Brandy McLain: An Interview with Voyage’s Bold Journey Series

Brandy McLain, co-founder of Modern House Numbers, is interviewed in a recent article in Voyage’s Bold Journey Magazine, where she shares how she developed her ability to take risks, the origin story of her family-run business, and the skills and qualities that have been most impactful on her journey as an entrepreneur.

Brandy McLain, photo credit Jessica Harris

Brandy’s ability to take risks has developed over time, the result of balancing calculated decision-making with a willingness to step outside of her comfort zone. When she started Modern House Numbers with her husband, Rick McLain, Brandy stepped away from her position in planning and architecture to take the reins of the operation. It was a difficult decision, but Brandy learned that embracing uncertainty is necessary for growth. Ultimately, her decision to follow her passion and take the risk of starting a business is one of the best and most fulfilling decisions she’s made.

Brandy has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and dreamed of running her own business. The inspiration and motivation behind their business was spurred by a challenge they faced toward the end renovating their first home in 2007. Looking to add a modern design element to the exterior, they searched for bold address numbers and, to their surprise, couldn’t find anything they liked. With backgrounds in architecture and construction, they decided to make their own. A steady stream of neighbors, friends and strangers began knocking on their door to ask where they purchased the numbers and the seed to start their own small business was planted. Modern House Numbers was started in 2008, with the mission to provide beautiful addressing products, made with durable materials and a straightforward installation process. Fifteen years later, they’re still custom manufacturing each order as it is received and are known for their timeless collection of modern numbers, letters, symbols, plaques, signs and decals in 7 fonts and 5 finishes that look beautiful on any architectural style.

Modern House Numbers, So Cal font, brushed aluminum finish, 10 on a blue background

Brandy offers advice to others on the journey of entrepreneurship, and credits three essential qualities that have led to her success in a highly competitive environment. The first is passion. Brandy’s passion is relentless and her excitement and dedication to work is contagious. The entire team at Modern House Numbers embodies this passion. The second is teamwork. Brandy describes herself as a creative problem-solver at heart and works closely with her team to identify challenges, brainstorm solutions, and implement changes. The third quality is diligence. Brandy believes that success is 100% based on hard work and has surrounded herself with people who are enthusiastic, curious, and willing to work as hard as she does.

Modern House Numbers Team

Read the full article for more on Brandy’s story, Modern House Numbers and their collection.

Modern House Numbers has stayed true to their mission of providing beautiful address products, made with durable materials, that are easy to install since 2008. Experts at their craft, Modern House Numbers provides addressing products for homeowners, builders, architects, HOAs, neighborhoods, multi-family residences, boutique hotels, and more. Whether you need numbers, letters, symbols, signs or decals, Modern House Numbers would love to help make your project shine.

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rick mclain, author

Rick is a licensed architect at Repp McLain Design & Construction. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona and an MS from the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When he’s not designing and fabricating he enjoys spending time with Brandy, Jack, Avery & Taylor and restoring his grandfather’s Ford pickup truck. Learn more about Rick on LinkedIn.

You can learn more about Rick on the Repp McLain Website, on LinkedIn, at the AIA Website, or on Facebook.

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