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Amy Conner-Murphey and Kathy Greeley

High Point Market 2022

[caption id="attachment_8005" align="alignright" width="478"] A very bright spot to our visit was getting to celebrate our design colleague and friend Kathy Greeley as she launched her book “The Collected Cottage” at the Currey & Co showroom. Congrats Kathy![/caption] We're back from visiting the High Point Market this fall. It was a busy time going from booth to booth, both exploring new...

Feature wall displaying art collection of curated personal art

How to Make Your Home Your Own

[caption id="attachment_7714" align="alignright" width="1800"] Wall of curated art from the Owner's Collection, including paintings by their father. The Lumiere House[/caption] When you think about what makes a person interesting, it often comes down to the unique experiences they have had that have brought substance and meaning to their life. In a similar way, your home environment can be the visual...

Tips for solving clutter and getting organized

Editing and Organizing Your Home for Peace of Mind & Joy

Our homes are meant to be sanctuaries; places where we can feel safe, secure, calm, and happy. Let’s face it, the last couple of years many of us have been faced with extremely stressful situations. We’ve had to pivot quickly to reorder, reorganize, or retrofit our set-ups to meet a new set of needs. While change is inevitable (and necessary),...

Advice from an architect-interior designer-Mom on helping her daughters decorate their dorm rooms and beyond

“Turn! Turn! Turn!”

♫ To Everything There Is a Season ♫ With Labor Day comes the unofficial end of summer and the turning of the seasons--and for many, this marks a return to school.  From grade school to high school and then off to college, the milestone events in the lives of our children often occur this time of year.  This is especially true...

Amy Conner-Murphy, AIA Architect reflects on the changes new residents bring to Asheville, NC

Earnest Reflection, Exceptional Results

Reflection has been critical to my personal and professional development, so it may not surprise you to find that I encourage this kind of thinking with my clients. It is wondrous how quickly something abstract or seemingly unusual or perhaps something you've never considered before can feel so poignant when we take a moment to look inside ourselves. Throughout...

Home Building Costs in 2022 and 2023

Home Building Costs

2021 saw a dramatic increase in construction prices all over the U.S. An increase in demand combined with supply chain issues and labor shortages created the perfect storm of a volatile building materials market. If the first quarters of 2022 are any indication, we are in for more of the same for the foreseeable future. Rising fuel prices are adding...

ACM Design named Most Outstanding Interior Design and Architecture firm in North Carolina 2022

Most Outstanding North Carolina Full-Service Boutique Design Firm

LUXlife Magazine has released their list of the 2022 Leaders in Luxury. The annual awards are selected amongst firms that meet the highest standards in architecture, interior design, property development, and/or product and furniture design. LUXlife handpicks each nominee. The awards are judged on the caliber of the work and the judges explicitly examine firms who continually excel in their...

Amy Conner-Murphy, Architect reflecting on the anticipation of waiting and the faith in contemplation this Christmas season, 2021

The Waiting Place: Reflections on the Birth of a Design

The holiday season is a busy time for all of us, each with our own traditions. There are gatherings to attend with family and friends, festivities to enjoy and gifts to be exchanged. It can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle even when we do our best to prepare ourselves. One of the ways that I...

Are you Planning to
Design and Build a Mountain Home?

If you’ve ever driven the Blue Ridge Parkway and dreamt of living in the Smoky Mountains or the Southern Appalachians, we’ve compiled a series of complimentary guides rich with information about designing a mountain home. Informed by our decades of experience as mountain home architects, we share expert advice about topics like building on steep slopes, terrain-specific building costs, and materials suited for withstanding the mountain weather. Our passion for creating personalized and heartfelt homes is apparent in all of our work and it is our pleasure to share our expertise with you in these free and informative guides.