Small Spaces, Beautiful Kitchens (Interior Design and Architecture)

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9781564969569: Small Spaces, Beautiful Kitchens (Interior Design and Architecture)

Do you have an ugly duckling kitchen? If so, take this book and learn how to transform it into the pretty and practical swan it was meant to be. Whether your kitchen is galley-shaped, U-shaped, L-shaped, or just plain small, this hands-on workbook offers ideas for kitchens that suit every lifestyle, from city singles to growing families.

The kitchen is the heart of every home: the place where we gather with our families and friends; where we prepare and share food; where we work, entertain, and eat. But many kitchens were not designed with all these functions in mind. As a result, they are too small, too dark, and too cramped -- when what we want is spacious, light, and comfortable.

With Small Spaces Beautiful Kitchens, you can change all that. In its pages, youÆll learn how to turn your kitchen -- no matter how small, how drab, how dysfunctional -- into the kitchen of your dreams.

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Tara McLellan is a veteran design writer. She has written for Metropolitan Home and is the author of Fabric Harmony. She lives in New Orleans.

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It's a little bizarre to find an all-stainless steel kitchen-one with steel cabinet fronts and drawers, and just a blond wood floor and a white ceiling for contrast-described as "a warm, shining space" when "industrial and robotic" would be much more accurate. But the critical faculty is set to "hype" in this airy paean to expensive renovations. Mclellan (Fabric Harmony), who used to write for Metropolitan Home magazine, takes readers into the kitchens of the rich and not-so-famous, and juxtaposes architect pitch shots with facing page Q&A's with the owners or designers and tips for "Creating a Mood" or "Creating Your Palette." Chapters and subchapters cover organization, storage, "Decorating to Trick the Eye," and "Personalizing Your Space"; a glossary, "Directory of Materials," and list of resources are included. The book reads rather like a Martha Stewart-style knockoff: "Vintage items bring a feeling of nostalgia and interest to a kitchen display." And while the title promises small kitchen solutions, a lot of the spaces here will look big to urban dwellers. Without that niche, readers will have to decide if "nostalgia and interest" are enough to create the right mood for them.
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