- Series: Country Living
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Hearst (October 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1588166953
- ISBN-13: 978-1588166951
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 9.7 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Country Living 500 Kitchen Ideas: Style, Function & Charm Hardcover – October 7, 2008
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This book will enable you to listen to your heart and begin to decide what's important to you in your kitchen design, and just as important, what you don't want. It will help you to your prioritize your resources--what you want to splurge on, where you can save. One great aspect of country and cottage design is that it doesn't get dated easily so this book should be useful for many years. Country and cottage style can be updated easily and often inexpensively, sometimes with just stylish accessories. If you love the warmth and texture of country kitchens, this is one of the best books I've seen on this style of kitchen design. I use it in a kitchen design class I team-teach with a kitchen design studio. My students love the book
Huge amount of pictures with brief description. Nothing
better shows the ideas like actual pictures. This book
is full of those. Truly, I would say this is so far the
best interior design idea book I have ever read. I wish
I could find more books like the one, full of pictures.
Recommend it 100%.
The book focuses more on décor rather than design.
I read every page of the book. It has a lot of redundancy in its text just slightly rewording certain sentences over and over again making the same repetitive points to "run the numbers" up to 500 as part of its title. Also, it actually had a couple of text mistakes that weren't caught in proofing. I don't care about the mistakes, per se; but they gave me the impression that the efforts of this book were to create a catchy title to quickly make money without a lot of substance.
A majority of the ideas in this book remind me of a college student's kitchen or a starter home kitchen where the only resources available are family hand-me-downs combined with thrift store and flea market finds. If that's your phase in life (and there's certainly nothing wrong with that - most of us, including myself, live through that phase at one point or another,) you may really enjoy the book and may find it creative and helpful. If you are wondering how to utilize your great-aunt's discarded and distressed furniture, or salvage old tool drawers from your uncle's garage to use as flatware drawers, or want to decorate in somewhat of a fun memorabilia manner (which is different than chic eclectic style standards, you may want to purchase this book.
One of the things I disliked most about the book was its major style theme towards a cluttered look. Research shows that to have a cluttered kitchen (or any room for that matter) leads to additional stress. My family and I enjoy life more when there isn't so much clutter constantly "shouting" at us. I prefer cooking and entertaining friends and family in a more calm atmosphere than what is shown in most pictures in this book.
I'm donating this book to my local library. Hopefully, others will find more value in it than I did.
Post Script of 2013:
I wrote my original review of this book in late 2011 or early 2012. I ultimately ordered 12 kitchen design books from Amazon. This book was the least helpful. Our kitchen renovation is now complete and utilized many ideas from books other than this one.
The photos are nice but for a person looking to remodel this book is a waste. No content describing any feature in detail. You can get as much of the net. The book barely touches on what you are seeing in the photo, and then, there is the section on how to accessorize your kitchen....not for someone getting ready to spend $$ on a remodel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many design and ideas of kitchen !
It was so useful book for my kitchen renovation this year.