Grand Millennial Inspiration from an Estate Sale

One of the hottest trends in design isn’t anything new. It’s a return to a classic interior design style where floral chintz, rattan, painted furniture, skirted sofas, chinoiserie, wallpaper, cloth napkins, and grandmother’s china are celebrated. And most importantly (to me, anyway) it’s about COLOR.  Not a lot of neutrals in this style. My friends, the Grand Millennial style is a trend that I embrace whole heartedly!

Grand Millennial Style Inspiration

If your favorite designers include Dorothy Draper, Sister Parish – maybe even Tobi Fairley, you may already know the look. Happy colors, relaxed formality, attention to detail, and unapologetically feminine.

grand millennial living room

If you love to attend estate sales, tour historic homes, and collect things of nostalgic beauty, you just might be a Grand Millennialist. Wondering why it’s named that? Millennials in their 20s and 30s are reviving and reinvigorating the look of dear old Grandmother’s home.  If you consider all the modern, clean-lined design that has saturated homes for the last few decade, it’s really quite rebellious!

I was fortunate enough to recently attend a FABULOUS estate sale in the toniest old part of Nashville. The images I’m sharing here are from its many-decades-old design, which holds up surprisingly well in this latest design trend dubbed Grand Millennialism.

belle meade exterior

Please excuse me while I linger in the front entry to soak it all in:

grand curving staircase

glass knob bannister

rounded staircase in grand home

green chinoiserie wallpaper mural

I just can’t even. Is it just me, or HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO BEAUTIFUL????

grand millennial entry

So much beautiful flooring. Lots of marble, hardwood, vintage rugs, and patterned carpet.

marble flooring

Oh, the fabrics and colors! The next two shots are from the a young girl’s room, with a walk-in closet to die for:

blue bookcase backs

tole painted closet

The house was built in the early 1900s, and nearly every room has a fireplace. Every one is uniquely beautiful.

vintage fireplace

 

orange marble fireplace

black marble fireplace

This hallway took my breath away. I mean, look at that ceiling!

grand hallway with marble floors

gold and white architectural ceiling

grand millennial wallpaper

art deco wallpaper

The dishes, furnishings, and decor items for sale at this home – a total dream for lovers of Grand Millennial style.

grandmother's china

grand millennial floral drapery

You don’t have to amass a collection of antiques to apply the Grand Millennial style, but a few special old pieces really help.

unique wood chair

Mixing brand new items with what you love from different eras keeps the Grand Millennial style fresh and modern, in its own way. I’m just dying to share what I scored at this estate sale!

But before I do:

For those of you who are in the design biz (or who would love to be!), I’m offering 2 LIVE, IN-PERSON certification courses in September. The first is for paint color consulting, and the second is for real estate staging. Students of both courses will attend an hors d’oeuvres reception at my own Grand Millennial style home at the end of the class! Click on the images below to find out more:

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Ok, now for my great estate sale finds! I scored a gorgeous, striped, custom sofa and a bound, patterned carpet that is PERFECT in size for my large, square drawing room:

grand millennial living room

The photo below is showing some shadow from the furniture, but the rug is not faded.

blue striped sofa

grand millennial sofa

Someday I’ll post better images of this room, but I’m still working on the layout since I’ve incorporated these awesome estate sale finds! I want to know – what do you think about Grand Millennial style?

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Jeannie Casey
Jeannie Casey
4 months ago

i love it! you house is wonderful. I’m doing farmhouse cottage with a flamingo twist.

Nancy Mueller
Nancy Mueller
4 months ago

I really love Grand Millennial style. It’s the colors and patterns.

Rhonda
Rhonda
4 months ago

I’m way too old to be a Grand Millennial, but I love ALL the things you described and always have. And I adore your estate sell finds!!!

Nsncy
Nsncy
4 months ago

I new this style would have to come back someday. Simply gorgeous. Hooray!

Jenny
Jenny
4 months ago

Those dishes! SWOON!!! Really, all the architecture and design details are just stunning. I would have had such a hard time staying focused on what was actually for sale! Thanks for sharing. And, congrats on the sofa and rug. The rug is stunning!

Renee Anderson
Renee Anderson
4 months ago

Be still my heart.Right up my alley “style wise”
Refreshing to know that at age 70 I am on trend.Thank you

Kathy Westhoven
Kathy Westhoven
4 months ago

I love to look at it, but I couldn’t live with it. It’s beautiful, but at the end of the day, I’m allergic to color! I need my calming neutrals. Ahhh…

Davi Adams
Davi Adams
4 months ago

How do you go to Kroger when you live someplace like this? It’s so Southern and dreamy.

Cheri
Cheri
4 months ago

Just the right amount of granny chic for me. I love it all!

Judy
Judy
4 months ago

Oh, I LOVE this look. It is all so light, happy, and beautiful. Thinking hard about how to move in this direction in our Cape Cod cottage-y home. Maybe reupholstering would be a start?

Maureen Aguilar
4 months ago
Reply to  Judy

Too beautiful to die!

Linda O
Linda O
4 months ago

I love your style and the mixing of the old with new. It gives your surroundings so much warmth and personality. Can’t wait to see finished room.

Becky Harmon
Becky Harmon
4 months ago

Hi Kristie,
We lived in Tallahassee for a long time and I got to see a lot of historic homes near the governor’s mansion. I love some of the old style when done well. For instance, I like to see contemporary art with antiques and floral prints.

Susie Tucker
Susie Tucker
4 months ago

Oh my gosh, thank you for sharing these pictures! I can’t stop staring!

Brenda Rose
Brenda Rose
4 months ago

The young girl’s closet & the wallpaper are
Just so elegant! Thank you for sharing these beautiful estate finds 💕

Brenda Rose
Brenda Rose
4 months ago

I’m too old to be included but I’m hoping I’ll influence my granddaughter 😂

Cynthia Riegle
4 months ago

Omg- the bathroom wall paper!!!!

Tina
Tina
4 months ago

Beautiful home to be sure, but not for our particular lifestyle! With 2 dogs, running a business out of our home, lots of home diy projects and constant outdoor gardening…. I would be to stressed out to sit anywhere (without showering and a change of wardrobe) or by wet dog feet on the rugs. For those that are able to live the elegant and gracious lifestyles of this home’s owners – I get it and appreciate the quality and style of the home and furnishing. We are definitely more down-to-earth types that love the resurgence of the modern farmhouse style.

Kay
Kay
4 months ago

That house is really beautiful. That staircase! The floors! The wallpaper!

A house in the Grand Millennial style would be far beyond our means, but I mix in some elements and have furniture and decorative items from different periods. People think our small house is beautiful, and it satisfies me aesthetically, so I’m content.

Nancy Kimbrough
Nancy Kimbrough
4 months ago

This house is fantastic!! The details are amazing – especially the intricate wallcovering around the curved staircase. This is so beautiful.

Dana
Dana
4 months ago

I absolutely love love love Grand Millennial style. My daughters are 31 and 25. I dragged them around with me furniture shopping, fabric shopping, swapping decorative items with my sister, moving furniture around and sewing all of my curtains from the time they were born, etc. They finally “get it” and are having such fun decorating their homes and trying to out score the other with their GM finds. Most of the time they look out for each other when shopping and that makes me happy. They are testing my age asking me to help paint and wall paper, but I’m happy to help and teach them.
Your fabulous finds are just that. There are so many places to get treasures from for our homes.
It’s the thrill of the hunt and finding that perfect piece I think for the GM’s! Thank you for sharing!

Susan McD
Susan McD
4 days ago

I think we Millennials have had our taste of IKEA and are over it. Growing up in the 90’s, the trends tended toward tacky, but were still bold. My family always painted rooms the color we wanted to, even if, in hindsight, it was a little on the tacky side. I’ve never shied away from experimenting with color and mixing textures and prints. We live in a 1930 house now, and the previous owners painted everything gray and white. So now, we’re on a mission to restore it using some beautiful colors and find pieces that are as close to 1930-era as possible.

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