Justina Blakeney, Compai Creative

Obsessed with color, creative reuse, the jungle and thrifting, Justina is a design maniac with a bohemian heart. After seven years in Italy, where she and her sister co-owned a boutique for upcycled clothing, design objects, and furniture, Justina moved back to the States to develop her book series (including the bestselling 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim, and Tie Your T-shirt Into Something Special) and to transform the Compai boutique into a boutique design studio called Compai Creative. By day, Justina is a creative director and consultant for a handful of lifestyle and fashion brands, most recently, vertical-garden company Woolly Pocket. By night, she's a blogger, an upcycler, a painter, and a songstress with a crazy wardrobe and a weakness for design that makes a difference.