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BOOK OF THE WEEK

The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, and for good reason: it’s the place where the days begin, celebrations take place, and nighttime introspection takes place over a glass of wine (or perhaps a glass of wine). ‘a plate of ice cream).

It’s also up there with the bathroom as a remodeling project, especially since people have spent a lot more time there over the past year or so. In addition, according to Remodeling magazine 2020 cost / value ratio, even minor kitchen renovations provide a better return on investment than large projects.

So where can you find inspiration? Check out a new book from the co-founder of Waterworks, the beloved company known for high-end design for its bathroom and kitchen.

In “The Perfect Kitchen,” author Barbara Sallick explores the process of kitchen design down to the smallest detail, from surfaces and finishes to storage, cabinetry and hardware. Enriched with dozens of kitchen images created by renowned designers such as Steven Gambrel, Gil Schafer and Suzanne Kasler, the book also includes essays of great food icons on their own kitchens, as well as important practical tips. .

Combining evocative and informative photography with authoritative and engaging narrative, this is an essential and enduring resource that will appeal to discerning owners and professionals seeking high-end visual inspiration or design advice.

Sallick's book provides plenty of fodder for inspiration, like this stunning kitchen designed by Peter Zimmerman Architects.

A question-and-answer session with Sallick was recently featured in Beautiful Kitchens and Baths (a quarterly of Traditional Home magazine), and an accompanying note described his book as being filled with “expert advice and inspiration.” Since its publication in March 2020, Sallick’s book has also featured on a number of “best of” lists.

An overview of over 20 interior design books for Million Acres (published by The Motley Fool), recommended the book to cover “just about every aspect of a kitchen remodel you need to tackle – from appliances and paint colors to surfaces and storage.” Under the title, “18 exciting new books to inspire inspiration”, Architectural Digest writer Katherine Burns Olson described it as “a glimpse into the myriad of design possibilities for what is now – perhaps more than ever – the heart of her home.”

The 272-page hardcover currently sells for $ 32.99 on Amazon, where it received a solid average rating of 4.5 out of five stars. Over 135 customers offered a host of praise ranging from “Not Your Average Pinterest Story” to “A Keeper as a Reference Book”.

To buy or learn more, visit https://amzn.to/3vkPLJG.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …

Demolition of the Berkman 2 tower finally underway

The long-awaited demolition of the abandoned 18-story Berkman Plaza 2 tower on the downtown Jacksonville waterfront took its first step on Tuesday when crews began preparatory work at the site to remove the structure in pieces by the end of summer.

The demolition will not be done by implosion as it was done for some of the other vacant towers in the city center.

When the actual demolition begins in three to four weeks, Pece of Mind Environmental will be using specialized equipment that can reach the top of the building and cut it into pieces, much like the movie character Edward Scissorhands.

From The Times-Union, April 27; read the full story on https://bit.ly/2SbJu4Z.

CHECKING THE STAT

Days on market until sale * for March 2021 as reported by the Association of Northeast Florida Realtors.

March 2019: 71

March 2020: 70 (-1.4%)

March 2021: 49 (-30.0%)

* Category tracks and compares the average number of days between when a property is listed and when an offer is accepted in a given month. A full market report is available at NEFAR.com.

Compiled by Anne Hammock, Editor-in-Chief of Homes. Know a tool, book, or tip you’d like to share with ShopTalk readers? Email details to [email protected] or call (904) 359-4628.



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