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Real Life Kitchensby Lyn Peterson
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More than just a place to cook, the kitchen has become the heart and hub of the home. Its where we entertain friends, spend time with family, and indulge in a moment alone. The modern kitchen has to be equipped for working, studying, socializing, and hanging out; it should be functional without sacrificing an ounce of style or comfort. Now, homeowners are putting more of themselves into the kitchens they renovate or build, working to create spaces that reflect their personalities and complement the way they live. In Lyn Petersons Real Life Kitchens, the acclaimed designer and decorator tells you everything you need to know to transform your kitchen.
This practical book is packed with cutting-edge ideas and information, from the latest options for appliances, countertops, and cabinetry to advances in seating, lighting, flooring, and kitchen configurations. Lyn Petersons Real Life Kitchens takes you step-by-step through the decisions youll need to make on all of the most important functional and stylish elements.
The Big Picture: Deciding when and why to update, knowing how to optimize your space, nailing down a budget, and learning from the shortcomings of your previous kitchen
The Layout: Thinking outside the traditional kitchen triangle, matching an island to traffic flow, and putting your plan to paper
The Appliances: From cooktops to warming drawers, dishwashers to refrigerators, the latest advances and options in all of the working elements
The Cabinetry: Choosing between ready-made, semi-custom, and custom; judging quality construction; saving money on this most expensive element of your renovation
The Surfaces: Floors, countertops, and backsplashes, from painted to pine, tile to granite to limestone—the choices seem endless, but heres how to match your budget to the style you want
The Lighting: The looks, the lingo, and the low down on task, natural, ambient, accent, and mood lighting
The Auxiliary Spaces: Pantry and storage options, wine cabinets and cellars, mudrooms, and a “desklet” for kitchen office activities like checking e-mail and scheduling
A Survival Guide: Must-have information for working with contractors, designers, and architects, as well as creating a substitute kitchen while yours is under construction
The Resources: A host of all-important sources to help you start your search
Sprinkled with enlightening recollections from families who are veterans of both high-end and budget-conscious renovations, and packed with no-fuss advice for getting the most out of your space and your budget, Lyn Petersons Real Life Kitchens is the key to achieving your dream kitchen.
Noted interior designer, lecturer, and media personality Lyn Peterson offers easy-to-live-with solutions to the most daunting decorating dilemmas. Featured are tips on budgeting, planning, entertaining, and more. Full-color photos & illustrations.
About the Author
Lyn Peterson is a stylist, interior designer, and product designer, as well as a wife and mother of four. She is also president of Motif Designs, an international fabric and wallpaper design firm. Over the years, Lyn has had a high profile in the national media in magazines and as a guest on numerous television shows, including NBC's Weekend TODAY, Lifetime Cable's Our Home, and others.
A noted interior designer, lecturer, and media personality offers easy-to-live-with solutions to the most daunting decorating dilemmas. This work includes tips on budgeting, planning, entertaining, and more.
In this inviting, comprehensive guide, acclaimed designer and decorator Lyn Peterson takes you through thirteen renovations, large and small--from a stately seaside home to a charming little red farmhouse--and provides vital advice on classic and contemporary choices for kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, and more. Lyn Peterson's Real Life Renovating is an indispensable and inspirational resource for your own home renovation.
The homes most of us are living in are becoming obsolete. . . . So why not just build something new? Because maybe, just maybe, you're like me, and you still love your home. You have history there, memories. Renovating lets you stay put and retrofit. --Lyn Peterson
Over the past two decades, Lyn Peterson has guided hundreds of families through their home renovations. Now, in Lyn Peterson's Real Life Renovating, she shares the secrets to turning your house into the home of your dreams. As Lyn says, Renovating is an artful endeavor, and it is also a personal one that requires balancing space needs, budget, time, and the family's likes and dislikes.
From start to finish, this lively, colorful book addresses the major questions would-be renovators face: How much will it really cost? How long will it really take? What should I change, and what should I keep? With her characteristic candor and wit, Lyn takes readers through all the basics, including:
- Determining the program and defining the extent of the renovation
- Gathering the team--finding the right contractor, architect, and designer (and discovering what you can do on your own)
- Compiling a wish list and coming up with realistic alternatives
The book chronicles the experiencesof thirteen families who undertook a variety of renovations, big and small, to their bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, family rooms, and more. From overcoming architectural challenges (not enough space, not enough light) to adding unique details (honed marble countertops, slate floors, and cozy wallpaper) to fulfilling blue-sky dreams (a wine cellar or a custom home theater), this wide-ranging volume shows how to achieve a successful renovation. Real Life Renovating also describes the latest developments in technology, materials, and design for each room in themed chapters such as Outdoor Living, Comings and Goings, Family Rooms, Kitchens, and Dream Retreats.
Brimming with colorful photos, inspired ideas, and time- and money-saving tips about the nuts and bolts of the process, Lyn Peterson's Real Life Renovating is an invaluable guide to changing your home for the better--without any growing pains.
About the Author
LYN PETERSON is the founder of Motif Designs, the interior design, fabric, and furnishings firm. Her products are sold across the country, and she frequently gives lectures on the home. She is featured regularly in Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Country Living, and many other publications. She is the author of Lyn Petersons Real Life Decorating and Lyn Petersons Real Life Renovating. She lives in Scarsdale, New York, with her husband, Karl Friberg, and their four children.
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