Melissa Martin is a New Hampshire native who is originally from Manchester and currently resides in Londonderry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Developmental Psychology from Allegheny College, with a dual concentration in Genetics and Fine Art. As a child, Melissa recalls playing with scraps of wood, hammer, and nails alongside her carpenter father, and attributes her love of building and home design to these memories. Though this passion has taken many forms – from mural painting to furniture upcycling, to the past five years designing kitchens and baths – it is in the remodeling industry that she feels most at home.
Melissa believes that a space should really reflect its inhabitants, and appreciates design that incorporates personal belongings, heirlooms, and photographs in a way that offers subtle insight about the homeowners. She loves to “read between the lines” when helping her clients make product selections, and in this way aims to guide design choices that will bring them joy for years to come. She also aspires to understand the daily habits and lifestyle of each client so that she can create a space that really works for each family or individual, and makes their lives easier and more efficient.
She is thrilled to be a part of the Blackdog team because the company culture and overall attitude are so positive. “Who wouldn’t want to work with people who clearly love what they do? And it is easiest to love doing something that you are great at, so Blackdog ticks all the boxes!”
Recently, Melissa fulfilled her lifelong dream of buying an old (c.1880) Victorian farmhouse fixer-upper with her two children, Genevieve and Lucas. Doing all her own design work and project management, she is renovating and restoring the home to meet her family’s needs, while honoring its original features and character. When the kids’ activities aren’t taking center stage, she can usually be found working on the house, hosting family gatherings, cooking with the kids, or shopping for cool vintage furniture and artifacts.