Ask an interior designer: Q&A with Melanie King Designs

Updating and remodeling office spaces to fit the needs of clients at home during the pandemic was a focal point of Melanie King's work. (Courtesy Melanie King Designs)
Updating and remodeling office spaces to fit the needs of clients at home during the pandemic was a focal point of Melanie King's work. (Courtesy Melanie King Designs)

Updating and remodeling office spaces to fit the needs of clients at home during the pandemic was a focal point of Melanie King's work. (Courtesy Melanie King Designs)

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Melanie King owns Melanie King Designs. (Courtesy Melanie King Designs)
Melanie King owns Melanie King Designs, a boutique design firm that works with high-end clientele to deliver an elevated space through home renovation and design.

How did working from home change what people did to their home offices and workspaces?

I definitely did offices before, but people were really interested in making home offices nice, livable spaces. They would incorporate and invest more and wanted it to look and feel better. They viewed it more as an extension of their living space since they were in there all the time. We revamped spaces and really updated and added a lot of artistic value and architectural details.

What were some home office trends in 2020?

A lot of old cabinetry was completely removed and taken out. We rebuilt for function and for look. ... One included a bar area as well as an area for storage and accessorizing. We really stripped offices from overdone and outdated cabinets and molding and redid the room. The idea is that we are elevating the space with an updated style and layers of lighting and art.

What were some other interior design trends you saw in the last year?

Bars. I think people obviously wanted to renew and reuse their spaces. The whole year was stressful, so maybe they were trying to find a little bit of levity. People had to repurpose themselves in terms of entertainment for smaller units.

Also, I think that everybody was just sitting in their homes saying, ‘Well, why not now?’ People were really looking forward to transforming their spaces.

Melanie King Designs

25511 Budde Road, Ste. 3602, The Woodlands


By Ally Bolender

Reporter, The Woodlands

Ally joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Texas State University. Ally covers education, local government, transportation, business, and real estate development in The Woodlands. Prior to CI, Ally served as news content manager of KTSW FM-89.9 in San Marcos, Texas.


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