Napa Valley's design resource and ultimate destination for beautiful thoughtful home furnishings, including furniture, designer fabrics, and wallpapers, lighting, rugs and textiles, unique gifts, design services and more. Creating a place where individuals, home owners, designers, and architects have access to an extensive index of furnishings, finishes, and inspiration. Our midtown Napa location is a complete community resource for interior design, an index if you will.

Meet Melissa Schmitt

Design maven of Poor House, Melissa, is the creator, problem-solver, and soul behind it all. Although she worked alongside husband, Eric Schmitt, to establish Schmitt & Company, her beginning with interior design came by accident. Her passion showed itself through the recognized work put into her own home and custom fabrication. Melissa’s passion grew into the intention to have a space of her own, a space allowing for clients to feel comfortable and inspired, while also providing access to quality products and knowledge without needing to leave the valley. She has since been able to curate and refine this space to reflect exceptional design and comprehensive services.

Melissa effortlessly combines client desires with custom design to create livable spaces unique to each individual’s lifestyle. She lends her artistry and expertise throughout the entirety of the design process. Melissa is the liaison between clients and contractors to ease the experience of creating the ideal space. Her attention to detail, thoroughness, and efficiency shows in the execution of each project. Ultimately, she aims to make design fun, layering colors, textures, and shapes to furnish a comfortable space. 

Our Beginnings

The Schmitt Family

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Poor House Home & Design would not exist today without Melissa’s vision and dedication to bringing approachable design to the Napa Valley.  This vision was furthered with inspiration and support from her contractor husband, Eric Schmitt, and the extended Schmitt family.  While the store is only a few years old, the story is not.  For over thirty years, the Schmitt family has been involved in various endeavors that have all shared a great love for simple distinctive design and livability.  Eric’s family has been part of the Yountville community since 1967, and both of his parents have been instrumental in making Yountville what it is today.  His father Don Schmitt served on the town council and for a couple of terms as mayor, while his mother Sally’s culinary ventures put Yountville on the map for high cuisine.  When Don and Sally opened the French Laundry in 1978, Eric followed every detail of its renovation and eventually worked in the kitchen alongside his mother.  Drawing inspiration from their pioneering spirit, as well as from the constant construction around him, Eric was quick to transform his passion for construction into a lifelong career in custom building, and the inception of his general contractor business, “Schmitt & Company.”

 

Eric and Melissa Schmitt formalized Schmitt & Company in 2000 after nearly 20 years of custom building in the Napa Valley. Their longstanding, collaborative relationships with local architects, tradesmen and artisans are evident in everything they do, from some of the valley’s most distinctive homes to boutique wineries and everything in between. With an unparalleled reputation for integrity, innovation and personal service, Schmitt & Company has been fortunate to work through referrals from some of California’s premier architects, and through loyal clientele. With a gift for assimilating the finest details of a space into a distinctive, breathtaking whole, Melissa expanded Schmitt & Company’s offering to include design and custom fabrication services. Beginning with a small line of furnishings, Melissa orchestrated the design of more and more pieces of custom furniture, then architectural components, which evolved into Schmitt & Company’s renowned SC Fabrication studio. Her work on her own home inspired so many requests for advice that she formalized the design brand of Schmitt & Company as well, ultimately offering everything from color consultation to space planning, finish selections, and construction management.


Spearheaded by Eric’s nephew, Joe, SC Fabrication’s years of experience in mix design, mold making and finishing have enabled them to create a high-performing, non-toxic and incredibly customizable product that retains concrete’s natural beauty. From countertops to window sills to furniture, in any number of colors, textures and finishes, concrete’s endless versatility opens up a world of possibility, no matter the size of the project.  Joe has been working in various capacities for Schmitt & Company since he was 17 years old.  Beginning with a foundation in general construction, Joe was exposed immediately to high-profile projects that kindled his natural curiosity and passion for design.  He soon began to explore concrete casting, then welding, and eventually he cultivated the skills and knowledge for his now-renowned work in custom concrete and steel fabrication.