Meg of MegMade
We’re excited to introduce you to the amazingly talented Meg Piercy of MegMade, a Chicago furniture store that takes beautiful, antique pieces and gives them new life. So far, Meg has sold over 3,000 pieces of furniture and shipped to over 30 states – and it all started in a basement back in 2012! We love Meg’s inspiring story, creativity and how this amazing mom of two built her company around creating furniture with a purpose. Learn more about her below, and make sure to check out her shop to see all her gorgeous pieces available for sale!
Who or what inspires you?
Oh man, what doesn’t inspire me. I would say I love to look at what other designers are doing. I love Jonathan Adler and Emily Henderson is so talented. I also draw inspiration though from the world around me, Chicago is so amazing.
What we’re you doing before you launched MegMade?
I am so fortunate that I have loved every job I’ve ever had. Before MegMade, I worked for a not-for-profit helping kids in Chicago’s most under-resourced neighborhoods and before that I worked for a consulting group. My first job out of college was with a large PR agency where I was able to work with companies like Hallmark, Royal Caribbean and even on the London Olympic Committee! Every company I worked for has played a part in helping me shape how MegMade runs and markets itself. My past experience has helped me take painting furniture out of our basement into a company that sells furniture nationwide and employs several people!
What was the inspiration behind your company?
After we had our first son, I was staying at home with him. I was looking for something I could do to make a living, while keeping flexibility to be home when he needed me. We had painted a few pieces for our home and people really liked them, so we began to sell them on Craigslist. It organically blossomed so much faster into a business than we anticipated. It was a happy accident that it started, but then we groomed it into what we wanted it to be. It has morphed a few times within the last three years and we are happy with where it is and where it is going now!
Who embodies your brand?
Be it a certain type of creative person, an interior designer, design inspiration, etc. Because our pieces can be so customizable and our clientele is looking for so many different things, I would say that people who appreciate one-of-a-kind design and quality build furniture are who embody our brand. Our pieces are from so many different eras and so the one thing that they all have in common is that they are well-built and one-of-a-kind!
What’s been the most rewarding part of starting your own business? The most challenging?
The most rewarding part is seeing your vision and your dreams become a reality. It is exciting to be a part of something that is creative and fun and growing. The most challenging is probably managing growth and not letting quality slip. Also fine tuning who we are in the market and how to compete within that niche. Lets chat about your own home!
Where do you live and how long have you lived there with your family?
We live in Uptown, right on the border of Ravenswood and we have lived there a total for five years, but in two homes. We were renting across the hall for two years and didn’t want to ever leave so we bought the duplex across the hall and have been there for almost three! We love Uptown!
With such gorgeous pieces, are you constantly re-arranging and re-decorating your own home?
It’s funny you ask, I am totally guilty. Growing up we moved homes quite a bit, so I love moving and exploring new cities. We are committed to staying in Chicago, so my husband has agreed to just let me re-decorate an absurd amount of times to make it feel new. There are very few pieces in my home I am attached to, everything else is fair game!
We’re so inspired that you’re consistently able to stay creative. Where do you find everyday inspiration?
Well thanks! I love design magazines and blogs, like Wandeleur! I look at rooms and combinations of color and then based off style and palate, we will choose a color. We also get inspired by fabrics and colors in nature. Sometimes even the random artwork my kids do! No rhyme or reason, just what catches our eye. It is the before and after that just keeps me inspired and I have actually been known to do a cartwheel a time or two because of my excitement on how pieces have turned out when we take risks!
Where do you hope to see MegMade in the next 3 – 5 years?
Great question, we have been talking a lot about that lately! We are celebrating two years in November and so much has already happened, so to think 3-5 years out is pretty exciting. We just added full upholstery and kitchen refinishing, which we are pretty excited about. I think our goal for right now is to perfect our processes and then to grow our current business. Our goal is to become a household name. That is our dream and would love to see that come true!
What does being creative mean to you?
Being creative means not following trends or norms, but thinking outside the box. Dreaming and making those dreams come true!