Making a home is a lifelong pursuit and it starts with your very first place. The premise of Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime is that there are certain pieces, when well constructed are versatile and timeless enough to move from room to room and dwelling to dwelling. The authors, Suzanne and Lauren McGrath, a mother–daughter team, operate the popular blog Good Bones, Great Pieces. 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. 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.
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 a one-stop shop for decorating how-to's. It's illustrated with photographs of homes and apartments that the McGrath's have designed, as well as apartments by some iconic designers, this book is a wonderful resource, whether you are starting out with your first apartment or rethinking the design of your home.