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.
“Numerous studies have found that if a family or an individual can’t make an empty apartment feel like home, they will vacate the space and the homeless cycle begins, or gets worse,” explains Georgie Smith, the founder of Los Angeles–based A Sense of Home. “How productive we are as citizens—as employees, as students—rests upon our home environment.” Her company takes a systemic approach to solving this issue, rallying volunteers to furnish and decorate homes for individuals aging out of the foster-care system. They even use donated furniture, so it’s “never sent to landfills, but always given a second life.”
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