When it comes to décor, Interior Design Masters runner-up Siobhan Murphy is no magnolia-coloured wallflower. In fact, her own Castleford home, which she’s previously described as “Palm Springs on acid”, is a veritable kaleidoscope of pattern, colour and texture, as were many of her designs on the popular BBC Two show.
The Leeds-born 42-year-old became a fan favourite on her TV journey for her warm personality and fearless approach to interiors. So popular, in fact, that she’s been able to leave her job in the NHS after 18 years to pursue her first love of design – and she’s been announced as OK! online’s new interiors columnist.
Siobhan is also now a bona fide influencer with 90,000 followers on Instagram and the product deals have begun to flood in.
Here, the bewigged designer, who lives with her husband Nick, 47, and their ragdoll cat Benji, in their gorgeous Art Deco home, tells us about her design dreams, how expressing herself through art has boosted her self-confidence and why she’s excited for the future…
Congratulations on being runner-up on Interior Design Masters and the breakout star of the show. How did it all start?
I love fashion, I love interiors and I love any TV that’s a makeover or a transformation. I watched the first series and was instantly a fan. I was contacted by one of the casting people on Instagram. I spent a whole weekend doing a mood board for the application. I had goose pimples with excitement when I got the call to say I was on the show because I’ve only ever done interior design for my own house. Then suddenly it was July and I was on set. I wore these bright pink overalls that I love, but it was 35 degrees and I almost cut the legs off because I was so hot!
What was it like getting to know the show’s host Alan Carr?
It was all socially distanced, but he would gravitate towards me and Paul [Moneypenny] because I guess we were the people who’d be having a bit of banter and a few giggles. Alan would come in and break the ice. He was lovely.
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