We had the good fortune of connecting with Meg Mag (Magdaleno) and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meg, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
Part fashion house, part at-home art studio, and 100% my own home renovations, The House of Mag was named after my own life. Naming my business after my own house and home was easy. I love homemaking and home repairs. With a background in interior design, and a natural bent towards homemaking, my business is really a collections of everything I love under one roof. The House of Mag is the posh equivalent of “Meg Magdaleno’s house.” The name idea came to me while I was engaged and flying from Philadelphia to Phoenix to marry my high school sweetheart. My business is truly a conglomeration of all the aspects of my life! I share my take on mental and spiritual health, while sharing my DIY, interior projects, and abstract art for purchase.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently, my art revolves around the Fall season. Without question, 2020 has been a challenging year, so I’m using my art to spread a little holiday cheer. My seasonal postcards are affordable (1 for $4 or 2 for $6), and meant to bring my customers closer to their socially distanced loved-ones. I’m proud that my most faithful followers have shared their ideas on the postcard themes. Taking their likes into consideration has been the collaboration I’ve been craving during this crazy year. It makes me happy to know that someone not only loves my artwork enough to buy it, but also so much so that they share it with the ones they love! I’m still learning how to navigate my art sales online. As many of my house guests know, that hasn’t been the easiest thing for me since I also work full-time as a clinical therapist and I’m renovating a kitchen that flooded right when the world shut down due to Covid. But, overall, I’m learning how to code and navigate WordPress a bit here and there, which has given me an extra boost of confidence. Learning curves like this remind me that “success” is really a state of mind that I must maintain in order to level up. I hope other see I’m just a normal person, trying to put one foot in front of the other, with one sold postcard at a time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting Phoenix, I’d easily be able to show her the best time by simply sharing my house! Home is where the heart is — and MY HOUSE is also where really good Mexican food, and the best take out also are! Plus, I’d make sure to fill the guest bedroom with tons of See’s candies. Gilbert is growing! And although my favorite coffee shop, Peixoto, is not quite up and running at Agritopia Epicenter, they’re really close by in Chandler. No doubt, I’d bring my bff Peixoto’s special, house blended chai latte! Then, I’d teach her how how to use gold foil on paintings in my at-home art studio while our husbands made carne asada on my renovated patio! We’d bike ride around The Riparian Preserve and pick up a quick smoothie or acai bowl at Karma Apple Juicery in Downtown Gilbert! Before she boarded the plane back, I’d make sure we picked up some unique home goods at The Life Styled Co and Goodwill!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I know it’s totally cliché, but the truth is I have God to thank for so many of my “successful” moments. Without Him, there’s no doubt my business would be called, The House of Horrors, instead of The House of Mag. There’s so many times I’ve felt lost, or totally incompetent, and it’s beyond coincidental that my prayers continue to be answered. One of my answered prayers — and the other person on my shoutout list, is my husband, Rick. Moving 3,000 miles back to my hometown at the start of The House of Mag, was a very trying time for me. However, over the last year especially, Rick has been my biggest cheerleader. He helps in small and big ways, like making dinner for us every night and troubleshooting when my online shop needs updating. *Which we are in the process of completing now!
Goodwill AZ; Ali Hohn Photography; The House of Mag