How about it? I’m trendy! Updated 11/7/11

small foyer wiht original tileAs someone who generally avoids the local mall, I’m surprised when I see myself all over a trend story. Case in point, the Wall Street Journal‘s piece earlier this week, “Blueprint for a new American home.”  The story notes that today’s homes are more practical and less aspirational. Meaning, there is more of a focus on how family members live in and utilize the space in their home.

Gone are the days of the fancy white-carpeted living room that no one is allowed to lounge in.

And those grand foyers? Generally seen as a waste of space. (Not to say I wouldn’t mind a few more square feet in our place where you walk in the front door and are practically forced up the stairs.)

Also, those outrageously large bathtubs? A thing of the past. High-end showers and steam rooms are where it’s at now.

DH and I generally consider ourselves “function over form” types and it seems like such an outlook is finally cool.


new tumbled edge foyer tileWe will bump out the foyer area just a bit with this new tile.

 Updated to add: It turns out the old tile was placed directly onto the existing wood floor. As much as I like the tile we selected (but have not yet purcahsed) and I know that the wood won’t hold up to wet, dirty shoes in the long run, we are going to try to salvage the original floor in the foyer. It will save us money now and we can always tile later on.

6 Responses to How about it? I’m trendy! Updated 11/7/11
  1. emily @ the happy home
    November 4, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    though i still really, really want a soaking tub. 🙂

    • kim/reluctant renovator
      November 12, 2011 | 10:26 am

      Me, too. We didn’t have the space, so that was the first wish list item to go. We made up for it with a fancy shower, though.

  2. Kimberly/Foodie City Mom
    November 4, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    I’m definitely a function over form person myself, so I like this new trend!

  3. Kristina
    November 10, 2011 | 6:35 pm

    I would rather have a smaller house that I use more than a big house with empty rooms.

    • kim/reluctant renovator
      November 12, 2011 | 10:30 am

      Compared to our old house, not to mention living at my parents, this new place is huge. It think our family will fill it up just fine, without having a fancy sitting room that no one is allowed to enter.