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Doug Wilson is a modern day Renaissance man – a designer, author, television showman and philanthropist. While he is perhaps best known as the “colorful” designer for his daring, high-impact rooms on TLC’s hit series “Trading Spaces,” this small-town boy turned design-phenom extends well beyond his television persona. Raised five miles outside the town limits of Broadlands, Illinois, population 350, Wilson uses the purity and serenity of his childhood home as inspiration for melding organic elements with a fresh, sophisticated and inherently American sense of style.
His contemporary designs are simple yet sophisticated, and Wilson has packaged his expertise into a uniquely comprehensive portfolio. He has three television shows on TLC – “America’s Ugliest,” “Moving Up” and “Trading Spaces.” He recently made his dynamic home designs accessible to all with his new lighting line, Doug Wilson Illuminations and home accents line, Elements by Doug Wilson. He also published his debut design book, Doug’s Rooms, and pens a regular design column for In Touch Weekly.
Melanie Bias, born as a southerner from Kentucky and educated in the North at Tufts University where she received a dual degree in International Relations and Macro-Economics. She began her career in corporate America with then, General Electric Power Systems based in Atlanta. She caught the entrepreneurial bug at the age of 26 and opened a series of wine bar throughout the Atlanta area.
Bias met her future husband, Jerry, in New York and relocated to the area to become the Director of Operations for the Urban League of Southern Connecticut, a non-profit organization that empowers and educates the underserved community with workforce development training and first homebuyer education.
Years later they decided to pursue a slower pace of life and moved to their farm in Charlottesville, Virginia to operate their family vineyard and winery that Jerry began in 2001 post 9/11. Melanie was in charge of the daily operations, marketing and shared in the enjoyment of winemaking and tasting with her husband.
Fast forward, Bias and husband traveled to Charleston for a family wedding and instantly fell in love with the city’s history and architecture. They were on the verge of expecting a daughter and quickly decide to relocate the family so they can claim to have at least Charleston native in the family.
Since moving to Charleston in 2013, Bias began Southern Charm Staging, a home-staging business located in West Ashley, that has assisted property owners, managers and listing agents prepare homes for sale for the past 5 years.
She joined Carolina One as a Realtor in July 2018.
John Pfifer Marrs
John Marrs is one of the premier interior designers of the South and is known for an elegant, fresh and inviting style that many call “The New Southern Style.” His interiors reflect his southern roots and combine a sense of the past with comfort and convenience. Funny and irreverent, with a “Saturday Night Live” sense of humor, John has been very busy entertaining his A-list clients and creating magical interiors in Texas and throughout the rest of the United States. His projects include major residences, vacation homes, executive offices and even the official residence of a United States Ambassador. In 2014 “DMagazine” named him one of “The Dallas Dozen” – a salute to the twelve most important players in the city.
His education includes post-graduate studies in the U.S. as well as in the European Program at the Parsons School of Design in both Paris and Rome. He is an accredited interior designer, having successfully completed the NCIDQ Examination, and is a registered interior designer in the state of Texas.
John Paul Huguley
John Paul hasn’t worked a day in his life. He is one of those rare souls whose passion is his career. Armed with a degree in mathematics and business administration, John Paul went on to study Historic Preservation, Architecture and Structural Engineering at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, he consulted on great American buildings such as Monticello, Gunston Hall and Fallingwater. At the national building technology and engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, John Paul analyzed building problems, design flaws, maintenance neglect and material failures. He then went on to advance his professional training at London’s leading restoration firm Alan Baxter and Associates.
It was on this foundation that John Paul built his dream - a national school, headquartered in Charleston, dedicated to preserving and strengthening the art of building through training the next generation of building artisans. After years of fundraising, strategic partnerships and political alliances, the School of the Building Arts became the American College of the Building Arts in 2004.
Continuing his dedication to the school after his departure, John Paul founded his for-profit venture, appropriately named Building Art, to foster ongoing business opportunities for graduates and others to apply their craft.
Daniella Rose Helline
Daniella is a recent graduate from the American College of the Building Arts, located in Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated with a degree specialization in Architectural Stone Carving. Through her education at ACBA, Daniella has a thourogh understanding of stone carving, plastering and masonry.
Daniella was raised on her family farm in Ohio and was taught the quality of work ethic at a very young age. She loves to work with her hands and has a deep passion for historic buildings and architecture. Daniella hopes to combine her passion and skills to restore quality, preserve the trades and create craftsmanship.