I just finished reading and enjoying my new March issue of Traditional Home and came across this feature on "How To Decorate A Pint-Sized, Post-College Apartment On A Half-Pint Budget? A Smart Girl Asks Her Mother". Even though I am not right out of college, or living in a teeny-tiny city apartment, I just fell in love with this mother/daughter team approach and philosophy for decorating. First of all, they are adorable together (love the setee they are sitting on, and small tables). You can really see that they have a great relationship. This is just a side note-but my daughter, who is now 11, will one day be out of college and living on her own, I would love to be there for her and enjoy having that grown up relationship. That being said, I am really enjoying every age and I am trying to live in the moment and give lots of hugs...time is a flyin'! OK, back to this story and their blog....
Lauren McGrath (daughter) and her mother Suzanne Grua McGrath, who is an interior designer, and even worked with Martha Stewart in TV developments, worked creatively in decorating this small apartment. They used pieces that were in the family or flea market finds. I love their philosophy. This is a quote form Lauren Mcgrath, "We are not interested in chasing the latest trend. We are all about investing wisely in classic pieces that I can, potentially, own forever." She has taken family furnishings and just repainted them or repurposed them in her design. They also used new classic pieces with simple lines that will last forver.
I love how they reinvent pieces. This favorite of Lauren's is an old desk turned vanity that her mom found thrown out on a Brooklyn Street 20 years ago. "Paired with an unusual vintage lucite stool, it's rejuvenated," says Suzanne. "It's probably not worth anything, but it has good bones." I love that idea. Pick furniture that will last and a piece that can be moved around from room to room or house to house. It is an easy and simple way of approaching decorating your home. I went onto their adorable, informative, and creative blog called goodbonesgreatpieces.com and found great ideas and information. On their mother/daughter blog, they also share some fashion advice along with their practical decorating knowledge. They are very fashionable and have a great sense of style. I am definitely going to keep my eye out for furniture that has good bones and is timeless, well, changing out fabric or repainting every 5 or so years!
Just wanted to share...enjoy.
*images from Traditional Home Magazine and Good Bones Great Pieces blog*