I recently discovered and started watching HGTV shows like "Love It or List It" and "House Hunters." In no time, I saw that I am hopelessly behind the times. Before watching, I didn't even know what an "en suite" is, and I had no idea that a home without one might as well have a sign out front saying, "Bulldoze me now!"
I also didn't know that living with only two bathrooms is completely unacceptable for most people with a lick of sense. I'm obviously warped because I grew up in a family of six with only one bathroom, and I don't remember it being much of a problem—except for the fact that the door didn't lock, and occasionally a desperate sibling might burst in on me. I realize that times have changed, though. Heck, even the tub toys for toddlers nowadays take up more room than the grooming supplies for our whole family back then: Soap. Shampoo. Toothpaste. A big thing of powder on the back of the toilet.
Then I watched "Property Virgins" and was completely undone. Again and again, future homeowners looking for "starter homes" see homes with perfectly nice kitchens (kitchens far nicer than many kitchens I have lived with in my life), turn up their noses, and reject the home. Why? Because the kitchen, shockingly, doesn't have granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.
That's when I took a breath and realized that there is a reason I got blue ribbons in the "home furnishings" 4-H category at the county fair when I was a teen. I am not clueless, home fashion-wise. And I will prove it.
I have been looking at ideas for new counter tops in our kitchen, and I have decided that the counters will not, no matter what, be granite. My prediction is that in a very short time, granite is going to be the equivalent of the avocado green and harvest gold appliances of my youth. Soon people are going to look at the swirly, busy patterns of many granite tops, and they are going to say, "What were people thinking???? And look how dark the kitchen is with all that stainless steel! Ugh!"
In no time, my white, stainless steel-less, granite-less kitchen is going to be viewed as cutting edge. Desirable. Fashion-forward.
I'm sure of it.