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On 06/26/2015
I like the variety ... you never know what your next project will be or where it will take you.

All About Unwinding – With Melissa

Have you ever wondered how the designers at Spradling International became the creative, skilled individuals they are today?

We wanted to give you an opportunity to learn more about our designers and their work, so we decided to interview them to get some insight into what makes them tick.

Whether you are an aspiring designer, an experienced professional or just interested in the world of coated fabrics, this interview series is intended for you. Perhaps you may glean a new perspective from our talented designers. Or maybe you will gain a greater understanding of the creative work behind the colors and patterns you see today.


An interview with Melissa

 “As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be an Interior Designer,” says Melissa. After trying graphic design, she realized she didn’t have the patience or desire to work solely on a computer.

Melissa was born and raised in Wyoming, Michigan. She went to school in Grand Rapids, then attended Kendall College of Art and Design. There she developed her skill set as an interior designer and grew in her love of color and the challenge of a project.

She describes what drew her to interior design, “I like the variety … you never know what your next project will be or where it will take you.”


The Job – The Challenge of Interior Design

For Melissa, her work at Spradling is all about creating a space that draws the viewer in and establishes a peaceful environment.

She adds, “I help consumers by creating a warm and inviting place to relax and enjoy their surroundings.”

Her favorite part of her job is all the fabric and color she gets to work with. Often, the challenges creative people encounter in their journey shape their work more than anything else. Melissa describes one of her challenges as a color:

“…the color navy. I swear that color haunted me for years when I started [at Spradling]. It’s odd, I know, but it’s hard to find navy fabrics – let alone enough navy fabrics that match to compose a full interior. I think having that challenge helped me to be less matchy-matchy. It helped me to realize [the colors] don’t have to be exact; you just have to coordinate them well.”


Relax and Unwind

Melissa hopes one of the things customers will see most in her work is relaxation. “I do interiors for boating people, and I want them to feel their space is a place that they can truly lay back and relax.”