hey there!

I’m Melissa; Creative Director & Brand Stylist behind this studio. Through running my own DIY & Food blog for the past 9 years and working with hundreds of bloggers to help establish a strong online presence through branding and design, I’ve been able to determine exactly what bloggers need and have tailored my studio specifically to the needs of professional and business-minded bloggers. I am here to transform your passion into a visual brand that can speak for itself.

I will work with you one-on-one every step of the way to create an unforgettable brand that elevates your content, speaks to your readers, and appeals to brands. And we will do all that while strategically designing it in a way that meets speed, SEO, and accessibility recommendations.

Together, we will dig deep into your brand to ensure that your final look is authentically YOU. I don’t just want to give you a beautiful & polished design, I want to give you an unforgettable client experience that launches your blog into a whole new realm of opportunity. With a degree in Graphic Design, a simple and innovative approach to design, and a passion for working with creative entrepreneurs and bloggers, I can help you bring your vision to life.


Speed, SEO and Accessibility Focused

We consult frequently with leading SEO & Accessibility experts in the food & DIY space to ensure our designs are up to date on the latest Google practices.

Mobile First

We design and code your site mobile-first because we know that’s where 75%+ of your traffic is coming from!

Deadline Obsessed

At the start of each project, you will receive a detailed calendar with every single delivery date, as well as when you will need to be around for feedback.


Our (new!) joint client portal streamlines the design & development process, so that the entire process feels streamlined and pain-free.

my background + fun facts

Throughout college, I designed for Better Homes & Gardens food publications which is where I realized I could combine my love for design & food. It was quite literally the best job ever.

From 2015-2017, I was an Art Director for international food crafting brands designing & inventing fun products like party supplies, cookie cutters, and sprinkles!

I grew up in Iowa but currently live in Nashville, TN. Since starting my studio in 2011, I’ve worked with bloggers from all over the country & world. I love how this crazy internet works!

When I’m not designing for you, I’m concocting treats & printables over on my own blog, Design Eat Repeat.

The Team (Design Sidekicks)


Designer & Illustrator

Jess is my mega-talented, right-hand sidekick who helps with all things illustration & logo design. She is a master of logo conceptualizing & has the unique ability to turn my 5-minute concept sketches into refined graphics. She is an integral part of the MRD team & we are so lucky to have her!


CMI (Chief Meeting Interrupter)

Charlie is by far the least productive member of the team, although undeniably the cutest.

Join the team!

No available openings

I’m always on the hunt for talented branding & web designers who love good typography, color, meeting deadlines, and cookies. Click here see open positions.