Joan Kohn's It's Your Bed and Bath: Hundreds of Beautiful Design Ideas


Joan Kohn shares hundreds of tips, personal insights, and ideas for renovating or designing the bed and bath in this essential and inspirational guide.Every successful bedroom and bathroom design is a unique reflection of personal taste, lifestyle, budget, and dreams. In this comprehensive and beautiful guide, Joan Kohn, host of HGTVs Bed and Bath Design, inspires and encourages readers to make the best possible decisions among the myriad of design choices that are available today. Part one, Design Essentials, ...

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Joan Kohn shares hundreds of tips, personal insights, and ideas for renovating or designing the bed and bath in this essential and inspirational guide.Every successful bedroom and bathroom design is a unique reflection of personal taste, lifestyle, budget, and dreams. In this comprehensive and beautiful guide, Joan Kohn, host of HGTVs Bed and Bath Design, inspires and encourages readers to make the best possible decisions among the myriad of design choices that are available today. Part one, Design Essentials, prepares the reader for the design process by addressing such considerations as budget, style, assessment of the existing bedroom and bathroom, and working with a design team. Part two, The Five Building Blocks of Bed and Bath Design, covers function, space, floor plans, style, and personal touch. Armed with the knowledge provided in part one, readers will learn how to confront the critical design choices that will turn their dream into a reality. Richly illustrated with 240 full-color photographs of inspirational bedrooms and bathrooms by top designers, JOAN KOHNS ITS YOUR BED AND BATH provides all of the necessary information for creating functional and beautiful personal spaces that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come.

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Publishers Weekly
Kohn, who hosts, writes and produces HGTV's Kitchen Design and Bed and Bath Design, presents intelligent, organic design ideas for our most intimate rooms. She urges would-be room renovators to let their own personality shine through, whether choosing traditional or contemporary designs or some combination thereof. Inspiration, she suggests, can be found anywhere: in architecture, magazine photos, television and even music. According to Kohn, a favorite piece of fabric, a souvenir from a favorite vacation or the color of your eyes could be the starting point of a great design idea. The design of any room, she says, should consider its context within the home, the property, the neighborhood and the region. She provides tricks for maximizing function while maintaining beauty, instructions on how to choose and work with a design team, and tips for budgeting resources and surviving the construction process. Lists and questionnaires help readers organize their ideas and assess design needs. However, the book will best serve amateur designers while they're in the conceptualization/visualization stage of their renovation. There are no hands-on projects here, as Kohn seems to assume a hired team will do the actual manual labor. Of course, the book's real attraction is its 240 envy-inspiring photos of bedrooms and bathrooms by top designers, with summaries of how use of line, texture, color and light enhanced each room's design. (Sept. 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821228319
  • Publisher: Bulfinch
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Kohn is the host of several Home and Gardens Television series and specials. She lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of Joan Kohn's It's Your Kitchen.

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Joan Kohn's It's Your Bed and Bath

By Joan Kohn

Bulfinch Press

Copyright © 2004 Joan Kohn
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-821-22831-5


When I was a schoolgirl, a class in home economics was a standard part of a well-rounded curriculum. We baked oatmeal cookies, made our own aprons (each with a little pocket), hand-embroidered our names on gingham bags that held our supplies, and once in a while were even allowed to use the school's sewing machines. Back then the value of being a competent housekeeper was reinforced at home, where my mother drew constant delight from cleaning and "keeping things neat and orderly." Had her circumstances been different, she might have become an author herself, with Zen and the Art of Ironing as her first book. She regarded her daily chores as a privilege, and taught me the importance of caring graciously for family and friends. She also had a passion for good design. I love reminding my audiences to do something beautiful for themselves, because it allows me to pass along the essence of what my mother taught me, and because I think of her every time I say it.

My first design book, It's Your Kitchen. Over 100 Inspirational Kitchens, dealt with the busiest and most public space in today's home, the gathering place-everyone's room-where the design choices you make are strongly influenced by the impact they will have on others. But in this book, we turn to bedrooms and bathrooms: private rooms, where the forms, textures, and colors are devoted to serving your most intimate needs. Here the mood you set is just for you.

Fine design sustains and empowers us, refreshing and rekindling our life-spirit. Rooted in the wonder of nature's exquisite excess-interpreting her beauty and energy-it shelters and uplifts us. By harnessing the power of design, we enrich our lives every day. And nowhere is this impact more direct than in our bedrooms and bathrooms, the rooms devoted to refreshing our minds and our bodies, where we rest at night, then bathe and dress for a new day. Here, every design decision we make affects how we feel as we practice our most personal daily rituals. Every private room, whether drawn in serene simplicity or layers of pattern and personality, is a luxury. Some are upholstered in satin and silk; some are gilded; others define themselves with only the barest essentials. Each offers quietude.

This book is in two parts. Part one-"Design Essentials"-will help you understand the basic elements of bed and bath design, assess your existing rooms, make the most of your budget, gather inspiration, articulate your tastes, and assemble and work with a design team. In part two-"The Five Building Blocks of Bed and Bath Design"-we'll address the important issues of function, architecture, floor plan, style, and personal touch.

Illustrated with photographs taken by many of the world's finest architectural photographers and representing the work of top architects and designers, this book covers a wide array of traditional and contemporary design styles. Each was selected to represent bed and bath design at its best, and intended to provide you with useful ideas that you can adapt to suit your life, your style, and your budget-to spark your imagination as you design beautiful rooms of your very own.

By approaching the bed and bath design process from conception to completion, the methods presented here (which apply to any project, from a modest powder room makeover to a grand master suite addition) will teach your how to achieve your goals with clarity and self-confidence.


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Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    I found that the book provided me with a lot of good ideas to enhance my room. There were also pictures that you could use to actually get a visual of the rooms so that you could see what works well. Good book.

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