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Country French Kitchens Hardcover – January 22, 2008

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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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Carolina Fernandez's writing has appeared in over one hundred published articles and stories, both online and in print media as well as in her first book, Rocket Mom!, numerous anthologies, such as the million-plus bestselling "Chocolate Series" by Kay Allenbaugh.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423601920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423601920
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am thrilled that this is not yet another showcase of photos of kitchens in France, rather this book shows you numerous country french kitchens that are authentic and absolutely true to the style, yet there is no sacrificing of practicality. The book stands on its own if you just want to see beautiful and inspiring kitchens or just like french country style, but goes the extra step for readers who want to see how the style can be creatively adapted to kitchens in which real people actually cook, entertain and congregate with their families here and now in the US. I also was impressed by the quality of presentation and photographic excellence.
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I always thought a country French kitchen had to be swathed in Pierre Deux fabrics. What a wonderful surprise to find that Carolina Fernandez has taken the time and her keen eye to find so many variations on a theme. This is a very handsome, visually exciting book with wonderful ideas for creating an amazing variety of country French kitchens. Her intimate text is a refreshing look at the homeowners passions and is a true complement to the photos that zoom in on the detailed vignettes.
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I love French Country style, and was happy to learn about this book. My happiness didn't last. After I bought it, I was stunned to discover that not one photograph in the book was taken in France, and in fact there is not a single authentically French kitchen anywhere in its pages. The majority of the kitchens seem to have been photographed in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. Instead of true French style, this disappointed reader discovered clichéd American takes on French style -- large ceramic roosters, ceramic rabbits, a wall emblazoned with the word `EAT,' built-in cabinets painted with flowers...
When I bought this book, I looked forward to being inspired by real French kitchen design, with photographs and text that captured the charm and individuality of a kitchen in the French countryside. Instead I discovered garishly hued suburban American kitchens masquerading as French. Many photographs, including the cover, have a yellow cast from electric lighting. This book is going back!
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Having my own Interior Design business for over 20 years, and as an A.S.I.D. Allied Member, I only wish that I had this book before now in my office reference library to use as a design tool with my clients! The exemplary photographs serve as a superb "talking-tool" when discussing the many details and design options available to anyone designing a kitchen, whether Country French or another style. Kitchens are the center of activity in any house and quite often, the most expensive renovation cost when updating or designing a house. Carolina Fernandez does a brilliant job of explaining the details found in a Country French kitchen which instantly relay an aire of authenticity.... making it inviting, timeless, functional and unique to the owners who create it. My interior design mantra is to make any interior look as if it has always been there, just comfortably embellished with time, nothing new or over the top decorated. Her advice on using antique doors as the front facade of a closet, antique glass in the cabinets, and using light fixtures that have a patina of their own endorse what I try to create in my interiors. You are in for a treat when you see the myriad of lovely Country French kitchens photographed from various angles and read her enchanting commentary!
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I was eagerly anticipating this book as I love all things French. But after going through the book, it was a bit disappointing. The book is beautifully done and gorgeous to behold. But I was discouraged to discover that the examples the author uses are mostly ultra-luxe, super-designer takes on French kitchens in the U.S. No actual French kitchens to be found. Only the last couple of kitchens show the whimsy the French use in their own spaces. But my biggest peeve is the redundant photos used. Many different shots of the same kitchen from slightly different angles. Enough already! Most readers will prefer more kitchens than more shots of the same kitchen and feel cheated when this happens. So Cie la vie - sometimes life is disappointing...
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I liked this book for the beautiful photography and I will keep it for its color combinations and decorating ideas that even middle class folks can adapt. But I was somewhat disappointed that all the kitchens covered were at the very high end with THE most expensive appliances and whose owners obviously, had to be well-heeled. I was hoping for a wider range of represented income levels as anyone with the BIG BUCKS can have a beautiful kitchen built for them -- all it takes is a designer and a layout of tens of thousands -- don't know why I was surprised that no one who owned these kitchens would fall into middle class. The other thing I would have liked to see would have been some people in all these photos.

Having said all that some of the design elements, flooring, fabrics, counter tops, unusual cabinets, etc., were absolutely stunning -- so if you want a "Wish Book" this fits the bill.
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I loved this book. It was wonderfully written, to the point and finally a decorator's book without all the fluff.
There is a diversity of french kitchens and also there are many kitchens featured, I was able to get great ideas for my future kitchen. I highly recommend this book.
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