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About the Author

Suzanne and Lauren McGrath are a mother–daughter interior design team who operate the design blog Good Bones, Great Pieces. They live in New York City and Rye, New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799573
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Roth on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy of this book. This book not only gives readers user friendly decorating tips that can actually be put to use but it shows some incredible, never published before rooms. It really annoys me when decorating books recycle old photos that have already been published in magazines, but Good Bones gives you new, fresh and inspiring spaces that you haven't seen before. Not to mention the idea behind the book of showing you how to use the seven essential pieces in all different rooms of your home is a concept that is both practical and revolutionary at the same time.
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The premise of Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime is that there are certain pieces - the love seat, the demilune, the bench, the dresser, the slipper chair, the side table and the occasional chair- that when well constructed are versatile and timeless enough to move from room to room and dwelling to dwelling. The premise was appealing to me because I'd love to invest in pieces less frequently but still get a lot of use. I also I know I get stuck in the trap of buying something for a specific room in the house so looking at items that could have multiple purposes over their lifespan was appealing to me.

What's good about this book is that it is very focused with each chapter dedicated to an individual piece. Because of that, it doesn't feel verbose or like it is trying to accomplish too much in one book. But it also means that this is hardly a one-stop shop for decorating how-to's. (If you are expecting that in this book, you will probably be disappointed.) But the focus meant that by the end of the book I felt like I understood each furniture piece pretty well and was much more grounded in the different kinds of styles available. I also appreciated that the book was well designed and constructed. It seems silly, but there are a lot of design books out there that are surprisingly ugly, which I've always found amusing. I also enjoyed that beyond the focus of the 7 essential pieces there were good quotes of design wisdom here and there that really did make me think about how I decorate my place.

That said, there were some things in this book that kept it from being 5-stars for me.
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By DMH on April 29, 2012
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As a huge fan of the blog, I was so excited to FINALLY get my hands on the book version of Good Bones, Great Pieces. Suzanne and Lauren offer unrivaled advice for how to outfit your home without spending a fortune, whether it's a tiny first apartment like mine or a bigger family home. I've already read it cover to cover and will be recommending to all my friends and family. Their blog is great, too!
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The McGraths' book makes decorating a small apartment so logical. If you acquire a few basic and versatile pieces of furniture for your first home, they will serve you indefinitely, even if you eventually end up in a larger space with a larger household and more money. A demilune table, a loveseat, a slipper chair, a padded bench --- it doesn't matter whether you spend a lot or a little on these compact and charming pieces; their utility makes them priceless.

The book is beautifully laid out and a pleasure to read. Give a copy to every college graduate you know -- male or female!
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I just got my preordered copy from Amazon on Friday and I have read the entire book by Saturday. As a fellow design blogger, it speaks to me personally, especially since my daughter and I have teamed in our decorating business. Suzanne and Lauren are such inspirations, and the knowledge and tips they give are spot on! I love the seven must haves for any decor. I have never thought of those same 7 pieces, but now it makes perfect sense, and I must complete my collection. They write beautifully, from the heart and are very sincere. I love the history lessons and antiquing! I just wish I could go to Brimfield, it sounds amazing.
Thanks for your insights and expertise. We are HUGE fans of yours.
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I loved this book! If you are going off the title you are going to be misled. It is way more than just 'seven essential pieces', this book takes you on an adventure and I really enjoyed the journey.
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This is a fantastic book. I have many, many decorating books and this one has become my new favorite. The concept of seven basic pieces which are very flexible in any home is written in an easy, pleasing, page-turning style. I loved the pictures that accompany each section and found lots of great decor ideas to use, especially for accessories. This mother-daughter team has a great eye for decorating. A very talented duo! You will not regret ordering this book and will return to it again and again.
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This book is good for readers who are looking for decorating ideas. I wasn't too impressed. I would have preferred a book that showed side by pictures of what not to do with the specific "good bones and great furniture pieces" and then how it should look with the furniture. Basically before and after pictures...not pictures of perfectly pulled together rooms. In my opinion most DIY decorators want to work with their existing furniture pieces and add budget friendly accents to pull together their desired look.
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