Interior Designer Opens Shop in Reading
Melanie Murphy offers accents, upholstery, window coverings, customized furniture and design services.
Hidden behind the buildings on lower Haven Street is a store that feels like several rooms of a home. The walls are covered with eclectic art, from mirrors to paintings to prints to shadowboxes. Lamps of different styles, many with pattered shades, light the “rooms.” Colorful pillows sit on chairs and display pieces and on an 84-inch white sofa, a sample of the store’s customized furniture.
A second front-of-a-house façade inside the store, with a real door and window, opens into a totally different but related part of the business: samples of swatches of fabric for upholstery and window coverings and the work table of the seamstress who custom-crafts them.
Melanie Murphy opened the store just over seven months ago. She had been providing design services for the prior 10 years, from her home, she told Patch.
A member of the Interior Design Society, Murphy said she offers individualized, “concierge” design services, from simple room rearranging to selecting a new paint color to whole-house design.
Just back from a buying trip, Murphy said she tries to find unique items for her store and also keeps price in mind.
She works with clients “with all budgets,” from couples just starting out to executives.
“Everyone deserves a beautiful home,” she said.
Ever since she was little, “I was always rearranging my room,” Murphy said. When she started her business 10 years ago, she said she realized a dream. She looked for store space for a number of years, she said, before opening on Brande Court.
You may have seen Murphy on Channel 7, in the mid 2000s, for five years, doing a design segment. Working within a budget, she went to people’s homes, she said, and redid them, as a surprise to the owners.
She has worked with clients in and around Boston.
Murphy’s turn-around time for a “quick fix” for a room is about a week; for a “more involved” room project, between eight and 12 weeks.
Murphy said she has won a service award on Angie’s List.
The interior decorator plans to start regular events, such as decorating “how to” sessions at the store.
After Murphy locks the store door, she “commutes” to her Reading home decorated in transitional style. She mixes traditional pieces, she said, with pops of the unexpected, like leopard and cheetah prints.