Photographed by Erin Kunkel.
Follow Your Passion
Johns' story is a big testament that your schooling does not have to dictate your career. "I’m not formally trained. I double majored in computer science and mathematics," shares Johns. But this lack of schooling didn't stop her from pursuing design.

"There was a hardware store Gracious Home owned by a man with the same interior goals as me," she says. "I wrote a love letter to them with my resume and dropped it off."

Of course, Johns won them over. "When I was there I ran their lighting department," she says. "I learned a lot about American and foreign brands and fined tuned my aesthetic there."