Why Some Homeowners Really, Really Hate Concrete Countertops. Blame Pinterest, blame Joanna Gaines, blame marble madness overload — but concrete countertops have taken over farmhouses in the past few years. It's easy to see why: Installing concrete counters is a sure way to infuse your home with a rustic yet industrial feel that's at once trendy and unfussy. And the durability of the cement-and-sand mix has some hailing it as a rock solid (we had to) design choice. But after testing them out, other homeowners have voiced some serious concerns which made us wonder: Is concrete all it's cracked up to be? Here are some of the drawbacks we've seen mentioned.
Stock Tank Tubs Are the Next Stock Tank Pool. The latest trend to take over Pinterest involves using the stock tanks designed to hold farm animals' food and water as a way to add a country touch to your bathroom. The concept is quite similar to clever stock tank pools, but more permanent, since they aren't drained and covered once the weather cools down. But trust us, you'll be happy to show off this creative take on a standalone tub all year long. Not only will house guests not be able to stop talking about their unique bathing experience, but these tanks are also affordable (they're only around $114 and $138 on Amazon). If you're convinced, there are a few ways to put your own spin on this trend. The galvanized surface (a.k.a. the protective coating of iron or steel that gives the tank it's color) is striking when paired with wood floors and exposed brick. This particular container also features unique grooves and indentions, which easily turns it into the focal point.
Pajama Lounges Are Taking Over Houses Everywhere and We Love It. Pajama lounges are having a serious moment and they're the dreamiest home trend of all time — there, we said it. If you haven't heard of a space like this before, it's essentially an upstairs living room that's very private and the perfect place to gather as a family after rolling out of bed in your (you guessed it) pajamas. This concept is part of a growing trend of living spaces moving upstairs, where it's more secluded. "They're designed to be a place where the family can gather and hang out away from the high-traffic areas of the home," Paul Fischman, principal designer at Choeff Levy Fischman in Miami, told Realtor.com. Still can't picture what we're talking about? This Massachusetts room, designed by Frank Roop, is one strikingly gorgeous example of a pajama lounge.
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