"What's Trendy" List...No Thanks!

I can’t tell you how often, in one magazine after another, I read about what’s HOT and what’s NOT in home decor. Like anyone else, I peruse the lists but at the same time, I LOATHE these lists because they instill a fear in homeowners that they are going to somehow make a decision that will negatively time stamp their home. While it is true that trends blow in and out like the wind, I wholeheartedly believe that if you surround yourself with things that you love, your home will always feel warm and happy.
Most importantly, I cannot emphasize enough that it is impossible to beat time. Time will always win. There is NO WAY to build a timeless house. In ten years, your ten year old remodel is going to look ten years old. Yes, even the “classic” style that is so popular right now with the white subway tile, the carerra marble and polished nickel fixtures is going to look ten years old in ten years. Even though someone named this style “classic” it is still very reflective of the time in which we live. When the economy is slow and scary, greys take over. Grey are safe. They are calm. They are stable. Any other color would be bold in an unsteady economy. But, now, as the economy is moving forward with vigor, we are beginning to see some bursts of color and risks in finish that were absent just two years ago.

The purpose of this post? To give you confidence to design your home to reflect YOU! Make your home comfortable for you and everyone else who lives there. If you currently just love grey? Then stick with it. But if you favor some other color, you will love your house more if you surround yourself with colors that make you feel at home. Paint is just paint. While you live in the house, paint your walls a color that you would love to look at. But, when you sell the house, if those colors are not neutral, they will need to be painted over since we all find comfort and distaste among different hues. And if you’re thinking it would be safest to just paint everything neutral right now in order to avoid the work later? Walls and trim often start looking like they need touch ups in about three years so it is very likely that they would need painted before your home sells anyway.

And if you love sticking with what’s HOT because it makes you feel right, then do it. But please don’t ditch something you love just because it’s on the NOT list. Chances are, it will be back on some other sort of list in no time. #LOVEYOURHOME!

Just in case you can’t resist reviewing the lists, here are a few…
Dog outside the shop—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Honey is here waiting for you

We are open on Saturdays from 10-2 and Monday through Friday 9-5:30. It’s always a GREAT day to visit us and Honey is always here for a little entertainment while you make your decisions. We also have a kids area with a play kitchen, crayons and other toys.
Goofy young boy—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Our goofy son keeping Hansgrohe shiny
Young girl with bathtub—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
She’s doing it. She might not like it but she’s doing it. And she’s not complaining. This is an Americh tub Made in California. And then she moved to filing.
Dog with a towel—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Yes, even our sweet pooch, Honey, helps out.
Beautiful bathroom from California Faucets. And like I’ve been saying: “Brass is Back!” http://pinterest.com/plumbedelegance/brass-is-back/
Old parquet—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This isn’t any old parquet
X sign in a tile—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
An entry with this would be so welcoming
Elegant tile design—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Confident. Statement worthy. Absolute elegance.
This is all wood. For more wood styles, click here But now…let’s check out some other tiles…
Grey and Yellow Handpainted —Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Grey and Yellow. Handpainted.
Ocean—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Blue for the ocean.
Beautiful tile design—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This is clearly something special. Timeless. Special.
Bronze and white tile design—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This can have either bronze or pewter accents
Aged oak bliss tile design—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Covet. I covet thee. Calacutta and Aged Oak. Bliss….
Calacutta and French Terracota—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Calacutta and French Terracotta. Is it just me or is FRENCH terra-cotta the prettiest terra-cotta?
Find more dreamworthy tile here
Magazine—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Tract Home Before/After
We’ve all either lived in a home like this or spent time in one. We can already anticipate the floor plan through the front door. It’s a comfortable and predictable style that has been popular across the country for decades. I found this photo in an article by Jim Wright in the July 2014 issue of Qualified Remodeler Magazine. I was really inspired by the facelift on this tract home. It’s a style that is appealing to so many of us. It looks comfortable and inviting. I thought I would share so that some of you could start dreaming a little bit beyond your current box. You can click on Jim Wright’s name to check out the rest of his work. While he is in Ohio, we have so many skilled and qualified remodelers, right here, in our neighborhoods.
Creativity and ingenuity abound in the utilization of SHIPPING CONTAINERS! I was so surprised when my friend sent this link to me. I had to share it with you.
To see more of these cool projects click HERE
House interior—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Plenty of cozy space
House exterior—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Weekend Getaway?
Backyard—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Backyard Retreat
Talmadge Crew—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
A little glass of local wine at Armitage Tasting Room in Aptos, CA
A long week at work sometimes calls for a relaxing glass of wine. We had a fun visit with the Talmadge Construction crew at Armitage Tasting Room in Aptos. In this photo are Adele Talmadge and Nicole Brown, designer for Talmadge Construction. Jeff Talmadge was the photographer. Talmadge Construction was responsible for the design and build out of the cozy and beautiful tasting room in Aptos — it’s definitely worth a visit!

You can check out the winery here

And to see more about Talmadge Construction, click here
Flower above cabinet—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This used to be a dresser and now it’s a really unique vanity. You’ll see close ups of the sinks and faucets further down the page.

These are pics of a fun project by Pete Evens of Anubis Construction. The clients weren’t afraid to take some chances using an old dresser and converting it into a new vanity. With a few alterations by Pete Evens, it’s a unique base to define the mood of the bathroom.

These sinks were made in Pennsylvania by JSG Oceana. They are made using a similar process as much of the oven safe and thermo-resistant (it can take extremes of hot and cold without breaking) glassware that comes out of this region. They are available in lots of colors and sizes. They also make drop in sinks and undermounts which can be fun when installed with LED light below them.
Sink—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Sink by JSG Oceana in Pennsylvania

And I’m sure you wanna see what this looks like with the water on, right…???
Beautiful sink design—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Come on…this is a TOTALLY fun bathroom, right?!! It would be such a pleasure to use these faucets daily with the water cascading over your hands
Wall hung toilet—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Wall Hung Toilet for ease of cleaning. That’s the actuator (flush button) on the wall above the toilet.
Pretty shower—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
That’s a pretty shower and all…but where’s the drain???…
Floor tiles—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
There’s the drain!! It is installed with the floor tile so that it nearly disappears

The drain is by Quick Drain USA. Look closer…there is NO THRESHOLD on this shower. You can walk or roll a wheelchair or walker right in. It’s so elegant and easier to clean since there are fewer corners to get icky.
Shower—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
No threshold and Shower Valves by California Faucets. Heads Grohe and Aquabrass
Here are more options by Grohe and Aquabrass.
You can reach Pete Evens at anubisconstruction@gmail.com or by phone at (831) 212-1905.
Modern kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This kitchen was designed with traffic flow in mind
These clients are high on style and reasonable on budget and look what they pulled off!! When we met them, their little family was increasing in size with a new baby and a toddler in tow. And in the middle of all of this, the wife has decided to start her own law firm. This is what focus, an excellent contractor and quality products will get you. The kitchen in this house was very ordinary to start with — certainly very much like one that we have all lived with at one point or another (as soon as I have “Before” pics I will share them). This new area is so focused on family, fun and flow. Look how easily one can move from room to room, from table to sink to bar area and into the living area. They are going to enjoy this for decades.
Jared Lewis worked with Beyond the Box in Santa Cruz for the cabinets and kitchen design
Elegant Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
You would be able to find me HERE! (I’m an excellent mixologist — joking! But I like to keep the mixologists company. No one should mix alone. Grinnn…)
Kitchen interior—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This is a fireclay sink and their faucet is Made in the USA!!
White sink—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Perfect for family dinners and board games
Clean table—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Perfect for family dinners and board games
Modern Kitchen design—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Think of how easy it will be to pull this pantry out and not have to bend down and dig for items WAY in the back. SOOO Practical! It seems like one would be more likely to use everything because things will always be within sight providing inspiration for meals
Beautiful tile—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
There’s a Made in USA pot filler. Love how the pot matches the tile.
Tiles and power outlet—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Close up of the tile
Lovely tiles—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Another pic of the lovely tile
Before Pic One
Wooden door—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
This wall went bye-bye
Elegant room—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Hard to believe that it ever looked like this. The great team of Beyond the Box, Jared Lewis and the Homeowners delivered DREAMY results.
To see more of the work of Jared Lewis Construction, click here
You can also find Jared Lewis on Houzz
So often clients feel like their door hardware must match their cabinet hardware which must match their faucets which must match their appliances. We say NONSENSE!! That’s boring! And where is YOUR personality in all of that? Exercise your sense of style by mixing up the finishes!

Even though I wrote this post a couple of years ago, I have noticed that we’re not the only ones who are writing about this. Click on these two links below to see some Houzz articles on this design opportunity. Even the experts are saying “Mix finishes and have some fun!”
How to Mix Metal Finishes in the Kitchen
How to Mix Metal Finishes in the Bathroom
Traditional Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Traditional Kitchen by Saratoga Springs Design-build Witt Construction
Minneapolis Interior Traditional Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Traditional Kitchen by Minneapolis Interior Designer Martha O’Hara Interiors
Contemporary Kithcen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Contemporary Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designer Steven Miller Design Studio, Inc.
Mercer Island Traditional Kitchen —Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Traditional Kitchen by Mercer Island Architect knowles ps
Mediterranean Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Mediterranean Kitchen by Austin General Contractor Tenney Construction
Electric Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Eclectic Kitchen by Malibu Interior Designer Shannon Ggem ASID- Ggem Design Co LLC
Chicago Traditional Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Traditional Kitchen by Chicago Kitchen And Bath Rebekah Zaveloff
Metro Interior Traditional Kitchen—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Traditional Kitchen by Other Metro Interior Designer Natalie DiSalvo
Best of houzz 2015—Plumbing in Santa Cruz, CA
Yes! We’re kind of excited that we, Plumbed Elegance in Santa Cruz, California, have been awarded BEST OF HOUZZ 2015! We LOVE the Houzz website for all of the information sharing and creative collaboration. It has been SUCH a useful tool for us and YOU! We are humbled by this honor. We’ll keep trying to share our amazing projects and you can keep dreaming with us…
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