If you have been following my blog at all this past year, you have seen a few peeks into our new life here in Western New York. Most weekends are spent just surviving. A two and a four year old means we are going constantly. Trust me we LOVE it. We love it so much in fact, whenever we have a chance to relax Fred and I manage to find new things to dabble in. You can ask Fred about it, but outside of the garden, decorating our house has definitely become a passion of mine.
Let’s get real here, all those hours of HGTV can’t go to waste. I have an extensive knowledge of interior design. Right?! Probably not, but moving to a house from our tiny condo in the city has surely given me the opportunity to have a little fun. One of the big rooms we tackled was the dining room. I picked it first for the best reason. The bar height table we had in our condo, the kids kept falling off the stools. Apparently, Tommy is just too reckless to sit that high up. So we decided a new table should be a priority before he breaks a limb. Ha!
That is how I found Montgomery Wood Creations. Bonus, I’ve been looking for local businesses of Western New York to feature on my blog. So this is the official first blog doing just that.
I met with Brandon of Montgomery Wood Creation on a weekday in July. We met at a Starbucks in Webster, NY. We chatted for a couple hours over coffee. I learned all about the company.
Montgomery Wood creations is a business that is run by Brandon and his wife Tiffany. They run the whole company out of their home in Webster. Brandon has the workshop in the garage and the CNC machine is in the basement. They specialize in custom wood furniture and home decor; farm tables, benches, end tables, console tables, wood signs, and holiday decor. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and stalk every inch of it!!
The business started humbly. Tiffany wanted a new dining room table. They went to look at a few different stores and were unhappy with the quality of what they were finding. So having the do-it-yourself mentality Brandon decided to make Tiffany the table himself. They were both so happy with the results Brandon decided to start selling tables on Craigslist. Once he started getting busy, just from doing it off Craigslist, Tiffany hopped in and made a Facebook page and together the made the business official in 2016.
Outside of the business, Brandon is a teacher in Henrietta and Tiffany is a realtor. They also have two daughters, Aubrey is 10 and Maci is 4. Since starting the business, Brandon no longer works outside of the home during the summer. They are able to run the business at home and spend more time with each other and the girls.
The Montgomery’s really impressed me with the way that they flawlessly work together. Brandon is the guy behind the builds and Tiffany is the girl who makes the schedule, books clients, posts to social media, helps Brandon with the paint and poly, all while running the CNC machine. They balance each other perfectly.
When Brandon told me all of this, I had to know his secret. How can this family manage?! He summarized that Tiffany is the one who keeps them all in check. She makes sure that Brandon takes breaks when deep in a project to make time for the girls. Whether it is going putt putt golfing, spending time at the family cottage, or just taking a swim in the pool the biggest thing Brandon stressed was the kids. And of course, taking his wife on dates.
One of my favorite things Brandon talked about was how important it is for him to make set times for work during the week and plan activities for the weekend. Being a creative entrepreneur is hard. Which is why I always try to talk to fellow entrepreneurs about this topic. Figuring out the balance as Brandon said, “Isn’t always perfect.”
As for the future of Montgomery Wood creations. Brandon stressed that he is keeping his work load the same as it is now. With school starting he is only doing a couple projects a week. Being overwhelmed and missing out on that family time just isn’t worth it. However, the builds are becoming more complex and even more custom. Things like adjustable shelving, cabinet locks, glass inserts, drawers, sliding barn doors credenzas. Seriously, check out their page.
After I got to know a little bit more about this family, I was super excited to photograph them. They are such a kind, warm family. You can tell that they put a lot of heart into raising their family and building their business.
A couple weeks after meeting Brandon we received our custom table! We absolutely LOVE it! Working with the Montgomery’s was fantastic. Not only did we get an awesome table that we will enjoy for years to come, but meeting the family behind the table was so cool. If you are looking for custom wood furniture contact them for pricing on their Facebook page.
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