melissa van zee, founder of van zee design interiors, has been specializing in residential and commercial interior design since 1997. her notable skill in conceptual design has earned her a reputation as one of california's premiere interior designers. melissa's passion for interior design is reflected in the beautiful surroundings that she creates. an ability to collaborate with architects, contractors, and her high profile clients have earned melissa a well deserved reputation as a true professional and kept her in high demand.
born and raised in california, melissa cut her teeth in design as a child by spending countless hours studying architectural plans and creating spaces for her barbies culled from fabric scraps and odds and ends and fashioned into miniature toy homes and furniture.
melissa graduated from the FIDER accredited california state university of fresno with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design. melissa's professional experience is garnered through her work with a prominent commercial architectural firm in san francisco to the california east bay's premiere residential firm now to her own studio in orange county, california. melissa is an allied member of the american society of interior designers and involved in the south coast chapter of national charity league. melissa's work has been featured on hgtv, in the oc register and in local home tours.
along with her husband blake brown, melissa shares her life with her two children and their beloved black cat elvis.