About Me

maggie boston 2013 croppedHi – I’m Maggie and I created Crunchy Diva to share my creative adventures with anyone who is willing to listen! I’m a design junkie, treasure hunter and sucker for all things restored, reclaimed and repurposed. My heart lies at the intersection of history and design – I have a master’s degree in architecture but I’ve worked in history museums in one form or another since 2000.

Why the name Crunchy Diva? I grew up 10 minutes outside of Manhattan but spent my summer vacations on my grandparents’ farm in New Hampshire where I could hop, skip and jump to the best lake in the world. The country kept me grounded, but the city gave me wings. Both helped form my design style – a classic, down-to-earth aesthetic focused on clean lines, neutral palettes and natural materials, but splashed with a bit of bling and fun.

I live in Massachusetts with my hubby of 21 years and my two fabulous teenaged boys (I really do mean that. They’re awesome.) I have huge, ever expanding gardens and spend as much time as I can outside in the summer.

Here’s some other random stuff you do (or don’t!) need to know about me:

• I love my dog, Gibby, way too much. He’s a beagle/daschund mix and all he has to do is look at me the right way and boom! he gets a cookie.

• I once worked with one of Richard Nixon’s Watergate lawyers as a writing assistant while he worked on a book about Ogden Nash.

• I am a really good architect, but my drawing skills are – sniff – not so great.

• Three years ago was overrun with pets and I loved it: there were three goats, 15 chickens, two geckos, a guinea pig, two dogs, four cats and a turtle.

• Midcentury architecture makes me weak in the knees. Richard Neutra is my favorite architect.

• I am such a paint junkie that one of my friends gave me a Benjamin Moore paint fan for my birthday.

• I have only seven pieces of furniture in my house that I bought new. Everything else is a hand-me-down, a yard sale find or a craigslist score.

• I like doing laundry. I complain about it but secretly I love it.

• I’ve read the Mitford series of books at least five times.

• I love lemon more than chocolate.

• I have a short attention span and often find myself moving from project to project without finishing anything.

• My favorite quote is by Walt Whitman: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes”

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  1. Brittany Gonzales says:

    I would like to buy your purple night stand how do I do that ?

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