Meet Melissa Hamman

Owner and Lead Interior Designer for Rivera Décor

For over a decade now, I have been the founder, owner and lead designer for Riviera Decor. We have worked hard to develop a stellar reputation in the Corpus Christi and the surrounding area for excellence both in design and craftsmanship. We have recently been awarded First Place for Curtains and Draperies at the International Window Coverings Expo, the “Academy Awards” for the Custom Home Furnishings Industry.

While we are blessed with accomplishments, more importantly, we are blessed to have the outstanding clients that trusted us and choose to work with us for their custom home furnishing needs. We appreciate our clients and work hard to keep long-term relationships.

Background

This is not my first career but my talent for it began to show at an early age when I began winning national design and sewing awards as a freshman in high-school.  I earned my way through college by working for major cosmetic firms such as Estee Lauder and Merle Norman.  I learned a lot about color and the psychology of color.  After college, my career path led to education where I began as a teacher, then an educational diagnostician and finally school administrator.  Finally, I decided to return to what I love to do and that is the niche market of design and fabrication of fine custom home décor.   I truly enjoy designing and crafting beautiful, exquisite custom home décor.

Qualifications

A graduate of New York School of Interior Design, with a Masters of Science and Bachelor of Business Degree both from Texas A&M . I found my true passion at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is the oldest and largest facility for training in high-end custom home décor fabrication. In summary, this is the place where the people in their field who want to be the best, train and learn from the finest in the industry. Many of the instructors at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy are published in notable design publications such as Window Treatments Beautiful Draperies and Curtains for the Home by Brian D. Coleman and Scalamandre Luxurious Home Interiors by Brian D. Coleman. I am so proud to have had the opportunity to study there.

Press & Awards

– First Place – Curtains and Draperies International Window Coverings Expo 2018 Design and Workroom Competition
-First Place – International Window Coverings Expo/ Visions Magazine –  Melissa Hammann Riviera Decor Bespoke Soft Furnishings Magazine – September 2017
– Article – You can now have beautiful out door draperies that overcome wind problems. Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Sunday Homes, February 2008
– Article – Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Sunday Homes, May 2017
– Article – Custom Home Furnishings Magazine, September/October 2008

Industry Memberships

I am a strong supporter of the Custom Home Furnishings Industry and Women in Business.  I am member of the Window Coverings Association of America- Virtual Chapter, wherein I serve on the executive board as Vice President of the Window Coverings Association of America (WCAA)- Virtual Chapter, Chairperson for the WCAA- Virtual Chapter Speaker Committee. Also a member of WCAA national and a Board Member at large.

Administrator for WoMen of the Workroom, an industry forum for the Custom Home Furnishings with membership of over 1,000 members. A published writer for trade magazine, Bespoke Soft Furnishings and Webinar speaker and teacher for Drapery and Design Professional and the Window Coverings Association of America as well.

Testimonials

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Thank you for everything!  We can’t wait to work with you again.

~A. Prince

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Everyone is amazed by your work. 

~A. Baros

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Melissa is a true professional and it shows in her work. A+ from start to finish. IF your thinking about changing your decor, give Melissa a go. You wont regret it.  

~E. Brooks

All of the quotes are from actual customer satisfaction surveys, and are available by appointment for review at our studio.

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