Melanie Roy has a methodical design approach that has garnered an A-list clientele and a bevy of good press. Her modern interior installations have been featured in Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, HC&G, NYC&G,  The Southampton Press and NBC’s OPEN HOUSE TV.

She and I have shared a series of fun and funny moments during and after our participation in the Holiday House Design Show 2018. Melanie designed the chic gray kitchen with colorful artwork on the ground level of the 6 story mansion. When I encouraged her to follow me upstairs to show her the master bedroom closet that I designed and decorated, she flatly quipped with a British accent “oh, I didn’t realize there were other floors”

She has what can only be described as a sophisticated lady’s approach to fashion. Her petite frame is generally adorned in elegant layers that shimmer and flow. She is known to travel with a designer tote that holds her Havanese companion “Dune” or sometimes just a stylish silk scarf companion. Her jovial personality and quick wit have made her one of my favorite people to tête-à-tête with at parties.

    Raised in New York City and Los Angeles, Melanie grew up in the comedy milieu as Rodney Dangerfield’s daughter.

      Melanie Roy has a passion for creative arts which drew her into the fashionable world of interior design and a successful second career. After 15 years in the television industry, including 10 years at HBO where she received two Cable Ace awards for segment producing on The Chris Rock Show and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, she went on to produce her greatest achievements, two sons.

      After design school at NYSID and working with legendary Cullman & Kravis, she started Melanie Roy Design that today handles full interior design services in New York City, the Hamptons and Palm Beach. Her boutique firm takes on new construction, renovation, architectural design and interior decoration in all periods and styles. She is a hands-on, client-focused Interior Designer whose design goal has been to create family-friendly residences that are sophisticated, elegant and timeless while still being functional.

      Melanie Roy – Residential Interior Designer – New York+Hamptons and Palm Beach.

        Chic Park Avenue Duplex Was a Labor of Love for Designer Melanie Roy – New York Cottages & Gardens – March 2018 – New York, NY

          Melanie’s rec room at The Hamptons Showhouse | photo courtesy of Melanie Roy Design

            Melanie Roy Design
              As seen in Architectural Digest for the Holiday House Design Show – Working with German Kitchen Center, Melanie Roy created a New Years Eve–themed kitchen that’s moody and sophisticated without feeling stuffy. Art in the shape of oversize candy keeps the space feeling relaxed and playful. “I wanted a sophisticated space for families to eat, entertain, and relax in what is always the most popular room in the house,” says Melanie Roy.

              Tell me about the moment you knew you wanted to be connected to the art and design world. I always loved art and design as a girl, studied Art History and Communications in College and made a career change from Television Producing after I built and designed my own home in Bridgehampton in the early 2000s.

              Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career – I worked with architects and contractors to buil and design a family home for my clients in Bridgehampton which was published in Beach Magazine. I then went on to design their apartment in NYC.

              Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to – I like to give back with my work: Holiday House (3), Hampton Designer
              (3), ARF, Lenox Hill Neighborhood

              Are you a night owl or a morning person – I am a night owl and a morning person. I have always been very high energy and feel that there are never enough hours in the day and night to accomplish all the things that I want to do.

                night owl by David Lanham

                What kitchen utensil do you use most frequently Spatula

                  Describe your perfect pizza – Pizza with truffle oil and mushrooms

                    Who is your secret celebrity crush – Richard Gere

                      More coolly charismatic than drop-dead handsome, Richard Gere was one of the most successful sex symbols of the ’80s and early ’90s. Possessing something of an actual talent in addition to his good looks, Gere has proven himself to be a versatile actor since first starring as the pick-up artist who creeps out Diane Keaton in Looking For Mr. Goodbar. Capable of playing everything from romantic leads and action heroes to medieval knights and ruthless villains, Gere has moved beyond his role as cinematic eye candy to become one of the more enduring actors of his generation.
                        A devout Buddhist, Gere has been deeply involved with the struggles surrounding the Dalai Lama and the worldwide struggle for human rights — the documentaries Return to Tibet (2003) and Shadow Over Tibet: Stories in Exile (1994) featured Gere as a prime interviewee, while 1997’s Red Corner starred the versatile actor as a victim of a grossly corrupt Chinese court system.

                        What time of day were you born – In the morning

                          If there were a movie made about your life, who would play you Julia Louie Dreyfus

                            Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and producer. In television comedy, she is known for her work in Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep.

                            Which languages do you speakFrench and Yiddish

                              What is your zodiac sign Gemini

                              (May 22 – June 21)
                              Relationships of all kinds 
                              are highlighted during the early part of 2019 
                              and if you are looking for love, 
                              or would like to rekindle an existing affair 
                              that has lost a bit of sparkle, 
                              the Venus-Jupiter link on January 22nd 
                              will encourage you to believe that passion is back on the menu. 
                              Mars in your sign throughout April and well into May 
                              will boost your self-belief to such an extent 
                              that it is quite possible you will go too far 
                              and make a spectacle of yourself, 
                              but better to be noticed 
                              for all the wrong reasons 
                              than to go through life being ignored. – SALLY BROMPTON

                              What would your DJ Name be

                              DJ Melroy

                              What are the elements of your signature fashion style – Sophisticated style – In the winter Black is my neutral and then I add color
                              with accessories, same holds true for white in the summer

                                Do you have a favorite fashion magazine – I love Vogue Magazine – a true Bible for style

                                  If we were to peek in your closet, the dominant color would be – All textures of Black

                                    What is your “go-to” fashion brandPrada

                                      Miuccia Prada is an Italian fashion designer best known as the head of Prada, a fashion powerhouse that specializes in luxury goods for men and women.

                                      What is your present state of mind – Excited for the future

                                      It’s 6pm at your favorite bar or restaurant, what drink do you order Cabernet wine

                                        Do you awake with or without an alarm – Without an alarm

                                        What’s your favorite social media outlet Instagram

                                          What song is ready to play on your playlist QueenDon’t Stop Me Now

                                            What is the last photo you took with your cell phone – With my youngest son, Matthew in LA, next to my father’s STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

                                              Jack Roy, popularly known by the stage name Rodney Dangerfield, was an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, producer, screenwriter, musician and author, known for his self-deprecating one-liners humor, his catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” and his monologues on that theme.

                                              One of the best lessons my parents taught me is to Find something that you love to do and make it your career therefore you will never work a day in your life

                                              What is your favorite work of art – Matisse Red Studio

                                                “Where I got the color red—to be sure, I just don’t know,” Matisse once remarked. “I find that all these things . . . only become what they are to me when I see them together with the color red.” This painting features a small retrospective of Matisse’s recent painting, sculpture, and ceramics, displayed in his studio. The artworks appear in color and in detail, while the room’s architecture and furnishings are indicated only by negative gaps in the red surface. The composition’s central axis is a grandfather clock without hands—it is as if, in the oasis of the artist’s studio, time were suspended.

                                                What is your favorite building in Manhattan The Chrysler Building

                                                  A classic example of Art Deco architecture, the Chrysler Building is considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in the world.  In 2005, New York’s Skyscraper Museum asked one hundred architects, builders, critics, engineers and historians to choose their 10 favorite New York towers.  The Chrysler Building came in first place with 90% of people ranking it #1.

                                                    Rio Hamilton

                                                    Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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