Good Bones, Great Pieces is a Great Book!

In an ever changing world where moving and reinventing your lifestyle is inevitable, buying a bookcase the size of a school bus that requires a forklift to move and a bulldozer to get it through a doorway is probably not the smartest investment. What you need are furniture pieces that adapt to your changing lifestyle needs while bringing both flair and functionality to your space.

Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime by mother and daughter team Suzanne and Lauren McGrath identifies seven essential furniture pieces that are versatile enough to enjoy in your current space now and in the future when you move onto a new home or simply want to refresh your current home.

The philosophy behind this excellent interior design book is that every home needs seven essential pieces that can work in different rooms and still be stylish and practical. The authors explain how to arrange classic items of furniture like the love seat, bench, occasional chair, end table and the dresser in different places throughout the home as your style or needs change. The authors recognize the importance of having furniture pieces that adapt to your changing lifestyle with ease and style, so they focus on timeless pieces that are versatile and portable enough to move easily.

Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime is illustrated with plenty of photographs of homes and apartments that the McGraths have designed, as well as spaces designed by other talented designers. What makes this book such a wonderful resource is the blend of inspiring photos mixed with practical information. The McGraths show different versions of each furniture piece and different decorating styles to emphasize the adaptability of these pieces. One picture may show a contemporary sapphire blue love seat placed in front of a wall covered in vibrant green wallpaper, while another photo shows a more traditional loveseat in a subdued cream color surrounded by furnishings in equally subdued colors. In one chapter, a demilune style table is serves as a catchall table in the foyer, a side table in a living room and a desk in a bedroom. By showing the same type of furniture piece in dramatically different settings, it encourages the reader to imagine the possibilities for their own space.

Once you get beyond the eye candy of the well designed spaces and attractive hand drawn illustrations and actually start reading the book you will find the kind of decorating advice that will make shopping for these essential furniture pieces a lot easier. For example, the authors tell you in exact inches how high an end table should be, offer suggestions on furniture placement and accessorizing and insights into identifying which styles of the seven essential pieces are the most likely to work in any space. Whether you are moving into your first apartment or looking to refresh the design of your home, this inspiring and useful book is a must read for both first-time and experienced home decorators.