Designers

Rick Shaver & Lee Melahn

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Rick Shaver and Lee Melahn are the principals behind Pleasant Living, LLC, a design firm concentrating on interiors and furniture design for over a quarter of a century in the demanding world of New York City. Since their inception their net as been cast out to include projects from coast to coast in the continental United States. Their services range from complete interior architectural installations to decorating projects under a philosophy that their final designs reflect the lifestyle and needs of their clients rather than a formulaic approach. It’s always been their objective to design beautiful spaces, but in their opinion, the highest measure of good design is how well it works for the client. Their brand has always been associated with the moniker, “Comfortable Elegance”. The design and production of Shaver/Melahn’s furniture are approached in the same spirit. Attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship using indigenous materials and made in America workmanship are the hallmarks of their collections and custom-made pieces. Their work has been seen in countless international and national publications including House Beautiful, Veranda, Ellle Décor, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. They have been showcased at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House as well as other charitable venues including DIFFA ‘Dining By Design’ and The Bailey Hart House Annual Fundraiser.

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“We’re seeing a trend toward a more modified open plan in home design. New clients are moving toward adding designated areas where individuals can have their own personal space, space just their own. It may be an entire room that we wouldn’t have seen before or a niche or an alcove where one person can go to have some alone time. Those spaces may be as diverse as a yoga room or a reading nook.”