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Hot Talent 2021

Five rising stars make their mark on the local design scene

Hot Talent

Hot Talent 2021

Since 2008, Home & Design has published an annual feature that spotlights up-and-coming designers who’ve launched firms of their own in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The talented 2021 pros bring […]

Hot Talent: Ann Gottlieb

As a child, Ann Gottlieb loved buying fabric and making her own clothes. Though she flirted with a fashion career, a practical side led to pre-law studies at Virginia Tech—but […]

Hot Talent: Mikell Rice

An entrepreneurial spirit runs in Mikell Rice’s family—along with creativity. Raised in the DC area by parents who owned a graphic design company, Rice embraced her affinity for interior design […]

Hot Talent: Morgan Taylor

Morgan Taylor caught the interior design bug at Liberty University while pursuing a degree in studio art. “I took electives in 
design and worked on volunteer projects,” 
she relates. “Interior […]

Hot Talent: Shoshanna Shapiro

While a stay-at-home mom, Shoshanna Shapiro was content to design her own home and those of her friends—but when her kids were grown, she shifted into career mode. “I’ve always […]

Hot Talent: Brandi Wilkins

Growing up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Brandi Wilkins remembers driving around, “oohing and aahing” at residences in her hometown with her mom, who loved decorating. “I knew I belonged in a […]

Hot Talent

Now in its 13th year, this annual feature spotlights local pros who have launched firms of their own. The women designers in this year’s group—whose stellar work is shown on […]

Living Color

During her years as a corporate recruiter, Shannon Hickok longed for more creativity. Eventually, she decided to embrace her love of home décor, completing a BA in interior design at […]

Leap of Faith

As a girl, Jodi Berger loved to sketch floor plans of her dream home. “I knew I wanted to be a designer,” she affirms. So it was clearly fate when […]

Sense of Whimsy

Following an early career in child-welfare nonprofits, Kiyonda Powell switched gears to pursue her lifelong passion: design. She earned an interior design degree at Marymount, then joined a boutique studio […]

A Wider Perspective

While most future designers spend their childhoods rearranging furniture, Melissa Colgan took it a step further. “When my parents said I couldn’t have wallpaper,” she recalls, “I tin-foiled my bedroom.” After […]

Hot Talent

Now in its 12th year, Home & Design’s “Hot Talent” feature spotlights local pros-to-watch who have launched firms of their own. According to H&D tradition, we gathered these rising stars […]

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