Interior design was one of Rochelle's first jobs, altering the appearances of rooms by stripping wallpaper. Not exactly how you would imagine someone to be introduced to the world of design, but it worked. During summer vacations she worked for her mother’s decorating service, after a few summers her mother realized she had an untapped talent for colors and Rochelle was soon helping clients. Exploring how a room could be transformed with the clients was intriguing; she loved the challenge of helping choose just the right paper and coordinating paint colors. After college she started traveling to Europe where she discovered a diverse array of cultures, color pallets and architectural design. In 2003, inspired by years of traveling and her passion for design she started her color consulting business. Most of her jobs were for interior paint color consultations, but soon she was getting inquires for space planning and other design projects. She obtained a certificate for building codes and the business graduated to full home decor and remodels. She went on to become a Certified Interior Designer (CID) and later obtained accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-AP). Rochelle has been creating interiors for over 13 years.
Rochelle is based in Northern California. She continues to take classes for current design and building trends. She’s still traveling for never ending inspiration, adding Turkey and Volunteer work in South America to the list of adventures. All of her experiences have influenced Rochelle to be the designer she is today. Delivering a kind and understanding approach and really listening to clients, are her professional trademarks.
Showcase Homes Benefiting Local Charities & Awards:
- IDS Heart of the Home Most Promising Designer
- IDS Classic Home Lead Designer & Best Bathroom
- IDS Renaissance & Romance Master Bedroom & Bath
- IDS Western Regional Design Contest Best Wine Cellar
- IDS Fox Hill Estate Bathroom Design
- IDS The Chavet, Glenn Ellen Eclectic Contemporary Design
- California Interior Design and Decor Group
- Certified Interior Designers (CID) (California)
- Color Marketing Group.
- IDS Interior Design Society
"Rochelle's experience with kitchens and bath designs combined with her budget conscious solutions rejuvenated outdated spaces into absolute showrooms."
~ Sharon Carlin, Stager
"Rochelle brought just the right balance of professionalism and personal style to our remodel. The results were just what we dreamed of and more. If you desire a conscientious and deliberate designer, we couldn't recommend anyone higher."
~Sandra, Residential Client
"I work with Rochelle for her efficiency and wonderful choices. But the best aspect of working with her is getting what I want and MORE! She has ideas I wouldn't even have considered without her input. I love how she amazes me - every time."
~ Liz Graham, Residential & Business Client
"You are the best! I tell everyone I would never pick out a paint color, piece of furniture or anything for my home without your approval. I get so many compliments on my kitchen granite and backsplash. I love it every time I look at it."
~Sally Warner, Residential & Business Client
Rochelle excels at getting a lot done in a minimal amount of time. She works quickly and efficiently and is very reliable. She is also very friendly and diplomatic with outstanding communication skills. She's very intuitive and her pricing is more than fair. I can recommend her without reservation for all your interior design needs. I will definitely be using her services again.
I have referred many of my clients to Rochelle. She has done complete remodels on many properties. Her expertise can also be directed to smaller projects such as kitchens and bathrooms. Rochelle has an artful sense of design focusing on color and texture. In addition Rochelle has tremendous resource contacts for her products & furnishings. Rochelle is extremely positive and pleasant. I highly recommend Rochelle for your design projects. She is trustworthy and exciting.
~Deborah Melancon, Realtor Bodega Bay
Rochelle is one of the Design Divas who collaborated with me on my home update. Without her down to earth approach to designing and her genuine concern for me as her client, I don't think I would have ever gotten through it.
~ Tricia Perky, Property Manager/Homeowner
Rochelle's experience with kitchens and bath designs combined with her budget conscious solutions rejuvenated outdated spaces into absolute showrooms.
~ Sharon Carlin, Stager
Working with Rochelle has been fantastic. I was remodeling a utility room and bathroom, using a contractor. But I needed help picking out the materials, colors, and fixtures and making sure it all came together. Rochelle stepped right in-she listened to what I wanted and then helped me choose everything! I am VERY happy with the finished results and could never have done it without her!
~ Kathy Lewis, Home Owner
Rochelle and I worked together on a residential remodel. I was instantly impressed with her broad understanding of construction and design, not to mention her capacity to light up a room with her enthusiasm of design. She is a competent designer that is easy to work with. Not only can Rochelle create amazing spaces, she does so with integrity and confidence.
~ Sasha Seely, Assistant to Principal Architect
Rochelle held our hands through the whole process and was SO easy to work with. She offered us different options and helped us make our choices, she contacted the subcontractors and advocated for us when minor problems occurred AND we stayed right on budget. The contractor and all the other providers that we hired were fabulous and the work was high quality and done in a timely fashion. We are thrilled that we actually have a new kitchen – and with the work that Rochelle did for us! It couldn’t have happened without her.
~ Ken & Chris Cram, Home Owners
Rochelle has that natural talent for design, color, and placement. She’s changed my cluttered home into a clean, organized, and comfortable place to live. She put colors to the inside of my house with paint and furniture. Now I love showing it off. Thank you Rochelle!
My house has been being remodel in phases; the kitchen was next. I had already used Rochelle for paint colors, window treatments and bath remodel. We discussed my budget, the functionality I wanted, and what would be the best changes to make so I wouldn't go overboard for the style of my house. I love my kitchen - I have more counter space, more cabinets, and we did it within the existing wall space. I have one more bathroom to remodel, and I'll be calling Rochelle again when I'm ready.
I'm using Rochelle Interiors for design services. She is working on a remodel project in my kitchen. She's terrific. She is very prompt and gives feedback immediately. She is very easy to work with. She understands the project well and she stays in touch. She also is well connected in the community, knowing good sources to go to for materials. She is a very pleasant person to work with. She is very affordable compared to other designers that I've worked with.
Rochelle advised on and oversaw remodeling of family room along with picking out whole house paint colors, window treatments and decor for my whole house. Rochelle used both what I already had and picked out new items. This is a 50s ranch house and it is now very cozy and looks great. Working with Rochelle went smoothly and I am very satisfied with results. She is very knowledgeable, organized, and has a great network of resources. Rochelle took care of all the details. I plan to use Rochelle for remodeling of kitchen and two bathrooms. I have referred Rochelle to several colleagues and friends.
Rochelle was great to work with. I felt like I was designing my kitchen with my best friend. She helped me design a beautiful kitchen on a budget! I can't wait to work with her again when I can redo my bathroom.
I was very impressed with Rochelle’s promptness and conscientiousness! She helped rearrange wall art, provided paint colors, gave me décor suggestions for my whole house. She was quick and thorough. I have incorporated her ideas and have received many compliments. I plan to hire her again, and I HIGHLY recommend her. She knows what she's doing, and her rates are fair.
We couldn’t decide on paint colors and furniture layout so we asked for her help. Rochelle was great - arrived on time and was very professional. Rochelle has a great eye for design and showed us possibilities that we had not considered. After a short visit she was able to show us great colors that we loved and brought both rooms together. We will continue to use her service in the future.
Rochelle was wonderful. She was able to come into our home and pinpointed our taste and put it all together without being overwhelming or opinionated. Rochelle advised us on paint colors, accent pieces and furniture placement. I would definitely use her again and will recommend her to anyone interested in getting it right the first time.
~Thank you, Rachelle Hardie
We hit if off right from the phone call! Rochelle has an incredible combination of attributes that make her the perfect designer for us. She was sensitive to our needs and also very professional, aware of costs, and practical considerations. She packs so much into the time we spent with her! I would give her an "eleven out of ten" and recommend her without reservation.. She helped us redesign several areas of our home and pick out paint colors. We loved meeting Rochelle and couldn't have asked for a better designer. All in all we had a great time.
Unlike some interior designers who would suggest a complete kitchen makeover project, Rochelle really payed attention to my needs. My cabinets are good solid wood and I didn’t want to replace them. She helped me to update them instead. We spent a few meetings deciding on the countertop, tiles and color choices. She was very eager and happy to "hold my hand" during the whole project. I really enjoyed working with her and I sure would use her again in the future.
Rochelle has saved me many times by helping me in a pinch with color and paint in my home. She is also great with furniture/art placement and overall design. Now I won't make changes without her guidance and have had her consult in my office and vacation rental. I'm grateful for her support in helping me make what felt like design risks and were actually choices that made my spaces "pop" and have the effect I hoped to have.
She's a master! Her warm style and competence make it a pleasure to work with her. I highly recommend her services.
My husband contacted Rochelle when I was having a meltdown trying to make decisions on several upgrades to our home. She is very understanding and was able to help guide me through the decision making process while still allowing me to be the one to make the final choices. She is easy going and always makes you feel comfortable navigating the maze of different materials, colors and styles associated with upgrading one's home.
Moving a family from east coast to west coast was costly, time-consuming and exhaustive. When things were done, I realized I was only half way through since I landed on a 70-years old house in Northern CA. There are so many things to upgrade. With limited budget and dear lessons learned from the past, I realized I had better to get some professional help. Here came cross the Houzz.com and Rochelle. I was very fortunate to select her. Of course, her past clients have said all. She is VERY professional, clearly reflected from her wealthy knowledge on the house, excellent design and material choices, and high standard of ethics. Meanwhile, she is also considerate, flexible and respects her client's time and preferences. While she is busy, she has never been late to our meetings or responding to my emails/calls. She drove hours in the hot summer to preview our house. During our meeting at the tile store, she did not have lunch, but was literally running between rooms to save my budget since she bills by time. Now, the house is done and we moved in. There is another happy family. Of course, Rochelle did not forget to follow up and check. I would definitely trust and recommend her to anyone who needs a professional designer for a house remodeling, and would love to take her if we will have another project in future.
She came on to my remodel half way through the project, not an easy task. The contractor I used respected and listened to Rochelle’s suggestions which made the remodel go a lot smoother.
I could not have done it without Rochelle’s help.
She always answered any questions I had right away. That was important to me.
Rochelle is a true professional and fun to work with.
Rochelle Mella is, hands down, the best designer my wife and I have ever worked with..She brings a vision to a project that facilitates the decision-making process and lowers the stress level that large home remodels such as ours can cause. She worked extremely closely with us in all aspects of the remodel and was able to see both the forest and the trees from start to finish. A true professional. Highly recommended.
After a short conversation with Rochelle, we found that she could fix the stumbling blocks that had long prevented us from going forward with a kitchen remodel.
Rochelle listened to what we wanted, how we used the space, and what kind of materials we liked. She then came back with a plan, including a timeline for the project.
Rochelle held our hands through the whole process and was SO easy to work with. She guided us through making choices, contacted the subcontractors and advocated for us when minor problems occurred…AND we stayed right on budget! The contractor and all the other providers were fabulous and the work was high quality and done in a timely fashion. We are thrilled with our new kitchen – and with the work that Rochelle did for us! It couldn’t have happened without her.
Since our kitchen remodel, we have also used Rochelle for various update to our home.
Rochelle is the best! I tell everyone I would never pick out a paint color, piece of furniture or anything for my home without her approval.
I get a so many compliments on my kitchen granite and stone backsplash, the paint colors she's chosen, my daughter's bedroom, even my stamped patio color looks natural. Rochelle is well worth her weight in gold!
From the very beginning, we knew made the right choice of hiring Rochelle to help us figure out to do with the 1970s house we bought. We had some rough ideas but needed help making a plan to rearrange the kitchen, living, and dining rooms into something that would work for us. Rochelle took the time to get to know my wife and I and our lifestyle and how we like to spend time in the house. She is a great communicator and coach. Over the course of a few weeks, we had a few in-person meetings, a few meetings on the phone and lots of email dialog. Rochelle was so easy to work with! She let us know in what order to start making our selection appliances, flooring, cabinetry, and counter tops so that everything would work together, and she helped us know where to splurge and where to skimp so that we could have a beautiful result without breaking the budget. She was always there to answer a quick question or help us work through a tough choice. I'm confident that we're ready to start demolition inside our new house and on our way to making a dream come true, all thanks to Rochelle.
I tell all of our friends that using Rochelle is the best money spent on our new home. We knew we wanted to move our whole kitchen, and remove a wall to make one open kitchen/living area, and we also knew we were in way over our heads on the envisioning the big picture, and planning how we wanted the end result to look. Rochelle seemed to instantly pick up on our style, and has been amazing at translating our dreams into a step by step plan, and also procuring of trusted contractors. We can't wait for the Rochelle's vision to become reality, thank you Rochelle!
I have sought Rochelle's expertise on many upgrades/changes to our home. She gets straight to work and doesn't waste any time. Her ideas were great, the end result always looks better than I could have imagined. She is decisive, clear and knows what she is doing. Plus she's fun to work with. She worked within our budget and helped us make decisions on where to invest and why it was wise to spend in those areas. I would highly recommend Rochelle for a large or small job and especially if you have no idea where to start. She is worth every penny!!
Rochelle did a great job helping us pick paint colors and interior tips for our family room and kitchen. Great professionalism and knowledge...could not be happier with the results! Elaine Scutari , Petaluma
Rochelle Interiors was fantastic to work with on our kitchen and fireplace remodel project. Rochelle's sense of how new colors would work with the room elements we wanted to keep and her design recommendations were spot-on. She was sensitive to our environmental concerns and desire to reuse our quality custom oak kitchen cabinets. We are exceedingly pleased with the selections made and the significantly updated look of the rooms!
Rochelle Mella helps you find your design spirit with in you. She walks you through the process of design, color selection, and artistic placement and makes it so easy ... all within a manageable budget. She is the best!!!
I couldn't be more happy with the style and functionality of my newly updated home. I lack all artistic/design talent so I knew I needed to turn to a professional designer. That's when I met with Rochelle! During our onsite visit we created the vision for my space which reflects the elegant, functional and unique design that I wouldn't have sourced/coordinated/styled on my own. I also can't believe we stayed within my budget! I now have boldly colorful drapes, a leather cube seat, numerous throw pillows, and rooms that feel like a home.
Rochelle and I worked together on several residential remodels. She never ceases to amaze me with her broad understanding of construction and design, not to mention her capacity to light up a room with her enthusiasm for design.
She is a competent designer that is easy to work with. Not only can Rochelle create amazing spaces, she does so with integrity and confidence.
Sasha Butler for Architectural Design & Restoration, Inc., Assistant to Principal Architect
My husband & I hired Rochelle for the remodel of the house we purchased last year and couldn't be happier! Since this was our first time doing a somewhat major remodel of the kitchen and the master bath, we really needed someone to guide us in the right direction. Every time we had a question, she responded quickly and explained exactly what she had in mind. I would use Rochelle again without any hesitation.
I needed help with my new home-- from window treatments, to new custom cabinets, light fixtures and a host of other things. Rochelle was terrific recommending the perfect vendors and advising on colors and the placement of some artwork from my father's house. I can't recommend her more highly!
I LOVE the folks that Rochelle recommended for window treatments. They had a wonderful selection of fabrics and were such a pleasure to work with. My cabinet maker was also perfect and with Rochelle's help we have come up with a lovely solution for both my TV cabinet and a display case with glass shelves and puck lights. The house looks wonderful!
Rochelle was so understanding and helpful. She was able to help us refine our ideas and make them into a cohesive plan for our contractor. She helped us blend our styles and achieve the look we wanted for our new kitchen.
I have used Rochelle Mella of Rochelle Interiors for 3 of my homes in the last 12 years. Rochelle adds her personnel style to her projects using your desires and dreams to complete your home. She listens to what you want and helps you pull a project together. I could always depend on her to follow through and communicate with me every step of the way on all my projects. I first used her services in my Los Angeles home for paint, color and furniture placement. She was pleasant, professional and. easy to work with. I was so comfortable and impressed with her efficiency and talents that when I went to work in Washington D.C. I flew her out to update and decorate my new condo. It turned out wonderful! A few years later I relocated to Santa Barbara and bought a fixer upper and needed a full remodel. I had Rochelle come and look at the house before I purchased it to give me ideas on the homes’ potential. She had ideas I wouldn’t have even considered, she worked well with the architect and contractor. My home is just amazing and I love all the style and function I have. I couldn't recommend a better designer or person for decorating or remodeling.
Rochelle is a superstar!
She took on my kitchen project and I could not be happier. She is professional, well-connected with contractors and subcontractors, pays attention to detail and follows through. All at a reasonable price! Her personality is not overbearing, not too passive-just right which is of great value when your home is in the various stages of a remodel!!
I will definitely recommend Rochelle Interiors to my friends if they ever need a QUALITY interior designer!
Rochelle of a Rochelle's Interiors consulted with my husband and me on the remodeling of our 1986 condo kitchen--a second home that we had recently purchased. We found Rochelle to be an invaluable resource. She provided consultation on a wide variety of topics. These included the design of the kitchen, color palette, selection of cabinets, counter tops, tiles, plumbing and appliances. She also shared resources for supplies and the building trades. She helped us evaluate our options from the intricacies of our kitchen design to the shape of a coffee table for our living room. We were extremely pleased because Rochelle provided honest answers to our questions--which were many--and went the extra mile to obtain information for us if she did not know the answer. We found her extremely professional but also a very warm, helpful person who demonstrates a great deal of care for her clients. We would recommend Rochelle for those looking for a design professional.
Rochelle has a keen eye but does not impose her personal taste on your project. Rather she gets to know you and your design point of view and then makes suggestions that are easy to use as a launching point for the final look you are seeking. I highly recommend Rochelle.
I'd been meaning to redo our guest bathroom for years, but got stuck trying to choose material, fixtures, colors, etc. So I kept putting the project off. Rochelle came out and discussed ideas & gave me concrete ideas. Then she helped me shop! Saved me many hours of dithering! We came up with the perfect colors and materials and it is now a very pretty room. (it used to look like a motel bathroom).
I will recommend her to friends and will use her services again!
This Gal is the BEST. She incorporated our ideas with her advice and we saved alot of Money with all of her suggestions/recommendations. We did a really inexpensive re-model and love our new look! She has an incredible eye for making a house become a home with a modernized perspective. She was easy to work with, extremely professional and listened to our ideas and budget needs. Again, Rochelle saved us alot of money. Awesome!
We originally hired Rochelle Interiors for space planning for our open concept Kitchen and Family Room Space Planning. Our TV is in our Living Room and we have fireplace in our family room that we rarely use.
Rochelle came up with the idea of using the family room for a dinning room and adding a Breakfast Bar to the kitchen area. Keeping the Living Room for a TV room. We love the idea and now have cozy family dinners in the new Dining Room area with no TV! And we love the breakfast bar as it keeps us together for morning quick meals. She stayed below our budget allowing for a future new dining room set. We are remodeling our Master Bathroom next and will most certainly use Rochelle.
We hired Rochelle as a consultant for interior paint colors, flooring selection and to assist with master bathroom remodel. We went with all her wall color choices and they were spot-on. She helped us with hardwood floor selection and prevented us from making costly errors in doing so. We incorporated most of her suggestions during the bathroom remodel.
Rochelle excels at getting a lot done in a minimal amount of time. She works quickly and efficiently and is very reliable. She is also very friendly and diplomatic with outstanding communication skills. She's very intuitive and her pricing is more than fair.
I can recommend her without reservation for all your interior design needs. I will definitely be using her services again.
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