Ellyn Murphy Design
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Craftsman / Farmhouse,
Rustic / Southwestern,
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
Working with Ellyn was delightful. She was professional, reliable and ultimately very adept at her job. Her attention to detail and understanding of space and our family’s needs was top notch. I initially went to her to identify three rooms for her to design, but we instead focused on two. Due to delays as a result of the holidays, working with one bad contractor, and COVID, we only managed to complete one of the two rooms. However, I am definitely going to use her on an ongoing basis because I was so pleased with the end result. We redid the fireplace, added a built-in bookshelf with storage and seating for the window, and added lighting (there was originally no overhead lighting). This was an odd shaped room with a lot of mistakes in it, but Ellyn managed to make it the coziest room in the house with functionality. If you are looking for a high quality, high-end design for your home, I highly recommend Ellyn. Additionally, if you are like me and have a very busy life and need help handling a home remodel, Ellyn will make the transition smooth and the final product amazing.Apr 17, 2020
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
I really enjoyed working with Ellyn. Not only is she extremely creative but also fun to work with and decorating is not something I always consider fun. While my home had a lot of potential it was really lacking in many areas and had some challenging spaces because of the general layout. Ellyn helped me select new pieces combining both old and new that tied together the entire design. Her instincts for color are excellent and that is something I was really lacking. She added elements of color that made a significant difference in the feel of my space. She also brought new textural elements into my home and it made a huge difference. One of the major contributions was helping me find art work that suited my taste and my space. The art pieces that she helped me select have drawn lots of compliments but more importantly created areas in the home that I love. Towards the end of the project she spent time “accessorizing” the house. This type of thing is a huge challenge for me. While the basic elements were all in place, these finishing touches made all the difference in the world to the look and feel of my home. I have had several events at my place recently and people have raved about how fantastic my home is. It’s a real compliment to Ellyn that the reactions are so strongly positive.Jan 9, 2018
I had a truly great experience working with Ellyn. Ellyn took the time to understand my preference and was able to bring my dreams to life. I have a very odd space that she was able to transform and made it beautiful and homey. Elllyn handles all of the details which made the experience even easier. Now that out house is done we are going to move into to renovating the outside and basement which I know Ellyn will help make beautiful!Apr 19, 2020
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I make all my fees very clear upfront and give my customers written, detailed proposals for their project before we start anything. I go over all these details and get their ok before starting anything. The budget, time frame and what they can expect from me is also discussed and explained. 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.