Attract the right clients

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Attract the right clients

About Dwelling Creative

A Marketing Team Built Specifically for Custom Home Builders and Architecture Firms

We believe that custom home builders and designers are the leading edge of art, design and technology. Residential design in particular is the culmination of a society’s values and we are honored and driven to help inspire and educate a generation of forward thinkers with your work.

Dwelling Creative is made of a team of independent professionals who specialize in their particular fields of web development, copywriting, graphic design, search engine optimization,  social media, marketing, and more, tailored for every project, from all over the world.

Melissa Lind

Creative Director/Founder

Melissa attributes her diverse computer skills to playing video games as a child. Her first 10 year career as a practicing LEED landscape architect honed her taste for residential and commercial design in the Bay Area and Colorado. 

Her design pedigree began with her great grandfather, a Greenwich, Connecticut landscape architect who worked for the Olmsted Brothers (sons of Frederick Law Olmstead, the Landscape Architect of Central Park). 

She pivoted from design to marketing because of her personal frustration with having feast or famine work as a landscape architect. This frustration turned into fascination after developing a system of education for a lead cycle that is inherently long for finding the best clients. Her extensive experience in the field helps her see and translate the specialties of architects and builders into branding that attracts top level clients. 

Having lived in Colorado, Arizona, Vancouver, California, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Spain, she and her family (husband, toddler, cat) are happy to stake a claim in Taos, New Mexico; a big-culture little-town. She is inspired by the possibilities of the wild wild web and working with amazing people. 

Cheree Franco

Writer

Once introduced as a “hippie journalist who believes a dance party can solve any problem,” Cheree currently writes from the most northern city in the Caribbean and the most European city in the US. But before settling in New Orleans, she earned an M.A. of arts & culture journalism from Columbia University, lived on three continents, and reported from Pakistan, New York, DC, the Deep South, and the Standing Rock Dakota Access protest camps. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in Huck, Juxtapoz, Vinyl Me Please, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Express Tribune, and VICE, among other outlets. 

Design fascinates her, because it both reflects and creates culture. She is awed by the power of space to influence identity and well-being and understands what a huge responsibility this relays to design/build professionals. She loves working with Dwelling Creative, because our clients enthusiastically embrace this responsibility and the conviction that function is a key part of luxury. Their passion is contagious, Melissa’s dedication is inspiring, and Cheree is delighted to be a part of it all. 

Cheree Franco

Writer

Once introduced as a “hippie journalist who believes a dance party can solve any problem,” Cheree currently writes from the most northern city in the Caribbean and the most European city in the US. But before settling in New Orleans, she earned an M.A. of arts & culture journalism from Columbia University, lived on three continents, and reported from Pakistan, New York, DC, the Deep South, and the Standing Rock Dakota Access protest camps. Her award-winning journalism has appeared in Huck, Juxtapoz, Vinyl Me Please, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Express Tribune, and VICE, among other outlets. 

Design fascinates her, because it both reflects and creates culture. She is awed by the power of space to influence identity and well-being and understands what a huge responsibility this relays to design/build professionals. She loves working with Dwelling Creative, because our clients enthusiastically embrace this responsibility and the conviction that function is a key part of luxury. Their passion is contagious, Melissa’s dedication is inspiring, and Cheree is delighted to be a part of it all. 

Madeline Littleton

Project Management

Madeline lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and two rescue pups (Opie & Knox). Outside of work, she enjoys camping, going to the lake, consuming large amounts of coffee, and furniture restoration.

Madeline’s goal is to assist you with all project management needs. She has a natural love for building relationships with people and strives to make a difference in your day to day life.

She thrives in thinking through challenges. The more complex, the better. She is always seeking out opportunities to push her boundaries and test her creativity.

Madeline is eager to be a vital asset for you and will go the extra mile for everyone she speaks with.

Steff Tenis

Website Develoment

Steff is a creative problem solver specializing in Divi, CSS and design. She is detail oriented and enjoys beautiful websites and well organized CSS.

She grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo, and from an early age developed a unique perspective on life (and a love for Japanese food) which has stuck with her throughout the years. She also enjoys working on a variety of creative endeavors, including musical composition and game design.

Steff Tenis

Website Develoment

Steff is a creative problem solver specializing in Divi, CSS and design. She is detail oriented and enjoys beautiful websites and well organized CSS.

She grew up in the suburbs of Tokyo, and from an early age developed a unique perspective on life (and a love for Japanese food) which has stuck with her throughout the years. She also enjoys working on a variety of creative endeavors, including musical composition and game design.

Joe Tenis

Website Develoment

 Joe is an open-source advocate and enthusiast who believes in the possibilities of people working together to solve problems and create opportunities. He developed a fascination with technology from an early age, somewhere between the inviting green glow of the Apple II and the frenetic buzz of the arcade.

When not creating websites, he enjoys working on a variety of creative projects including illustration, writing adventure stories, dabbling in Linux development and most especially, working on game design with his wife, Steff.

All of course, using open-source software.

What is Dwelling Creative 

DWELLING CREATIVE is when the risk of doing what you love supersedes what you do to survive; it is the abandoned shack in the back forty where you expected your workshop would come alive; it is cultivating a business that manifests joy because it is an extension of your best expression; it is the perfect combination of picture and word, to elevate your original, CREATIVE GENIUS.