Today we’d like to introduce you to Magda Banach.
Magda, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Since I was a kid, I liked all creative activities – in elementary school art classes, as a teenager, I was quite intensively developing my passion in photography. I also remember that I loved to play The Sims! Life simulator itself didn’t interest me, I was more fascinated with the process of building and decorating houses in the game (I wonder how many designers found their passion for design this way?). As a child, but also nowadays, whenever I traveled, I was most interested in the architecture of the places I was visiting, and a trip to a museum or gallery was a must. Creativity, beauty, art – they have always been present and important in my life and therefore I felt that there must be a place for it in my career. Interior design became a natural combination of everything I mentioned. On top of that, for as long as I can remember I’ve been saying that I wanted to have my own business. That’s how I’m here – running my own interior design studio.
I started my career while I was still living in Poland (my native country). There, for several years I was running my own interior business and designed many interiors for wonderful clients. With every new project, I was even more convinced that I do what I love. In my work, there is a place for creation, for being creative. I met many wonderful people who were an inspiration for my work. This was confirmation for me that I am in the right place.
Some time ago, I’ve made the decision to move to California, which has been my dream for a long time. Naturally, this led me to recently open my own design studio in Orange County, to continue working as a designer. The process has not been easy but I like challenges, I am not afraid of change and when I want something, I am determined to find a way to make it happen (this includes anything my career and working with clients). As Marie Forleo says, “everything is figureoutable”.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t know if building a business of your own is a smooth road for anyone, even if it sometimes looks that way from the outside! When you have your own business, you wear many hats, you have more responsibility, and you have to make many different decisions every day. It’s not just interior design. I have had to learn a lot about running a business, it has been a little stressful at times. I have great memories of my clients and am grateful for so many fantastic collaborations. However, in the beginning I had to learn a bit about working with clients. Even though I had worked directly with people before, as a business owner, it is all on me to take responsibility for the client relationship. Interior design is a very personal and often intimate experience, so it’s important for me to create a friendly environment, and mutual trust, but also to set some rules and boundaries. My relationship with my clients often lasts for months, for some people remodeling can be stressful, so I want my clients to feel that I’m on their side and we have the same goal. However, I knew what I was signing up for and, in some ways, that’s what I wanted.
On top of that, I moved from Poland to California. Oh, what an emotional rollercoaster it was! I think any immigrant can agree with me that starting life in a completely new place is not easy. Especially when you don’t know anyone here. I must admit that finding myself in a different culture, a different system was hard. I had to learn everything, even things that are obvious to Americans but not necessarily to recent immigrants! However, as I mentioned earlier, I can be determined and overcome obstacles.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about MARB Design?
MARB Design is a residential interior design studio. I like being involved in full remodel projects because then we can write the whole story from the ground up. It doesn’t matter if we are designing a single room or an entire house. I turn that blank canvas into a full picture.
My mission is to create beautiful, sophisticated, yet functional and livable spaces that are a reflection of my clients – their tastes, desires and needs. I don’t believe in “one size fits all” – everyone is unique and that’s why a personal approach is important for me. In interior design, especially residential design, people are the number one. It is a very personal process and it is important that what I create is tailored to the client. That’s why good communication, listening to what client says, and learning about their needs and desires are so crucial for me. In the end, it is in my clients that I find the most inspiration – in their lives, experiences, preferences and needs.
My European experience is definitely something that sets me apart. On top of that, each project includes 3D renderings that help my clients see their future interiors and make final decisions. In the end, the most important thing is my clients’ satisfaction – after all, it is them who will be living in and enjoying the designed interior every day, for many years.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
As a child, I was quite sensitive and shy, which may seem strange to some now observing what I do and how I do it. As I mentioned earlier, art has always been important to me – from art classes in elementary school to my later interest in photography. From my childhood I remember holiday trips with my parents, visiting cities and museums. I think these experiences have shaped me, my personality, my sensitivity to beauty and noticing it in everyday life, and how I see the world. Oh, and I always said “someday I will have my own business. I don’t know what kind yet, but I will”. So, I guess the entrepreneurial and creative element has always been in me.