You heard it here first: What’s hot and happening in the interior design space—straight from the mouths of Chicago’s sought-after talents.

Dual Concept Design
Brass accents make a cameo in a North Center kitchen from Andrea Fripp and Paulina Cervantes of Dual Concept Design.

1. Bright & Bold

Specializing in high-end residences, Dual Concept Design ( is the stunning marriage of co-founders Andrea Fripp’s signature bold, edgy perspective and Paulina Cervantes’ admiration for color and eclectic interiors. “Since everyone is spending so much time at home, we are seeing that clients are wanting bright and colorful spaces,” says Cervantes. Adds Fripp: “Graphic wallpapers, brass accents and a touch of greenery are three of the most coveted elements in residences nowadays.”

Jen Talbot Designs
A Jen Talbot-designed living room is a visual feast with vintage pieces and one-of-a-kind finds.

2. Think Vintage

Former installation artist and product designer Jen Talbot ( brings her unique perspective to her eponymous firm. Think: Clean lines paired with vintage details; inspiration drawn from fashion and the arts; and a curated, sophisticated finish. Says the designer, “The emerging trend in design is the incorporation of individual, one-of a-kind pieces, namely vintage. Clients are tired of the same look and want something unique to them. Vintage furniture is having a huge revival and clients are eating it up.”

Jessica Lagrance Design
Metal inlays steal the spotlight in this Jessica Lagrange design

3. In the Mix

This industry mainstay has a wealth of interiors projects— from modern minimalism to artful eclecticism—that fill her inimitable portfolio. For 2021, namesake firm founder Jessica Lagrange ( says, “Terrazzo floors are back and stronger than ever. We like pairing terrazzo with a bold metal inlay.”

Nicholas Moriarty Interiors
In this South Loop condo, Nicholas Moriarty shows off his use of “it” color for 2021, calming blue.

4. Individual Flair

For Nicholas Moriarty’s ( crisp, sleek designs, he strays from interiors fads, relying, rather, on traditional principles interpreted for Chicago’s modern dwellers. “Color and materiality will be huge in 2021,” he says. “We believe clients will lean into their own sense of individuality rather than what’s ‘on trend’ or sellable on the real estate market. We envision the continued proliferation of blues and green along with highly tactile and textural architectural materials.”