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Interview with Interior Designer Melissa Jane

Nestled along the sun-kissed shores of the Algarve, Portugal, lies the stunning and opulent Quinta do Lago resort, a haven of luxury and elegance. Among the prestigious properties that grace this exclusive destination is a timeless, elegant villa that has undergone a complete transformation, with meticulous attention to detail, resulting in a beautiful residence. In this exclusive interview, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Melissa Jane from Melissa Jane Interiors, the interior designer behing this incredible project.
Melissa Jane Interiors is a full service Interior and Exterior Design company, based in the Algarve, Portugal. In addition to their Interior Design service, they regularly work on projects ranging from refurbishment, through full building renovations, to large scale new villas.
Join us as we explore the design philosophy, inspirations, and the artistry that went into crafting the epitome of luxury living in Quinta do Lago, Algarve. 

Interview with Melissa Jane:

Q1: What was the inspiration behind this project?

Melissa Jane: "The inspiration was fantastic clients who we showed a house that we did a couple of years ago, that they absolutely loved but they wanted to be in Quinta, this one wasn't in Quinta, and they wanted exactly the same concept with the two pergolas at each end. So we basically copied the house we had done but stretched all of the measurements and got it within the allowances here and that was it, from there on we went."
Fred: "Well I can say that taking into consideration how the house was before, you did really a magnificent job here."
Melissa Jane: "Thank you, the house was very different."

Q2: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?

Melissa Jane: "There were a lot of bigger obstacles, but i suppose the main criteria was that the clients wanted to keep a traditional look. So if you look at the front of the house and the entrance, it's very tradtional, the outside is all traditional but the inside is super contemporary. That was what we were trying to achieve, that the whole thing would be that once you're inside, big windows contemporary, but from the front it looked like a beautiful but traditional villa."
Fred: "Yes it's a seamless connection of the modern with the traditional very well done." 

Q3: What is your favourite feature?

Melissa Jane: "There were a lot, but I suppose what we were trying to create was an indoor/outdoor house. And we managed, with a lot of hard work actually, to get all the windows on the first floor as pocket windows, so they just disappear into the walls and it is indoor/outdoor. On the main floor here, we have managed to that as well with all the windows that face south. So you have that lovely feeling in the summer, you're inside but you're outside. That was our biggest challenge and then the rest, it really is a new house. The floors were dug out so we could put in underfloor heating, it was a massive massive task. There's nothing, except the concrete that was original of it.
Fred: "You can't tell, it was really really well done."
The property is currently for sale with Mapro | Knight Frank, for more details please visit our website or contact us directly. Watch the full interview below.