Having a vision is one thing. But it's what comes next—the risk-taking and recruiting, the sleepless nights and countless hours—that turn that dream into a reality. House Beautiful's 2020 Visionaries have done all that and then some, creating innovative brands and companies that will come to change the way we decorate.
After a decade at Martha Stewart, industry vet Marissa Brown took a risk: She cold-called Stickley, the century-old furniture manufacturer known for its pioneering role in the American Arts and Crafts movement, and (politely) suggested a revamp. Two years later, Brown has garnered industry-wide accolades for her work at the brand, launching two collections that marry the company’s craftsmanship with a fresher, more modern perspective. “I’m creating things I want to live with, that my friends would want to live with,” she says, “and maybe even changing the minds of people who are hesitant about Mission furniture!”
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