Maggie Pate lives in a historic home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it's a space she has transformed into a creative oasis that also houses (no pun intended) her pets and her work. Maggie is a unique breed, a woman whose talents run far and deep. When we first met she was working as a stylist and had a penchant for beautiful food, much of which she prepared herself, while simultaneously designing and making a line of clothing for women.
Today Maggie's business is Nade Studio, which is where her talents have evolved and expanded into beautiful aprons, weavings, home goods and a recently released natural dying book, The Natural Color Cookbook. We've always admired Maggie's prolific talents, and her home is no exception. Her fondness for light and ability to organically curate a space that is "invigorating and sacred" immediately drew us in — read on for Maggie's interior wisdom, her favorite thing about living solo and discover the positive impact a major remodel project made on her life.
How did you find this space and what attracted you to it?
After spending a few years looking for a home to purchase, I stumbled upon a house that was a gut job. It needed the works after years of disrepair and neglect but it had old charm. I saw its potential and how I could transform it into a life giving space for me.
You made a lot of renovations on this space - can you share what you did and where? What served as the inspiration for the design?
Pretty much everything - which, actually, made the space feel more like my own than if I had just purchased a move-in ready house. I started working on this house after several years of darkness and depression. When I imagine a space for myself that was invigorating and sacred - the only thing that mattered was brightness and constant stream of natural light. So there are skylights and vaulted ceilings and light color tones
Since it’s a historic home, I wanted to reuse its original pieces. Like the old mantle that is repurposed into the bathroom vanity and the old floor joists that are the kitchen countertops and shelves.
How would you describe your interiors aesthetic?
Probably a little bit minimal, some rustic, and some Scandinavian, and a lot of texture!
What are a few of your favorite pieces in your home?
I love my dining room chairs - they look sculptural and modern with the leather webbed seat.
For sentimental and design reasons, the rug hanging in my living area. It was a piece I made in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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"Set a humble table and eat beautiful simple food. Nothing has to be fancy. When you make yourself comfortable, your guests will feel comfortable."
And naturally I love all the new additions of the pillows and rugs from my new home goods collection.
How does your space make you feel? How do you want others to feel when entering your home?
My home makes me feel at peace, inspired, and refreshed. Rarely do I feel stressed here, which is a very welcome feeling after living in NYC for years too. Since I work from home it’s important for me to be in a space that doesn’t make me feel burdened or down.
Luckily, most of my friends say my home [makes them feel] welcomed and calm, which is quite the compliment. I’d love for people to also feel inspired to create or explore their own creativity.
What do you love most about living alone?
I have lived with people but I love living alone. Curating my space without someone else’s input is pretty nice. Also, I’m an introvert so I can recharge in solitude from anywhere in the house.
What is most difficult about living alone?
Perhaps safety and having to cover all the bills. Sometimes it’s gets a bit lonely too.
You share your space with a few animals. How do they add value to your life and your home?
I have a few animals... my pets are a constant source companionship. Each has a different personality. On sunny days, you can catch TimTim or Wilbur sunbathing under one of the skylights.
How did your home inspire and support your book?
I try to live really intentionally in my personal life and my business. Buying local, growing my own food, and purchasing ethical & sustainable products whenever possible. My book, The Natural Colors Cookbook, is all about natural dyeing with food waste. I wanted to urge people to reconnect to food and slow craft. There are several dye recipes and projects for your home too.
Why is handmade and hand-dyed relevant? Why is it important from both a maker and heritage viewpoint and an environmental perspective?
The fashion and textile industry is second dirtiest industry in the world (second to the oil industry). Synthetic dyes are toxic and man-made fabrics lead to extensive water pollution. That’s just the beginning. Needless to say ethically and sustainably made goods have a positive impact on the environment and community. All my home goods, scarves and weavings are naturally dyed. I want people to appreciate the narrative of their NÅDE pieces just as much as they adore the object itself.