Interior Design: Melissa Rodriguez and C&T 

Project Management: Melissa Rodriguez

Photo Courtesy of Crown Perth

 ​​The Groove Bar & Lounge at Crown Perth  |  Victoria Park, West Australia

Sky Salon at Crown Perth  |  Victoria Park, West Australia


Melissa (Endress) Rodriguez was born and raised in Metro Detroit. From an early age, her creativity and autodidacticism was prevalent having taught herself how to play the piano at 4 years of age. Her talent for art and design grew from there and has been continually recognized and awarded until present day.

Rodriguez’s professional experience includes four years at Assemblage, Incorporated | Richard Bos Partners, a residential design / build firm, while she attended the College for Creative Studies (CCS). At CCS, she served as president of the student chapter of ASID and inaugurated numerous events to raise funds for charity and networking functions to promote camaraderie amongst her colleagues and professors. After graduating with a BFA in Interior Design with honors, Rodriguez was immediately hired as a Designer at JGA Incorporated, a retail architecture and design firm ranked among the “Top 100 Interior Design Giants in the World” by Interior Design Magazine. She was involved in a number of high profile accounts including the design of Saks Department Stores, Tommy Hilfiger and Yankee Candle Stores.

After over seven years of working for a firm, she started her own in conjunction with a local builder, a design / build duo. Residential projects and small businesses throughout the Metro Detroit area were among their repertoire. Along with full service interior design and consulting, her graphic arts became an additional service offered through her firm.

In 2007, Rodriguez moved to Las Vegas and accepted a Project Designer position at Cagley & Tanner to indulge in her hospitality

design dream. She immediately adapted to the world of fast paced, high-end resort and casino design and was involved in projects locally on The Strip, nationally and internationally. Her final project at the firm, promoted as Senior Project Designer, was Crown Perth (formerly Burswood Entertainment Complex) in West Australia, an award winning $750 million refurbishment of the casino-hotel complex.

From there, Rodriguez and a Las Vegan colleague co-founded the multi-spectrum branding company, VISAVI. With both of their backgrounds in interior design and graphic arts, they utilized their experience to cultivate successful businesses.


In Vegas, Rodriguez met her husband then officially became Melissa Rodriguez. Immediately after their wedding, her husband recieved orders to transfer to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She continued her firm under its new name, Studios of Melissa Rodriguez, servicing the Sandhills through custom residential and commercial design and remodeling. 


A distressed telephone call from a former Las Vegan colleague in need of an experienced hospitality designer led Rodriguez to her next position as Senior Designer at Design Atelier in California. Design Atelier is an established multi-cultural, highly creative design firm that brings a unique and innovative approach to all of its projects. Their work spans the globe with clients ranging from prestigious hotel groups to luxury residences.


January 2015 - September 2019

Senior Designer & Project Manager  |  DESIGN ATELIER

San Rafael, California


January 2013 - current

Proprietor & Designer  |  STUDIOS OF MELISSA RODRIGUEZ

Southern Pines, North Carolina and Metro-Detroit, Michigan


March 2013 - March 2014

Sales Associate & Interior Designer  | VILLAGE DESIGN GROUP 

Southern Pines, North Carolina


July 2011 - December 2012

Designer & Partner  |  VISAVI

Las Vegas, Nevada


October 2007 - May 2012

Senior Project Designer  |  ​​CAGLEY & TANNER​​​​​

Las Vegas, Nevada


October 2009 - October 2010

Part-Time Sales Associate  |  URBAN ​CHIC HOME FURNISHING​S

Las Vegas, Nevada


July 2005 - October 2007


Metro Detroit, Michigan


May 1999 - October 2007

Contractor's Assistant / Design Consultant / Partner   |  J&J REMODELING

Beverly Hills, Michigan


May 2003 - July 2005


Southfield, Michigan


August 1999 - May 2003

Junior Interior Designer  |  RICHARD BOS PARTNERS

Royal Oak, Michigan

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