NAME? Michelle Murphy

OCCUPATION? Interior Designer

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DESIGN? Growing up, my mother ran a non-profit art gallery, which helped me discover a love of the arts and all things beautiful. This led me to Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.

WHAT IS YOUR “GO TO” OUTFIT? A dress with pockets. This helps me feel put together for clients, but also allows me to have my keys and phone on me at all times. I am in my car and on job sites all day, so carrying a purse is not really practical for me.

WHAT IS YOUR DATE NIGHT STYLE? Jeans, t-shirt/top, heels and BIG statement jewelry.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP FOR THE HOME? Because I get everything wholesale, I would say my website – Demi Ryan. I carry a lot of my fave brands on my site. If I am shopping local for last minute accessories, Zest in Raleigh has great things!!!

CAN YOU TELL US ONE TIP FOR DESIGNING THE PERFECT SPACE? Paint & lighting are the most important things. You can refresh any room with a fresh coat of paint or perk up an ordinary room with the light fixtures. I am obsessed with lighting and light fixtures!!!!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN CHAPEL HILL? Bin 54. It has a chill vibe, food and staff are great.

WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATION FROM? Everywhere!!! Fashion, fabrics, Insta, nature - you name it!!!

WHAT COLOR WILL YOU BE WEARING THIS FALL? I am in a very black, white and gold phase. I am totally obsessed with gold right now. Then punch it with hot pink.

FAVORITE CITY TO VISIT? NYC! It is the first place my husband and I lived and it’s where I started my design business, so when we go, I feel like I am going home. There is art and inspiration everywhere!!

FAVORITE HOTEL TO STAY IN? St. Regis Miami or Peninsula Chicago

WHERE CAN OUR READERS FIND YOU? My web site DemiRyan.com, Insta or Facebook – Demiryanhome. THANKS!

Courtney Whilden