"Good Bones, Great Pieces" Offers Practical Advice (and a Fun Read too)!

It’s a long story, but earlier this summer I found myself wandering the beautiful shops in Park City, Utah.  I stumbled upon a quaint book store and started flipping pages (somehow, it’s just different than Barnes and Noble). There are so many great design books, but this book immediately caught my attention. Good Bones, Great Pieces by Suzanne and Lauren McGrath offers a unique twist on creating beautiful interiors and practical advice for all.

The core of Suzanne and Lauren McGrath’s philosophy is the belief that every home should have seven essential pieces that can live in almost any room and will always be stylish.

When investing in furnishings, we are often torn between a style that fits our current space or one that will adapt to future use.  I’m a firm believer in buying the best quality you can afford and only pieces you love!  If you love the piece, somehow it will always find a place in your home.

The book playfully illustrates a variety of examples and even identifies statement pieces from quality manufacturers (and as a bonus, many of the manufacturers we use every day in our designs).  What are the seven iconic pieces that can adapt to the changing needs of your home?

(1) The dresser

(2) The bench

(3) The occasional chair

I stopped taking photos, but the list continues….

(4) a demilune table; (5) a love seat; (6) the side table; (7) a slipper chair.

My go-to list of seven might be a bit different, but I think the message would be the same. Invest in quality pieces that are versatile and beautiful. If you do, you will create a home with collected character that will change and grow with your family. It’s a light and fun design read for summer…we’ve passed it around the studio.  Enjoy!


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