Tuesday, September 27, 2011

GIVE AWAY: Michael S. Smith Kitchens and Baths

Couldn't you just spend hours here?
Photo by Francois Halard
Michael S. Smith.....the name alone conjures thoughts of design mastery....top designer lists....high style and designer brands. Michael S. Smith has "It"! Mr. Smith is the subject of previous interior design books bearing his name: Michael S. Smith Elements of Style with Diane Dorrans Saeks and Michael S. Smith Houses with Christine Pittel, both for Rizzoli. Both are in my library.

Photo by Michael Mundy
I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of his latest book: Michael S. Smith Kitchens and Baths! One of the largest segments of my own design business is the remodeling of Kitchen and Baths. I am always on the lookout for inspiration. Michael provides it in spades with this new book! Page after page of beautiful photography, stylish and functional spaces, and lots of resource information.

Beautifully done kitchen...Pendant lights by Alison Berger, hood, La Cornue Range, and I love the large marble "cutting board" on the island!
Photo by Thomas Loof

The book is organized by house project into chapters based on location rather than style. Because, as Michael says, "....it turns out that most rooms are rather hard to define in a word or two...just like most people." And so it is. 

There is a section for the Beach, Town, and Country, as well as a section for Resources. It is a great way to see how different styles can take on a sense of place. How a modern kitchen or a traditional one feels "right" at the beach or in the city.

Michael gives really in depth descriptions of the spaces and information about all of the finishes, and why they were chosen. He describes how the layouts were changed and why. The Kitchen and Bath are functional spaces first and foremost, but Michael also believes that they should provide comfort.

Fun, casual kitchen in Hawaii for a young family. Love the turquoise concrete floors, and the glass embedded terrazzo counters. The cabinet hardware is green and right out of the 30's.
Photo by Grey Crawford
Not only are there scads of fabulously designed kitchens and baths in this book, but also breakfast and dining spaces that often times are part of what has become one of the most used entertaining spaces in the home. Kitchens have become a place where people congregate and share in the preparation of meals or share a glass of wine while the hosts set out nibbles for guests and get things ready. 

Michael S. Smith understands this and Kitchens have become one of his most favorite rooms in the house to design.

The combination of Carrara marble, Venetian Glass mirror, mirrored furniture, white flowers and fresh blue pale paint is restful and very glamorous. Lovely! I do wonder who might peek over the stair railing while one is dozing in the tub though!
Photo by Michele Arnaud

And what about Bathrooms? They are a place to relax and rejuvenate. A private space that should be a pleasure. This means it must function properly and also be easy on the eyes. There are loads of beautiful examples here, from stunning Master Bathrooms to jewelry box Powder Rooms.

A more masculine Guest Bath with "pinstripe" Turkish Marble, "Asher" from Ann Sacks. As Michael Smith describes it..." you feel as if you're in a Napoleonic campaign tent made of marble instead of cloth." I love that description!
Photo by Michael Mundy
There is huge variety in Michael S. Smith designs which is what I like to see in any design book. Many designers are masters in a particular style, but Michael S. Smith shows us here, he has mastered them all. What runs through his work is design excellence through his unique use of materials and details, and an adherence to timeless beauty rather than trends. I think his work will be just as appealing and fresh 20 years from now as they are today. 

This will be a book that I will be referencing for years to come.

GIVE AWAY ALERT!

AND....one of YOU will get to have

Michael S. Smith Kitchens and Baths

  for your very own!

The publisher, Rizzoli has generously offered a copy to one lucky winner.

Here is the scoop:
1) Hop on over to the Rizzoli and take a moment to look around. See the facebook link? Go ahead and "friend" them.
2) Become a follower on the katiedid blog by clicking the google friend connect button on the right.
3) Click on the "comment" link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts about Kitchens and Baths, this book and what you would do if you could have any kitchen or bath you wanted!
4) Make sure I can contact you by including an email address, or make sure your username has a link to a contact email.
5) The Cut Off date to enter is October 2nd, this Sunday at 5:00PM PST. I will announce the winner the next day, October 3rd!

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

25 comments:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

lucky ducky! i'm just DYING to get a copy of this book - his other 2 are my top favorite design books. Please include me!

Splendid Sass said...

Katie-
I don't think Michael Smith can do wrong! Love, love his work!
I love a bath with a mix of a masculine/feminine look. I love the last bath here.
Put my name in the hat.
I now follow them on fb and twitter, and of course I am a follower of your blog!
Teresa
xoxo

3 Peanuts said...

These are beautiful rooms. I would LOVE this book!!!! I did everything you asked...follower now and liked on FB:)

khswales@comcast.net

My Interior Life said...

Oh, what a wonderful giveaway! I just "liked" Rizzoli on FB and I'm already a follower of your blog. Thanks again & both fingers crossed I win. I need all the help I can get with my bathrooms around here!

lulu said...

Love, Love this book!! I am now a
follower and like on facebook. Enter me to win.

The enchanted home said...

Would love to win this book. Will like Rizzoli on facebook, and am a follower of yours! Thanks....

MaryAnne said...

Never mind Calgon take me away; Michael Smith - take me away. You know how long I've fantasized about a bathroom remodel, this could provide the inspiration. Please enter me in the drawing: kellygirls227@comcast.net

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I would love to win his book...would love to get the detailed breakdown of his beautiful style like you describe. That first bathroom is really divine! I am already a follower but will like rizzoli on facebook...

Margaret Ryall said...

I recently found your blog and have been happily poking around. There are so many interior design books out there and I've become particular about falling in love with too many. This one is a keeper. There's not one cookie cutter room in the whole lot and your could look at the spaces a hundred times and still find something fresh. Thanks for bringing to our attention.

rebecca @ beurrista said...

I've always loved his barrel vaulted ceiling in his own kitchen- would love to see his other designs!

Jennifer said...

Would love to have this book in my design library.
I dream of a bathroom of simple design with beautiful white/gray marble everywhere and elegant fixtures.

katieb said...

I am now a fb fan and already a blog follower and love this book! Turquoise floors in the kitchen would be my favorite!
Barbat44@hotmail.com

innerspace said...

What a great addition to anyone's design library (especially to mine!) I now 'like' Rizzoli and 'follow' Katiedid, so maybe I will be the lucky winner!

In my dream kitchen, we would have honed limestone instead of polished granite countertops, ebonized wood cabinets (maybe the contemporary ones by William Ohs...) instead of cherry wood cabinets, and wide plank walnut wood floors (maybe from Exquisite Surfaces...) instead of oak floors.

It never hurts to dream!

courtney said...

Would love a bathroom that is bigger, with tons of natural light and with a fabulous master closet attached. Need this book!

Michele from Boston said...

I own Michael Smith's two previous books and would love to add this one to my design library!

Kim Barnett said...

I just "liked" Rizzoli and am a follower of your blog. I am dreaming of a new master bathroom and need LOTS of inspiration. It is in a dreary state and waiting for help... Thank you for the wonderful give away!

The Devoted Classicist said...

Almost certainly there are some rooms by my friend and fellow architect Oscar Shamamian of the NYC firm Ferguson & Shamamian. The collaborations of the two offices always seem to produce great work!

Cyn said...

I would love a copy of this book, what a fantastic giveaway. Many thanks for sharing! Cynthia

Royal Roost Home Improvement said...

I would love, love, love to win a copy of this book! I "liked" Rizzoli and follow your blog. I am a new interior design student and need all the inspiration and fresh ideas that I can find! I love the first kitchen that you have posted, LOVE the lights above the island, and the ceiling. I also think that the floors on the Hawaiian kitchen are darling and very fun. I could soak in the top bath for days on end as well! I think that I could just live in this book! Hoping I win this fabulous book! My email is: taranbarton@gmail.com.

Royal Roost Home Improvement said...

I would LOVE to win this book! I "like" the Rizzoli page on facebook and follow your blog. I am loving the top bathroom, I think that I could soak in that bath for nights on end! I am am also in love with the top kitchen, the lights, ceiling, stove... The floors in the Hawaiian kitchen are darling as well. I am new interior design student and need all the inspiration and ideas that I can get! Not to mention my birthday is on the 3rd and this would make an awesome gift. Here's to hoping that I win!

Tara Barton said...

I would LOVE to win this book! I "like" the Rizzoli page on facebook and follow your blog. I am loving the top bathroom, I think that I could soak in that bath for nights on end! I am am also in love with the top kitchen, the lights, ceiling, stove... The floors in the Hawaiian kitchen are darling as well. I am new interior design student and need all the inspiration and ideas that I can get! Not to mention my birthday is on the 3rd and this would make an awesome gift. Here's to hoping that I win! taranbarton@gmail.com

Tara Barton said...

I would LOVE to win this book! I "like" the Rizzoli page on facebook and follow your blog. I am loving the top bathroom, I think that I could soak in that bath for nights on end! I am am also in love with the top kitchen, the lights, ceiling, stove... The floors in the Hawaiian kitchen are darling as well. I am new interior design student and need all the inspiration and ideas that I can get! Not to mention my birthday is on the 3rd and this would make an awesome gift. Here's to hoping that I win! taranbarton@gmail.com

Vickie H. said...

Hopped on over to Rizzoli's FB page and "LIKED" them! Am a follower via GFC of your blog!
Michael Smith is one of my all-time fave decorators. This book should be as fabulous as his other two. I am hoping for great inspiration within the pages, as I have 2 bathrooms just BEGGING for updates!

Home Decors said...

The bath tub by the window caught my attention. It's one of my favorite place to unwind.

Raphael Jeanfrancois said...

Woah, that first photo is completely awesome! It's getting me through my bones… It would be lovely to take a bath in that tub and see that cool view from the huge window. You have to make sure nobody else sees you though.