March 2008 Featured Works

Restoration Home

By Mark and Sally Bailey
Ryland, Peters & Small
New York, NY

Mark and Sally Bailey’s Restoration Home, published by New York, NY-based Ryland, Peters & Small, is a book written with designers in mind. It presents a back-to-basics formula for remodeling, or as is part of the Bailey’s philosophy, “unmodeling.” Featured in the book is Bailey’s recently restored home, as well as several homes in Denmark, France, Italy and the UK – all of which subscribe to the unique restoration design approach.

Covering everything from furnishings to architectural details, Restoration Home offers a plethora of design ideas to create an earth-conscious home. The book begins with an introduction explaining the Baileys’ philosophy, which includes the general rules of restoration: rescue, repair, reuse, rethink, restore and recycle. In fact, almost all of the products in the book were abandoned, unwanted objects given new life through restoration. To that end, this design style tends to create a look of stripped-back simplicity for any room in the home, including the kitchen and the bath.

Restoration Home’s basic design philosophy is further propelled by the “green” or environmental movement. Whether a designer utilizes factory trolleys for a towel rack in the bath, or pads a vegetable drawer in the kitchen with old towels, the design and decorating ideas featured are produced simply from working with what is already available.

Divided into two sections – elements and rooms – the book is filled with full-color photographs and explanations that will inspire those working within the restoration parameters. In the section titled “Elements,” there are six subsections covering a variety of issues, including tones and textures, walls and floors, and lighting. This entire section outlines the basics of recycled decoration with specific examples such as how adding a cushion to a wirework garden chair transforms it to a kitchen chair, or how a claw-footed bathtub actually suits the look of old boards in the bath.

The second section focuses on individual rooms in the house, with subsections on kitchens and baths.

As an example, in the kitchen, abandoned workbenches can be used as kitchen tables, and open shelving used for storage.
For the bath, there is concentration on everything from the walls down to the floors, including wall-mounted faucets and using old mirrors to create a sense of depth.

Concluding the book is a section of sources on where to find many of these products, as well as photo and designer credits, an index for easy reference and an acknowledgements section.

Essential Home

By Judith Wilson
Ryland, Peters & Small
New York, NY

Essential Home, written by Judith Wilson, and published by New York, NY-based Ryland, Peters & Small, is a design idea book offering instruction on using basic design concepts to create the perfect home. Kitchen and bath designers will appreciate this book because it will serve as a useful reminder of business fundamentals, combined with a few innovative design suggestions.

Essential Home narrows down the most paramount home pieces by separating the components of a room into three categories: basics, luxuries and accessories. of basic and luxury rooms in great detail, including the kitchen and bath.

From the beginning, the text explains the principle of making decisions about what specifically goes into creating a home, both functionally and creatively.

With photographs by Jan Baldwin, the book gives a straightforward approach to design, but does not stay to a strictly minimalist style. In fact, a formula for preparing the perfect home is laid out in this book – regardless of design theme.
With specific sections on both the basics and luxuries in kitchens and baths, the emphasis is placed strongly on fusing style and practicality.

For instance, according to Wilson, classic pieces, basics and accessories create the final look of both a home and a wardrobe. However, in a home, the classic pieces are the ones that serve as the furniture, while the basics are those items that are used every day and the accessories are those that accentuate those styles.

Indeed, the basics are also intended to make household tasks easier and less time consuming, the author suggests.

Comparatively, the luxuries cater to individual needs and are all about pampering the homeowner.

In the kitchen, the idea is to combine simple styles with functionality. The basics for the kitchen include tables, chairs and the trash can, among others. The luxury items are those that can personalize the kitchen, including everything from a professional-style range to an ice cream maker.

For the master bath, the basics might include sinks, faucets, mirrors and chairs. The luxuries, on the other hand, might encompass inset speakers, under floor heating, heated towel racks and window shades.

The book ends with a list of suppliers as well as where to find many of the products featured in the book. Photo and designer credits are included, too, as are index and acknowledgements sections.