One mother-of-three is now building a million dollar empire after jokingly asking her son to create something out of Legos in order to get rid of the clutter in their bathroom.
Marcy McKenna, 44, told the Huffington Post about how her husband used to complain about the scattered products she would leave everywhere.
“Almost every morning [he] would make some sort of comment about the hairdryer I had tucked in a towel bar or a styling iron I’d left out to cool on a counter top,” she said. “There were electrical cords everywhere. And it wasn’t just our bathroom.”
One day as she complained to her mom about the mess, she noticed her son, Jack, playing with Legos, and asked him to create something.
“I remember thinking, if this turns into something, I’m always going to remember this moment,” McKenna said.
Jack worked with his mother and grandmother to design the storage unit, the different compartments that would go inside and how the electrical cords would fit in.
McKenna was impressed with the prototype but knew the harder task would be to get the invention onto the market.
With no funding, she decided to enter TLC’s contest, Homemade Millionaire, a reality show that pairs inventors with professional guidance and exposure to distributors.
McKenna’s Style & Go was eventually declared the winner. It was featured on shopping networks QVC and HSN in the summer of 2012. The product has since sold out in three appearances on QVC.
She will debut more simple solution products on QVC later this year.