Inspiring Decorator, Caitlin Murray, Black Lacquer Design

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Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design is an inspiration. What we love most about her style is that she loves and appreciates bold color. What’s not to love? Here’s a little more about Caitlin and her journey to becoming an interior designer.

1. What inspired you to become a designer? What has your journey been like?

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Growing up, I was always rearranging furniture and organizing things in my room, which quickly spilled over to those of my friends. I had an irresistible pull toward a career in interior design because of my fascination with curating pieces in a way that creates a beautiful space. For me, it’s the most fun form of art because the result is that people get to enjoy it in their daily lives.

Though my draw toward this field was sparked at a young age, I initially wrote it off as a frivolous pursuit and figured I’d outgrow the desire to design. I grew up in a conservative Midwest city with two attorney parents, so a “practical” college major seemed like a safer choice. I got a bachelor’s degree in journalism, then landed my first job as a beauty and fashion publicist in LA. I thought I’d made a great compromise by scoring a serious yet creative career, but I soon realized how promising becoming an interior designer could be in Southern California. I went back to school to get my design degree, took advantage of some great job opportunities in the industry, and gained a ton of experience before branching out with my own firm.

2. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

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I think my style tends to be a creatively balanced mix of vintage and modern elements. Overall, it’s eclectic, colorful, and chic.

3. What was your favorite project? Why?

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I did a project in the Hollywood Hills that was one of my favorites because the client (who later became a close friend) gave me free creative rein. The result was an awesome balance and flow of colors and materials that really complemented the space, his amazing art, and both of our style sensibilities.

4. What’s your favorite trend right now?

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I’m loving that the new wave furniture pieces of the ’80s are coming back in a cooler way–especially through chunky furniture with curved lines done in soft, pretty colors.