Since starting this blog one month ago (we are very excited to see that it is being well received!), we here at The Well Appointed House, have discovered how much we like, well, blogging! Since I started this company eight years ago, countless times I have been asked to give people a peek into my private world and I have resisted time and time again.  For those of you who don’t know me, I am Melissa Hawks, and I am the founder of

My husband and I built our house in the suburbs of NYC four years ago and in those four years, I have given birth to three children.  If you are a devoted follower of the website and now blog, you might know that my first two daughters were born just ten months and one week apart, with my son following soon thereafter.  I gave birth three times in 36 months and well, I haven’t had much time to open my door to our fans and followers.  I have managed a few dinner and holiday parties over those years, but have been mostly focused on new moms coffees, kids playdates, birthday celebrations, Easter Egg hunts and Halloween pumpkin carving parties with neighbors.  Now I can happily report that with my son’s first birthday yesterday, things are starting to calm down (a bit?) and I have a few seconds here and there to dig into my photo archives and use them for the new blog .  As I have just enjoyed an incredible summer here at the homestead, and with Fall in the air and pumpkins and fright-night just around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to invite you in for a quick peek at my house and gardens. (ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT MELISSA HAWKS, THE WELL APPOINTED HOUSE)
This is the house we built, and as someone who loves design and decor, it was a fun project.  I am already looking forward to the next one.

This is the true lady of the house, Sophie, our Cavalier King Charles.  She was the first born in the family (for sure) and she takes good care of the house and is a constant playmate to all three children.  Cavaliers are truly the best dogs ever, and Sophie proudly serves as the Official Dog of The Well Appointed House.  She is Head Buyer for our Pet Division and aids me daily in selecting the best pet products on the market.
We are a family that enjoys the outdoors and we spend almost every day when we are at home during the summer by the pool.
Soon, I will take you on a tour through some of the rooms and as the blog continues we will do shoots and product demonstrations at the home, so stay tuned.
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  1. Style Redux 2

    Wow, you’ve had a busy four years. Can’t wait to see the interior as well. I have had two Cavaliers-Mandy, a Blenheim and Julia, a tri-color. Cavaliers are wonderful. Be sure to check out my posts today on The Well Appointed House on both my blogs.

  2. Miss Kris

    Hi Melissa~

    What LOVELY grounds you have! Are those boxwoods…I just LOVE them. Such a treat to find you blogging these days, I grabbed a delightful cup of jasmine tea and enjoyed sitting here, reading all your posts. Sooo DIVINE!!!

    ~Miss Kris~

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