“GO FOR IT! YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LEARN TO DO IT UNLESS YOU TRY.”
a retiring helicopter pilot. It’s hard to believe, but they moved into their latest house in April 2017, and it looked completely different. But “I liked that it had a lot of built-ins and that much of the major work was already done, like the beautiful floors,” says Maggie. She set to work creating an elegant and eclectic interior design.
“I say eclectic, because I don’t think it all has to be one style,” says Maggie. “I started with the master bedroom. I bought the mattress new, maybe a few accessories, but for the most part, nothing else is new.” It’s all vintage, thrifted finds. For example, for the master bedroom, she turned a former coffee table into a bench. Off came the Formica top, and using her sewing and upholstery skills, she made a cushion and a slipcover.
Maggie is all about a good deal and is not above pulling something off the curb either. A midcentury sofa set was one such score. “My mom’s neighbor was moving out. It was a three-piece teal number. My kids were little, my husband was deployed and I had to get a storage unit for the stuff I was collecting. I had a guy reupholster it. I had it for years. It was so cool.”
When the family was stationed in Germany for two years, Maggie’s design skills really took off. “The aesthetic there is more sleek now, so all the midcentury stuff is real cheap,” she says. The beautiful wood desk in her library, for example, was a mere 10 euros (about $12 dollars at the time) and painted a hideous blue. “I figured for $12 I could try to get the paint off. I was translating on my phone in the hardware store, trying to figure out the German for ‘stain.’ I would write another blogger, ‘I need polyurethane! What is that in German?’ I had to multicontinent my DIYS.”
IN THE DINETTE AREA, the wood furniture looks like a set, but “they are friends, not relatives,” says Maggie. She explains, “The buffet was from Alabama. The lady was about to shabbychic paint it white, and I said ‘No, I’ll take it!’” The table and...
HOMEOWNER Maggie Overby, with her son in the background.
THE PAINTING is paint-by-number, part of a large collection Maggie has. Note how she painted the trim black for contrast against the white bookcases. The chairs on the fireplace are from an estate sale in New Orleans. “I finally had the right spot for...
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