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Hidden Gems: Meet Dee Murphy of Murphy Deesign

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dee Murphy.

Hi Dee, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have been “designing” spaces my entire life. I can remember being actively involved as a child choosing wallpaper (floral) and wicker furniture for my first big girl bedroom.

This desire to create and decorate continued through college where I had to have a thoughtfully curated dorm room and apartment spaces that stood out from my college peers.

But it wasn’t until one of my best friends asked me to design her home in the Pacific Palisades while I was pregnant with my first child (and on a break from publicity and PR work) that I realized I had true talent and a unique eye, and that I should be doing this professionally.

From that point, I really hustled… getting to know the design community, making connections, taking small jobs to learn more, attending events, and using my PR experience to promote myself.

I am really proud of myself for the work I’ve put in and grateful for those who helped me along the way.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a pretty smooth road (with the exception of Covid delays), but I want young designers to know that although some people might look like they have achieved overnight success (and maybe some have), it takes years of practice (and mistakes!) to hone your craft!

In this age of social media, success can be marketed to look instantaneous, which is the furthest from the truth. I am still learning and growing (and expect to keep evolving) in this industry.

We’ve been impressed with Murphy Deesign, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Murphy Deesign is an interior design firm and lifestyle brand that specializes in eclectic, warm, collected spaces. We are known for our use of color, mixing patterns, and the joyful way we decorate!

Our aim is to design your home so that it looks like NO ONE else’s.

We want people to know that it was Murphy Deesigned (from signature traits) … but to be 100% unique.

We love old homes (especially in our neighborhood of West Adams) and beg developers and buyers to preserve the history of Los Angeles architecture by saving homes, educating yourselves about properties, and if you have to build new… to honor the aesthetic of the area.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I LOVE to work with creators and shops that are local, both to Los Angeles and my neighborhood of West Adams. I would rather put your product in the homes that I am designing, and to celebrate you, then to outsource from big box stores.

I welcome all artist and creator submissions!

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Portfolio Photos by Zeke Ruelas

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