Let’s talk about 2021 design trends. Hint: Floral wallpaper is in, and perfection is out, which is a bit of a relief. I think I have been decorating that way my entire life. I laugh, but it’s true.

I was recently introduced to a new term, Grandmillenial Style. Grandmillenial is the latest trend of granny-chic reimagined that has become very popular with millennials, those born in the early 1980s to mid-1990s.

A mix of grandmother and millennial, the word led me to a deep dive of articles and photos that felt very familiar and very southern. Southerners, highly nostalgic by nature, are very likely to have inherited a family members bed or dining room table. The trick is to style old heirlooms with modern, newer furniture, including floral wallpaper, floral chintz, wicker/rattan/bamboo materials, dark or white furniture, needlepoint, mismatched china and trimmings like fringe or ruffles. Think layers, textures and color.

Alexander City native Kristen Scroggins operates the online Instagram shop @shopcuratedbham, where she sells antiques. Daily posts of her carefully curated findings pop up on her Instagram stories - where buyers have the opportunity to comment “mine” to secure their purchase. The items range from china to dressers to pillows.

I asked Kristen what items she currently covets for clients. What is hot?

PS: I find myself sourcing things that remind me of my childhood, like brass décor, hand-painted chinoiserie pieces and all things floral. 

Top 10 things grandmillenials want:

• Brass: Animals, candlesticks, pots, etc.

• Traditional brown furniture

• Gold flatware 

• Botanical art

• Bamboo, rattan, and wicker

• Ginger jars

• Floral printed fabrics

• Chinoiserie lamps and pleated shades

• MCM glass and barware

• Vintage holiday decorations – think wooden ornaments and pastel colors. 

~Lacey Howell is a recovering English major from Auburn who now lives on Lake Martin, sells real estate, rides horses and loves good wine. Follow her at Instagram @LaceyHowell and on her Facebook page.