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We are a residential AND BOUTIQUE COMMERCIAL design-build team of architects, interior designers and contractors


Friends since their days at architecture school and longtime design collaborators, Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson and Luly Melarti quickly recognized a niche in the design and construction world. They set out to capture that niche by creating a design-build studio where the architects, the interior designers and the contractors work under one roof, share a unified design vision, a common budget, and operate under one single-point of contact. This team approach creates a client-centered experience that is uniquely simple and stress-free. From this vision of white-glove service to our customers, and design-focused construction, Terracotta was born in 2005.
Their design-savvy approach is rounded out by seasoned builder Maurie Hullender, who joined the team at inception and oversees all construction functions along with Scott Madsen. Although Terracotta’s roots are in the residential field, their success has led them to expand their services to the boutique commercial and hospitality industry – an industry that offers many of the features of HOME to its patrons.

In a world where the lines between homelife and lifestyle become increasingly blurred, their motto rings more honest than ever –

“We create spaces where families’ lives unfold. This is no small task.”


  • Have a winning team on your side: Our award-winning team is dedicated to creating custom projects, renovations and interiors that ensure a seamless integration of style, function and construction quality.
  • Avoid the hassle and the time drain of managing designers, permits and contractors: We provide single-source control of design and construction implementation, leveraged by our expertise and long-standing industry relationships.
  • Indulge in the luxury of a worry-free experience: We provide a unique white-glove approach that handles all aspects of architectural design, budgeting, construction, finish and product selection. We also provide furniture layout and procurement, for the ultimate worry-free experience.


  • Excellent design and quality construction are inseparable.
  • Every client is unique.
  • Every project is an opportunity to grow.
  • Creativity is a collaborative effort.
  • Great design exists within any budget.
  • Color is the spice of life.