10 Coolest Entrepreneurs: Brittany Jepsen

Brittany Jepsen, 33, is the creative mind behind The House That Lars Built. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Brittany Jepsen, 33, is the creative mind behind The House That Lars Built. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Brittany Jepsen knows her craft. The magic mind behind The House that Lars Built — a DIY, style, food and party blog — was always taught that a “creative mess is better than tidy idleness.” But these days? She’s not messing around. The next-generation Martha Stewart has 100,000-plus followers on both Pinterest and Instagram. She’s published an online blogger handbook. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Vogue and The Today Show. And she’s designed products for Tiffany and Co. and Twig New York. Clearly, The House that Lars Built is built to last.   

Drink Order “Yuletide cheer.” (With hand-crafted labels, of course.)

Coolest Life Blessing Being guided to start my own business. It wasn’t something I dreamed of. It took me a while to accept that I’m an entrepreneur.

Coolest Business Moment When I first lived abroad in Denmark, I couldn’t work legally until my papers went through. So I decided to create a line of souvenirs to commemorate the royal wedding. We went to London for the wedding to sell the products at a booth on Portobello Road. To complement the experience, I constructed an oversized paper flower to top my head and wore it around on the day. It made such a splash we ended up being featured on CNN, Vogue and other publications. Pretty wild.

Coolest Job Pre-Entrepreneurship I started a babysitter’s club when I was 10 and built a mini-fortune through my teenage years.

Coolest Meal I celebrated my birthday at a small village in Nepal called Thumki. They brought out a large rectangular cake, only they didn’t have a knife. So they handed me a sword and had me cut slices for each guest. It will not be forgotten.

Coolest Dream I dreamt that I was Jimmy Fallon’s intern, in charge of holding his baby. I got fired! It was tragic.

Coolest Hobby I love playing the cello.

Coolest Clothing A skirt and cardigan that my grandmother knitted. I love that remembrance.

Coolest Compliment Someone once told me I’m a magic maker. I felt like I could die happy.

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