mStarr design is a lifestyle studio that provides interior design and content creation services, inspiring others to embrace character and real life by helping them elevate the everyday through charming & curated details.

mStarr design was born out of a passion for and a need to create. At the core of who we are is a belief that small details and curated moments matter. That character and charm are rooted in those small details, and that they often make the biggest impact. This is a common thread through all of the work we do and the things we create. 


We love to work with a variety of people, like you, who share a love and appreciation for imperfection and character because we know these are the qualities that create timeless designs and give life to our homes. Timeless to us is a mix of old and new, past and present. Inspired by the past but able to evolve. It’s not a specific look or paint color but something different to everyone. Do you smile as you walk by that piece of art everyday? Can you picture your children cuddled underneath that blanket? 


Our style is constantly evolving but one thing we always stay true to is an intentional , slower design. It is approachable and inviting. We create spaces that are meant to be lived in and used, where every detail is thoughtfully considered to suit your personal taste and the way you choose or need to live in your home. We love to help you explore and discover your favorite colors or one-of-a-kind pieces that will remind you of a time, place or person you love. Always collected, layered, and real, we mix old and new with quality pieces from a wide variety of makers - whether that be an incredible vintage shop, mainstream retail store, or an investment custom piece that transforms the space. 


We are cognizant of your budget, the style of your home, and the goals you have for what you want your home to be. Creatively finding design solutions that evoke a feeling of nostalgia and excites you about the possibilities is what inspires us and drives our work. 

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At mStarr, we believe in finding charm and layering in personality. In perfectly imperfect elements. Living slower. And above all, infusing character into your space with small but impactful details. 

EMILY STARR ALFANO / Founder + Creative Director


Emily is the Starr behind mStarr. Her career has taken her on a journey through various industries including sports marketing, radio and jewelry design but mStarr was born following her 2011 wedding. With hard work, a little luck and an opening in the New England market for a design-focused business, mStarr grew quickly, crafting dozens of weddings and events across the country. With growth came styling jobs and eventually an expansion and focus on interiors, something she had always been passionate about. She spent the 7 years in her 1830's house (affectionately nicknamed #farmhousedialfano) making updates and growing an Instagram following. In 2021, she moved to a "newer" home built in 1898 where she's fully embracing its charm and taking sensible design risks.

Emily comes armed with experience from years spent in project management and marketing, bringing right-brain creative thinking, left-brain execution, and resourcefulness to the table.

She often gets asked what her style is. Truth is, it shifts with the seasons, the years, a post-inspiration deep dive. But it's always collected, layered, and organic. It's always going to include a mix of new & old, mainstream & artisan. And it's at its core...approachable.

So what does approachable mean to her? Style that's attainable yet aspirational. A nice mix of affordable & investment pieces. Telling your design story with a focus on function for your lifestyle and family. 

Emily lives in the Boston area with her husband Bill, daughter Max, and pup Bruno.



Our 1890's farmhouse, styling + restyling said house, my nieces + nephew, freshly picked flowers, Jeep rides in cool weather, hardware stores, rolling a 2nd coat of paint on, Italy, discovering artisans, avocados, cheese, pumpkin beer but nothing else pumpkin, the spiciest cocktails, Target, the Cape in the fall, small towns, big cities, any + all forms of shopping, Harrison, Maine, re-reading books, stale peeps {as in the candy}, sour gummies, Etsy, caulking, braids, dining under the stars, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and this amazing, rewarding, ever-evolving career of mine.