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Small Space Decorating Ideas From Design Gurus

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Good Bones, Great Pieces, the new book by mother-daughter design and blogging duo Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, seeks to help apartment dwellers and homeowners alike figure out which pieces will work for a small space and how to reuse them down the road. Keep reading to see which pieces are sure to grow with your decor over time.

Photo by Max Kim-Bee

Photo by Max Kim-Bee

The Love Seat

“For pint-size apartments, less furniture is more, but it’s all about scale. Remember: You don’t have to buy a huge sofa just because it’s your very first purchase for your very first space. Find a piece that suits the dimensions you’re living in now.” As for tomorrow, “a pair of love seats also looks chic pushed up against the walls on either side of a fireplace or on either side of a wide entranceway.”

Photo by Lucas Allen

Photo by Lucas Allen

The Dresser

“Sometimes when space is at a premium and you don’t have the luxury of having two night tables on either side of your bed or more than one tabletop in the room, the dresser comes to the rescue as a night table-cum-storage.”  Down the road, “a dresser is a great addition to a dining room. It’s a place to store table linens and candles, as well as the large bowls, platters, and trays that can make a room feel cluttered if they are left out.”

Photo by Lucas Allen

Photo by Lucas Allen

The Side Table

“Two matching side tables are a great alternative to your traditional coffee table, especially when you’re working with a space that needs to serve more than one function.” When you’re ready to upgrade, “the good news is that if you choose wisely, the side tables you put on either side of your sofa can also go on either side of the bed, or one can go in between two chairs in a den or even be tucked next to your tub.”

The Book

To read more of Suzanne and Lauren McGrath’s tips for what to buy and how to use it, be sure to pick up a copy of their book, Good Bones, Great Pieces.

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