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House & Home Remodeling & Renovation

Uncommon Kitchens

A Revolutionary Approach to the Most Popular Room in the House

by (author) Sophie Donelson

Abrams Books
Initial publish date
May 2023
Remodeling & Renovation, Decorating, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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From the former editor in chief of House Beautiful, a vividly fresh collection of personality-filled kitchen designs and remodeling wisdom from innovators, designers, and creative thinkers

“The only coffee table book you need to take your kitchen to the next level, whether you own or rent, whether your budget is big or teeny-tiny.”―Apartment Therapy

In Uncommon Kitchens, Sophie Donelson revolutionizes traditional kitchen design with a bevy of inventive ideas for makeovers both large and small.

The kitchen is designed unlike any other room in the house, but that doesn’t mean you have to be hemmed in by tradition. Donelson takes a rule-breaking approach, mixing and layering styles, colors, furnishings, and layouts to make even well-trodden kitchens vividly fresh.

Drawing on advice and up-to-the-minute projects from designers such as Frances Merrill, Jaqui Seerman, Victoria Sass, and many more, each personality-filled chapter is packed with liberating designs that will change your thinking about the tried-and-true kitchen. Learn from DIYers, Instagrammers, and design experts including Nate McBride, Justina Blakeney, and Meta Coleman. Be inspired by innovators such as MK Quinlan and James Coviello.

Uncommon Kitchens is a collection of imaginative new spaces that will make you a quick DIY convert, packed with indispensable tips to help you revolutionize your kitchen.

Includes Color Photographs

About the author

Sophie Donelson served as editor in chief of House Beautiful and is a marketing strategist and sought-after consultant. Donelson is a favorite (and repeat) speaker for the annual Future of Home Conference and is an advisor to high-profile brands such as Curbed, VRBO, Business of Home, and Mitchell Gold. She makes regular guest appearances as a design expert on Good Morning America, Today, and Open House. She lives in New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

“Challenges the notions of what a kitchen is for—and how it should be designed.”


“[The book] frees us to reimagine the kitchen in so many ways. It’s thrilling Sophie’s writing is back out in the world.”

Business of Home

“An opportunity to infuse personality in the heart of the home.”

Better Homes & Gardens

“Blows the lid off the 'perfect kitchen,’ encouraging renters and renovators alike to think about fresh design ingredients.”


“Turn a soulless kitchen into a warm, inviting space.”

Washington Post

“The only coffee table book you need to take your kitchen to the next level, whether you own or rent, whether your budget is big or teeny-tiny.”

Apartment Therapy

“Filled with lived-in, characterful kitchens."


“The best design book to buy now.”

House Beautiful

“Serious eye candy.”

Emily Henderson