Year after year, the Alameda County Fall 2019 Home and Garden Show is a great source of inspiration for the home — and this year was no exception. The Pleasanton Fairgrounds was packed with breathtaking garden scapes, the latest and greatest hot tubs and endless pools, and stunning fall decor ideas. Here are a few of our favorite new finds:
1. Seamless Showers
Understated and elegant with clean lines, these stone-inspired shower materials caused quite a stir at the show. They work nicely with the minimalist aesthetic that's becoming increasingly popular, particularly with Millennials. Their best attribute, however, has to be the minimal maintenance. The materials are non-porous and completely seamless, so you can say "goodbye" to mold, mildew, grouting, and all those little nooks and crannies where dust gathers. As if that wasn't enough, these tubs also keep your water warmer longer than older metal models.
2. Sliding Panel Blinds
Remember the floor-length fabric or paper panel blinds you've likely admired framing glass doors at a friend's home? Smaller models are now available for windows! Starting at $100 a pop, they're not at the same price point as run of the mill blinds, but what they lose in affordability they make up in chic factor. Homeowners have a number of options to choose from — light-weight woven fabrics in a variety of patterns or textures, black out fabrics, and even woven wood — in neutral tones and lustrous finishes.
3. Pizza Ovens
While pizza ovens and backyard kitchens have been trending for a while now, the revelation here was the charming new aesthetic. Gone are the bulky, metallic backyard ovens of yesterday. The latest crop is much more likely to add some old-school Italian charm to your backyard with new design features such as wooden handles and brick-inspired color finishes.
4. Self-cleaning Gutters
Self-cleaning gutters may not be particularly beautiful or luxurious, but they were one of the most useful new discoveries of this show. While they're not exactly self-cleaning, they don't require any debris removal or maintenance. Let us explain: the special patented design covers the top of a gutter allowing water to flow through but keeping leaves and debris out. It's a simple, elegant solution to an age-old problem. No more clogged, sagging, or otherwise damaged gutters and best of all, no more climbing ladders for gutter care!
What do you think about these new trends? Are there others you're considering for your home and garden? Share your ideas with us in the comments!