About

Hello!  I’m Melissa Bolinger, owner of the Room Stylist.Melissa-Bolinger-the-Room-Stylist

Founded in 2005 in Southern California, the Room Stylist is now Seattle based!

With a passion for great architecture and excellence in interiors, the Room Stylist is a boutique decorating firm specializing in the decoration of residential and commercial interiors.  Although each project is as unique as its client and there are no two personalities or projects alike, all of the Room Stylist’s projects start and end with the same philosophy: to discover and draw out our clients’ distinctive allure, no matter what the design style.  And when necessary, we provide extra bravery to those who are stuck in a rut.

My design sensibilities are strongly influenced by the places I have lived and traveled, which (to name a few) include:

The Pacific Northwest  where I was born and raisednature, down to earth, adventure and peaceful beauty

Sunny Southern California – where I lived for nearly 25 years – vibrancy, comfort, playfulness and creative expression

New York City – a city in which I have worked and frequently visited – excitement, prestige and sophistication

Paris – a city my husband and I love to explore – attention to detail, affinity for beauty, and overall excellence

As a result, I have a passion for quality, originality, detail and architecture.

I am privileged to have been under the tutelage and mentorship of New York City’s award winning Interior Designer Lauri Ward, creator of One Day Decorating and author of 4 New York Times best selling decorating books; I also value my training and certification as a True Colour Expert™ with renowned colour expert Maria Killam.

An active member of the Interior Redecorators Network™️ and past president of the board of directors for the Interior Redecorators Network, I regularly attend conferences and pursue continuing education classes and trainings, so that I can offer the best to my clients.  My design work has been published in Romantic Homes Magazine (April 2012).  I shot, wrote and co-styled a spread for Vintage Holiday Magazine (2015) and I recently maintained, wrote and shot images for the blog called Hey, Girlfriend! (HeyGirlfriend.Net). 

✿ About my personal life:  Married for 27 years • Dog lover • Gourmet food appreciator • Traveler and explorer • Photography buff (the photo on this page is a selfie) • Never met a stranger • Encourager • Industrious • Grateful • Friends and clients have occasionally called me “a trip” (and I have been assured it’s a good thing😉)