Montrose Business Times
Magan Brandon is the owner of Home by Magan, which creates home decor and wall art for homes.
MBT: How did you get into the business of interior decor?
Magan Brandon: I started my business when I was a stay at home mom and was looking for additional income but needed to be creative with my time since we had two little boys that required the majority of my attention.
That is when the idea of signs was brought to me by my husband since I have always been very creative. This is also a great way to work for yourself from home and sell at the markets on the weekends when my husband is available to care for the boys.
MBT: What are some different types of projects that you work on?
Brandon: We do painted signs with lyrics or poetry, outdoor signs with funny sayings, american flags in several different styles and this last year or two we have almost 100% evolved into framed photography.
MBT: How would you describe your own unique design style, and how does it set you apart from others in the industry?
Brandon: I am not sure my style is unique per se but maybe more desirable for this area. I am geared towards farmhouse but with a southwest feel, I guess it is a combination of the two. I imagine that you can find similar art pieces at other stores but what I think makes our business popular is the care that is put into the pieces.
All of our frames are hand made with real wood products and all of our wood has been upcycled including our standard poplar frames.
We gather all of our standard frame materials from a business in Utah that would otherwise discard their remnants and purchase all of the smaller pieces in bulk.
All of our barnwood frames have either been gathered from old farms and barns or repurposed from power line materials.
MBT: Can you share a memorable or unique project you worked on?
Brandon: I think our favorite item we make are the rusty American flags. We purchase recycled steel, make it rusty and then paint a flag on it and frame it with the more unique pieces of barnwood, the more nails in it the better!
MBT: What are some of your goals with your business? How do you want to see it change?
Brandon: My goal is to continue to evolve and remain current without sacrificing enjoyment. I am happy with where we are right now but if we do find that change is apparent I like to accept things as they come and welcome what is put in front of me. Considering most changes you either learn from for the better or it is a good thing from the get go.
This interview was conducted by Montrose Business Times student intern Chiara Coronado.