Margaret Kennedy was born In Milford, MA and grew up in Uxbridge, MA.
She graduated from Clark University, Worcester, MA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in art, with studio classes at the Worcester Art Museum.
Winning a spot as a college guest editor at MADEMOISELLE magazine led Kennedy to pursue publishing. She launched her career at HOUSE & GARDEN, covering markets and trends across America and international fairs in Milan, Paris or London.
One of Kennedy’s first major influences was working with photographer Horst, styling interiors created by decorators such as Billy Baldwin or Albert Hadley. She collaborated with many designers including Mario Buatta and Italian architect Gae Aulenti to create rooms using new fabrics or furnishings. Kennedy maintained connections with major galleries to borrow artwork by respected artists Roy Lichtenstein, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, et al. to enhance these rooms. Her greatest creative challenge was to design numerous covers, each visually enticing enough to induce 300,000 potential readers to buy the magazine at the newsstand each month.
At HOUSE BEAUTIFUL for nineteen years as Executive Editor and then Editor, Kennedy sought to surprise readers --- a garden of heather undulating with Impressionist color or the unexpected crayon hues of Russian folk houses. She developed and presented slide lectures at design centers around the country, did TV segments, and answered decorating questions on the magazine’s website. Her monthly column, (often illustrated with her watercolors,) ranged widely from how to commission crafts or frame photographs to a trip to Brazil and the chance discovery of an artist.
As Editor-in-Chief of VICTORIA Magazine from 2000-2003, Kennedy’s vision energized the magazine that embraced decorative arts, gardens, travel, literature, food, entertaining, fashion and beauty. Nearly 1,000,000 passionate readers looked forward monthly to this unique publication that celebrated and defined the quality of life they sought to enjoy. She illustrated her editor’s letter with her watercolors.
ELEGANT BRIDE was relaunched in 2004 by Kennedy, and a small group of creative cohorts, to set the style bar in the bridal market.
Kennedy has studied at the Art Student’s League in New York with Cornelia Foss and at the National Academy with Susan Shatter, Reeve Schley, Sam Adoquei, Henry Finkelstein, Paul Weingarten and Sonia Gechtoff.
Group shows: “Fluid Fields” watercolor survey at The Painting Center, New York City, 2007; Little Compton, RI Community Center Juried Show, 2007.
Kennedy lives in Manhattan, NY and in Westport, MA with her husband, Eugene.
“I love the intensity of trying to capture a constantly moving scene--- whether horses and carriages in New York City or chess players and kibitzers in Luxembourg Garden, Paris. Conversely, with an abstract painting or still life, I try to get it moving. The lusciousness of color, the fluidity of paint…I am in awe of it all.”