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As we walked the halls of the 2019 International Home and Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago last month, we were surprised by how much hasn’t changed.

Yes, we know this is a story about the latest housewares trends and the products that will be coming your way later this year. But what really struck us is how some things are exactly the same: All the appliances necessary to make barista-level coffee took up a huge amount of space, but nothing seemed particularly new or different. There was also the usual surfeit of companies hawking melamine tableware in all sorts of colors and patterns. And new versions of home cleaning but useful home appliances, such as hair dryers, hair straighteners, makeup kits and mini-studio makeup lights, designed to make your Instagram posts pop.