Their styles may differ, but these rising design stars (all celebrated as Next Wavers!) have one thing in common: a fearless approach to decor.
The Designer: Elizabeth Pyne
Design firm:McMillen, Inc. (Fun fact: She's the third generation in her family to work at the iconic decorating firm.)
Location: New York
Signature style: Traditional with a twist
The Project: A Dining Room in Richmond, Va
Why we love it: The splashy floral fabrics bring energy to the formal space.
Behind the design: Pyne made sure to include the glass chandelier, which was purchased by the homeowners on a vacation in Venice, in the final design. "Seeing something you love every day makes you happy," Pyne says.
The Project: McCarthy's Own Dining Room In Houston
Why we love it: The pale pink wall and perky green chair just make us smile.
Behind the design: McCarthy mixed in items with a personal history. "We moved to Houston from Austin [in October 2012]," she says. "The dining room has a mix of furniture bought for our first house in Chicago. I love to reuse and re-cover pieces."
Why we love it: The high gloss blue paint unexpected glamour to the traditional feel of the room.
Behind the design: Surprisingly, Coughlin wasn't won over by the dazzling hue in the beginning. "When I first saw it, I felt as if I were in an aquarium, but now it's one of my favorite rooms," she says.
Why we love it: The large-scale art makes a dramatic focal point.
Behind the design: "Everything came together around the vintage N.O. Møller chairs," Nelson says. She echoed the curved backs in the organic pattern of the rug and designed the mahogany table to complement the wood of the frames.
The Designer: Patrick Mele
Design firm: Patrick Mele
Location: New York, NY
Signature style: A bold mix of old and new
The Project: A Living Room In Westchester County, NY
Why we love it: The vibrant hues of the sofa and lamps leap from the neutral setting.
Behind the design: Key pieces in a diverse array of styles (Gustavian end tables, midcentury Italian lamps, and a mirrored Chinese Chippendale screen) were specifically chosen to impart a "grown-up, glamorous vibe that wasn't stuffy or overdone."
Why we love it: The focused use of warm neutrals give the space a cozy vibe.
Behind the design: Personality-filled accents came before the bigger pieces. "For every project, I immediately start buying books, photographs, pottery, and fun little accessories. More than beautiful furniture, those are the things that make a room."
Signature style: A little preppy with a lot of rich color
The Project: Allen's Bedroom In Fairfield County
Why we love it: Who can't help but smile at the sight of the classic Scalamandre Zebra wallpaper, but the Hermes-orange accents are also enchanting.
Behind the design: The decision to work in color through accessories allows Allen to change the palette with ease in the future. "I like to be able to change my bedroom as I evolve," he says. "At the moment I'm obsessed with brown and orange. I've had the vintage trunk forever, and the cowhide rug incorporated the Western theme I loved as a kid."