Designer Love: Melissa Miles Rufty

When you stumble across the work of a designer whose entire aesthetic sings to you, it’s so exciting. And today I’m thrilled to have discovered New Orleans designer Melissa Miles Rufty. Her signature style encompasses so many elements that I love, that I thought I’d celebrate by sharing images from a few of her projects.

Yellow Drapes, Blue Chair

Unafraid of colour and pattern, Melissa creates lively, happy spaces. In a design world that has been largely dominated for the past number of years by all things “neutral”, this is a refreshing change of pace.  I think a lot of people are craving colour these days, and while most magazines are not yet reflecting this new direction, the tide is gradually turning.

Mix of Patterns

Kitchen Banquet Seating

Red and Orange

Masterful mixing of traditional elements, such as mouldings and embellished draperies, with modern touches, such as lacquered wall finishes, creates drama.


A library reading nook is dramatic in black.


And there are quiet moments as well, such as this hallway:

Hallway Vignette
And this elegant traditional foyer, highlighted by a corner sofa.Hallway Corner Sitting Area

Custom Corner Seating

All images via MMR Interiors

Another corner sofa becomes a banquette with the addition of a red lacquered table. Layered with various objet d’art and rich gold finishes on light fixtures and art frames, her rooms are interesting and warm.

Are you part of the colour-craving tide? Tired of spare white rooms with occasional “pops” of colour? If colour makes your heart sing, don’t be afraid to experiment with a wall, a sofa, or an entire room. Your home should make you happy. Architectural Digest named Melissa Miles Rufty a designer to watch in 2013, so you’re certainly not alone.




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