Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design
Max Jacobsen, Murray Silverstein and Barbara Winslow
Taunton Press, Newtown, CT

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design acts as a comprehensive design compendium for kitchen and bath designers. The book offers a in-depth look at the design concepts needed to create memorable spaces that incorporate colors, textures and patterns.

Available from Newtown, CT-based Taunton Press and written by Max Jacobsen, Murray Silverstein and Barbara Winslow, the book dissects all of the areas of the home – including the kitchen and bath.

The book features some 10 chapters, each covering a single design concept, or pattern (as termed by the authors) – for example, “Creating Rooms, Outside and In” and “Capturing Light.”

The book has an introductory overview that defines the term “pattern” for the reader, and gives a run down of the “patterns” included in the book for easy reference. Each chapter features a host of textual and visual appeal, and includes break-out boxes that provide a wealth of information on such topics such as “A Home in Nature” and “Pattern in Context.”

The chapter titled “Private Edges, Common Core” uses the kitchen as an example to illustrate how to create a workable balance of social and private spaces for families. The authors offer case studies from recently completed residences that highlight the principles discussed – for instance, how to create semi-private areas with kitchen counters, stairs and doorways.

Likewise, chapter 10, “Composing with Materials,” looks at the master bath and kitchen (among other rooms), discussing how to emphasize the properties of such materials as concrete, wood and wainscoting, as well as how to use color and develop contrast for greater depth. Each chapter also features a variety of four-color images and colorized floorplans and site plans to further illustrate each “pattern.”

Tile Style: Creating Beautiful Kitchens, Baths & Interiors with Tile
Heather E. Adams and Earl G. Adams Jr.
Stewart, Tabori & Chang,
New York, NY

Tile Style takes an in-depth look at the multitude of materials, techniques, colors and patterns for tile available to kitchen and bath designers.

Written by Heather E. Adams and Earl G Adams, Jr. and available from New York, NY-based Stewart, Tabori & Chang, the book features 11 chapters, including “Designing with Tile,” and “Artistic Tile Projects: Step-by-Step,” which walk through the process of renovating with tile – from choosing a material to final installations.

In addition, the chapter “In the Kitchen” offers an estimated five-day procedural map for creating a granite tile countertop with a glass and metal backsplash, including materials and tools needed. Step-by-step and before and after photos illustrate each procedure.

The chapter “In the Bath” similarly outlines the steps of creating a subway tile and hexagonal mosaic, illustrated with stunning photos.