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From House Beautiful

Well, one thing is for sure: We’re feeling incredibly hopeful about the future of design. Our annual list of on-the-rise industry talents are creating, inspiring, and invigorating spaces across the U.S.—and Canada and Mexico!—and enabling clients to live their best life in their homes. Their passionate creativity is proof that some of the best interiors are yet to come. Trust us, you’ll want to keep tabs on this group! Get to know the 12 Next Wave firms below.

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Natalie Chong might have gotten into design by “watching a lot of HGTV” as a pre-teen in Toronto, but she credits her mom with giving her the tools to turn it into a career.

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Anthony Dunning brings an artist’s eye to interior design. The Ohio-born, New York-based founder of Traders Haven Design is a master of dramatic spaces.

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For Rasheeda Gray, an experiment with staging her own home led to a full-blown design career.

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After majoring in art college, Richmond-based Sara Hillery turned to interior design for its more immersive quality. “I love how interior design utilizes a combination of all your senses,” she says.

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Decorating was always in New Orleans designer Whitney Jones’s blood—even if it may have taken her awhile to figure it out.

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The partner at Easterling and Long has a knack for creating timeless interiors that still feel fresh.

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Erick Millan was set for a career in architecture when a loved one was going through a hard time and he started repainting their walls as a gesture of support. The rest was history.

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For Nicholas Obeid, a multimedia approach is core to establishing his signature style. “Years of experimenting with photography taught me about light, shapes, and shadows,” he says.

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The founder of Pickering House and alum of Bunny Williams deftly marries historic knowledge and modern livability.

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With roots in design magazines, Lizzie Bailey and Laura Stanley joined forces to found Story Street Studio, where their love of pattern and texture is front and center.

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For Redmond Aldrich founder Chloe Warner, the best projects are the slowest ones—and yes, patience pays off.

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Consider her the Beth Harmon of interior design: “As I fell asleep in my childhood bedroom, I would rearrange the furniture on the ceiling in my mind,” recalls Eneia White.

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