We had the good fortune of connecting with Tina Mellino and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tina, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always had a strong creative instinct. This creative instinct pulls at me to be fulfilled and is the force that drives me in all things I do. I come from a family of hard working, driven entrepreneurs, first my Mother who was an Artist, Designer and brilliant business person and my husband who is a successful now retired, restaurateur. It was a natural progression for me to launch my own passion and design practice circa 2009′. 

What should our readers know about your business?
My design practice is distinctive and intimate. I’m in some pretty intimate spaces like, bedrooms and baths. I observe how my clients live and how can the changes we initiate make a difference in their lifestyle and their design goals. How are their needs in the home being met and how will they change in the future. Lifestyle plays a huge part in how I approach a design project whether it’s a vacation home, office or main residence. And sometimes I even become a‘design mediator’! The greatest challenge I address is embracing the division between work time and down time. Because I love what I do I’m usually always involved in either my own design projects or clients projects. Reading design books, magazines or taking design classes. Research and learning are paramount in our industry and it’s always evolving. Just recently, we had friends over for a casual summer dinner and before I knew it my dinner table had became an artistic Table-Scape! I love lavishing beauty and luxury on my friends and family and I always want people to feel indulged and comfortable. To some that might just be something as simple as using cloth napkins and special dinnerware! I feel touches of detail and luxury are always in style and part of my design philosophy: ‘Gracious Living, Lasting Style’~

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to show our AZ visitors the beauty of our desert. A hike, walk or ride to Sedona or Grand Canyon. The view of Camelback Mountain, and Praying Monk. And always a visit to Desert Botanical Garden. We would have to have a few meals and drinks at some traditional favorite restaurants/resorts and spa! Eating: LON’s patio , El Chorro patio, Tarbells, L’Amore, Tomasos, Hillstone, Hash Kitchen, Spiga, Flint, Steak/Ocean’s 44, Tocaya, Toca Madera, Drinks: Phoenician, Sanctuary, Camelback Inn, AZ. Biltmore, AZ 88, Handlebar J’s, Hanging Out: Scottsdale 5th Ave, Kierland Spa: Camelback Inn, Phoenician Arizona’s Beach: Puerto Penasco, MX.  

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Aside from the above mentioned family. I had a wonderful linguistics instructor who not only taught me foreign language’s; Spanish, Italian and French but also during those lessons gave me valuable life-council. Anita Ramos De Schaff served in the U.S. Navy in Europe during World War II as an interpreter and intelligence officer. What an Amazing Woman she was!

Website: www.ziainteriors.com, www.houzz.com/protmellino
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Image Credits
Scott Sandler, Manny Sanchez

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