670-A Main Street, SW
Gainesville, GA 30501

Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Meet The Team

Elizabeth Thompson

Owner & Interior Designer

Elizabeth is passionate about creating the ideal space for each client including all aspects of color, space, lighting, proportion, function and last but not least – style.

Desiring a more personalized client experience and hands on approach to interior design, Elizabeth founded House Dressing Interiors in 2009. Today, House Dressing Interiors boasts five designers and an interior design retail store in the unique Midtown section of Gainesville, Ga. A Georgia bulldog through and through, this entrepreneur received her Bachelor of Family and Consumer Science degree in Furnishings and Interiors from the University of Georgia in 2004 launching her more than 12-year career in interior design. 

Elizabeth believes the design process should be a collaborative effort that results in beautiful, livable space for each client – after all it is their home. To accomplish this goal, it is important to her to establish a relationship with each client that feels comfortable and open. Working closely with each client to form a clear idea of what they envision for their space, Elizabeth dedicates herself to her client’s vision and brings her listening skills, creativity, ethics, professional knowledge and experience to every project, whether large or small.

Elizabeth exudes passion and style with a keen eye for detail in her work, and she willingly carries that dedication and expertise into her community to make a difference in the place she has called home for most of her life. She not only lives in Hall County, but also is active in helping it grow, improve and change through her involvement with organizations such as the Junior League of Hall County, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville First United Methodist Church and her children’s PTA.  Although passionate about design, her true passion is her family.  Elizabeth and her husband Ryan are proud parents of their two beautiful children, Knowles and Carden, and their family dogs, Hoppy and Jake. 

Lindsey Strong

Interior Designer

Bringing with her more than ten years’ experience with designers in Highlands, NC, New York City and Atlanta, Lindsey joined the House Dressing team in 2014.  

Originally from the small mountain town of Hayesville, N.C., Lindsey attended the University of Georgia where she studied interior design.  Her career spans from furniture placement and styling to large scale renovations and new construction. Regardless of project scale, Lindsey’s passion is helping people feel comfortable in their homes. Working with designers such as Darren Whatley in Highlands, NC, Richard Keith Langham in New York, and Phoebe Howard in Atlanta, Lindsey is able to start from scratch or mix old and new to create spaces that truly reflect her clients’ unique tastes and personalities.  

Lindsey is a self-described “traditionalist at heart,” creating designs that are timeless with a modern twist.  She believes it is important to blend classic and trendy elements always incorporating pieces such as great artwork or family antiques into her rooms. 

Outside of design, Lindsey loves to go on walks and spend time with family and friends. Her perfect day consists of burning a new scented candle in a clean house while drinking coffee or hot tea on a fall morning, but a new piece of art or an exciting travel adventure bring her joy too.  

Lindsey and her husband Adam, who she met on a blind date arranged by mutual friends, are proud parents to their son, Mitchell, and their family cat, Carson.

Melanie Couch

Interior Designer

Melanie loves the world of design so much that she incorporates style inspiration into her daily life often wearing her current inspiration color as her nail color and creating her own “Melanie-terminology” to describe her latest designs. 

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in textiles, merchandising and interiors with a concentration in retail management, Melanie co-owned a women’s clothing boutique in Athens, Ga. When she decided to return to her hometown of Gainesville, Melanie built on her retail management background opening a children’s clothing boutique.  

Prior to joining House Dressing Interiors, Melanie worked with the interior design firm Andrew Downs & Co.  Transitioning into interiors was a natural fit combining Melanie’s undergraduate work with a family tradition of design and decorating. Melanie was exposed to design concepts early in life growing up with a mother, grandmothers and aunts who all loved their homes, loved decorating and had an affinity for blue and white!  As a child she spent her weekends browsing flea markets and estate sales with her grandmother who owns an antique store.  Melanie’s love of blue and white and her appreciation of something old are evident in almost all her design projects. Other signature design elements include Chinioserie and grasscloth, which Melanie tries to incorporate anywhere she can. 

Melanie finds excitement and inspiration in unique pairings and helping pull together a space truly reflective of her clients’ personalities. In addition to her love for interior design, she enjoys reading, spending time on the lake and in the mountains, and being part of the spiritual formation team at Grace Episcopal Church, where she recently served for several years as the Director of Children’s Ministries.

Melanie resides in Gainesville with her husband, Codie and two children, Catelynn and Henry.

Erin Allison

Store Manager

Erin has lived in Gainesville all her life and has loved growing up here. She joined the House Dressing team in 2017 as the store manager, after graduating from the University of North Georgia with a marketing degree.

Prior to joining House Dressing Interiors, she worked in retail for four years while attending college. During this time, she enjoyed building personal relationships with customers and helping select new merchandise for the store. She benefited from a variety of experiences and was able to build her skill set in information technology, customer service and selling. She has always loved following interior design and keeping up with trends. You will know Erin right away when you visit House Dressing – her contagious smile and sweet spirit will welcome you at the door!

Aside from work, Erin loves to attend Auburn football games with her fiance, spend time with her family and play with her sweet chocolate Labrador retriever, Sammy. She is happiest when everything is organized. She loves a good glass of wine while watching her favorite show, Greys Anatomy.

It is an exciting time in Erin’s life as she begins her career and prepares to marry her fiance in June 2018. They will start their life together in their new home in Gainesville.

Maggie Thomason

Project Manager

With more than five years of experience in the design and wholesale furnishings industry in Atlanta, Maggie moved to Gainesville and joined the House Dressing team in 2017. 

Although originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Maggie moved to Williamsburg, Virginia as a child. After graduating from high school, she returned South for college and earned a degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University. An exciting career in the interiors and home furnishings industry followed. During this time, Maggie worked in many capacities, including showroom setup and design, account management, sales and marketing. She has always had an interest in home decor and interior design which has grown over time. Each job opportunity offered a new challenge and chance to learn. One of her favorite roles included finding U.S. based artists and independent makers and helping them sell their handmade goods online.

At House Dressing, Maggie thrives on balancing creative spontaneity with efficiency and organization. She carries the influences from her past and applies them daily. Whether it’s a work project or her own personal style, she loves to find unique and unexpected ways to 

Aside from design, Maggie loves to travel. Both at home and abroad, she enjoys exploring new places, trying new restaurants and being outside. On the weekends, you can typically find Maggie on Lake Burton, spending time with family and friends. During the Fall, she cheers on the Auburn Tigers, much to the dismay of her Dawg-loving husband. Together, they enjoy music and cooking. 

After purchasing their first home in Gainesville in 2017, they recently added a yellow lab named Charlie to their family.

Janice Rogers

Office Manager

Janice has lived in Gainesville most of her life and has loved raising her children, Mills and Anna here. She and Travis, the Krystal guy have been married for 28 years. 

Janice is a key member of the House Dressing team working part-time as office manager. With her infectious smile and warm personality, she greets customers and assists with their design questions and needs.  When not at House Dressing, she helps her husband with marketing for their Krystal restaurants. 

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Janice is an avid college football fan, enjoys music of all kinds and loves spending time on Lake Lanier and with her black Labrador retrievers, Grits and Kasey.


Greeter & Child Entertainer

Hoppy joined the House Dressing team in June 2016 when she was old enough to know not to chew on things and hop on furniture, and her friendly tail wags have been greeting guests ever since.

While you are shopping or consulting with one of our designers, you are most likely to find Hoppy resting in her custom-made dog bed or begging for dog bones at Gainesville Paint. She also revels in the attention she receives from our customers, especially children. Hoppy loves coming to work with her mom and looks forward to seeing you in the shop soon.

Outside of the time she spends at House Dressing, Hoppy enjoys spending time on the lake with her family and playing with her brother, Knowles, sister, Carden, and puppy-brother, Jake.