Melanie Veliz, founder of freska, lives in Denver, but her heart is in Florida, where she opened her boutique of restyled furniture and rare finds. It is not surprising that she has an eye for chic furnishings. Her travels early on led her to discover a world of fascinating home decor. This would bring her to Pier 1 Imports, where she had a successful 10-year career that culminated with her as the Regional Manager. Her talent and work in design give a fresh classic look to freska.