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Country French style conveys the warmth, beauty, comfort, charm, and joie de vivre-the art of living- so many of us desire in our kitchens. But how does one design the kitchen space so that it becomes authentically-quintessentially-Country French in style? With a detailed exploration of the design philosophies and attitudes of Country French style, as well as its concrete elements, Country French Kitchens teaches you to fluently speak the languageofthe design style so that you can translate this wonderful look to your own kitchen. Author Carolina Fernandez imparts design, architectural and inspirational ideas as well as practical strategies for bringing authentic Country French style into the kitchens of those living outside the boundaries of France. Country French Kitchens explores the fundamentals of the style, including its characteristic materials, use of appliances, tactile elements, the importance of art and antiques, and the style's inherent tenets of design-simplicity, practicality, beauty, and joie de vivre. Country French Kitchens is the indispensable resource book for any reader or homeowner interested in implementing Country French style in his or her own kitchen.
An artist, writer and homeowner with eight renovations under her belt, Carolina Fernandez brings her creativity, extraordinary design insight and years of experience to Country French Kitchens. Fernandez's writing has appeared in over one hundred published articles and stories, including her first book, ROCKET MOM!; anthologies, such as the million-plus best- selling "Chocolate Series" by Kay Allenbaugh; her weekly ROCKET MOM! newsletter, which spins to thousands of readers in five continents across the globe; magazines such as Parenting and Redbook; and syndicated columns on the Internet. She lives with her husband and their four children in Connecticut.
John and Cassidy Olson are architectural photographers with an extensive portfolio of kitchen,interiorand xterior photography. Their work has been featured in a number of design books and design and architecture magazines, including Woman's Day and regional magazines throughout New England. Additionally, three of their pictorial books have been published on a diverse range of subject matter. Their fine art photography has won numerous awards and is carried in private collections and galleries throughout the country. They live in Connecticut with their three dogs.
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THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS BOOK
When we discovered on our last house-hunting trip the house that would be our eighth and current home (and the one coming closest to that proverbial "dream"), I fell instantly in love when I took the first step across the threshold. Walking through the living areas, I sensed that this could be "the one," and nodded my head in approval-yet held my breath as we neared what I knew would be the most important room in the house: the kitchen.