President, ASID NY Metro - Principal, Room Service Designs, Inc.
Areas of Specialty
- Residential Design
- Historical Renovation and Reconstruction
- Consultant on American Antiques, Furniture and Folk Art
Designer Q&A with Maggie
What is your design philosophy?
Good design is the result of a genuine collaborative process. The client brings a “wish list” and I bring an attentive ear, my creative vision and the tools. Homes are made of dreams as well as bricks and mortar. First, designers are interpreters; then we are craftsmen. Armed with decades of experience, the best resources and thoughtful, practical and appropriate design solutions, I give life to dreams in homes that capture the soul, spirit and personal style of my clients.
What led you to this career?
A pencil or a crayon. I can’t remember when I wasn’t painting or drawing. My passion led to a degree in Fine Arts and a 10-year career as a painter. I began to feel limited by the two-dimensionality of the canvas and I looked for ways to incorporate the “third” dimension. Quite by accident, I was introduced to the field of Interior Design and I fell in love. Subsequently I went back to school for a second degree in Interior Design. My love was so great, I wanted to share it. So I continued to teach interior design for the next 20+ years as I built my practice.
What has been your favorite project and why?
My favorite project is almost always the one I am working on at the moment. Designing is akin to having children: you love them all, but each in a different way.
Tell us about your most challenging project.
Hands-down, it was a gut renovation of a kitchen in a NYC apartment hi-rise. We were prohibited from moving the existing gas line and it thwarted every conceivable plan for enlarging the kitchen. Potentially explosive? You might think so. Finally we found the solution by burying the existing gas line in a column we created and worked the kitchen around a series of columns as a design motif. My favorite part is that it remains our elegant (and safe) little secret. No one knows it was supposed to be any other way. I always smile when I see it because it looks like this was the most perfect solution, and my first choice!.
What is your design process?
Someone once described my process very succinctly and probably better than I can describe it. She wrote: “Maggie sees with the eye of a painter. She practices with the patience of a teacher. She executes with the skill of a craftsman.” I try to live up to that.