Southpark Interior Designer

Melissa Lee

PRINCIPAL DESIGNER & CEO

Since founding New South Home, Melissa and her team have worked on hundreds of projects ranging from small room updates to large residential custom builds. Her previous experience as a fashion retail buyer developed her talent to balance upcoming trends with classic, timeless style for her discerning Southern clients. New South Home’s award winning design work has been celebrated in numerous local and national magazines since the firm’s inception in 2011. The full service design process that Melissa has cultivated through years of experience is revered by clients, vendors, and peers and has been used as a model for other interior design firms.

When working on any design project, Melissa and her team enjoy the collaboration to create an inviting retreat that is tailored to each client’s personal style. Her passion and appreciation for all design styles give her clients an individualized experience that is based on architecture and unique preferences. A paramount focus on function and family lifestyle is evident in every residence designed by her team to create thoughtfully curated homes.

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Ashley Sussman

INTERIOR DESIGNER
SPECIALIZES IN REMODELS AND CUSTOM BUILDS

Ashley’s father was in the Army and by the time she was 18, she had lived in 15 houses all across the country. Ashley loved moving because a new house meant new walls to decorate and new rooms to arrange. She would often rearrange furniture instead of playing with toys and saved her allowance for things like a new duvet cover or accessories for her room. Ashley perused her passion for interior design by going to High Point University and graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design. Since graduating in 2014, Ashley has challenged herself to learn and experience all types of designs. She has created window displays for well-known brands, renovated homes, designed custom homes, and is now focusing on her favorite rooms to design - kitchen and baths! When Ashley isn’t designing, you can find her with a power tool working on her latest DIY project or enjoying a night in with her husband, daughter, and 3 rescue dogs!

Alexis Helms

INTERIOR DESIGNER

Alexis is a Charlotte native and graduate from North Carolina State University as well as Parsons School of Design. She started her design career in New York and developed her talent through the positions of Assistant and Senior Interior Designer. Her interiors portfolio includes projects in New York, Connecticut, Florida and an international project in Austria. After the birth of her son, her family relocated back to their hometown where she is continuing her passion in interior design. Alexis loves designing rooms to feel comfortable, elegant and eclectic while combining traditional and modern details for a timeless look.

Sarah Van Gundy

OFFICE MANAGER AND ACCOUNTANT

Sarah has been in the accounting field for the past 20 years. She took a break for the past 5 years, and has spent her time volunteering at her children’s schools and in the community. Recently, she has decided to come back to work and has joined New South Home as her children are moving onto college.

Taylor Schaap

CLIENT CARE SPECIALIST
Taylor’s passion for interior design started at an early age. While growing up in Syracuse, NY, you could often find her creating dream homes for her dolls, rearranging her bedroom, and dreaming up room designs while browsing the latest Pottery Barn Catalogs. In 2013 Taylor earned her Interior Design Degree from Cazenovia College, in Cazenovia, NY. She landed her first job as a Design Assistant at a high end design firm in Rochester. During her time there she gained a lot of experience with the design process, working with clients, and how a design business ran on a day-to-day basis. In 2014 Taylor and her husband relocated to Charlotte to start a new life in the south! She joined the New South Home team as Client Care Specialist and was able to bring her experience of project management to the team.

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