Melanie Zaelich


Owner and Certified Home Stager & Stylist 
2018 Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) Minneapolis Chapter President

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Hi, I'm Melanie.  

Happy Place Interiors was created because I fell in love with seeing people light up when they enter a room that has been transformed. 

I believe your environment can bring joy to your life and allow you to spend time and energy on the things that are important to you. My business goal is simple:
use the power of design to bring more happiness to people.

So if you’re ready to wake up in a home that feels really good and works for you, my practical and “real life” home styling and interior decorating services will help put a smile on your face. I offer many services to fit different needs and budgets.

However, if you’re ready to sell your home, I can get your house in picture-perfect condition for the best sale possible. I'm a Certified Home Stager and I'll transform the "well-lived-in" house into the"I-want-to-live-here" home. When a buyer lights up as they walk through your door, your chances of receiving an offer skyrocket!

And because home is where our heart is, we donate 10% of profits to local Minnesota charities that help people in need find, fix or furnish homes. So when you find your happy place, you help others find theirs.

I look forward to hearing how we can help bring happiness to you!




Melanie attended a top advertising and graphic design school, and embarked on a 20-year award-winning career. She designed packages, ad campaigns, TV commercials and marketing strategies that provoked emotional reactions from the audience. She spent the past 10 years as a Senior Art Director at a top Minneapolis advertising agency.


2007 brought a pivotal experience — Melanie was a guest on HGTV’s “Freestyle” show. This experience inspired Melanie to share with the others the joy she felt after her home was transformed. Her design focus expanded from graphic design to interior design. 


In 2012 she began using her design skills to transform the homes of family and friends. This experience helped her realize her true passion was about making a difference in the lives of everyday people. Her love for houses and interior design combined with years of photoshoot art direction, advertising psychology and visual storytelling, made the decision to become a Home Stylist and Real Estate Stager a natural fit. 

In 2015 Melanie enrolled in the New York Art & Design Interior Design program. In 2016 she became a Member of RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) and became a Certified Home Stager & Redesigner through a leading certification company, HSR. 


Within a year of becoming a RESA member, she joined the Minneapolis Area Chapter leadership as President-Elect (2017). She enjoyed working with the RESA Minneapolis Board to help grow the recently formed Chapter. In 2018, as President, she’s fully committed to continue the growth of the Chapter and the success of its members. 

Today, Melanie uses her 20+ years of design skills and expertise, photoshoot art directing and compelling visual storytelling to transform the homes, and lives, of her many clients. 




Home Staging and Decorating, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Happy Place Interiors, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
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HAPPY PLACE INTERIORS, INC. IS A CERTIFIED HOME STAGING & REDESIGN COMPANY.  We have been a highly-rated company since 2016 and an award-winning home staging company since 2017.