Melissa Lee


Melissa Lee is an award-winning designer and founder of New South Home. She began her career in the fashion industry as a fashion retail buyer, allowing her to develop the unique talent of balancing upcoming trends with classic, timeless style for discerning Southern clients.

Since founding New South Home in 2011, Melissa and her team have worked on hundreds of projects across the Southeast, ranging from small room updates to large residential custom builds. The full-service design process that she 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 create an inviting retreat that is uniquely tailored to each client’s personal style. A paramount focus on function, family lifestyle, and entertaining is evident in every residence designed by her team to create thoughtfully curated homes.

Melissa’s passion and appreciation for all design styles give each of her clients an individualized experience based on architecture and unique preferences. Her versatility and knowledge of design allows her to take on any project, quickly adapting to different styles and spaces.

New South Home’s award-winning design work has been celebrated in numerous local and national publications like Elle Décor, Cottages & Bungalows, Washington Post, Home Design & Décor, Charlotte Magazine, and South Park Magazine.

Melissa lives in Matthews with her husband, two teenage children, and French Bulldog, Penelope.

Holly McClure

Lead Interior Designer

Holly McClure is a Charlotte native who has worked within the interior design industry for 20 years. A graduate of Appalachian State University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Holly began her design career at a furnishing manufacturing company. During her time there, she developed a trade program for interior designers and fell in love with the design side of the business.

In 2022, Holly joined the New South Home team after eight years of running her own full-service interior design company. With a focus on furnishing, minor renovations, home refreshes, interior space updates, and accessories, she serves as Lead Interior Designer. Inspired by modern classic design, Holly elevates every space she designs by mixing current trends with investment pieces, making homes timeless and stylish.

Holly lives in Charlotte with her two teenage daughters.

Ashley Sussman

Senior Interior Designer

As the daughter of a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, Ashley Sussman’s family moved frequently as she was growing up, coincidentally sparking her love for design. Each time her family moved into a new home, she saw a blank slate; her mother fostered that love by allowing Ashley to arrange and decorate her bedroom, then other larger spaces in the home.

Ashley has worked in the design industry for over 10 years after she graduated from High Point University with a degree in Interior Design. In 2021, she joined New South Home and works as Senior Interior Designer, specializing in new builds and remodels, with a focus on kitchens, bathrooms, and adjoining spaces. She draws inspiration from historic buildings and classic architecture and adds refined elegance to each of her projects through carefully curated selections and pairings.

Ashley lives in Charlotte with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs.

Kristine Vierra

Design Assistant

Hannah Parker

Design Assistant

Dianna Muto

Operations Manager

Becky Sansavera

Business Manager

Candace Sykes

Marketing Manager

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