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).

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 experienced in interior design, renovation, and home staging 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, dancing, and spending time with her husband.

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.

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.

Angel Williams

Design Consultant

The daughter of a retired Marine, Angel was born and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She graduated from Jacksonville Christian Academy in 2017 and is currently studying interior design at the New York Institute of Art and Design. Angel is passionate about interior design and enjoys working with customers to find just the right pieces for their homes. In her spare time she loves to cook, eat, paint, and spend time with her friends.

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.

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.