The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home - Kelly Edwards
Release Date - May 2013
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
The Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home is the new release from Kelly Edwards, known for her work on Design on a Dime. It's a great book, but I recommend avoiding the digital version. I have decent eyesight, but this book posed an issue in the digital form. The print was small enough that I moved to my computer where I could toggle to a full-screen format and get larger print. On my Nook, I could enlarge the print, but the pictures took forever to load. Save yourself the headache and purchase the print copy.
With that issue out the way, I dove in. First, there are plenty of pictures, something I love, and handy step-by-step instructions. The book is broken down by room - living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, kid's room, and office. Next, each room has a listing of styles ranging from rustic to chic.
There are things I loved with The Design Cookbook. Our house isn't particularly large. Our kitchen combines with the dining area, but it's small enough that we don't bother with the dining room because if you add a table and chairs with the computer the kids use for school, everyone is bumping elbows or hitting the glass doors. If we're entertaining, we have a covered deck with a much larger glass table. I never thought about turning that smaller area into more of a lounge/sitting area, but it's the perfect idea. Add a small loveseat and then the pewter coffee table I received for review one year, and there's a place for my husband and I to sit and relax or enjoy a meal. None of this has to be expensive either. That's what I love most.
Note: I learned after the fact that The Design Cookbook's digital version is designed specifically for the Kindle Fire. If you have the Fire, this book will work perfectly, otherwise, aim for the print version.