Meet The Team
Emily was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. From an early age, she was fascinated with the relationship between scent and memory. She received a Business degree from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, and founded The Rustic House with her best friend Chelsea Cash that same year.
When she's not managing sales for TRH, Emily is most likely traveling the world or hanging out with friends. Despite the challenges of running a business, Emily is so thankful that she is able to turn her passion for candle making and human connection into a career.
Shortly after graduating from The University of Alabama at Birmingham with an Accounting degree, Chelsea got a phone call from Emily, urging her to move to Chattanooga. Chelsea agreed, and the two ladies started The Rustic House in 2013. Chelsea keeps all of the finances in line so TRH runs as smoothly as possible. She's not afraid of a challenge and loves to work with her hands.
When she's not working with TRH, Chelsea is hanging at the lake with friends or traveling. Fun fact: she has a yearly goal to visit at least one new state a year! Chelsea also loves watching Alabama football.
Marketing + Media Specialist,
Lyndi Locke graduated from Lipscomb University in 2016 with a degree in Journalism + New Media. These days, Lyndi helps The Rustic House with anything Marketing or Communication related: producing marketing materials, blog posts, maintaining this website, etc. Recently, she's been helping Emily with sales.
When Lyndi isn't working with TRH, she is writing for her Fashion and Beauty blog, reading a novel, daydreaming about traveling, or scoping out a concert to attend.
Taylor Needels is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in Entrepreneurship. While there, he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Taylor was first involved with The Rustic House as an intern, but returned in 2018 as the Office Supervisor.
When he's not helping us with bookkeeping or website construction, Taylor is creating his own business venture, VooDoo Co. He plans to sell apparel and car parts. In addition to his passion for cars, Taylor is also an aspiring photographer.
Mattia Ruminer is a native of Evansville, Indiana. A lover of the outdoors, she spent her childhood riding dirt bikes and ATVs. Mattia joined The Rustic House in early 2018 as the Production Supervisor.
When Mattia isn't pouring candles, she's cruising around town on her street bike, traveling or hiking. Recently, she introduced actor Danny DeVito to TRH candles.