Born in the South but raised on the East Coast and in Europe, Francoise Murphy grew up in and around classically styled homes. She founded her Francoise Murphy Interiors in 2016 after moving to Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two children. Her design aesthetic is traditional with a generous dash of color, a touch of modern, and a sprinkling of whimsy. Francoise earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Villanova University and master degrees from Columbia University and Temple University.
The Glam Pad is delighted to feature Francoise today as we take a look through her gorgeous portfolio with a Style Profile Q&A! Welcome, Francoise!
Q: When and how did you first become interested in interior design?
A: I believe growing up in Europe and having a European mother influenced my interest in interior design. Growing up in Europe, you are constantly surrounded by beautiful and historic architecture, gardens, museums, etc. and while I didn’t pursue interior design until later in life, I think living abroad set the foundation.
My career in interior design wasn’t realized until later in life when I married and we moved into our first home together (a Cape Cod style home in Connecticut). I distinctly remember wanting to change the look and feel of our home and feeling very inspired by it all. It fed my creative soul and I haven’t looked back.
Q: How do you define your style?
A: My aesthetic is classic, but with a fresh take. This thoughtful mix helps create a collected and layered look. And, ultimately, the goal is to create a home that feels welcomed and comfortable.
Q: Who are your top five interior designers (past/present)?
A: Wow, too many to list here….Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, Bruce Budd, Tom Scheerer, Bunny Mellon (her style), Rita Konig, Timothy Whealon, Ashley Whittaker…
Q: Do you have any favorite go to paints, wallpapers, linens, artists, etc.?
A: A classic ticking stripe, a floral chintz and a well-loved antique.
Q: Where do you enjoy sourcing antiques and art?
A: Any place where I am fortunate to travel. Think of a coastal town or an historic city. If I’m not traveling, I enjoy perusing online marketplaces like Chairish or Etsy or online independent antique shops located in the United Kingdom.
Q: What are you working on next that we can look forward to?
A: I’m working on a couple of residential projects locally and I’m looking forward to photographing two larger projects next year.
Q: What has been the most challenging (and the most rewarding) part of developing your business?
A: I would say not saying ‘yes’ to every single design inquiry that comes across your desk. At first, saying ‘no’ can be scary. But finding the right client has been the most rewarding part of my business. When you find the right client, it sets your business up for success.
Q: What are your tips for setting a lovely table?
A: A patterned tablecloth or textile to create a beautiful backdrop, candles for soft lighting and florals to add some life and movement. I love to add seasonal florals – whether it’s hydrangeas or magnolia branches from my garden.
Q: What is your favorite easy weeknight meal?
A: Any meal that involves seasonal produce.
Q: What is the key to hostessing the perfect dinner party?
A: Making sure guests have a drink once they walk through the door, soft (dimmed) lighting, a fun playlist and scattered hors d’oeuvre platters.
Thank you, Francoise, for joining us today! We are so inspired by your beautiful work!
For additional inspiration, please follow @francoisemurphyinteriors on Instagram. Website coming soon!