Ellyn was great to work with on our recent apartment update. She mixed custom and ready made peices and always showed me a variety of options at a different price points. Ellyn and her team gave me a space I never could have imagined on my own. She was proffesional and so great to work with.May 17, 2018
Jim P.Feb 3, 2018Verified
Ellyn helped us transform our home with some great creative ideas and made the process fun. We needed to stick to our budget and Ellyn helped us from making some expensive mistakes while exceeding our expectations for the space. She took on the role of project manager and made sure all of the tradesman were giving us what we needed in a timely manner. It was worth every penny to know that Ellyn was there making sure things were done right and that they looked great. The end result is beautiful, comfortable and unique. We couldn't have done it without her.May 17, 2018
I highly recommend Ellyn Murphy Design. Ellyn has offered me thoughtful creative solutions to my design projects. I am a busy working professional and I appreciate that she also offers total project management services as well. Her process from start to finish is communicative, clear and well planned. She has some great systems in place to let you know what to expect and when. Her flexible design style made it possible to achieve the look I wanted for the budget I had.Jan 24, 2018
I have been working with Ellyn Murphy for over 10 years now. She has helped me with a variety of projects both big and small over the past decade. I have always appreciated her unique creative problem solving skills, and her clear communication and collaborative manner. Her ideas are unique and have transformed my home into a beautiful, comfortable environment that is truly a reflection of my style. She has a great sense of color and design but is also very knowledgeable about products and the renovation process. Her expertise has saved me from making some costly mistakes. Ellyn is a real professional but also makes the design process both fun and enjoyable! I highly recommend working with her.Jan 11, 2018
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I make all my fees very clear upfront and often can share my discount with my clients on some or all of their purchases depending on what’s needed. I have access to products and trades people that the average consumer doesn’t have. This is how I can offer my clients things that are unique,custom or available to the trade only. If needed I also offer services to manage a team of trades people to help execute the project.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?During an initial free 15 minute phone consult we first discuss the big picture... number of rooms, budget, style and time frames. I then send a detailed questionnaire that the client fills out. This gives me more information to help calculate a bid for the job. We also establish if only design services are needed or if the job requires project management in conjunction with my design services. The amount of interaction the client is seeking is clarified and any other parameters that are pertinent to the project are discussed and written up into job proposal/contract. After signing a contract and receiving a deposit the work begins with measurements of the space followed by mood boards. These are photo collages of actual product including everything from suggested paint colors to furniture artwork and accessories. I also supply computer aided design documents for spatial planning and furniture layout. This gives the client a clear visual of the complete project in 3D. We then finalize what pieces need to be ordered, take care of schedules and budget for any trade work that is needed ( i.e painting, upholstery work, window treatments etc).
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a bachelor’s degree in design from School of Visual Arts in NYC. My hands on practical experience started with a complete design and renovation job of my own home including both the interior and exterior. Work experience from my projects has been invaluable as well as taking continuing education classes in my field from established experts on a consistent basis.