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 Joan Kohn's It's Your Kitchen: Over 100 Inspirational Kitchens Joan Kohn, the host, writer, and associate producer of HGTV's hit show, Kitchen Design, uncovers the details and decisions that go into planning a dream kitchen, and presents many ideas with her elegant yet accessible approach to interior design. Hardwood floors or linoleum? Marble countertops or formica?When designing or renovating a kitchen, there are a million choices, and each one must reflect personal taste, lifestyle, and budget. Now, Joan Kohn offers advice to help readers get the kitchen they've always dreamed of. Richly illustrated with 230 full-color photographs of beautiful kitchens by top designers and architects, JOANKOHN'S IT'S YOUR KITCHEN will inspire readers to make the best possible decisions with the myriad of design choices that are available today. Organized by concept, this book teaches readers to think like a designer. Broken into two parts, 'Design Essentials,' addresses such considerations as budget, style, assessing the existing kitchen, working with a design team and sustaining one's personal vision. 'The Five Building Blocks of Kitchen Design,' covers function, space, floor plans, and personal touch. Readers will learn how to confront the critical design choices that will turn their kitchen dream into a reality.
  Date Published 10/1/2003

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Comments: Designs A Plenty
I am re-doing my circa 70's kitchen and didn't know where to start for ideas. Most magazines don't have enough examples of full kitchens. Joan Kohn shows all types of kitchens, big, small, upscale and practical. The photos are great too. She shows many materials and finishes that I hadn't even thought of. It's like having 50 magazines in one book - only better!
Rated By: Kristin J. Johnson
From: Palm Desert, CA
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Comments: The guide to creating your dream kitchen
Joan Koh, the hostess/writer/associate producer of "Kitchen Design" and "Bed & Bath Design" evokes a domestic goddess comfort zone, so that the reader wants to step into the cover illustration, sit down at the granite kitchen island/breakfast station with a cup of java and pick Kohn's brain about how we can stop being afraid of having a kitchen that we (a) enjoy being in, (b) enjoy cooking in, (c) don't mind showing the in-laws, and (d) can create without breaking the bank.

Sitting in your own kitchen while reading this book is a great first step to overcoming "kitchen anxiety". Whether Kohn guides you through the various stages with checklists galore, questions to ask yourself (do you want a kitchen for show, or will you cook Thanksgiving dinner? Do you want the kids to feel welcome?), and over 230 stunning photos of real-life kitchens, as well as the inside scoop from designers, architects and decorators. Yes, you can have a good relationship with your contractor!

In part one, Kohn gives the overall broad picture, the blueprint if you will, with seven chapters on design essentials: vision (first and foremost), essential kitchen design elements, working with what you have, budget, ideas, style, and the design team. In part two, she delves into your vital tools: the function, the raw space, your floor plan, your personal style, and your personality.

Kohn's inviting photographs, easy to understand user-friendly format, and expertise take the nightmare out of creating the recipe for your dream kitchen.
Rated By: CCYP "CCYP"
From: Malaysia
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Comments: Suitable for modern Asian kitchens too!
Good coverage of various aspects in a kitchen that needs to be considered when renovating a new house. Lots of pictures of beautiful kitchens and it applies to modern Asian-style cooking as well.... except the wooden floors used in most of the examples. Wooden timber floors are a no-no to an Asian kitchen. I would recommend this book if you're renovating or remodelling.