Hey, Girlfriend!

❀ Making the World a Brighter Place One Friendship at a Time

We are Melissa Bolinger and Valerie Spelman,

professional decorators and the truest of friends.


Our friendship began when we daringly decided to be “blind” roommates at an Interior Redecorators Network™ conference in Las Vegas.  On our first night as roommates, we realized we had crossed paths many years before when we worked for the same company in Southern California.  We had so much in common and we became fast friends.  Since then, we have traveled the country together for Interior Redecorating conferences, client projects and crazy adventures.

We are two peas in a pod.  We say we are sisters from another mother.

We were both born in the Pacific Northwest.  We both had appaloosa horses as kids.  We are night owls.   If we could live in our pajamas we would.  We have rearranged each other’s houses and we have both had our work featured in Romantic Homes Magazine.

We are naturally joyful.  We look for the good in others.  We are creative.  We enjoy traveling, gardening, decorating, delicious food, animals, creating cool things, and learning photography.

Our mission is to make this world a brighter place one friendship and one post at a time!  Won’t you be our friend?!

We hope you will follow us here by clicking the hot pink “follow” button on your screen and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/heygirlfrie0625/

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Sarah Phillipps says:

    What a lovely photo of you both!


  2. Amy Westrick says:

    You go girls! I’m excited to be your follower! 😉


  3. joy swatek says:

    You are both inspirational and lovely women. I hope to have half the style and passion as each one of you do. Can’t wait to see what you will post


    1. Thank you Joy! So sweet of you to say. We hope you’ll enjoy our blog!


  4. Linda Hammond says:

    This is a perfect format for your combined talents! So glad you did this…girlfriends!


  5. Girlfriend Linda, we are so glad you are joining us here! xo


  6. Kim says:

    I met Jami Doupe at the North Coast Antique Mall and she turned me on to the blog. It is simply beautiful. As a photographer I appreciate the detailed, enchanting photographs. As an avid reader of books of all sorts I relish the writing. You create an experience through this blog. Well done! I am glad to have found you.


  7. Kim, Your words are heart warming, thoughtful and encouraging, thank you!! How wonderful to have you as our newest girlfriend! We look forward to seeing you here. XOX


  8. Mary Silva says:

    I’m so happy to see you’re still making the world more beautiful Melissa! You look great and happy as always!


    1. Mary! It’s so great to hear from you!!! I have been thinking about you. Are you still with CABI?

      Thanks for the compliment on the photo, it’s time for an updated one! I like this one, but I have a few more lines on my face, so I need to proudly and accurately represent!



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