As a student in Denmark, Anette Tuxen’s journey to the American dream started at just 20 years old. Her husband, Gorm Tuxen, had been an exchange student in the United States and had plans to move back, a dream he vocalized from the beginning of their relationship. “When I met him in Denmark, I was in college,” Tuxen says. “He told me right off the bat, ‘Well, I’m going to America, so if you want to date me, that’s where I’m going to end up.’” Gorm was soon hired by a Danish furniture company that required him to move to the United States. Once Tuxen graduated, she, too, made the move and the couple was soon married. For the following decade, Tuxen and her husband owned a furniture store in Nashville and imported Scandinavian furniture hand-picked from Copenhagen. During this time, Tuxen discovered her talent for design while advising customers on styles, fabrics and home décor.
After closing the store, Tuxen spent five years working for an interior design company before she decided to stay home and raise their newborn daughter, Emilia. Another job opportunity for Gorm led the family to the Ozarks where they fell in love with Table Rock Lake and built a home nearby. All was well but as an entrepreneur, Tuxen was itching to start something of her own. “I loved retail, and I loved the buying aspect,” she says. “I thought, maybe I should start my little store.” Starting with a small shop on State Highway 86 outside of Branson, Tuxen offered locally made artwork, jewelry and woodwork, while mixing in simple home décor reminiscent of Danish designs.