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GEORGIA GIRLS: Maggie Griffin

Name: Maggie Griffin
Family: Husband – David, sons Henry (5) and Samuel (18 months), Baxter the Beagle, and Sandy the Kitty
Hometown: Hawkinsville, Georgia
Current Town:   Gainesville, Georgia
What Years at UGA: 2002 to 2008
School/Degree: Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science from Family and Consumer Sciences in Furnishings & Interiors
Profession: Owner and Principal Designer of Maggie Griffin Design 

Accolades: American Society of Interior Designers, Southern Living Designer Network, Holiday Designer Showcase at The Cloister/Sea Island, The Medical Center Auxiliary at Northeast Georgia Health System, Best of Hall County, numerous publications including HOME: Living in North Georgia, Lake Oconee Living, Style Blueprint, Ballard Designs: How to Decorate, Style Me Pretty
Describe Athens in three words: alive, cultural, and thriving
Fave bars and restaurant in Athens: We loved City Bar in college! Last Resort, Five & Ten, The National, and Big City Bread are my fave foodie spots!
Fave Athens landmark: The Georgia Theater

UGA gameday

Describe your typical Bulldog game day: It’s a quick drive from Gainesville to Athens, and we love coming into the Classic City for any excuse! We spend the mornings scooting from tailgate to tailgate to see our friends and family, and then try to make it to the Dawg walk to cheer on the team! I love to be inside Sanford Stadium for all of the traditional parts like the National Anthem, and to see our DAWGS win!

Share a tailgate recipe:

Nine times out of ten, I bring this dip to the tailgates and its always a crowd favorite!
Ingredients: 1 can of black beans, 1 can of fiesta corn, 1 cup of fresh cilantro, 1/2 green bell pepper, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1 red onion, 1 lb Roma tomatoes, 1 jalapeno, a little chili powder, 1 little kosher salt, 1 packet of Truvia, 1/2 cup of avocado oil
Serve with scoops or tortilla chips!


Fave lipstick: Laura Mercier lipgloss in Desert Rose
Fave mascara: Lancome Grandiose Extreme
Fave skin care line: Revision Skincare and Trish McEvoy
Fave hair product: Aveda Volume Mousse
Product you can’t live without: Trish McEvoy Youth Serum
Best budget buy product: Chapstick
Biggest product splurge: Revision Skincare Vitamin C lotion


Fave fashion designer: Reese Witherspoon for Draper James
Reese Witherspoon’s line Draper James
Fave interior designer: Bunny Williams
Fave jeans: Mother Denim
Fave tee: Halogen
Fashion idol: Olivia Palermo
Fave flower: white phalaenopsis orchid
Fave accessory: my engagement ring
Fave stationery: Rifle Paper Company and Shann Spishak Studio


Who inspires you? My little family, the strong women I’m grateful to call friends
Fave blog: Pink Peonies and Waiting on Martha
Fave instagram: The Enchanted Home
Fave magazine: House Beautiful, Southern Living and Vanity Fair
Fave book: A Place to Call Home by James Farmer
Fave song: anything by John Mayer
Fave artist: Matisse


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