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Maggie Morgan is an Interior Decorator in Seattle, Washington. Since childhood she’s been rearranging rooms, styling bookshelves, and obsessing over fabrics (she had a very thoughtfully decorated dollhouse!). Since starting the Maggie Rose design blog in 2008, she began decorating rooms for readers who became clients. In 2011 she launched Maggie Rose Interiors full-time. Recently she made some time to chat. This is what transpired-
What is the best design advice you ever received?
William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
When decorating, what item(s) should you invest or splurge on?
Definitely invest in a great sofa for the room you spend the most time in, preferably with clean, simple lines and a neutral fabric. And great drapes can make a room.
What would be your dream project?
A client who loves to entertain and wants guests to say “WOW” when they walk in the room. Freedom to be creative. And any project that requires lots of fabrics (my weakness!).
How important is lighting to your design?
Extremely so. I’ll bring in several table lamps and lighting sources. Rooms look better with many sources of soft (under 60 watt) lighting rather than one or two sources of harsh light.
What is one “trick of the trade” that you implement in your designs?
I group decorative objects in threes. Usually with staggering heights to create a triangle. It’s a great way to display a small collection without it feeling cluttered.
What is your favorite style?
Is that how your home is decorated? Traditional with a twist. Love classic furniture shapes that never go out of style paired with modern pieces and textiles from around the world. I’m getting there with my own place , but that’s the vision!
What do you see as the next design trend?
I think mid century modern design will continue to be popular for a while, but I think a return to post-modernism may be after that. Trends are cyclical after all! Or maybe it’s something we’ve never seen before! I think red will make a comeback next year though.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure that might surprise people?
I like to sing along with a lot of Kanye West’s latest album. Best in the car!
Can you tell us about your goals or any projects in the works that you are excited about?
I have some fun things in store for Spring, but my lips are sealed! Currently working on a bachelor pad that has a ton of potential to be amazing.
Well Maggie when you are ready to unseal your lips, let us know. Thanks for your time!
Resources: Maggie Rose Interiors and Lonny Magazine
Michael Murphy is a Los Angeles based interior designer and television producer. His 15+ year career includes serving as Supervising Producer on TV design guru Christopher Lowell's "Work That Room." Recently, he has completed projects with celebrity designer Kenneth Brown and fashion icon Heidi Klum. Follow Michael on Google+
Hi Maggie - seeing as how you are from Seattle, what are some ideas for brightening up a home interior given our gloomy and overcast weather here in the Northwest? I have a home with north facing windows making it even worse.
It can be quite the challenge, I know! I actually like to leave my overhead lights off and instead infuse the room with light from different sources - a mixture of table lamps, floor lamps, pendants, and wall-lights. I just make sure to use about 40-60 watts instead of 100+ so all the light is gentle, but the variety of sources mean there aren't dark corners and shadows. Hope that helps! Maggie