07:17 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 08/02/2012 03:30PM
Sara Blakely likes to think big.
The 41-year-old Spanx founder, who transformed $5,000 of her own money into a $1 billion shape-wear empire, didn't hold back when it came to designing her new solar-powered Atlanta home.
"It started as a minor renovation, and I basically built a house inside of a house," says Blakely, who spent two years infusing the 10,000-sq.-ft. home with her "eclectic" style that blends bold patterns (check out that zebra print rug!) and strokes of whimsy.
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