It all came together in this clean-lined, airy home packed with meaningful details, just as Michelle had hoped. And while there aren't yet grandchildren to run alongside the pond and jump on the furniture, one of the couple's older daughters, Ivy, hosted nine sorority sisters for a pre-finals retreat, and the youngest, Mary Alan, recently invited her kindergarten class to the farm for a field trip.

In the living room, the official Colbert home intercom: a landing on the second floor where family members can shout from up above. Below, Kindel Furniture's round Penelope Coffee Table holds court among curvy CR Laine tub chairs.

Alison Gootee

Ultra violet, really? Here’s what Southerners in the know are kicking or keeping this year.

There’s nothing better than end of the year round ups of what’s hot and what’s not to get us talking in the halls. You’ll often hear, “But, is that really Southern?” Or, “Would our readers really do that?” And the incredulous, “Is that really a good idea?” Before you go hog-wild chasing down the Internet home trends of 2018 or even the home trends of 2017, we thought we’d go trend-by-trend and weigh-in on what we are kicking out and what we are keeping.

The Trend: Colors

KICK IT Really Saturated Colors. The last two pantone of the year colors (Greenery and Ultra Violet) are compelling statements. But as with most bold looks, they get old very quickly and are not very versatile.
KEEP IT Fresh pastels, particularly pale blues, greens, and yellows. These light shades expand rooms and make the richly layered rooms of our Southern dreams much more of a possibility. If you’re worried about your rooms getting too sweet, mix in a deeper, contrasting color. Our favorite picks:

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TREND Countertops KICKING Granite and Marble Counters. We’ve known granite’s on the way out, but we never thought we’d see the day that marble was also on the way out (it’s simply too high-maintenance). KEEPING The natural-looking, well-engineered quartz countertops are simply too good to be beat. They look like marble, but because of technology are heat and scratch resistant, plus anti-microbial and extremely customizable. See for yourself [https://www.cambriausa.com] TREND Furniture KICKING Special-occasion-only seating. Furniture that’s too nice to be enjoyed or too uncomfortable to actually want to sit on is simply pointless. KEEPING There are actually attractive and actually comfortable sectional sofas. These two ideals are no longer mutually exclusive now that furniture companies are offering sectionals with streamlined shapes, durable fabrics, and plenty of dressmaker details (tufting, piping, skirted or skirtless are now all options). We love this one and this one [LINKS]" target="_blank">Copen Blue (SW0068), Atmospheric (SW6505), and Pineapple Cream (SW1668) (all by Sherwin-Williams)

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The Trend: Finishes

KICK IT Chrome. It’s has been sneaking its way into living rooms for the past few years – a chair leg here, a vase there, and even a full console or two. While it can turn up a room’s cool factor, it also kills the lived-in, comfortable look that we love.

KEEP IT Softer finishes. We are falling hook, line, and sinker for the soft unlacquered brasses and the tactile grasscloth finishes that have been quietly popping up in our homes over the last year. They add an instant coziness to our rooms.

The Trend: Floral Prints

KICK IT Grandma’s cloying chintzes. With their cream grounds and bubblegum pink flowers, they really can make a room look dated or too formal really easily.

KEEP IT Slight reinterpretations of grandma’s beloved chintzes. Upsize those familiar flower prints or seek out ones with a brighter, crisper color palette. Check out like Wallshoppe’s removable "Veronica" wallpaper.  

The Trend: Countertops

KICK IT Granite and Marble. We’ve known that granite's on the way out, but we never thought we’d see the day that marble was also on the way out (it’s simply too high-maintenance).

KEEP IT Quartz. It looks like marble, but because of it's high-tech manufacturing process it's heat and scratch resistant, plus anti-microbial and extremely customizable. See for yourself

The Trend: Furniture

KICK IT Special-occasion-only seating. Furniture that’s too nice to be enjoyed or too uncomfortable to actually want to sit on is simply pointless.

KEEP IT Attractive and comfortable sectional sofas. These two ideals are no longer mutually exclusive now that furniture companies are offering sectionals with streamlined shapes, durable fabrics, and plenty of dressmaker details (tufting, piping, skirted or skirtless are now all options). We dare you to try one in pink.