe you don’t have to live in a century home for your space to be full of character, beauty and charm. What creates the most charm is a well loved and well lived in home.

Thanks for taking the time to check out Harbour Mill Design. Please email me if you have any questions or request any services: harbourmilldesign@gmail.com