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Small Spaces, Beautiful Kitchens Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
I especially liked the "interview sections" with various notable kitchen designers and experts. Their observations (especially the European mindset) has caused me to take an honest inventory of my own habits. I feel as though I've gained the expertise of highly paid consultants at just the price of this book. I am much more prepared with ideas and space-conscious efficiencies that I can request and incorporate when I meet with my kitchen designer and cabinetmaker.
I echo other words written here that I was disappointed there weren't more floor plans nor a variety of styles in the actual pictures of kitchens used in the book. That being said, the author has chosen to use pictures that back up her points of emphasis in the text. The majority of the kitchens protrayed in the book are sleek and minimalistic. A few are rather funky.
Overall, the book did leave a strong impression on me of how to make the best use of my small space in the most effective manner possible. I have ordered six books from Amazon to study as we develop plans for our remodeling project. Thus far, the text from this book has been the most helpful to me out of these six books.
For instance, I originally was set on installing a microwave/range hood combination over our stove. This book points out that having a microwave in this position is inconvenient, even dangerous since it is very high up and over an area that is frequently hot. Also, it is difficult for children to reach. Instead, a built-in microwave shelf in a different location makes more sense. The suggestion may not be as space-saving as my original plan, but made sense nonetheless. This coming from a family of four with an 11'x 8' kitchen.
The photos presented an assortment of styles, sizes, and cost-ranges although it leaned more toward high-end, contemporary, and larger than my kitchen.
I would have liked to see more photos with large key ingredients like refrigerators. I would have preferred to see more floor plans and actual room dimensions. Unfortunately, I have not seen a book yet that was strong in this area. I think that any decorating book that has the word `small' on it's cover should strive to include those details.
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