Meet the Team
Melissa Peretti, Owner & Studio Principal
We’re all familiar with the saying “Home is where the heart is”, but so many of us are living in spaces that are uninspiring, lacking function and not really ‘us’. I think life’s way too short for that.
I’m Melissa Peretti, a Toronto-based interior decorator with a passion for uniquely beautiful and perfectly practical design.
This passion led me to found MPI+D, which specializes in providing full service, turnkey interior design to residential clients in the east end of Toronto.
I believe that your home should reflect what makes you, well, you. That’s why I strive to create warm and wonderful spaces that perfectly reflect the people that live in them by incorporating personal, unique and collected elements.
I’m a maker at heart, with a knack for re-thinking and re-purposing the quirky, meaningful elements that tell your story and give your space its soul. Infusing your home with personality, beauty and function is my ultimate goal.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”– William Morris
Ema Lyons, Owner + COO
Melissa and I have been best friends since our days as Image Arts students at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). Our paths diverged after graduation when I moved into the corporate world, becoming a business process and customer service manager in the manufacturing sector. The stars recently aligned, and our long-held dream of eventually working together has been realized.
My role focuses on everything outside of design that can improve our customers’ experiences—back-end processes, how we leverage our relationships with suppliers, ensuring we meet customers’ budgets, and the list goes on. My role has affectionately been termed, ‘Chief of working smarter, not harder.’
Stephen Postma, Operations Manager
As Operations Manager, Stephen Postma, is responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes operations at MPI+D. He places and tracks orders, coordinates with vendors and loves to manage all of the moving pieces involved in turning a house into an incredible home.
Stephen brings considerable experience to this role. Prior to joining MPI+D, Stephen spent 8 years as the Operations Manager of his family’s Benjamin Moore store, where he did everything from colour consultations, product selections to the day to day running of the business.
In addition, Stephen spent significant time in the hospitality industry where he focused on ensuring that clients had a terrific, stress-free experience. This client-focused mindset carries over to his work as Operations Manager at MPI+D.
In his downtime, Stephen enjoys traveling and camping with his husband, exploring and getting inspired to create beautiful spaces in their home.