Trendy vs Timeless: Your home is not Las Vegas

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Last week, I was actually on holidays.  This past summer was full of renovations and a summer holiday was just not in the cards.  When thinking of where to go for a quick break in October, Las Vegas was on the top of my list.  Although Hawaii is my absolute favourite destination to holiday, Las Vegas is perfect for a smaller holiday.  It’s just under a 3 hour flight, we can typically get a really good deal on flights and hotels, and when we go, we ensure the weather is hot enough to sit by the pool.  The hotter the weather the better (which is why we typically go in July)!

One of the things my hubby and I love to do in Las Vegas is walk in the morning.  And by walk, I mean walk, and walk and walk.  We will get up, get dressed and start walking the strip.  This trip we walked roughly 15 km a day (thank you iWatch for keeping track).  Part of our morning walk is going through the various hotels.  As my husband is drawn to the casinos, I am drawn to the decor and interior design of each hotel. While some hotels still have themes, others are moving away from that.

Trendy vs Timeless

Las Vegas

Las Vegas seems to be moving towards ‘Urban Chic‘ for their interior design style.  For me, I first started seeing this trend when City Center was built.  All of the following properties are part of 68 acres that MGM spent upwards of 9+ billion dollars to create.

This entire project all falls in the ‘Urban Chic’ style.  All have a ton of bling (like only Las Vegas can pull off), and all scream ‘up-scale‘.  Who wouldn’t want to stay somewhere that looks like this?

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trendy vs timeless

trendy vs timeless

Trendy vs Timeless: Las Vegas

With millions of people flocking to Las Vegas to holiday and vacation, of course this city needs to keep up with the trends.  Who wants to go on a holiday to Las Vegas and stay in a 1980’s hotel room?  I know I wouldn’t and I know that because we got stuck in one at Caesar’s Palace one year.  The room was extremely ‘tired’ and it just wrecked my Las Vegas experience.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way a diva.  However, when I go to Las Vegas, I am expecting an experience.  And part of that experience is staying in a spectacular hotel.  Whether it be in an urban chic style or my favourite of all time,  The Bellagio.  All of the hotels on the strip keep up with trends and are forever upgrading and renovating.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall in one of those design meetings.  To pick out elements for one of their renovations – yes please!

Trendy vs Timeless: Your Home

While Las Vegas can pull of being trendy, most of us in our own homes don’t have the budget to renovate and/or decorate every five to ten years to keep up with the trends.  What’s important to know about trends is that they last roughly 10 years.  And depending on where you live, you may not see the current trend hit your city or town until it’s in year 4 or 5!  Does this mean you have to have a boring, generic home?  No – absolutley not.  What it does mean is that you can make some smart choices in your home that will stand the test of time of trends coming and going.

Trendy vs Timeless: Kitchen

The heart of the home: your kitchen.  Although there are over 140 shades of white (blue-white, true-white, off-white and cream), white is still the most popular choice for kitchens to stand the test of time.  Why?  Most people consider a white kitchen timeless because you can work with any colour with white.  Look at this gorgeous kitchen designed by my friend Adrienne Gerein.  The first word that comes to my mind when I see this?  Fresh!

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Trendy vs Timeless: Fixed Elements

Fixed elements are those items in your home that are not easy to change out (either due to the cost of changing them or due to the labour it would take to change it out, or both).  Things like flooring, counters, tile, fireplace surrounds, etc. all fall in this category.  While we are still in a grey trend in Calgary, that trend is not going to stay forever.  Just like the brown, Tuscan trend did not stay, neither will the grey.  When looking at fixed elements, some might say timeless elements are boring (white kitchen, medium brown hardwood, subway tile…).  My answer to that?  You’re right.  When you think of them on their own.  But why not decorate with the trends around the timeless fixed elements?  Isn’t it way cheaper to change a wall colour than to rip out your once trendy grey cabinets?  Isn’t it cheaper to get toss cushions, an area rug and some art compared to changing out your trendy grey hardwood floor that is now out of style?  Of course it is.

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If you’re stuck trying to figure out what timeless elements you are hoping for in your home, contact me to see how we can work together. 

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Comments

  1. on 19.10.2016
    at 3:03 PM

    Hi,
    What an amazing kitchen !!! Do you have any other pictures of it ? Definitely inspiring.
    Thanks !

    • on 21.10.2016
      at 7:53 AM

      Eric, that is Adrienne’s design and her link is provided. She’ll have more images on her website. And yes, I agree. I love her design and colour choices for that kitchen!

  2. on 21.10.2016
    at 10:29 AM

    I am quickly becoming a fan of yours Sheri. Here is why. To me, what you are writing about makes a lot of sense and is spot on! Everyone should read a disclosure before doing a renovation on a space of a home, especially a kitchen. The disclosure should echo your talking points concerning trendy vs timeless. Yes, there are certain fixed elements like a back splash that can be changed-out with a fair amount of financial and physical ease. The caveat, slow down and think about the flooring or cabinets you choose. I’m going to say something that usually emotionally charges people when I suggest it. The day you buy your house is the day you start thinking about selling it. I know, I know, but it speaks to the fundamental undertone of this blog. If you like grey, paint in grey (buy a grey couch, pillows and a grey dog)….be careful on buying grey flooring or cabinets. Think about re-sale…think trendy vs timeless. Nice job Sheri.

    • on 24.10.2016
      at 7:11 AM

      Thanks so much Rob! Your points are spot on as well. Although some people do use the term ‘my forever home’ (and I am guilty of using that term), we all know that at some point, your home will be sold and/or in 10+ years, it will need some kind of ‘refresh’. My style tends to fall in the category of timeless. By that I mean, what are the fixed elements in your home that will stand the test of time and be able to decorate around the trends.

      I really appreciate your comments. Have a great day!

  3. on 26.10.2016
    at 12:49 AM

    Your writing makes sense and I would love to see more articles in your blog!

  4. on 09.03.2017
    at 4:05 AM

    Hi!!! Great interior, u did wonderful job, looking for design in further post:):):)

  5. on 16.03.2017
    at 8:48 PM

    Love this post, Sheri! I’m like you when I’m in Vegas I love to glam it up a bit for a change, and the new hotels do an excellent job =)

    Have a great day!!

    • on 19.03.2017
      at 2:43 PM

      Hi Emmy, Do you have a favorite hotel in Vegas?

  6. on 30.03.2017
    at 12:03 AM

    i always dreaming to live in such place Las Vegas. Play all the time in Casino Slot Machines. Anyway that will be a dream as of now . Can you offer me a best Hotel suite in Las Vegas, Convenient and also affordable 🙂

    • on 30.03.2017
      at 5:54 AM

      The word ‘affordable’ means a different things to different people. I will be honest with my comment: I LOVE staying at The Bellagio You can not beat a more central location. That being said, I am getting older and I do love the more calmness by the great pools they have. If you’re looking for more fun and music at the pool, The MGM Grand is awesome! So many pools, a lively atmosphere and lots of fun. We have stayed in many hotels in Las Vegas but these two are my favourites. As for affordable, we typically book through vacation sites like Expedia or Travelocity as they tend to have greater deals versus us booking flights and hotels separately. I hope this has helped.

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