"I don't view my house as an extension of my business; I view it as an extension of my family life. There's a big distinction there."
Ann Sacks, the tile godess, started her business after bringing back tiles from Mexico and selling them to friends who happened to love them. It grew and grew until she sold the business to Kohler (she continues to manage all aspects of design).
Her family built a kickass glass house on NW 23rd in Portland, Oregon. It's right above Dosha salon and spa, if you know the area.
Here are photos and a link to a profile courtesy of Seattle Times. Her house was on the cover and featured in House and Garden a few years ago. If anyone has links of better images of that great story, please send them my way.