Melinda first opened Surroundings in Morgantown West Virginia as an Interior Design Consulting firm in 1993 shortly after graduating from West Virginia University. The business quickly evolved into a retail shop featuring the "marketable version" of her every day life. Over the years, the shop has become known for all the lovely things that Melinda has cultivated into her own signature style...casual opulence.
In 1996, Melinda’s career took an unlikely turn when she was asked to fly to New York to tape a segment for Lifetime television’s Our Home. For years to come she continued to share her decorating, crafting and gardening ideas on a variety of networks and programs such as:
NBC's Later Today
Discovery Channel's Home Matters
HGTV's The Almanac with Willard Scott
Lifetime's Our Home
Oxygen's Pure Oxygen
Melinda's career took another jump into the national spotlight when her home was featured in Woman's Day magazine. Since that time her home and business have appeared in numerous other publications. Today Melinda styles, writes and photographs for mulitiple national magazines. She has been featured in the prestigious Where Women Create and Where Women Cook magazines.
With years of television and magazine credits under her belt, Melinda has been given the title of "lifestyle expert" which she proudly wears. Her tips are readily available...she shares her trade secrets as a featured blogger, columnist, and speaker.
Surroundings by Melinda is now located on the beautiful island of Sanibel in Florida. The shop includes all the wonderful treasures to which her followers have become accustomed plus the added beauty of sea air and incredible sunsets. Not in Sanibel…? We have now launched an online store…so feel free to stop by any time! www.surroundingsbymelinda.com