I am a partner with my husband at Brace Drapery. I began my career making draperies first in 1984-working for KenCor in Lansing, Michigan-then started my own business in 1987. I retired from sewing draperies in 2015 and now help maintain the installation services of Brace Drapery. I live near Austin, Texas with my husband and son.
Lead designer and owner of Riviera Outdoor Decor located along North Padre Island of the Texas Gulf Coast. Riviera Outdoor Decor is an upscale outdoor decor store operating ECommerce and local retail.
Melissa is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design. She holds a Master of Science from Texas A&M, Magna Cum Laude; Bachelor of Business, Texas A&M, Finance and Accounting; Custom Home Furnishings Academy- 15 Certifications including Outdoor Living.
Melissa has been honored three times- 2018, 2019 and 2020 (category to be announced) to have received the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE)/Vision Magazine Award for Curtains and Draperies.
She is a former board member at large for the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA) and the Immediate Past President for the Window Coverings Association of America- Virtual Chapter. She is also the Administrator for the Soft Furnishings and Upholstery Workroom- Network page of 1,200 members on Facebook.
Melissa started Riviera Decor almost twenty years ago followed by the specialty store of Riviera Outdoor Decor. She held a previous career in education as a teacher and educational diagnostician. She is married to Mark Hammann, mother of four children, enjoys coastal living of fishing, boating, outdoor dining and entertaining and all things schanuzers.
Julie is a graduate from The Braxton School of Business. After working in a law office for 15 years, she decided to pursue her passion of sewing and formed Holly Lane Interiors. Soon she was dedicating herself full time to growing her business.
Julie learned to sew by watching her grandmother sew when she was a child. What better way to honor her grandmother than by naming her business after the street on which her grandmother lived? Today, her grandmother’s sewing machine holds a place of honor in her workroom.
Julie has been a member of the WCAA for twelve years and has served as an officer in the Richmond Chapter, as well as, the Virtual Chapter. She has also been an active volunteer in her community through the Federated Women’s Clubs where she served many offices including President and obtained 16 years of perfect attendance. Julie enjoys worshiping at the church in which she grew up and where she has served as Treasurer for 23 years.
Holly Lane Interiors has been in business for 35 years in Chester, Virginia, and specializes in fabricating shades, pillows, draperies, cushions and light upholstery.
Kelly Rinik, founder of Sew Lovely By Kelly, has been sewing and constructing handmade custom roman shades, curtains and cushions since 2013, when she started up her own Etsy shop. Up until recently, Sew Lovely mostly worked with customer provided material, but now she offers many fabric options for customers to select from, as well. She works with mostly home owners directly, and after having researched and experimented with various methods of making roman shades throughout the years, she is happy to be able to offer a budget-friendly option, while still producing high quality custom goods. Sew Lovely works solely online, and her customers are from all over the United States.
Kelly’s background is in TV production, where she worked for CNBC in the studio and control room for 20 years before deciding it was time to leave her long time career to pursue her window treatment business. Although she has now background in sewing, Kelly was always passionate about decorating and handmade crafts and loves working with fabric. She also really enjoys the business and marketing end of it and her experience is all self taught. She designed her own website and has a good deal of knowledge about social media and marketing.
Sew Lovely by Kelly is one of the top roman shade sellers on Etsy, and within the past few years the business has been featured in many very popular blogs and social media posts.
Donna Scott Johnson offers a full-service retail workroom located in Vinings since 2014. lulu kate designs specializes in the design and fabrication of soft furnishings, slipcovers and light upholstery. Additionally, lulu kate offers custom, high-end embroidery. Donna’s embroidery designs are often used to complement soft furnishings projects, particularly complete room redos. Over the last couple of years, she has expanded her scope of services to include designing, digitizing and stitching one-of-a-kind designs for other workrooms and designers desiring to provide their clients with a unique piece.
While her background in Public Administration and City Management doesn’t scream ‘design and fabrication’… Donna’s previous profession taught her almost endless patience, an ability to successfully work with most individuals/situations and a passion for finding creative solutions.
She previously served the Window Coverings Association of America as Vice President of the Atlanta Chapter as well as the Chair of the Speaker Committee for the Virtual Chapter.