zk woman: nicole murray - creating spaces that empower
creative, foodie, lover of the ocean, and single mumma, nicola murray has a passion for self development and women empowerment. she runs two businesses, she creates.co which is an interior design studio and the pink bungalow which is a pink house that is used as a photoshoot & events space. we caught up with nicola before this pandamic brought the world to a standstill.
where are you from?
i have lived in sydney my whole life and moved to brisbane a few years ago as i was working as interior designer for a large company and moved to join the design team in brisbane to pursue my career, i had never even been to brisbane before and moved here for my career but now i have fallen in love with the place.
tell us about you
i am a creative, a massive foodie, a lover of the ocean, a single mumma to a beautiful girl name indigo, i have a passion for self development and women empowerment and i run two business, she creates.co which is an interior design studio and the pink bungalow which is a pink house that is used as a photoshoot & events space.
i have always been super creative since a young age, when i was a little girl my mum would get mad as i was constantly moving around the furniture in our family home. i knew i had a passion for interiors from a young age, i even wrote it on my year 6 graduation papers that i wanted to be an interior designer when i grew up.
when i am in creating spaces i feel in total alignment and in my happy place. my goal is to create spaces to enhance peoples lives and make them feel empowered.
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have you always wanted to design spaces?
as soon as i left school i went straight into design college and started studying design, i then moved onto specialising in studying commercial interior design. whilst studying i worked in other industries, i actually completed a traineeship in the council’s economic development unit doing business, events & marketing which i think i have definitely incorporated into my work today. i also have had a lot of experience in the hospitality industry, i have been a barista and funny fact i used to be a children’s party host.
if you weren’t running she creates co, what would we find you doing?
i would still be finding away to get creative, i have so many passions and ideas. i have always wanted to get into videography i just love how capturing film can be. i am also super passionate about business and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, constantly thinking of ideas for myself and my friends on what they could do so maybe even a creative business coach? i’m sure i would be on some kind of business adventure. i know i would have to be flipping houses on the weekend to get my passion for interiors out of my system though!
have any mentors/muses inspired your work?
yes i have an amazing mentor at the moment called pru from the owners collective.
women you look up to?
i admire sophia amoruso who wrote one of my favourite books “girl boss” this book gave me the initial push to go into business on my own and she is just a total girl boss love everything she is about.
my mum, if it wasn’t for her i wouldn’t be half the person i am now. she is the reason the pink bungalow exists and she has always taught me to be kind and follow my heart, no matter how crazy my ideas have been.