Melissa Schmitt

Founder and chief designer, the home index

One of Napa Valley’s premier interior design professionals, Melissa is the Founder and chief creative mind behind the home index. She established the home index as a local resource where interior design professionals and homeowners alike can gain inspiration and access to quality products and knowledge – all without needing to leave the valley.

Melissa offers full service interior design, assisting home and business owners with everything from project management and color consultation to selection of interior finishes and furniture. She is a gifted interior consultant who helps clients save time, enhance their space, communicate with contractors, and navigate design challenges.

What makes Melissa’s success so remarkable is that she’s largely self-taught. She began her career in 2005 after helping to establish Schmitt & Company, a local builder specializing in luxury residential and winery properties. Her passion and aptitude for interiors became apparent after she designed her own home; she was quickly hired by friends and Schmitt & Company clients to transform their properties. Melissa has since emerged as a foremost design-build expert in the area, specializing in space planning and custom interior finishes.

She relishes her role as a problem solver.

“I love coming up with design solutions that are equal parts functional and beautiful. That’s thrilling to me,” Melissa says. “My number one passion is making the world a more joyful place through my designs.”