Name: Maggie, Chuck, Katie and Will (crazy critters: Stella, Blanche and Ozzie the three legged cat)
Location: Sumter, South Carolina
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: Renting 14 months
Maggie Overby is a Louisiana native living in Sumter, South Carolina. After graduating from LSU and meeting the love of her life — Chuck — they bought their first home and Maggie caught the renovating and design bug. Her dad was very artistic and a great handyman and her mom was "a redecorating, DIY, and home improvement junkie." And her grandfather was a furniture maker as well. As a military family, she knew she needed something that would be mobile and flexible, so she says, "I started off sewing for the new house and then for other people's houses, before I knew it I was making pillows, drapes, bedding, slip covers, etc. for anyone who asked." And that's how her design and blogging business began!
Maggie is a do-it-all momma who is balancing raising two kids while making colorful renovations to their rental and running a full-time blog. On top of that, her husband is still active duty in the army. They have moved numerous times— 10 times in the last 15 years, including Germany! — so she's learned how to keep things inexpensive, but still homely and colorful. She blogs frequently about her interior design, DIYs, antique shopping finds, and travel adventures.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: '90s Ranch
Inspiration: I'm a collector so anything that catches my eye is an option. I have a very eclectic aesthetic which spans many different styles. Pretty much anything goes!
Favorite Element: I love my studio space above the garage just because I've never had so much space to spread out before. It is kind of a luxury from my first workspace, which was in a closet.
Biggest Challenge: Renting! I am a house person with a degree in architecture who loves to build and reimagine spaces. It is hard to live in a place where I can't do that. We have moved ten times and most often buy our homes but the last two have been rentals. Fortunately, I have had great landlords who are pretty open to my vision. Having a blog where they can see my work helps a lot.
What Friends Say: Wow! Because I am a collector and have lots of little things I collect and display. I think it probably seems like a lot to most. I love to display my collections together and since much of it is art there is not a bare wall in my house.
Get the look! → Vibrant, Colorful & Confident
Biggest Embarrassment: The flooring: 1980s Pergo, carpet and peel and stick vinyl. If I owned this house I'd love to do hardwoods throughout. I do like the hex tiles in the bathrooms so they can stay.
Proudest DIY: I love my Eddie Ross inspired mantel makeover. I'll have to paint it back when we move but it's only paint so I went for it. I'm pretty fearless when it comes to color.
Biggest Indulgence: My West Elm sectional is probably the most I've ever spent on a piece of furniture and one of the few pieces I actually bought new (well unless you consider it was on clearance because someone else returned it.)
Best Advice: You don't have to have a lot of money to get an expensive looking space. There are so many resources for great second-hand furniture that it is often better quality than what you would buy new. All you have to do is be willing to hunt and be flexible about what you are looking for. Sometimes the best things find you.
Dream Sources: Anything vintage, there are very few pieces in my home that were bought new and I am fine with that.