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.

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The Design Team

Caroline Lovelace

Design Specialist and Project Manager
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Caroline Lovelace

Design Specialist and Project Manager

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.

Laurie Conway

Interior Designer
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Laurie Conway

Interior Designer

Originally from Tupelo, Mississippi, Laurie Conway studied Interior Design at Mississippi State University. For the past 25 years, she has worked as an interior designer both for herself and for other designers in the Jackson and Memphis area. Laurie is the mother of two incredible children, Ben and Julia and she has always loved to design and create things. “As long as I’m creating, I am happy!” she says in reference to working in client’s homes.

After working at an architectural firm early in her design career, Laurie quickly realized her love for residential design and practiced as an interior designer in the Jackson are for over 20 years. Not only is she an extremely talented designer, but she is skilled at designing window treatments and bedding, space planning, renovations, faux finishing, painting custom artwork, and selecting fabrics. She truly shines at creating!

In 2017, Laurie moved to Memphis to expand her creative journey and was looking to find a place that would help her use her full range of design talents. She and Leslie crossed paths in 2019 — and after their first project together, Leslie knew that she wanted Laurie to be a part of the MMI team.

Immediately after meeting Leslie, Laurie joined the MMI team as a residential Interior designer — and what a blessing it was! We could not be more thrilled by the work she is doing here!

Kate Haywood


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
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Caroline Harris

Junior Designer

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.