How to dec­o­rate when you move a lot

The Progress-Index - At Home - - RIGHT AT HOME / HOME GARDENING - KIM COOK

Call them the "tur­tle" gen­er­a­tion, car­ry­ing their be­long­ings with them.

Mil­len­ni­als — those born be­tween the early 1980s and the early 2000s, ap­prox­i­mately — are a mo­bile gen­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to a study re­leased in March by the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau. Only about 24 per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion, they make up over 40 per­cent of movers be­tween 2007 and 2012.

They're mov­ing for lots of rea­sons: a bet­ter apart­ment; a more con­ve­nient neigh­bor­hood; a job; ed­u­ca­tion; a new city with a more at­trac­tive lifestyle.

"Young adults are highly mo­bile," says Joe Cor­tright of City Ob­ser­va­tory, a Port­land, Ore­gon-based ur­ban think tank. "They're vot­ing with their feet for the kinds of metropoli­tan ar­eas and neigh­bor­hoods they want to live in."

They're all about car­ry­ing a lim­ited num­ber of pos­ses­sions, says Re­becca Ryan, economist and fu­tur­ist at Next Gen­er­a­tion Con­sult­ing in Madi­son, Wis­con­sin.

"They don't want to live in a big house; they want to have a big life. And part of that is liv­ing min­i­mally, so they have as much flex­i­bil­ity as pos­si­ble," she says.

Value is placed on fur­nish­ings that are stylish and ver­sa­tile.

So for them — or any­one want­ing to keep the mov­ing truck fees to a min­i­mum and still have a smart-look­ing home — what are some op­tions?

LIV­ING ROOM

Bos­ton In­te­ri­ors of­fers a num­ber of ver­sa­tile items at an easy price point. The Plan­ta­tion stor­age trunk, crafted in warm Hi­malayan shee­sham wood, of­fers ca­pa­cious stor­age while serv­ing as a hand­some cof­fee ta­ble. The Em­mett lean­ing desk has two fixed shelves and a writ­ing plat­form. At only about 30 inches wide, it has a small foot­print and trans­ports easily. And the Hyan­nis flip-top ta­ble has a chunky, farm­house vibe. You could use it as a desk, din­ing ta­ble or con­sole. (www.bostoninteriors.com )

Ikea's Fri­heten sofa is a sofa, chaise and dou­ble bed in one, with a bonus: The chaise can be switched left or right, depend­ing on the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the room. It comes flat-packed in three boxes. (www.ikea.com )

Sauder has a new line con­ceived by fur­ni­ture de­signer Shawn Sow­ers that in­cludes cof­fee and side ta­bles, a book­case inspired by in­dus­trial scaf­fold­ing, and a media cab­i­net. A mix of tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als like brushed bronze, ebonized ve­neer, cop­per and glossy white me­tal make for a de­sign-for­ward col­lec­tion. Sow­ers says stylish fur­ni­ture for mil­len­ni­als has to be easy to pack up and move to the next home. So ev­ery­thing's shipped in heavy-duty car­tons, as­sem­bling and dis­as­sem­bling with a few sim­ple tools. (www. saud­er­bou­tique.com )

BED­ROOM

In­stead of a bulky, wood­frame box spring, con­sider a sim­ple plat­form bed on which you can drop a fu­ton or mem­ory-foam mat­tress. Way­fair has op­tions in var­i­ous fin­ishes that as­sem­ble and dis­as­sem­ble quickly. (www.way­fair.com )

If you're due for a new mat­tress any­way, con­sider one of the new mem­ory-foam mat­tresses that ship rolled up like a big sleep­ing bag. Time the or­der to ar­rive on your move-in date. Safavieh has a high-qual­ity op­tion in all sizes. (www.tar­get.com )

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