On Sunday, Team Rue was glued to our television sets to catch the premiere of American Dream Builders- the newest design show hosted by the one and only Nate Berkus. Sure, we’re only one episode in, but dare we say… we’re totally addicted! We love watching as the star designers showcase their talents for such a great cause. One designer/contestant, Nina Magon, has already made a huge name for herself in the industry. She is the president of Contour Interior Design (based in Houston, TX), and the visionary behind Nina Magon Studio Collection- an exclusive, stylish, refurbished furniture line. It’s safe to say Nina’s a gal on the go- and we’re glad to have snagged 5 minutes to see what makes her tick: 

MY LIGHT BULB MOMENT:
Something clicked in my head a couple of years after I graduated college. I realized that I am indeed in full control of my life and that it is up to me to fulfill my dreams and ambitions, and either I fulfill them myself or I don’t.

I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
A good morning kiss from my kids and a fabulous work out. I need to have my morning gym time to feel energized throughout the day.

SUCCESS IS: 
Multiple things. 1. When I break down my own mental barriers and push myself to go further than I initially felt comfortable with and realize that it was worth it. 2. When I obtain something that I was yearning for. 3. When I overcome the little adversaries of everyday life.

YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
Unfortunately, my mobile. Lol.

MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
To design a restaurant in collaboration with the legendary Philippe Starck.

THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN WHERE I LIVE: 
Is New York City! I love the fast paced environment and the city’s love for fashion & design.

WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED: 
I read, whether it is magazines or an inspirational book, reading always seems to re-motivate me and enthuse my creative thoughts.

ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Don’t hesitate. Don’t think twice. Don’t procrastinate. Follow a dream, stick to it, and realize that there will be ups and downs, and that is part of the flight to success.

IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Laying on a beach in Turks and Caicos reflecting on my journey of building a world renown, leading design firm from the ground up.

ABOVE ALL ELSE:
God & Health. Without that, I have nothing.

To learn more about Nina Magon, click here.
To learn more about American Dream Builders (AND check your local listings!), click here