Leslie Murphy

Owner & Creative Director
Murphy Maude Interiors

Originally from Alabama, Leslie moved to New York in her early career. After working for Columbia University, living near the Chelsea art district, and traveling to cultural centers around the world, life brought her to Memphis in 2009.  After much soul searching she decided to leave the world of academic fundraising to pursue her background in Art and her passion for design. In 2013 she launched Design Art, LLC which is now known as Murphy Maude Interiors, a full service residential design firm primarily serving Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta.

While at Auburn University (BA) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (MA), Leslie studied Public Relations,  Art and Education. She is self-taught in the field of interior design.

Leslie believes a well-designed space can change emotions and evoke feelings of calmness, happiness and thoughtfulness, ultimately changing the state of mind and improving a person’s quality of life. She also believes the power of good design should not be limited to the very rich or very few.

Learn More

The Design Team

Caroline Lovelace

Design Specialist and Project Manager
carolinel@murphymaudeinteriors.com Learn More

Caroline Lovelace

Design Specialist and Project Manager
carolinel@murphymaudeinteriors.com

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Caroline attended Mississippi State University where she received a BS in Biological Sciences. She moved to Memphis in 2015 and has been with Murphy Maude Interiors for 4 years. While being both self-taught and mentored in this field by Leslie, design and art have always been a creative outlet for her from a young age. While attending college, she met her husband Brock, and they have a 3 year old pup, Beckett who, next to her work, populates her Instagram page frequently.

Caroline loves to recharge in nature and get the creative juices flowing which inspires her design aesthetic. She loves anything with natural textures and organic movement. This influences her style by incorporating materials with an organic feel in warm, earthy tones and neutrals to achieve calming and ground interiors.

Caroline thinks that by focusing on good quality core pieces and less expensive accents, you can create a unique and wonderful space without breaking the bank. One of her loves is unexpected art pieces. Taking something unique and special and framing it on your wall is a great conversation starter.

Kate Haywood

Architect
kateh@murphymaudeinteriors.com

With a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of Memphis and  Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon, Kate is a practicing architect with more than 10 years experience in both residential and commercial design. Kate held an adjunct professor position at the University of Memphis from 2015-2020 focusing on efficient and effective use of technology in practice and design studios, and was most recently a partner at brg3s architects before designing her own future as an independent architect.

Kate grew up in Tipton County alongside her now husband, Matt, who is a practicing attorney in their hometown of Munford. They enjoy cheering on the University of Memphis football and basketball teams with their 2 little ones, and while Matt is out on the golf course, Kate enjoys exploring the outdoors and tracking renovation projects at home.

Kate has a passion for systematic approaches ensuring the team remains focused on creative problem solving and the technical aspects to effectively support those efforts runs seamlessly. Her work experience ranges from planning efforts for the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan to completion of construction drawings and construction administration for the Idlewild Presbyterian Church renovation and addition, and interior design and finish specifications for St. Jude Children’s Hospital waiting room renovations. She was a key team member awarded the AIA Memphis Honor Award for Excellence for the UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Stimulation in 2017. She continues to practice independently and partnering with complimentary design firms and individuals. Current project types include large scale commercial design and project management, small residential renovation work for clients and contractors, development work for multi-family, and consulting services  for architectural firm development focusing on both project management and BIM utilization.

Kate thrives on collaborating with local organizations and currently holds the board chair position with united Housing, Inc. helping to provide home buyer education, lending products, and affordable housing options for those that the private market does not accomodate. She previously served on the board of directors for AIA Memphis as an emerging Professionals Director, Intern Development Program Director, and was a 2017 graduate of the AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program.

 

Caroline Harris

Junior Designer
carolineh@murphymaudeinteriors.com Learn More

Caroline Harris

Junior Designer
carolineh@murphymaudeinteriors.com

Caroline Harris began her Interior Design career in September, 2020, at Murphy Maude Interiors focusing on the technical side of design.  A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Caroline’s love of art, specifically art history, led her to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University in May, 2020.

Active in the Epsilon Eta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at MSU, Caroline also served as merchandise chair, designing t-shirt graphics and other merchandise. Prior to graduation, she served her internship at Cotton District Management in downtown Starkville and was influenced by the architectural and building sciences industries and the connection to city planning and residential design.

Because she spends so many vacations in south Walton County, Florida, she enjoys outdoor activities such as running, sunbathing and shopping in outdoor markets. She lives in Memphis with her dog, Gus, an extremely energetic Aussie Doodle puppy.

Sarah Carvalho

Interior Architecture Senior Project Manager
sarah@murphymaudeinteriors.com Learn More

Sarah Carvalho

Interior Architecture Senior Project Manager
sarah@murphymaudeinteriors.com

Meet Sarah Carvalho, the new Interior Architecture Senior Project Manager at MMI.

Sarah has a background in Architecture and Urbanism. However, her true passion is in Interior Design.

After obtaining her degree, she worked for several residential and commercial architecture firms in Brazil. Eventually she accepted a position with the Brazilian government in an office providing oversight in the areas of architecture, construction, and engineering. She relocated to the US in 2017 and worked for a small architecture firm and later a large architecture and engineering firm, before starting her current role at Murphy Maude Interiors.

Here she has been managing projects, ensuring clients are within their budget and design expectations while creating great renderings to communicate the vision of each project. Aside from architecture and interior design, Sarah is a painter and creates original, abstract works of art. She lives in Midtown, Memphis with her husband and their rescue dog, Ozzy. In their spare time, they enjoy trips to the dog park with Ozzy, hanging out in and exploring their historic neighborhood, and doing projects in their 120-year-old Queen Anne Victorian home.

Alissa Tang

Interior Architecture Senior Project Manager
alissa@murphymaudeinteriors.com Learn More

Alissa Tang

Interior Architecture Senior Project Manager
alissa@murphymaudeinteriors.com

Meet Alissa Tang, one of MMI’s Interior Architecture Project Managers. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Interior Design and a minor in Business Management, Alissa embarked on her interior design journey by working as a Design Associate for HGTV’s new hit show HomeTown out of Laurel, Mississippi.

After a successful first season filming, she moved back to her own hometown of Baton Rouge to design local schools and tropical vacation resorts with Coleman Partners Architects. Upon her husband’s acceptance into medical school, she moved to Jackson, MS to work alongside architects at Duvall Decker Architects doing local philanthropic work and designing and furnishing residential and municipal complexes as well as a variety of other commercial spaces. Now a permanent resident of Memphis, TN as her husband pursues his residency as an Ophthalmologist, Alissa is thrilled to join Murphy Maude Interior’s technical team, using her interior design background to design unique spaces for each client’s needs.

Alissa’s passion for people and desire to see her clients’ dreams come to life fuels her love for interior design. At MMI, she meets with clients to discuss design needs and architectural opportunities within their home all while maintaining budget allowances and selecting exquisite finishes throughout the space. She also collaborates with other team members to develop detailed construction documents and coordinate information and selections with contractors and vendors. In the office, Alissa also manages the material library, researching and ordering new, creative, and unique pieces for a variety of options for each clients’ finish selections. After work, you can find Alissa out exploring the local food cuisine and sites or at home painting, playing jazzy piano pieces, or walking her pup Maverick near the ever-familiar Mississippi River.

@murphymaudeinteriors