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Raised by Design is a design and lifestyle blog about finding your personal style and tracing it back to your roots.

My name is Maggie Natarelli (hey there!) and I’m a designer, writer and stylist. I was Raised by Design: brought up by a builder and an artist in a Chicago suburb where art and architecture ruled. I studied History at the University of Massachusetts and Interior Design and Architecture at Parsons before working for a hospitality design firm in SoHo.

I live in a small house that my husband and I renovated when we were first married. It sits on a hill in a historic town on the Hudson River in New York. We share it with one baby boy and one old cat.

I’m a lifelong vintage collector (a hereditary trait in our family) with an unbiased love for beautiful and interesting things – from the most delicate Chinese porcelain to the creepiest decrepit doll head.

Aside from all that design stuff, I also love cooking, coffee, rap music, gift wrap, blue jeans and nature documentaries. If you’re searching for your personal style, I’m here for you, man! I hope we can be friends. Maybe we already are. 

Loveyoubye, MAGGIE

Raised by Design offers a range of design services locally (if you live in Westchester, NY) and through e-design (if you live far far away). For more information on packages and pricing, email maggie.natarelli@gmail.com, fill out the form below OR click the email button on my home page (same-same). 

Blog Karma (aka The Fine Print):

Unless otherwise noted, all photos, projects, designs and layouts are property of Raised by Design and should be credited as such. If you’ve found something here that you want to share with your peeps, I’m flattered – thank you! Please just make sure to credit Raised by Design and link to the original post.

On the flip side, sometimes I like to share things here that others have created. I work really hard to dig down and figure out the original source and give them proper credit. If you see something here that hasn’t met that mark, please let me know! I would be delighted to correct it.

Also, I moderate all comments on this blog and I love hearing from readers. Any comments that I feel are inappropriate, hurtful, haterific or spammy will be deleted.

Lastly, this blog is currently ad-free. All words are my own.

Blog Karma is a powerful thing – let’s keep it 100!


8 Comments on About Raised by Design

  1. ash
    08/25/2014 at 2:38 PM (3 years ago)

    Hi – I am wondering if you might have some advice for me. I also have some Sculptura chairs but two of them sag a bit at the seat. I am hesitant to try to pry them up for fear that I might break any of the welds. Have you had a similar issue with any of yours? I’d appreciate any tips you might have!.

    • Maggie Natarelli
      08/26/2014 at 1:33 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Ash!

      First, congrats on scoring Sculptura chairs at a tag sale! That’s awesome. I’m curious to know how having them powder coated turns out – I’ve been considering having mine done too. So I don’t have any sagging in the seats yet – I don’t think they saw a ton of use over the years. I wonder if they guys who are doing the powder coating would know how to fix it without damaging the material? Maybe they can assess whether it’s strong enough to be bent back? Maybe you’d be able to tap them lightly from the bottom with a heavy rubber mallet rather than pry from the top? I don’t know though – wish I had a solution!

      Love the new front porch you guys built! The outside of our house needs a lot of love so I’m inspired by your project!


  2. Molly Bea
    06/29/2014 at 8:40 AM (4 years ago)

    Maggie!!!!! I’m just discovering that you have a blog! I am so following you. I love it!! kiss kiss.

    • Maggie Natarelli
      07/07/2014 at 8:50 AM (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Mols! Your blog is looking great these days! I love the new layout! xoxo

  3. Allegra Mac
    04/26/2014 at 10:05 PM (4 years ago)

    I really like how clean your blog looks! Also, I LOVE your navy coat.

    • Maggie Natarelli
      04/28/2014 at 2:45 PM (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Allegra! I’m happy to have you as a reader! My coat is made by Jack by BB Dakota but it’s quite a few years old. They have lots of other cute ones though!

  4. Betsy
    03/16/2014 at 5:07 PM (4 years ago)

    Nice Maggie!-like your words,thoughts,and photos


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