I'd like to introduce you to my friend Margaret Maggard. In this photo, she is positioned on her sofa in such a way that you can guess she was once a yoga instructor. She also used to run her own successful jewelry business, Bhati Beads, which was born out of the handmade wrist wraps she wore while teaching yoga. Margaret's designs were favored by many celebrities, most notably the former First Lady, Michelle Obama. For seven consecutive years, models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition wore slivers of spandex on their breasts and bottoms and Margaret’s wraps on their wrists and ankles.
She is retired now but this former entrepreneur has a breadth of experience that is remarkable. Next week on the blog, Margaret shares her successes and failures in an interview that will be valuable reading for anyone in a creative business.
Margaret's latest endeavor takes aim at something even more important to her – her home. She and her husband Bill relocated to Denver from Wisconsin nearly four years ago. Built in 1929, their bungalow sits on a leafy boulevard in the Park Hill neighborhood not far from City Park. She injects her creative personality into every corner of their home and the result is a dynamic mix of color and pattern, vintage and antique, old and new, high and low, strange and sweet. The best interiors -- or at least the most livable -- incorporate relics from the past and Margaret and Bill's place is the best!
I remember the day that Margaret told me she was leaving Milwaukee. I nearly burst into tears. Margaret had been a mentor to me from the get-go. She enthusiastically supported my idea to create vignettes and write about them on a blog. She advised me every step of the way. (She still does!) And the advantage to losing a friend nearby is that you gain a friend out-of-town. I so enjoyed my visit with Margaret and I hope these photos give you a sense of how uniquely chic their home is.
I will close today's post with this anecdote from my visit. Margaret and I trolled a few antique shops together. In one particularly dusty warehouse, I spotted the most gorgeous pair of foo dogs with a glaze as layered and complex as a good burgundy. "You must buy these," I told Margaret. She tried bargaining with the clerk who wasn't in a flexible mood. Margaret left the doggies behind. By the time we were back at her bungalow, she regretted her decision. A call to the shopkeeper was unsatisfactory as the foo dogs sold shortly after we left. Since then, I have continued to search for a pair that equalled the Denver foo dogs. If you have a pair you would like to sell, please get in touch with me here. I'd like to surprise my friend Margaret.
Also, just a quick reminder to check in next week to read about Margaret's experience in retail fashion. It's fascinating!
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My miniature version of Margaret's "Flower Power Bouquet." Click on the image for shopping information.
If you enjoyed this post, you might like reading about my friend Alice's dining room. Click on the photo for more.