Interview on CT Eats Out


Patti Murphy Designs

I am over on CT Eats Out with a little Q&A chatting about where I like to eat and drink along the CT shore, my favorite meal while traveling, what I think is the most instagrammable restaurant in CT and more! Read the full interview here.

Also, I curated a dinner party playlist for you, so check that out too!

Featured in the interview: Engine Room,  The Public HouseLa Belle Aurore Bistro, Half Full BreweryFairfield Bread CompanyA Thyme To CookSpiked SeltzersThe Velvet Mill,  Milagro and Noahs.

Portland, ME Faves: Duck FatCentral Provisions & Fore Street.


Photo by Ashley Caroline.

Back in Action


Pocket Dresses

I am back!!! So happy to be back posting on the blog! I have so many pent up blogging ideas that need to get out asap!

Check back for more frequent posting, and take a look around the new site (My portfolio is still a work in progress—as always)! I will try my best to post here as a reminder to check it out as I keep adding all of my previous and new projects.

Huge thanks to Brandi Bernoskie (rockstar web developer), Ashley Caroline (magical photographer,  Allie Raven of Little Red’s Well, (My go-to stylist), and Jennie Fresa Beauty (natural beauty expert) for making everything come together just the way I envisioned. I so appreciate you sharing your talents with me!

P.S. Always try your best to purchase dresses with pockets…


New Website Coming Soon!


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It has been really quiet over here on the blog, but I have a good reason! I an working on redesigning this space and can’t wait to get everything up to date and organize the site a bit better for sharing what I do.

I won’t be posting until the new site is up, but you can follow me over on Instagram & Facebook. If you want to see peeks at some design work in process you can jump over to dribbble.

Can’t wait to share the new look with you! 

Photo by Ashley Caroline.


Weekend Links



Design Inspirations //  The Palomar branding and menu design

Type Love // Tita Script

Thinking of Spring // Flats

Interior Inspiration // Love the neutrals in this house tour

Decor  // The Cutest Kitchenette

Cocktails for the Weekend // 10 Best Winter Citrus Cocktails

Zenspiration // 25 Meaningful Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

Weekend Treats & Eats // Homemade Pepperjack Crackers • Guacamole for Two • White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

A Good Watch // Thoughts on Aging

Wish Listed // skinny jeans • blanket cape

Have a fantastic weekend!! : )

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New Favorite Podcast – Being Boss



I just wanted to share with you my new favorite podcast, Being Boss // A Podcast for Creative Entrepreneurs. It is hosted by the awesome, Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative and Emily Thompson of Indie Shopography. They talk shop, but in the most casual and relaxed way—with honest tips and sharing personal experiences. It feels like you are grabbing coffee with them—which we all know us creatives love our coffee and talking business.

It is pretty new, about a month old so you can catch up quickly! Here are the episodes at a glance.

Episode One: Doing the Work
Episode Two: What to do When you are Freaking out About Money
Episode Three: Redefining Professional
Episode Five: How to be a Boss When You are Afraid of Failing
Episode Five: Growing Your Business Even When You are on Vacation

Few things I am on board with:

  • Read #GirlBoss
  • Freshbooks for finance management
  • Basecamp for project management
  • “My hair doesn’t define how professional I am or am not.” – Kathleen Shannon
  • Designer Vaca in Palm Springs
  • The best quote ever from Ira Glass:
    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Thanks ladies for creating such a wonderful resource for creatives.

Do you have a favorite podcast that you like to listen to? Anything new? I would love to hear!


Pucker Up!! A Celebration of Girlfriends



Looking for a fun girl’s night out? Grab your besties and join us for makeovers, lip print readings & more on February 12th from 6-9pm at Jennie Fresa’s new adorable shop in Madison CT! Reservations are required so be sure to call 203-421-6800 or email to get on the list.

There will be Champagne and Chocolates : ) yum!

Hosted by  | Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty BarTrue Event | Special Discounts from Everthine Bridal Boutique | Photographed by Anna Sawin Photography | Invite design by Patti Murphy


January in Photos



Did you get your free & inspiring desktop wallpaper?


I shared Julia Elizabeth’s final branding elements. Her business cards were so fun, we used 3 different patterns on the back, so when she shares them you can pick your favorite : )


Started a new branding project for a doggy daycare and overnight, The Woodland Wag. I shared a little bit of the beginning phase here. 


My eyes just recently started failing me, so I had to get some new glasses—my first pair are from Firmoo and I LOVE them!! They have so many great frames and at GREAT prices.


The Public House has been working had renovating a space in Lyme, CT and are getting closer and closer to opening day. Be sure to follow along on Facebook to see the renovations.


I got to create a design for Fat Mum Slim’s famous Photo a day challenge. If you are looking for a fun and creative challenge check out #fmsphotoaday. There is weekly prompts and 4 photos a day chosen by @fatmumslim.


Got new cards in stock from Amy Heitman. I discovered her work through Etsy and I am in love with her adorable illustrations.


I also added Paula & Waffle to the shop, her whimsical  illustrations are the perfect fit. How cute is little Wafffle, her dog and logo mark?


Little Maeve had her first visit to the shop!  All visitors welcome, the doors are open Wed-Thurs 12-4pm, Sat. 10am-2-pm & Sun 11am-3pm.


I have been anxious to get some other products into the shop besides paper goods that would make great gifts. I am excited to share Treefort Natural Soaps, that are all natural, made from scratch the old fashioned way with natural, organic & local ingredients. A huge plus is that they are local, from Colchester CT. My favorite soap is the Lavender Orange!


We are all set up for V-day, tons of perfect little prints and thoughtful gifts to give to a loved one.


My new obsession Biologic+ moved into the Velvet Mill. If you are local, give the Berry Detox Smoothie, or Rise + Shine Juice a try. Good thing it is a healthy obsession!


I still have work at the Yellow House Coffeehouse in Stonington through February. Be sure to stop in and grab a coffee or some lunch.


My sister, Kat Murphy had a painting accepted into a juried show at the Bruce Museum of American Art (so proud.) Here is my niece Greta with her painting, “Bloom & Doom.”


Another one of my friends is having a baby, due in March. We celebrated her + the babe this past weekend with the cutest twinkle, twinkle, little star themed shower.


Storm Juno!!!!! This pic was taken at Salt Water Farm Vineyard before the storm and this was taken a few days and more than 2 feet of snow later.


The storm made for the perfect day to assemble some wedding invites. These are for a summer cape cod wedding, complete with illustrated Cape Cod Map. Can’t wait to share the full suite. Shout out the Mystic Knotwork for the rope for the knots.

Other January Things
+ Little Red’s Well Branding Album
+ Launched Megan Forrest’s Website & brandng
+ Branding & Website album for Blue Lane Events
+ Books for Designers
+ My 2015 goals
+ Winter Goals
+ National Handwriting Day
+ follow along on Instagram

See you in February!!