1. Where do you live?
Charlotte, North Carolina
2. What inspires you?
Travel, nature, people, textures, color, flowers. The great outdoors!
3. What led you to your path as an artist?
My parents knew from a young age that I had a creative spirit. I have always been very passionate and felt the need to create. I grew up going to a GT magnet school, that focused on the arts. We explored many different creative outlets, but I always shined my brightest when I was able make with my hands and express myself artistically. I can still remember my art teacher Mr. Hunt, and so many of the projects and techniques we used at such a young age. I absolutely loved everything I was learning, it came naturally. I believe this is where it all began for me.
4. Favorite color?
5. Necessary luxury?
Massage is a must after many long hours of making flowers and doing event production.
6. Guilty pleasure?
7. Favorite song?
Jolene by Dolly Parton
8. Favorite flower?
This is REALLY hard...Chamomile is One of my favorites!!
9. Who inspires you?
My husband Stevie, my Family and friends really inspire me. They give me so much strength and really encourage me to be free and reach for the stars. I've got big dreams, and having them by my side, I know there are no limits to what I can do and accomplish.
10. Favorite food?
Québécois Poutine... it's French fries with cheese curds and brown gravy! Mmmm...
11. Book you can't live without?
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
12. Ultimate vacation destination?
New Zealand, it's at the top of my list.
13. What are you most looking forward to at the Sweet Paul Makerie?
Wow. I love every single thing about the Makerie. It's like a dream for me. I am most looking forward to the amazing people you meet at the Makerie. I have made friendships that I hope will last a lifetime there. I also am really looking forward to the rejuvenation I feel after a magical weekend, filled with so much love, creativity and inspiration! I never want the weekend to end!
Melissa Martin Julien Melissa is an accomplished floral designer, event producer and creative workshop facilitator with a huge heart. She brings this extraordinary combination and her sophisticated, thoughtful design approach to Proper Flower in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
For the last seven years, she has been an integral part of the renowned Matthew Robbins Design team in New York City, as a floral designer and production manager, producing and designing events around the world. She continues to be part of Matthew’s hand-picked team for special projects and select prestigious events and weddings.
Beyond floral design, Melissa is in the process of writing her first book ~ 365 Days of Parties ~ celebrating the art of the special occasion filled with DIY ideas.
She is thrilled to bring her Proper Flower dream to life with her breadth of floral design and event experience, her keen sense of style and the joyful,
fresh energy she brings to every project. Melissa couldn’t be happier or more excited to come home and plant new roots in her beloved Charlotte.
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