I'm sentimental about family heirlooms and can't bring myself to get rid of long-treasured items, even when they are not exactly my taste. The ornate pink chair and settee in our bedroom were my great grandmother's and while they don't necessarily jibe with my other decor, their vivid color and quirkiness still make them perfect for a little sitting area.
Edamame is great to grow in small spaces and can produce multiple crops in one season, says garden designer Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. He grew this edamame in a container garden for a millennial friend.
Millennials are interested in outdoor spaces that provide a fantastic experience to socialize, to be alone and to commune with nature. In the Eastmark community in Arizona, the parks boast fire pits and moveable furniture and are designed to be extensions of front yards, according to design firm AndersonBaron, an Arizona American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 winner.
Give millennials a rooftop and kitchen, and they'll gather. This rooftop courtyard in San Francisco is equipped with a community table and outdoor kitchen. Perennial herbs and small LED lights adorn the area. The American Society of Landscape Architects 2015 award-winning project is by Fletcher Studio.
Josh Swanson is mixing his passions, buying flowers that match the colors of his favorite NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings. He selected yellow mums, and white and purple pansies. Marigolds are the most popular annuals among millennial organic gardeners (24 percent), followed by pansies, geraniums, zinnias and impatiens (13 percent each), according to The Home Depot 2015 Fall Gardening Survey.
When millennials design a community, outdoor spaces are key. Diana Gruberg and Chunlan Zeng, as UPenn students, designed a settlement for the Navajo Nation, complete with an outdoor plaza and hydroponic farm. The project was a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Squash, leafy greens and onions are the top edibles that millennials plant organically, according to The Home Depot’s 2015 Fall Gardening Survey. Lauren and Josh Swanson were surprised by this pumpkin plant that sprouted in the middle of their Texas yard.
An elegant platform bed upholstered in rich navy velvet anchors this bedroom with walls painted a very faint shade of millennial pink. The room combines interesting textures, coastal-inspired art and industrial elements that fit the locale.
Harvard design students Carly Augustine and Nicolas Lee suggest in their rendering how the outdoors could be experienced within and around the home. With the shift to urban life, millennials are living in smaller, more condensed spaces, many times without private outdoor space, so their views of private/public indoor/outdoor are shifting, Augustine says. Their project won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
Millennials tend to expect instant results. The lemons on this tree are testing gardener Lauren Swanson's patience. "These take forever to turn yellow. We're keeping the instructions on the plant so we're sure we don't kill it," she says.
A delicate shade like Millennial Pink lends itself beautifully to fabrics of all types, but it looks especially modern on style like Clarke & Clarke’s “Biarritz,” a linen/viscose mix with a matte look and a soft, laid-back hand that’s suitable for both drapery and upholstery.
Designer Sara Brown created this fresh vignette that shows how easily and casually contemporary photography can be incorporated into a design scheme and easily changed out. Brown leaned the white matted and framed photograph against the kitchen counter and added a touch of color with some nicely complementary millennial pink dishes and gold salt cellars.