THE DESIGN ATELIER is known for curating timeless interiors that capture the authentic spirit of their clientele, resulting in welcoming and livable environments. The firm’s collaborative approach in working with clients, architects, builders, and artisans allows for a cohesive and creative process that elevates the team rather than the individual, resulting in designs that are more thoughtful, intentional, and impactful.

The Design Atelier has completed projects in the following locations:  Aspen, Atlanta, Cape Neddick, Dallas, East Hampton, Highlands, Lake Burton, Rosemary Beach, Roswell, Stoneboro, and New York.

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Melanie Millner

FOUNDING PRINCIPAL | INTERIOR DESIGNER

Melanie Millner is an award-winning designer with a deep appreciation for art, architecture, travel and meaningful experiences. She has earned a reputation for refined and beautiful interiors that focus on the comfort of home without compromising timeless style. Melanie continues to attract a loyal clientele who count on her synthesis of rich materials, beautiful color palettes and unique, expressive interiors that create the feeling of home for each individual project.

She was born in New York and spent her formative years on Long Island and in the Northeast. Her family then moved to Texas where she attended The University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1990 with a degree in Interior Design. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked for an architectural firm until she gained the experience necessary to start her own Atlanta-based interiors firm in 1993. 

The Design Atelier is regularly featured in publications such as LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Maine Home + Design and others. She has participated in numerous Showhouses, served on the board of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), the board of MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta), and is an active member of the Design Leadership Network.  Melanie has received numerous ASID Design Excellence awards, Kitchen and Bath of the Year awards and is a Registered Interior Designer in the state of Georgia.

Melanie enjoys her free time seeking inspiration through travel, art galleries, museums and fashion while her heart lives in the beauty of the natural landscape of Maine.

Katie Moorhouse, ASID

Senior Designer 

Katie Moorhouse graduated from The University of Georgia in 2011 with a degree in Furnishings and Interiors. She then moved to Atlanta to begin her career in the city’s distinguished design community. She has completed the rigorous National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam and is now a professional member of ASID and is LEED certified. She joined The Design Atelier in 2017 and serves as Senior Designer, overseeing the design process from inception to completion.

Katie has worked up and down the East Coast on a vast array of residential projects that have won several ASID Design Excellence awards. Katie has contributed to several projects featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, one of which received the Kitchen of the Year award. Over the years, Katie has expanded her geographic scope to include the north Georgia mountains, where she has worked on numerous largescale projects on Lake Burton and Lake Blue Ridge. 

Growing up with a passion for home design shows, she realized at an early age what she wanted to do. She thrives on the close relationships built with clients, architects, and the whole building team. She believes that a project is successful if, after many years, the clients still love their home and the way it has improved their lives.

Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and scoping out the latest food scene in Atlanta.

Katelyn Cook

Associate Designer

Katelyn Cook graduated from the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. She spent a semester studying interior design in Italy and upon graduation she became a certified LEED Green Associate. After working at an art gallery in Gainesville and holding interior design internships in Atlanta and Athens, she joined The Design Atelier in 2019 as an Associate Designer.  

The firm’s reputation for creating beautiful interiors and working hand and hand with clients to bring their vision to life suits her passion for everything design encompasses: art, design, culture, and nature.

Katelyn loves to explore Atlanta and the outdoors with her friends and her golden retriever, Sully. 

Virginia Nocharli

Junior Designer

Virginia Nocharli graduated in 2020 from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in International Studies. She received many awards and was recognized as a semi-finalist in the 2020 ASID Student Portfolio Competition and was also selected to attend Interior Design Magazine’s 2019 Hall of Fame and Best of Year Awards. As a student, she earned coveted internships, including one with the internationally acclaimed designer, Kelly Wearstler. Upon graduation, she moved to Atlanta to intern at The Design Atelier and has recently joined the team as Junior Designer. 

She is inspired by the unique and beautiful characteristics in life whether it be in design, architecture, nature, fashion, or people. Interior design allows her to join these innate admirations with a life-long practice. She believes that interior design is immensely personal and is energized by the interactions between client, designer, and architect. A client’s reactions of simultaneous amazement, gratitude, and feeling at home confirm to her that the project is a success. 

Virginia is passionate about exploring new places with family and friends. 

Emma Updegrave

STUDIO MANAGER / SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Emma Updegrave graduated from the College of Charleston in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. Throughout her senior year, Emma tutored Art History to students within the department after having been nominated as College of Charleston’s first Art History tutor. During the fall of her junior year, she interned at an art gallery in Charleston. Later that year, throughout the spring, Emma studied abroad in Rome, Italy. She toured the Vatican, took day trips to visit museums in Florence, and spent her evenings after classes exploring the neighborhoods of Rome with friends. 

Emma is inspired by French and German modern art, writers such as Joan Didion and Jeanette Walls, and loves to travel to new cities and countries. Working with The Design Atelier allows her to merge her love for art and culture through running the social media accounts. She believes that inspiration is everywhere and to capture it in images and art is a great way to connect to people and places. Emma admires the way the team works together, and continues to grow the digital sphere, as well as promote a positive studio environment. 

Emma enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, visiting art galleries, taking workout classes, and trying different restaurants in Atlanta.