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Publication Date: 2015-08-17


10 Unmatchable Designers Who Know How to Go Bold

Their styles may differ, but these rising design stars (all celebrated as Next Wavers!) have one thing in common: a fearless approach to decor.

Photography: Winnie Au

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

Photography: Tony Giammarino

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.

Photography: Stephen Busken

The Designer: Adam Hunter

Design firm: Adam Hunter, Inc.

Location: West Hollywood, CA

Signature style: Elegant with a hint of restrained drama

Photography: Douglas Hill

The Project: A Breakfast Room In Los Angeles

Why we love it: The mix of patterns add interest without detracting from the view.

Behind the design: Though unexpected, red was a natural choice for the space. "In a dining room, red can get a little 'bordello,'" Hunter says. "But in a breakfast area, it wakes everything up."

Photography: Emily Johnston Anderson

The Designer: Bailey McCarthy

Shop: Biscuit Home

Location: Houston, TX

Signature style: Quirky chic

Photography: Emily Johnston Anderson

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."

Photography: Sam Gray

The Designer: Kate Coughlin

Design firm: Kate Coughlin Interiors

Location: Boston, MA

Signature style: Eclectically classic

Photography: Sam Gray

The Project: Coughlin's Library In Boston

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.

Photography: John Carney

The Designer: Lauren Nelson

Design firm: Lauren Nelson Design

Location: San Francisco, CA

Signature style: Sophisticated boho

Photography: Aaron Leitz

The Project: A Dining Room In San Francisco

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.

Photography: Haley Sarno

The Designer: Patrick Mele

Design firm: Patrick Mele

Location: New York, NY

Signature style: A bold mix of old and new

Photography: Timothy Kolk

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."

Photography: Ball & Albanese

The Designer: Robin Henry

Design firm: Robin Henry Studio

Location: Connecticut

Signature style: Contemporary with a dash of classic

Photography: Eric Piasecki

The Project: A Living Room In A Manhattan Apartment

Why we love it: That striking blue sofa (upholstered in luxurious mohair) is so stylish, yet looks so comfortable.

Behind the design: The abstract art and embroidered rug prove the power of unexpected combinations. "The differences in scale, pattern, and texture are what makes a room come alive," Henry says.

Photography: Stephen Busken

The Designer: Ryan White

Design firm: Ryan White Designs

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Signature style: High-style vintage

Photography: Stephen Busken

The Project: A Living Room In the Hollywood Hills

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."

Photography: David A. Land

The Designer: Sam Allen

Design firm: Sam Allen Interiors

Location: Fairfield County, CT

Signature style: A little preppy with a lot of rich color

Photography: Hilmar Meyer-Bosse

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."

Photography: Johnny Miller

The Designer: Shaun Smith

Design firm (and shop): Shaun Smith Home

Location: New Orleans, LA

Signature style: Clean-lined contemporary with antique accents

Photography: Sara Essex Bradley

The Project: A Sitting Room In New Orleans

Why we love it: The shiny brass-legged vintage coffee table and the subtle sheen of the patchwork hide rug create a lively atmosphere for the timeless furnishings.

Behind the design: Smith brought an edge to the neutral walls and ceiling by opting for a high gloss finish, which he says "dress[es] up the space."


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