Crystal Lashley and Meagan Murphree met while undergraduates in the top ranked Interior Design program at Auburn University. They were friends throughout the four year program and even joked about one day starting their own firm. After graduation, they both moved away to separate cities, but kept in touch as friends. The two were reunited after returning to Auburn to live after both passing the NCIDQ (national certification for interior designers) exam. They decided to form a partnership after seeing the need for interior design firms in the East Alabama area.
Twelve years have passed and Meagan and Crystal’s 2-person firm has grown to a team of 7, six of which are interior designers. Not only has the firm grown in size of employees, but the scope of work that L&M offers has expanded greatly. Meagan and Crystal are licensed contractors through the state of Alabama. This addition came after the realization that L&M could make their client’s construction projects even easier if they not only created the design, but also oversaw the project from beginning to end.
In 2017, L&M added custom cabinet lines that are designed and installed by their team for renovation or new-construction clients. To showcase their cabinet offerings, the partners opened a kitchen and bath showroom in downtown Auburn, AL. The retail showroom features the many lines of countertops, faucets, hardware, tile, cabinetry and flooring that are offered to their clients. The stunning showroom and scope of services offered make L&M a unique all-in- one firm where clients can choose to work with one professional team for every detail of their project.
When not overseeing a design or construction project the business partners spend time with their husbands and children. They also serve, as committee members for the local YoungLife chapter, are active in their churches and the communities in which they live.