At Home with Shailey Murphy

Livingroom We're excited to welcome Shailey Murphy to the blog today as she shares her beautiful home with us:

"Our home was built in 1950 by the long-time Superintendent of the school district (fun fact the neighbor shared with us after we moved in). It is an all brick ranch style home and has that Mid-century modern feel my husband and I both love. We looked at possibly moving out into the country when we were house shopping, but this quiet, cozy street and charming neighborhood stole our hearts. We love having neighbors who have lived in their homes forever and raised families here. It makes us happy to be a small part of this little community. One of the most important factors for us was finding a home with unique, original features you don't see everyday.'

Livingroom  Pretty artAt home with'One of our favorite things to do in our home is sit on the couch, put our feet up, and watch a great TV series together. For that reason, our living room is probably our most loved (and most used) space.  The living room is where Christmas gifts are opened, late night conversations happen, and my friends and I spend time when they come over. Of course, the kitchen is always a favorite space for anyone who loves food (and who doesn't?!), but our living room has become so cozy and comfortable, it's the hands down favorite. I picked out our first couch at Anthropologie (that my husband lovingly nicknamed the "Swiss Family Robinson" couch). So naturally, he got to pick our our second "man couch" that has a deeper seat and darker leather. We have both worked to make the space what it is and somewhere we both love. As someone with a background in Interior Design, it's hard not to feel the need to "over design" every single space. For us, it's most important to create a space that is the right fit for us and allows us to live comfortably and enjoy living in our home.'

Abstract artFireplaceLivingroom     LivingroomLivingroom           Doorway'I love anything old. If my husband didn't edit my purchases, my home might look like a I was a mini hoarder. I've learned over time that space it too limited to have anything in your home you don't absolutely love. I always take my time to find the right piece that really makes me fall in love with it.  Jonathan and I get to travel internationally often for work, so I always love to pick up an item from every country we visit. For example, the gold vases on my mantel are from a flea market in The Republic of Georgia. The tension pole lamp in the living room and the emerald green velvet chairs in the bedroom belonged to my grandmother. When I walk by and look at any of those items, my memory is flooded and I get to have a little piece of that trip or that person with me for just a moment. I also love collecting artwork from local artists. (I also love commissioning custom artwork of our dogs…guilty!) The coffee table, floor lamps, stump table, and blankets in the living room are thrifted or vintage. The orange chairs in the dining room are also vintage and found locally.'

Dining roomKitchen        Kitchen    Kitchen  KitchenKitchen 'We moved into our house about 2 1/2 years ago. The previous owner did a wonderful job and we really had a great starting point. We replaced the countertops in the kitchen with poured concrete (a DIY project with help from a friend). We also replaced the backsplash with white honeycomb tile.  We kept all of the original kitchen cabinets that match the kitchen window trim and large paneling down the hallway. (I hope those cabinets never get replaced! The wood grain is too beautiful.) We have worked our way through most of the house and painted the majority of the walls white. White allows you to do whatever you want with the artwork, furniture, and color in your home and makes everything so cheery and bright. Over time, our home has evolved into a place that is uniquely us, which is what a home should be."

You can see more of Shailey's home and follow her on IG at @shaileymurphy

Credits // Author: Shailey Murphy, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Gorgeous home and beautiful images! I wish my place looked like that. Mine is more Toys R Us meets zombie apocalypse meets dust bowl. 🙂

  • Gorgeous home and beautiful images! I wish my place looked like that. Mine is more Toys R Us meets zombie apocalypse meets dust bowl. 🙂

  • What a lovely home. I am loving the Abe Lincoln artwork! I want it for my home. My seven year old daughter LOVES Abe!

  • I love this house! It matches my style really well! I just moved into a new home recently, so this was super inspiring!

  • Wow, Shailey, your home is SO gorgeous. Such an inspirational space to see- I’m so excited to continue decorating my home after looking at yours. You can definitely get a feel for what you and your husband are “about” by looking at your interior 🙂

    xo Mary
    Mostly Salty Blog

  • I am totally in LOVE with this home… I think because it reminds me so much of ours! Thanks for sharing! 😉

  • Wow I love this! All the quirky little features really work so so well together. love love loooove. x

  • ahh i love this!! what a gorgeous space!

    xx nikki

  • This was such a treat to look through! I loved all of the different details and bright pops of colour. I also like seeing seating arrangements in living rooms – for some reason, that’s the space I’m always most interested in seeing!

    x Kathryn

  • Love this home, especially the presidential art. So many colors and a great vibrant feel. Inspiration!!
    Thanks for sharing,


  • Love the mirrors and cushions…beautiful home!


  • what a gorgeous home! can you share where the abe lincoln artwork came from? thank you!

  • what a gorgeous home! can you share where the abe lincoln artwork came from? thank you!

  • I’ve been following Shailey on IG for a while and LOVe seeing her place as a whole. She has amazons decor style. Love her target pieces mixed in with unique or vintage pieces too. Too great!

  • I love how she nailed the modern look while still keeping it eclectic and funky, with touches of international flair. Thanks for sharing!

  • What I love about Shailey’s home is that it is filled with beautiful colors and patterns. Yet, it is very spacious and light! Happy Tuesday everyone 🙂

  • Beautiful AND my cookie jar made the cut, haha!! Great work Shay!

  • Where can I get your presidential art work?? haha i love it and would love to have it in my home or sons bedroom!!!

  • Super cute pad! I love all of the colors and interesting things (like that tree stump – how cool is that?!) I’m inspired to add some uniqueness to my own place in San Francisco! Thanks for sharing xo Lisa

  • I’m loving the interior of this home! It definitely gives me good inspiration for decorating the home we just moved into!


  • Wow this house is gorgeous! What a lounge! <3 xx

  • I love that she picked out one couch, and her husband picked out the other! My boyfriend and I are always trying to find a balance in between our two styles — it’s kinda fun to just embrace them both and let them blend together!

    Such a beautiful, cheerful home!

    Always, Anita

  • This home is SO lovely. So many fun details and pops of color! Thanks for sharing! Too cute!

  • Major WOW factor in this place. Absolutely loooooove the fireplace, the art is fab to the max, and that filigree globe floor lamp kills me. I so appreciate the attention and effort that went into collecting this home! Bravo!

  • I love your home! Especially love your arteork and that you decorated your living room – where you love to lounge on the couch – with pictures of the two of you lounging on a couch. Perfect!

  • Love this space!
    It’s amazing!
    -Adrienne. xo

    Citizen of the World
    Citizen of the World

  • Wow, this house is stunning! Her design aesthetic is so unique. Totally diggin’ it. Love the “At Home” series so, so much!

    Circus & Bloom

  • Wow, this house is stunning! Her design aesthetic is so unique. Totally diggin’ it. Love the “At Home” series so, so much!

    Circus & Bloom

  • Their home looks so inviting – I love all the warm colors they used.


  • At first I felt that the gold mirror frame was a bit too baroque but I understand it goes well with the rest of the decor and feel throughout the whole house.

    And what a gorgeous job they’ve done with the concrete countertop, I’ve seen a DIY somewhere *wink wink* 😀


  • This place is absolutely amazing!! This could be my dream home!

  • Such a gorgeous home! I’m in love with all the planters ❤

  • I love the color scheme! All you guys know how to use colors perfectly! I wish I had that bone when it came to interior design.

  • The fire place and the vintage mirror are so gorgeous, I’m in loveeeeee.

  • This is beautiful! She has amazing taste- I love the textures and pops of color!

    Warm Regards,

  • What a fun home!!! I absolutely love all the quirky touches the couple incorporate.

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