At a very young age Melissa asked her mother if she could redecorate her room. Soon after that she was making pillows and curtains. Melissa has had a long love affair with fabrics. It is her greatest joy to help her customers make selections for their home. In that process she has made many new friends and been part of making their homes a true reflection of the owners. She lives out her dream daily at Coralberry Cottage. While not in the store you can find her at her second home on Block Island, attending board meetings at Endicott, playing tennis, reading books for her book group and being entertained by her twin kitties, Ashley and Cooper.
Once you meet Liz Baker you will breathe easy because all of your home design dilemmas will be a thing of the past. Liz’s wide spectrum of design talents will astound you. She takes your vision and uses her creative powers to develop it beyond your expectations into a beautiful, cohesive design. She has the unique gift of a mathematical brain perfect for space planning and proportions blended with an artistic mind ideal for creativity and a vision for blending colors and patterns. Liz loves detail and often designs signature Coralberry Cottage pieces for our clients. Her cheerful demeanor makes the process so enjoyable that you almost don’t want it to end. When she is not in design mode, Liz loves to spend time with her husband, Mike and their son, Carson and daughter, Kaya. They enjoy tennis, surfing and traveling the US for Junior Tennis and surfing in Costa Rica.
Rutledge is a Lowcountry native, who embraces all things coastal and local. She is the resident fixer upper and trouble shooter, and will solve any design dilemma you have. With her helpful and patient nature, and love of color, she has many devoted clients and the devotion goes both ways! As the store manager, she always has an eye out for unique finds to enrich our offerings, and an ear perked for customer requests. Rutledge and her husband migrated to California as newlyweds, and spent a decade amid the Spanish, contemporary and bungalow architecture. She’s thrilled to be raising their son back here in Charleston, where her roots go back hundreds of years.
Gail is our master of accessorizing and our photo shoot stylist. Her love of beauty began early; as a schoolgirl, she traded in her lunchbox for a pretty basket, and rearranged her childhood bedroom at an early age. This knack expanded into adulthood. One of her five children, our store co-owner Liz, recalls coming home from school to a completely rearranged home frequently. For Gail, it’s all in the small details. If you leave your decorating in her hands, you’ll be amazed how quickly she turns it into the perfect mix of texture and materials. Gail loves spending time with her family, gardening, and, of course, reinventing her own home.
Nadine comes to us from the world of fashion. She was raised just outside New York City where she honed her excellent eye for style. Her love of color, texture and pattern translates perfectly to home design. At home, she constantly rearranges her furniture and décor. We let her loose in the store to do the same, and you’ll see her perfecting arrangements as you shop. Her friendly banter will put you at ease as you collaborate on your perfect design!An avid and experienced horticulturalist, Nadine appreciates living here where the weather is beautiful. She loves being in her home most of all, enjoying her family and her husband’s home cooking while the dogs entertain all.