Marie Flanigan

Marie Flanigan is an award winning interior designer whose passion and achievements in design have positioned her as one of the nation’s best. With roots and education in architecture and over a decade of design experience, Marie’s strength lies in the integration of interior and structure. Her trademark style is evident through the sophisticated use of texture, color, and light, and every home she designs receives her personal signature of timeless elegance and innovative simplicity.

Marie is an NCIDQ Certified member of the American Society of Interior Designers, holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of Houston. Her distinguished designs can be seen in luxury homes and commercial spaces throughout the country.



Our Firm

Marie Flanigan Interiors is a full service interior design firm that manages projects throughout Texas and around the country. Our experienced team has a comprehensive understanding of custom furnishings, antiques, textiles, and fine art. We specialize in high-end residential and commercial build-outs, sharing solid relationships with some of the industry’s most talented architects, contractors, and vendors.

At MFI, we believe that homes should reflect the people who live, work, and play within. We weave the unique stories of our clients into every inch of space we design, and our passion for innovative interiors, unparalleled attention to detail, and extraordinary professionalism set us apart from other firms in our field. From finish selections to furniture, art, and accessory procurement, our skilled team delivers beauty to the lives of discerning homeowners and celebrity clientele nationwide.


Melanie Hamel

Design Director

Melanie grew up in Danville, Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Averett University. Following graduation, she moved to Houston to pursue her PhD in Cognitive Psychology with a primary focus on how the human brain processes visual information. Her time in Houston led to love, that love led to marriage, and her husband’s profession as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer meant Melanie would be moving to exciting new cities across the nation and overseas. These experiences fueled her interest in the many ways our environment can powerfully affect our sense of joy and happiness, and she decided to return to her studies; this time, with a focus on interiors. She earned a Master of Science in Interior and Environmental Design from Illinois State University and continued to grow in knowledge and experience through an internship at Fredman Design Group, a renowned residential design firm in Chicago. Eventually, Melanie found herself back in Houston where she continued to hone her trade and earned her LEED Green Associate credential before joining the MFI team in 2016.  With a steadfast focus on enhanced comfort and function, Melanie’s designs deliver extraordinary style and purpose while expertly sharing each client’s unique story.

Kelsey Grant

Creative Director

Kelsey Grant graduated with honors from the Design, Housing, and Merchandising program at Oklahoma State University in 2011. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband moved abroad to the United Kingdom where she continued to hone her aesthetic preferences and professional skills through travel and freelance design communities. Upon settling in Houston, Kelsey served as an Assistant Designer for a local fine furnishings boutique. During this time she cultivated significant industry relationships and a keen understanding of organizational procedures. Kelsey brings a uniquely global perspective to the MFI design team, which facilitates her interaction with diverse vendors and clientele. Her precise standard of detail management makes her an asset to the completion of each project.



Alyse Harrison

Interior Designer

Growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, Alyse Harrison was always drawn to creative pursuits. In addition to her lifelong study of painting and drawing, Alyse danced competitively through high school before attending Louisiana State University where she received her Bachelor of Interior Design. Her studies included an internship at Laura Britt Design in Austin, Texas where her passion for interiors continued to grow as she gained a wealth of industry experience. Following graduation, Alyse spent four years serving as a junior designer for Paradigm Design Group, a hospitality design firm that shares working relationships with premier hotel brands nationwide. While there, Alyse worked closely with teams at Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt, eventually serving as lead designer for Kauai’s Hilton Garden Inn, where she polished her space-planning, project management, and customer service skills. Alyse adheres to a sophisticated, functional design style that allows her to focus on the singular details that bring a room to life, while her affinity for nature serves as her daily inspiration evidenced through her expert use of earth tones and natural, organic textiles. As an NCIDQ and LEED Green Certified designer, Alyse is an organized, detail-oriented member of the MFI team who creates timeless interiors with a powerful focus on eco-friendly design solutions.



Ashlee Garner

Interior Designer

Ashlee was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she quickly fell in love with the power of interior design after watching Martin Short, playing impassioned designer Franck Eggelhoffer, unveil a stunning nursery for the Banks family in “Father of the Bride 2”. As Ashlee grew so did her love for all things architecture and design, leading her to study interior design at San Jacinto Central College. Following graduation, she continued to expand her industry knowledge by serving as a designer and sales associate for premier furniture vendors and local retail boutiques. With a meticulous eye and authentic vision, Ashlee employs a graceful touch, adeptly creating spaces that celebrate a sophisticated sense of simplicity. Away from the office, Ashlee dedicates her time to volunteering for animal rescue groups throughout the greater Houston area and to traveling, where she embraces all of the beauty and inspiration our world has to offer.

Sydney Manning

Interior Designer

A native Houstonian, Sydney attributes her eye for design to growing up surrounded by beautiful, well-appointed spaces. She moved east for college, attending the University of Mississippi where she initially studied psychology. While there, she felt drawn to the world of design and the power it has to enhance the human experience. That pull eventually shifted the focus of Sydney’s studies to interior design and, upon resettling in her beloved hometown, she spent seven years with a luxury residential design studio sharpening her technical knowledge and building a respected name in the local design community. Sydney joined the MFI team in 2017, bringing a passion for customer service and the boutique client experience with her. Drawn to rich, saturated colors and organic patterns, Sydney designs homes that celebrate and enhance functional luxury for the families who live within.



Julie DiPaolo

Operations Director

Julie graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Journalism and began her career as an event coordinator and marketing director for numerous nonprofit organizations throughout the Houston area. After taking several years off to spend quality time with her children, Julie returned to the workforce and transitioned into the accounting department at an oilfield services company where she spent three years effectively overseeing accounts payable and receivable, tracking rental equipment and expenses, and managing daily communication with vendors, customers, and bank representatives. In 2015, Julie joined the Marie Flanigan Interiors team where she puts her attention to detail and strong organizational skills to work, ensuring the effective ordering and tracking of design purchases from across the country. Our creative team works closely with Julie on a daily basis to guarantee that our clients’ furnishings, lighting, and décor are received on time and in excellent condition.



Megan Hotze

Marketing Director

Prior to working with Marie Flanigan Interiors, Megan Hotze served as Marketing Coordinator for Baylor College of Medicine. During her time at BCM, she effectively implemented marketing promotions in an effort to increase revenue within the Baylor Clinic. In addition to her contributions in the field of marketing, Megan holds years of experience in fundraising and volunteer management in the non-profit arena. Megan’s professional and philanthropic experiences combine to make her a highly motivated and relationship-driven member of our team. She works closely with our designers, vendors, and clients to ensure that all projects are executed seamlessly with careful attention to every elegant detail.



Rachel Manning

Marketing Coordinator

Rachel graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Following graduation, she joined the team at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC, a law firm in Dallas, Texas where she served as Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator, effectively managing the coordination and execution of large-scale events for the firm and its clientele. Life and love moved Rachel to San Antonio, where she served as an accountant for a commercial real estate company. While there, Rachel was encouraged to contribute to ongoing renovation projects, fueling a newfound passion for architecture and interior design. Rachel joined the Marie Flanigan Interiors team in 2016, where her wealth of knowledge and expertise in business, customer service, and event coordination contribute to the success of ongoing marketing and PR efforts.