My talented friend @cathlin.mccullough took lots of professional headshots of me looking composed and confident. But this one sums me up best. Colorful, power-clashing, art-filled, gold-bracelet wearing, nose-scrunched laughter. What’s the point otherwise? Thanks for capturing this reluctant subject @cathlin.mccullough and for getting a few sultry ones for online dating profiles 🤭 #lizmacphailinteriors #theredriverhouse #austindesigner #austininteriordesign #interiordesigner

I joke with @anniebrontosaurus that I’m over this house, ready to start on the next. And while it is true I was itching to find the next house before I even moved into this one, I do love this house so very much and am so grateful. . . #lizmacphailinteriors #theredriverhouse #interiordesign #bungalow #vintagebungalow #bungalowstyle #vintagestyle #farrowandball #skimmingstone #farrowandballskimmingstone #flowersbyannie

Mid-install ... when it starts to come together, but you’re too spent to move the broom. . . #lizmacphailinteriors #projectroostroost #interiordesign #dining #diningroom #diningroomdecor #diningtable #customtable

Girl meets nightstands. A love story. . . #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #nightstands #rattanfurniture #canefurniture #canewebbing #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefurniture #farrowandball #farrowandballbancha

Clients’ own family heirloom, art and alcohol. 📷 @ryann_ford . . #lizmacphailinteriors #bugalowdesign #vintagebungalow #shiplap #originalshiplap #diningroom #interiordesign #antiques #barcart #vintageart

Kicking off the new year over here with a little built-in desk and storage concept ... #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #builtins #penandpencildrawing #kidsroom #kidsdesk #kidstorage #officedesign

As the sun sets at #theredriverhouse on this second to last day of 2019, I’m reflecting on what an awesome year it has been. I hired my bespoke-alpaca, right-hand-woman @anniebrontosaurus full-time, as well as a quasi-CFO to run my books. Photographed work and submitted for public consumption (outside the insta) for the first time and landed at Domino.com. Met some amazing new clients and dove into exciting projects. Let go of some clients and projects too. That’s never easy, but it’s been a powerful lesson in following my heart and taking advantage of being the boss — deciding where we will focus our creative time and energy. But I’m most proud, this year, of taking a huge leap of faith in myself and my business to converge my vision, passion and grit, to open this design studio. What a ride it has been to trust, listen, lead and leap. I see blue skies ahead ... to 2020! #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #interiordesigner #2019inreview

It must be my own motherhood that has me so into drop-zone utility. This ebullient, bold-note design by us, built by @michelleoliviadesign and photographed by @ryann_ford An interesting note, this mom organized her kids/days/meals with a chalkboard prior to our design, so we threw in the side chalkboard to fit her functional system. This chalk writing is exactly as we found it the day we showed up to photograph. The cleats not so much ;) #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #organizedhome #dropzone #utilityroom #mudroom #mudroomdesign #mudroombench #mudroomlockers #mudroombuiltins #storageideas #greencabinets #chalkboard

Well-done, thank you, high-five and we like your style @preservationaustin ... Saving these homes is challenging, worthwhile and wholly gratifying work. Welcome to the club, and stop by and see us sometime neighbor 👋🏼 #anotherredriverhouse #theredriverhouse #preservation #historicpreservation #preservationaustin #streamlinemoderne

Happy, fun-filled Friday ... with a happy, fun-filled room we recently completed. #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #designinspo #livingroom #chesterfieldsofa #familyroom #familyroomdecor 📷 @ryann_ford

Thanks to @supplyshowroom for a happy, holiday kickoff last night. And for helping us source this awesome @stfranktextiles fabric to go with our $50 craigslist-find, rattan daybed. This might be our favorite kind of designing ... #highlowdesign #upcycle #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #sunroom #patternplay #fiddleleaffig 📷 @ryann_ford

Just a couple days in the office this week before @anniebrontosaurus and I cut out to focus on family. Much to be grateful for here at #lizmacphailinteriors including this lovely fall view from my new office.

Our client shared with me her boys won’t use this tiny powder room tucked under the stairs...”too scary.” As a mom of boys myself, I’d say it’s a win to know your guests can enter the powder room with zero threat of little boys having been in there prior. . . . #interiordesign #powderroom #powderroomdesign #wallpaper #apparatusstudio #rebeccaatwood #lizmacphailinteriors

Without client supervision, I’m prone to stripes in crazy ceiling configurations. #theredriverhouse #lizmacphailinteriors #silkandsagedesign #farrowandball #wallpaper #darktrimwork #farrowandballrailings #bathroom #powderroom #interiordesign #designinspo #vintagebungalow #preservationaustin

Dreaming of this scene from our #houstonhousedoneaustinstyle on this cold and rainy day. #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #mockingbirdmadefurniture #victoriamorrispottery #miacaramerosoriginals #designinspo #austindesign #masterbedroom #customfurniture 📷 @ryann_ford

Today we photographed this sweet house (this is a crappy iPhone pic!) and wonderful project we’ve been working on for the past several years (gut renovation, second story additions + full interiors are not for the faint of heart!). Can’t wait to share the good photographer pics and more of this Austin bungalow gem. #bungalow35inaustin #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #austindesign #austinbungalow #vintagebungalow #gutrenovation #restoreaustin #secondstoryaddition #whitehouses

Starting off the week with a look back at a room we did for a sweet boy who loves books and Minecraft and whose mom loves wallpaper. 💓 #lizmacphailinteriors #houstonhousedoneaustinstyle #bedroom #interiordesign #kidsbedroom #boysbedroomdecor #wallpaper

It’s past midnight and I’m still awake. If you know me, this is rare. I’m an early-to-bed, start working at 5 am (not gonna lie sometimes 4 am) kinda girl. For me, it’s how single, working mama flows best. But tonight I’m wired. Tomorrow we move into our new studio office. And by new, I mean 100-years-old. This house is far from perfect, and yet, I love every inch of it. We met online (modern day love story) 8 months ago. 5 months ago I saved it from certain demolition. 4 months ago I closed on it. And the past 120 days I have spent saving fixing renovating restoring adoring appreciating creating evaluating spending innovating braving pushing and believing. I can’t sleep. Because while the foundation is solid and the paint is pretty, the wallpaper is up and the sink is resurfaced — the next chapter is just about to begin. I think when you finally decide to live #inthearena you wanna spend every minute of it there. More to come. Wish me luck. Pray for me. And then, come visit. . . . . . #theredriverhouse #interiors #interiordesign #lizmacphailinteriors #austindesign #vintagebungalow #renovation #restoration #watchthisspace #moretocome #getonwithitalready

Hate to brag but I love to brag on this house. On time. On budget. I love and am grateful for all the tradesmen. GC + Client + Designer = Heaven. Have I been obsessive? Am I known to just sit over here and take it all in? Is there big news coming soon? Hells to the yeah. #theredriverhouse #lizmacphailinteriors #comingsoon #thearena #brenebrownupinhere

Going bold in the utility zone. There wasn’t room for a full-blown mudroom, so we made it work and made it fun at our #bungalow35inaustin project. Bench cushion pending and you know it isn’t boring. Fabrication and install by the wonderful team @michelleoliviadesign #mudroom #utilityroom #dropzone #familyliving #familyorganization #greencabinetry #customcabinetry #interiordesign

I designed this pair of credenzas. And @syd_furniture added to the concept. And then I modified. And he adjusted. The creative process of building something with Shota is inspiring. Thanks for being a passionate and skilled creative craftsman @syd_furniture #lizmacphailinteriors #sydfurniture #customfurniture #interiordesign #livingroomdecor 📷 @ryann_ford

The painter called. He wanted to be sure we gave him the right color for the cabinets. “This can’t be right.” #lizmacphailinteriors #sulkingroompink #paintedcabinets #pinkcabinets #theredriverhouse #confusedtradesman

Snapped this #crappyiphonepic the other day when we stopped by our clients’. It’s not styled, there’s nothing fancy on the side table, but it’s exactly how I found it that day - the guitar leaning back against the wall, the leather sofa slouched, the old Antone’s sign happily doing its thing — and it made me happy. #reallife #unstyled #livedin #familyhome #musicianslivehere #lizmacphailinteriors #vintagebungalow #originalshiplap #musicroom #familyroom #interiordesign

@anniebrontosaurus has about had it with me talking all things #theredriverhouse ... but when you’re designer AND client AND obsessed it’s hard to stop. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #lizmacphailinteriors #vintagebungalow #checkerboardfloor #linoleum #marmoleum #workinprogress #interiordesign #renovation #savethishouseforanother100years

We’ve been on a little summer break over here. But we are back and refreshed and installing a fun mix of patterns in this happy sunroom ... all on a craigslist-found, rattan settee.. #lizmacphailinteriors #sunroom #interiordesign #mixandmatch #patternplay

Went down a @1stdibs worm hole sourcing this coffee table and fell in love with the texture, pattern, color and scale. Paired with a @marcphillipsrugs for some sitting room chill. #lizmacphailinteriors #vintagecoffeetable #sittingroom #livingroom #livingroomdecor #interiordesign

The majority of our clients are parents of young kids. We always encourage them to make creating a well-appointed, master bedroom retreat a priority. Feel the zen. #lizmacphailinteriors #houstonhousedoneaustinstyke #selfcare #masterbedroom #masterbedroomdesign #master #vintagechairs #thonet

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” Helen Keller Jumping with joy to share the news that today I became my own client. I saved this 100-year- old beauty from a developer. ————///////———////////——— Too soon to talk plans but ... Watch. This. Space. #lizmacphailinteriors #theredriverhouse #vintagebungalow #craftsmanhome #renovation

Another room at our #houstonhousedoneaustinstyle This is the arts and crafts, homework, flop-in-the-corner of the world’s-comfiest-sectional and read a book room. Aka “the den.” Cool enough for grown-ups, rugged-enough for kids. Just the basics but far from boring. #lizmacphailinteriors #interiordesign #den #livingroom #darkwalls #darkfloors

During a client-install today, this little guy came home, grabbed a snack and parked it in the middle of it all. Such a compliment. A family-friendly space, equally comfortable for goldfish-snacking as it is a dinner party. #vintagebungalow #bungalow35inaustin #breakfasttable #diningroom #interiordesign #lizmacphailinteriors

Ok NOW we are done. A bittersweet moment for sure as this house was so fun to design and moreover this family got my heart and more specifically @colbyshepardhall became not just a client but a friend. BUT can’t wait to share the whole house soon! Thanks for bringing it to 💯 with me today @ryann_ford #interiordesign #lizmacphailinteriors #houstonhousedoneaustinstyle #customfurnituredesign #customfurniture #thonet #shelfie #shelfdecor #masterbedroom #crappyiphonepic #fireplace #moroccantiles

Holy Shota ... it never gets old seeing the design of my mind’s eye come to life. Installing soon at a Travis Heights Bungalow dear to my heart. @syd_furniture #travisheightsbungalow #whiteoak #customfurnituredesign #credenza #interiordesign #lizmacphailinteriors