Design Detour: Maggie Griffin

Maggie Griffin’s aesthetic is grounded in fresh takes on gracious Southern interiors. Against a palette of warm whites, moody blues and the occasional jolt of color, her eponymous firm employs a broad range of materials (from velvet and polished metals to raw linen and pecky cypress) to make spaces that feel elevated yet familiar.


“In a city like Atlanta, entertaining is second nature,” she says, and true to form, every room in her portfolio looks ready for a visit.



“I’m dreaming of a big table at the Garden Room at the St. Regis. I miss connecting with my designer friends — I’ve got Lauren Lowe, Whitney Durham and Erika Ward on speed-dial — but a great party needs a more eclectic mix. To shake things up I’d invite artists Allison James and Angela Blehm … and Ann and Sid Mashburn, just because they’re the coolest.”



“I can still remember going into Beverly Bremer with my grandmother when I was a little girl, after we’d driven two and a half hours from my hometown in her white Mercedes sedan to shop in Atlanta for the day.  The fact that that silver shop is still going strong today truly shows that classic pieces are heirlooms for generations after generations."


“For an airy grouping that still makes a big impact, we like to pair several glass globe pendants like the Turenne Medium Globe Pendant over a bar or in a butler’s pantry. It makes a bold statement in an unexpected place.”




“I love Colleen Leach’s fresh take on modern florals, and her jewel tones can easily find a home even in the most traditional spaces.” 



“For me and my team, checks are neutrals. I love small gingham checks, medium crisp ones, and large buffalo checks too! The Elton check from Schumacher feels very Southern to me, especially in blue and white. It reminds me of softer, cooler temperatures and dining by candlelight in pretty spring months!”‌