"Trends and timelines: when?"
In the current thread about subway tile and trendiness, and in previous threads about trends, one thing that I have noticed is that when people say "I have seen a lot of ___ since 2xxx" or "_____has been around for __ years now." And the time frames that people give vary widely.
So that makes me think that there are large differences in points of reference when it comes to "current" and "trend", and what is Hot in some spots, is definitely not Yet, in some areas and has peaked in others. So:
1) When did you first become aware of subway tile in NEW kitchen remodels? (Not historical). When did you first SEE it used in person?
2) When did you first become aware of granite countertops in NEW kitchen remodels? When did you first SEE it used in person?
3)When did you first become aware of Stainless Steel RANGES being placed in residential kitchens? When did you SEE your first stainless steel range used in person?
4) When did you first become aware of Stainless Steel REFRIGERATORS being placed in residential kitchens? When did you first see one used in person?
5)And slightly OT, when did you first become aware of VESSEL SINKS? When did you see your first one in person?
Please include where you are from, generally. This is not about being more savvy or "with it" because you've seen it earlier, either. Some people will have seen these much earlier than others, that's clear.