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.
Making your home greener can feel like a series of small steps: swapping in LEDs, composting. That’s why Marc Cléjan, whose background is in alternative energy, and his wife, Anna, a designer, founded Modern NetZero: to help clients design homes that produce as much energy as they consume (hence the name). They also build spec homes in East Hampton, New York, to introduce consumers to eco-friendly design possibilities.
“When they see this ultra-modern, ultra-beautiful, totally green, totally energy-efficient home, people are jumping at it,” says Marc. And if folks aren’t motivated by altruism or Greta Thunberg, the lower utilities bills should seal the deal.
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