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Alpharetta resident develops home design, organization business
by Nicole Dow
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Home organization and design has always been an interest for Alpharetta resident Melissa Piccirillo. She studied interior design at Michigan State University and worked at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center before having her two daughters.

“I started doing design 20 years ago,” she said. “Then I had my first child and just did some part-time design work for friends and family and anybody that needed it. Now that she’s 15, it’s time to go back to work. I started Pretty Neat Interiors, and I’m excited.”

Piccirillo said the services she provides with Pretty Neat Interiors include home staging, organization and redesign. She launched the company in November and said it has kept her busy thus far.

“I probably get five leads a day,” Piccirillo said.

She said she gets a lot of referrals through Thumbtack, a website that links potential clients with local service providers.

“A lot of leads have come through that,” she said.

Piccirillo said what she enjoys most about her job is being able to go into clients’ homes and help them see past their design challenges.

“Maybe they’ve lived there 25 years and they see it how they have it organized or designed or decorated [and] … they can’t see past that,” she said. “People just don’t have that vision all the time and it’s great to be able to help people without spending a ton of money.”

Piccirillo said a consultation for organization or staging services costs about $75 and then the cost for the job varies based on the clients’ needs, the size of the home and other factors. Clients can either pay an hourly fee or negotiate a package price with a set fee, she said.

Piccirillo can bring better organization or a new design to kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, children’s rooms and more.

“When you say you’re an organizer, people automatically think closets,” she said. “I don’t specialize in that but I could refer to a closet specialist. I do have some that I work with.”

Piccirillo said her client base is mainly in the north Fulton cities of Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell and Johns Creek. She said she hopes clients enjoy not only the creative vision she brings to each project but her flexibility in working with clients’ schedules and finances.

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