7 Essential Pieces

June 6, 2012

The other day I sat down to read a book I’ve been wanting to read for a few weeks. The mother and daughter design team of Suzanne and Lauren McGrath have answered one of the most important design questions we all ask about making the right furniture purchases for our home – what are the choices you can make that will last a lifetime?

In their informative book Good Bones, Great Pieces: Seven Essential Pieces That Will Last a Lifetime, they explain in great detail why their seven choices are so versatile and timeless they actually will last for decades and through several phases of life, even if you give them a few makeovers over the years!

good bones great pieces book review

I’ve been reading the blog Good Bones, Great Pieces for a year now, and I’m always impressed with this dynamic duo.  Suzanne and Lauren are constantly on the go, hunting down incredible finds at flea markets and antique fairs and featuring the best trends in design.  Their spaces keep popping up in all the shelter magazines too, and rightfully so, these two have fabulous taste!

dynamic duo mom and daughter


As I was reading this book I had to smile, I felt so validated when I realized those same seven timeless and versatile pieces are actually present in my house, some from retail, others from second hand sources.  So what is the McGrath philosophy when it comes to choosing furniture?  It’s not about chasing trends but instead committing to certain pieces that have the ability to live in different spaces as you move through life.  And for someone like me (and you too?) who shops my house, constantly moving things around, having those pieces makes that “redecorating on a whim” possible. 

What are the 7 essential pieces?  Ha!  I won’t give them away, but I completely agree with their choices!  The book is written for all stages of life, from your first apartment to your dream home, whether it’s filled with family or just you and your spouse or simply just you!

Here’s what you’ll find inside, 190+ pages of…

stylish interiors

The book is filled with Suzanne and Lauren’s helpful glossaries and resources for finding those seven great pieces.  They also share seasoned design tips and advice for those wrestling with decorating decisions in the home.

design advice

You can buy Good Bones, Great Pieces: Seven Essential Pieces that Will Carry You Through a Lifetime on Amazon, or find it at your local bookstore.  I also have one copy of this lovely book to giveaway, simply answer this question in a comment on this post to be eligible.

1) What’s your favorite piece of furniture in your home and why?

Leave a comment before Friday June 8th at midnight, US and Canada only.  One winner chosen at random.  Thank you Lauren and Suzanne for writing such a helpful book and sending a copy my way.  It’s a most welcome addition to my library!


Giveaway closed, Winner: #165 Linda Southworth




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