5 great pieces to last a lifetime

People often ask us the meaning of our name, good bones, great pieces. If you’ve heard us explain it before, my apologies, but for those of you who are curious, read on.  After years of designing interiors for clients as well as for family members, I’ve learned how to identify and choose furniture, lighting, and accessories for the home that are simply indispensable. And by that I mean that they’re so classic and flexible that you can move them from room to room, and home to home for a lifetime. Lauren adheres to the same way of thinking when it comes to fashion. So wherever we go, and by that I mean flea markets, consignment stores, antique galleries and even retail stores, we look for great pieces to recommend to our clients, friends, and readers. We find that by editing out the trendy or just plain ridiculous, uniquely stylish homes and wardrobes are born. To illustrate our way of thinking, here are five great pieces we found on a recent excursion to a favorite antique fair: the occasional chair, love seat, statement side table, gourd lamp, and demi-lune table. We think you’ll agree that they would all make good investments that you could bring with you wherever life takes you.
occasionalchairfinalThis faux bamboo occasional chair has so much potential (and it won’t break the bank). Its seat cushion is covered in a natural burlap colored linen, and it’s wide enough to accommodate almost any body type. We love the intricate cross rail underneath. This is the kind of piece that will always stand out when leaned up against a wall, and it’ll also make a wonderful piece to occasionally pull into the center of the room when extra seating is required.versatileloveseatfinalWith so many friends living in apartments and small spaces, we’re always on the look out for small sofas. This one has wonderful tailored lines–the arms are so sleek. Since its actually two separate pieces, the two sections can live as separate chairs too. It doesn’t get more flexible than this.thestatementsidetableWe love to find glamorous pieces, especially when they fit into the budget. This Hollywood regency white table probably has many stories to tell, and it’s forever chic.  It  could find a home in almost any room.thechicgourdlampWe never get tired of gourd-shaped lamp bases, but it’s rare to find one that is so completely original. Made from vintage Murano glass, this is one of a pair that could easily flank a living room sofa or a wonderful tailored bed in a master bedroom. Whenever you purchase vintage lamps, be sure to inquire as to whether they’ve been recently electrified.thedemilunetableWe’re huge fans of demi-lune tables of all shapes and sizes.  This one is faux pained with gesso paint. A piece like this one will make any foyer or large hallway come to life. It’s a keeper. If any of these pieces appeal to you, you’ll find them at the Stamford Antique and Artisan Center, in Stamford, Connecticut.