Today we’d like to introduce you to Maggie Fox.
Maggie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
During college I interned for a local architect and completed a summer architecture program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. These experiences, along with an amazing professor of mine, steered me towards a liberal arts major in architecture. Jobs were scarce when I graduated and I wanted to do some literal (and figurative) exploring, so I traveled quite a bit and lived abroad.
Once I got back, an interior design job just happened to fall into my lap. I had always enjoyed decorating my room as a child, but up until that point I hadn’t thought of interior design as a career. It was just luck that the architect I had worked for during college was completing a residential project with a designer who was looking to expand her staff. I had the great fortune to work for her for two years and she was instrumental in teaching me about the industry and in helping me to develop my own style. I realized I enjoyed selecting furniture, fabrics, lighting, accessories, etc. much more than doing calculations for ductwork, plumbing and electrical components and never went back to architecture. In the beginning of 2014, I was approached by potential clients and decided it was time to go my own way. The rest is MFox Design.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
When I made the move to go off on my own, it all happened quite suddenly so I didn’t exactly have time to get all of my ducks in a row. This led to some initial bumps, but it was too good an opportunity to pass up so I took a leap of faith and so far things have worked out.
Please tell us about MFox Design.
MFox Design focuses on contemporary residential interior design that incorporates old and new pieces to tell a story. I’ve put navy leopard fabric on antique rocking chairs and put acrylic accessories on steamer trunks. I’ve used bold paint colors and quirky prints to invigorate rooms with outdated furniture and revamped table lamps with high gloss paint. This juxtaposition of old and new in the same space can create an updated look that is fun while being meaningful to the client.
Several years ago I had a client with a beautiful gilded mirror that had been passed down. She wanted to use it in her powder room, but new wallpaper had just gone up with silver foil accents and it didn’t seem to go. I had my refinisher add silver paint to key areas on the mirror’s frame and it reinvigorated the piece and tied the whole room together. I really want clients to love their home so being able to incorporate a client’s items and wishes through my filter is what I’m most proud of.
What I feel sets me apart from others is the breadth of services I offer, which ranges from one-hour, in-home design consultations to full scale design services. I have particularly enjoyed working with my small spaces clients. I find that this service caters specifically to young professionals who are looking to spruce up their homes on tighter budgets and to clients downsizing to smaller square footages.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
There are so many! One stands out though. When I was little my dad would take my brother and I backpacking in the White Mountains. One time, I must’ve been about 10, he surprised us by making jello. He boiled the water, added the mix and then tied a rope around the lid with a rock attached. He tossed it into a wading pool in the nearby river and we forgot all about it Long after the sun had set, he went back for it and we ate jello in the tent while playing Uno. I don’t even like jello now, but such a happy memory! And I thought he was so clever!
- Website: www.mfoxdesign.com
- Phone: 508.785.5637
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