What we do

Working at the intersection of architecture and interior design, Austin-Murphy Design is an innovative and progressive design studio which thrives on creating exceptional, one-of-a-kind designs that are rich, deeply satisfying, comprehensive works of artful living and design.

Services Austin Murphy Interior Design, Bellingham & Seattle

We can consult with you before, or in the early stages of new construction to transform a building shell into a comfortable and inviting home with inspired architectural details and a masterful selection of materials and finishes. And when it comes to the remodel, renovation and restoration of existing homes we are experts at refashioning existing structures into homes that are imaginatively and sensitively updated while retaining the best of the past.  Salvaging, recycling and repurposing existing structures is something that we are deeply committed to and passionate about, which arises out of our great love for vintage homes.

We work in all design styles. We take our design cues from you—your lifestyle, the architectural style of your home, your likes and desires, and your design and construction budget.  We do, however, enjoy working in some favorite styles—traditional designs with a contemporary twist, warm modern interiors, Pacific Coast style, vintage craftsman and cottage style homes, one-of-a kind eclectic interiors, as well as idiosyncratic personal styles.

Upon assessing a client’s needs, we immediately set about imagining how your home can be designed to be practical, efficient, comfortable and deeply satisfying. We understand architectural space and how it can be manipulated. By working with sustainable materials, good natural and artificial lighting, comfortable and stylish furniture in pleasing arrangements, beautiful color palettes, captivating materials and textures, fine art and handmade crafts, as well as plants and flowers, we are able to create exceptional living spaces.

Each project and each client is as different as the resulting design but all of our designs are comprehensive, sensitive works of artful living and design which are imaginative and original, yet at the same time, familiar and comforting. It is our passion and it is our commitment to work with you to achieve this in your home.

Scope of Services

As a full-service design studio, Austin-Murphy Design will take you from assessing and analyzing the existing condition of your home or commercial space to initial design concepts to design development and construction details through construction documentation to procuring and purchasing fixtures and furnishings through construction supervision to the installation of finishes, furniture and art.

Interior Architectural Design & Home Remodeling

  • In-home design consultation
  • Concept design & analysis
  • Space planning
  • Design development
  • Construction documentation
  • Construction supervision
  • Selection and coordination of decorative arts subcontractors
  • Custom interior architectural detailing
    • Trim & millwork packages
    • Architectural ceiling design
    • Accent architecture
    • Custom kitchen cabinets
    • Fireplace surrounds & mantles
    • Custom built-ins
    • Wood paneled libraries
    • Doors
    • Final finishing details
  • Architectural lighting plans
  • Exterior building materials & finish selection
  • Exterior color palettes
  • Plan & elevation renderings
  • Blueprint review and design modification

Fine Interior Design

Material Selection & Specification

  • Flooring – wood, tile, natural stone
  • Walls
  • Cabinetry
  • Hardware
  • Window treatments
  • Countertops
  • Finishes
  • Wall tiles
  • Decorative Lighting
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Appliances
  • Green and sustainable building products and materials
  • Designer fabrics, contract sewing and fabrication
  • In-home color consultations & custom paint palettes


  • Furniture plans
  • Selection and purchase
  • Placement and artful arranging

Custom Furnishings

  • Cost Analysis
  • Purchasing
  • Tracking
  • Receiving
  • Inspection
  • Storage
  • Delivery
  • Installation

Other Design Services

  • Makeovers, accessorizing and decorating existing rooms
  • In-home color consultations & custom paint recommendations
  • Art consultation—art selection, commissions, purchase, framing and installation
  • In-home design consultation and design coaching for DIY home projects
  • Home staging for resale and retail merchandising consultation

Services Austin Murphy Interior Design, Bellingham & Seattle