Cover image for Joan Kohn's it's your kitchen : over 100 inspirational kitchens.
Joan Kohn's it's your kitchen : over 100 inspirational kitchens.
Kohn, Joan, 1945-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bulfinch Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TX653 .K67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TX653 .K67 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Author Notes

Joan Kohn is the host, writer, and associate producer of HGTV's Kitchen Design and Bed & Bath Design, both of which have been on the air for eight years. Joan is also the host of various HGTV specials, Joan has twenty-five years of experience as an on-camera spokesperson, and has won two Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards for television production

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Using photographs and descriptions of a wide variety of professionally designed kitchens to inspire readers, the author-host of HGTV's Kitchen Design and Bed and Bath Design-provides a pretty and practical guide to kitchen design and renovation. Because "a well-designed kitchen draws the family together and sets the tone for the day," Kohn believes the design of one's kitchen is key to the overall feel and function of one's home. The volume is divided into two logical sections; the first, "Design Essentials," gives information about creating a vision, the basics of kitchen design, tools to assess an existing kitchen and budgets, as well as tips for assembling ideas and following personal style. This section clearly demonstrates that avoiding a cookie-cutter kitchen requires some investment of time and thought, but also helps guide that preparation. The second section introduces the building blocks of kitchen design: function, raw space, floor plan and style. The chapters in this section provide realistic advice for creating a great kitchen within the constraints of an existing home, and remind readers that "no kitchen design is truly complete until it is tested and retested by the life you live in it." The book's 230 full-color photographs of real kitchens are almost too tantalizing-they make settling on one style of kitchen quite a challenge. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Host, writer, and associate producer of HGTV's Kitchen Design and Bed and Bath Design, Kohn here aims to help homeowners plan a kitchen remodel. The book is filled with practical advice and inspirational photographs of kitchens in Europe and the United States. The first of the book's two parts provides information on planning a design and budgeting for it as well as selecting and dealing with the appropriate professionals. The second section reviews various design choices regarding function, space, floor plan, style, and personal use. Throughout, Kohn describes how professionally designed kitchens have been created to correspond to the residents' needs and lifestyles. Joanne Kellar Bouknight's The Kitchen Idea Book and Jan Weimer's Kitchen Redos, Revamps, Remodels, & Replacements remain outstanding books for amateurs to understand the material and appliance choices available for kitchens. Kohn's book is recommended for its updated styles. For public libraries where there is a continuing need for books on kitchen remodeling. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Prelude: Pantry of the Sunp. 11
Part 1 Design Essentials
Chapter 1 Visionp. 14
Chapter 2 The Elements of Kitchen Designp. 28
Chapter 3 Assessing Your Existing Kitchenp. 42
Chapter 4 Budgeting Your Resourcesp. 50
Chapter 5 Collecting Ideasp. 62
Chapter 6 Choosing Your Stylep. 78
Chapter 7 Your Design Teamp. 86
Part 2 The Five Building Blocks of Kitchen Design
Chapter 8 Functionp. 98
Chapter 9 Raw Spacep. 114
Chapter 10 Floor Planp. 134
Chapter 11 Stylep. 152
Chapter 12 It's My Kitchen!p. 168
Creditsp. 187
Indexp. 189