Hi – 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”