Dora Smith Compton

Owner/Design Consultant

Dora was born in Watertown, South Dakota during her father's tour as a USMC recruiter. She and her brother Rick started Carriage House Furniture Co. in 2000. She specializes in color and fabric selections and loves helping clients plan existing spaces or new construction. Because Dora lives in an older home with small rooms, she is skilled at designing for small spaces. As much as she loves interior design, Dora is also passionate about gardening and landscape design. She loves working in her yard in her free time (Check her out on Facebook at dorathegardenexplorer).

Connie Stephens

Interior Designer

Connie graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design. She started out in the furniture industry in 1978 and came to Carriage House Furniture Co in 2000. Connie specializes in space planning and fabric and color selections. Outside of interior design, Connie enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband. With almost 40 years of experience, Connie has built trust among her clients and she continues to wow them with beautifully designed rooms and homes.

Melissa Kiel

Interior Designer

Melissa is originally from Indiana where she met her husband who joined the Marine Corps and is currently stationed at Camp Lejeune. She graduated from Ball State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2012. Melissa previously worked for an architectural firm in Indianapolis before joining the Carriage House Furniture Company team. As an interior designer, Melissa works with her clients to create beautiful and functional spaces and also helps draft custom furniture for the store. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time her husband and two little boys.  

Rick Smith

Owner/Customer Service Specialist

Rick was born in Watertown, South Dakota during his father's tour as a USMC recruiter. Rick grew up in the family business, specializing in custom picture framing. He spent a summer with a family friend refinishing furniture and  through this, he developed a love and an interest for it. Rick handles customer service requests and designs custom furniture for the business and for customers. Along with his love for furniture, Rick also likes looking at cars and spending time with his wife Pam.

Brianna Tates

Interior Designer

Brianna is a native of Virginia. Her father was stationed at Camp Lejeune and that is what initially brought her to North Carolina. After graduating from Liberty University in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, Brianna went to work for Ethan Allen in California. After a year, she moved back to the North Carolina area and started working for Carriage House Furniture Company. Brianna is passionate about interior design and she loves creating beautiful spaces for clients. She also specializes in social media and website design. When she's not designing, Brianna enjoys blogging, singing, and spending time with her husband.

Johnny Valadez


Johnny is originally from Texas and he joined the military in 2003 after he graduated from Sweetwater High School. His first duty station was 29 Palms, CA and then he was relocated to Camp Lejeune, NC. After he completed his tour with 1st Battalion Eighth Marines, he was honorably discharged in 2012. A few years later, Johnny came to work for Carriage House Furniture Co. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his family.

Pam Smith

Owner/ Office Manager

Born in Jacksonville and raised in Stella, Pam is no stranger to the North Carolina area. She graduated from Swansboro High School and worked for an attorney before joining the family business. Pam is married to Rick Smith and she has been in the family business for over 30 years. As CFO, Pam manages the office at Carriage House Furniture Co. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching Netflix.

Echo Milanuk

Interior Designer

Echo was born and raised in Washington state where she graduated from South Kitsap High School and then studied at Olympic College. She met her husband in 2007 during his first duty station in the Pacific Northwest. Soon after, they married and moved to Southern California. Ten years later the Marine Corps brought them to North Carolina. Echo is experienced in home remodel and renovation, building furniture and interior design. In her spare time, when not studying current design trends, Echo likes rainy days, coffee, reading, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband, their four kids, and 2 French bulldogs.

David Lalla


David is originally from Yonkers, New York. He provided delivery service for Ballad Designs before he moved to Jacksonville to be with his family in 2015. After working in masonry for awhile, David started working for Carriage House Furniture Co. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the drums and spending time with his family.


Address: 1120 Gum Branch Road 

Jacksonville, NC 28540

Phone: 910-989-0203


Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm
​​Saturday: 10am - 5pm
​Sunday: Closed

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*Our website is intended to provide a representation of manufacturers and products that we carry in the store. Pricing will always be contingent on different grades of fabrics, leathers, wood species, hardware, and finishes. Please visit our showroom or call to speak to an associate for additional information.

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