Castleford designer Siobhan Murphy got through to the final of BBC Two's Interior Design Masters

A  hugely talented interior designer from Castleford reached the finals of popular BBC show Interior Design Masters.

By Julie Marshall and Sharon Dale
Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 9:16 am
Siobhan Murphy during one of the challenges

Siobhan Murphy, who lives with solicitor husband Nick in Chatelaine, a magnificent Art-Deco house on Lower Oxford St, wowed the judges with her transformation of the ground floor of a restaurant and coffee shop in Hebden Bridge to win the coveted place in the final.

However, she was beaten by fellow Lynsey Ford, an architect, also from West Yorkshire.

The show, which is hosted by Alan Carr, has been following ten contestants competing for a prestigious contract with a luxury hotel in the Lake District.

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Siobhan Murphy at home in Castleford

Each week, they were given a commercial project to complete and at the end of it one person was eliminated by series judge Michelle Ogundehin, former editor of Elle Decoration magazine, working with a guest judge.

Siobhan, aged 42, who studied fashion at Leeds College of Art said: “I loved the first series of the show and I watched it again and again.

“I remember thinking, I’d absolutely love to do that, so I applied

“ I sent in photos of projects I had done in my own house and had a series of calls and interviews.

Nisha Katona assessing Siohban’s work which won her a place in the final which is to be screened on Tuesday at 8pm on BBC Two.

“When I got the call to say I was on the show I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry–or both. I was so excited.”

“I could not wait to tell my husband straight away and he was so proud of me from that moment on.

“He is just my biggest fan.”

Contestants were given their brief and had a week to design, plan and get all their materials together to a tight budget before heading to the filming location to spend the next week putting their ideas into practice.

“It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever done, said Siobhan. “Normally when you decorate you have more time and more of a budget.

“Sourcing materials was difficult during lockdown”, said Siobhan. “You couldn’t just nip out and get something. We had to do what we could.

“During the sourcing weeks I worked part-time and took annual leave for the week of the makeovers.”

Filming took place last summer under strict Covid-compliance measures and social distancing which meant time scales had to be pushed back and added an extra level of complexity to the schedule.

Siobhan said: “One of the nice things about the show was that yes, it’s a competition and we all want to win, but we did help each other out a lot because we knew how tough it was.

“We had to make and upcycle a lot of things, having such a small budget made you be a lot more creative.

“We help from decorators and carpenters.

“Some of the budget would go on the wood but the carpenters could then create something amazing.

In a couple of the projects - the metal dividers in the barbers shop and the ornate glass holder in the Hebden Bridge restaurant - Siobhan used the services of R & S Metalcraft from Castleford.

She went along with a drawing of the items that she wanted creating and they put her ideas into practice.

Find Siobhan on [email protected] or visit