Carolyn Murphy

At home with the supermodel and her trove of precious things


Even before Carolyn Murphy began traversing the globe as a top model 25 years ago, the all-American beauty was racking up miles as the daughter of a military man. “We lived in England for a while,” she recalls, “and I remember my father taking us to Germany and the Azores. Travel was definitely a part of my upbringing.” These days, the 41-year-old Murphy, who is the face of Estée Lauder, as well as the women’s design director for Shinola, the Detroit-based maker of handcrafted artisanal goods, still finds herself globe-trotting quite a bit. And her home in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood—a bright, beautifully appointed townhouse that she shares with her 15-year-old daughter Dylan and two Labrador retrievers—is filled with unique finds from her trips. Or at least most of them. As Murphy admits, “I’ve moved around so much that I’ve sort of left things here and there.”