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

Studio Director | 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.

Danielle CARRINGTON

Design Associate and Project Manager

Danielle Carrington is a conscientious designer with a proven ability to craft timeless and vibrant spaces for her clients. Growing up in the orbit of New York City, Danielle draws inspiration from the energy and grandeur of Manhattan while also finding solace in the tranquil, rolling green hills of her hometown in Westchester, NY.

In the Spring of 2022, Danielle moved to Atlanta after seven years in New York City, where she worked on projects in various picturesque locations, including the New England coast, the hills of Los Angeles, and the white sands of Naples and Vero Beach, Florida. Her work as an associate designer has garnered attention from renowned publications such as Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, Business of Home, and House Beautiful. Since joining TDA, Danielle has expanded her portfolio to include projects in Atlanta, Lake Oconee, and Millbrook, NY.

She completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University and her postgraduate studies at the Parsons School of Design, The New School.

Danielle enjoys antique shopping, traveling abroad, immersing herself in different cultures, and expanding her palate by cooking and eating new cuisines.

Katelyn Cook

Design Associate and Project MAnager

Katelyn Cook joined The Design Atelier team in the fall of 2019 after graduating from the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art with a BFA in Interior Design. Prior to graduation, she spent a summer semester studying in Italy and holds a certification as a LEED green associate.

Katelyn’s passion for design began early on and has continued ever since. She spent her childhood growing up on an organic farm in North Georgia, where she learned to appreciate the beauty in nature and developed a love for artistic expression.

Katelyn strives to create timeless and livable spaces that reflect the personalities of the people who live within them. She believes that design goes beyond aesthetics; it’s about storytelling, connection, and personal expression. She is continually drawing inspiration through art, nature, and cultural influences to create an individual and unique sense of home to every one of their clients.

She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her beloved golden retriever, Sully, and practicing yoga at her favorite local studio. With an adventurous spirit and a love for all things creative, Katelyn embraces each day as an opportunity for new experiences and inspiration.

Virginia Macoy

Junior Designer

Virginia Macoy is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and developed a deep appreciation for thoughtful design from an early age. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in International Human Sciences. With certifications as a WELL Accredited Professional and LEED Green Associate, Virginia blends her academic background with a commitment to enhancing people's quality of life. Her talent has been recognized by Metropolis Magazine, which named her one of the Top 100 graduating interior design and architecture students in North America.

While at Auburn, Virginia served as the President of The Societies, Auburn’s ASID and IIDA student chapters, fostering connections between students and industry professionals. Her global perspective was further enriched by a semester in Ariccia, Italy, where she immersed herself in international culture, history, art, and design. As a former Captain of the Auburn University Tiger Paws Dance Team, she brings leadership and grace to every project.

Virginia's professional journey began at The Design Atelier and has since taken her from Atlanta to the East Coast, working on projects in cherished retreats such as Cashiers, Charleston, and Maine. An active member of the ICAA, her passion for historic interiors and classical architecture shines through in her work.

As a designer, Virginia strives to curate timeless spaces tailored to her clients' lifestyles. Her approach centers on creating environments that transcend fleeting trends, focusing instead on enduring elegance and functionality.

Beyond her design pursuits, Virginia finds joy in exploring new destinations, discovering treasures in antique shops, savoring the perfect cappuccino, and spending time with family and friends.