About Elite Staging & Design

Kelly Hickman

Kelly Hickman

Principal, Interior Designer

At an early age, when other girls were playing dolls, Kelly was redesigning her Barbie house’s interiors and decorating her own bedroom with ever changing bedding and curtains, even repainting her bedroom and bathroom walls as a teenage and during college in her Sorority house. Born in Greenwood, SC, she studied Fine Arts and Interior Design at Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC. After graduation, Kelly left The South to live in Sausalito, CA, working with Martin Kobus/ MK Home and award-winning designers throughout California and Nevada. Returning to NC, she continued working with Charlotte’s finest designers and exquisite homes. Leaving the design industry for a few years and missing it, with some encouragement from her entrepreneur husband, Jeff, she was excited to return and open Elite Staging and Design in 2018. When she is not working with new home buyers in the design studio or assisting clients with their design needs, you can find her playing with her young twin boys and/ or walking her 2 dogs, Maggie and Henry.

David Melvin

David Melvin

Senior Designer

Born in the small town of Nashville, NC, David was excited to be accepted to The Art Institute of Charlotte, receiving his Bachelor of Art in Interior Design, finishing the 4-year degree in only 3 years! David’s experience in Auto Cad and space planning is a vital part of the ESD team’s custom design plan for design clients. He has a wealth of knowledge in custom upholstery working with many of the top design lines and design firms.
Andrea Ridgway

Andrea Ridgway

Office Manager

Originally from Northern Germany, Andrea attended the prestigious Euro Akademie in Cologne, where she achieved a bachelor’s degree in European Business Management and Language – while becoming fluent in five languages. After relocating to the Charlotte area, Andrea worked for two multi-national technology and logistics companies, helping to streamline their business operations and best practices.

Andrea joined ESD in 2021 and having a passion for interior design, it was a perfect fit! Andrea lives in Marvin, NC with her husband John of 23 years. They have two sons, both of whom speak other languages and Dakota, their adorable Golden Retriever.