Richard is a 9-year-old corgi mix that Murphy rescued from the side of the road. Elizabeth Lavin

Interior Design

Inside Kate Murphy’s Treasure-Filled Oak Cliff Cottage

For the restaurant designer, "the junkier the antiques store, the better."

A visit to someone’s home can prove extremely revealing. How we live in our most personal of spaces sheds light on more than just tastes and styles, but about who we are and what we value. In their various professional pursuits, the five people and families featured in these pages all exhibit an uncanny eye for style—so we wanted to see how that translated at home. (They kindly obliged.) The results are varied, personal, and—unsurprisingly—beautiful.


Kate Murphy revels in giving new life to the perfectly imperfect. The interior architect and restaurant designer—responsible for the looks of buzzy restaurants such as Billy Can Can and Sixty Vines—is a self-described estate-sale junkie who lives for the thrill of the hunt. So it’s no surprise that her 1926 Oak Cliff cottage teems with prized possessions scored at estate sales, garage sales, and local antiques stores.

“The junkier the antiques store, the better,” she says. “The curated ones are too expensive, and it’s just boring. It’s more fun to find something.” Mixed in with Murphy’s secondhand treasures are finds from her years of traveling as well as pieces she has cleverly reimagined, like a deconstructed IKEA rug turned wall hanging. 

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