Vogue.com recently added a living section to their website to cover decorating, travel, and more lifestyle-type stories. We’re so excited about the launch and even more excited to be asked to produce a story for it. Below, an excerpt from our story from earlier this week! There are the furniture basics: the bed, sofa, coffee table, but real decor artistry comes with the smaller pieces—the items that help make a house a home. So what are these fabled pieces? Designer Lauren McGrath of mother-daughter design team McGrath II let us in on her seven under-the-radar must-haves. These are the secret workhorses and statement-makers that not only transform a space, but also easily transition from first apartment to family home.
1. Glossy, Colorful Ceramic Lamp – A colorful and handmade ceramic table lamp is often what takes a room from good to great. And no one makes lamps like Christopher Spitzmiller—his colors are breathtaking, and each lamp is crafted by hand in his Manhattan pottery studio.
Christopher Spitzmiller Single Ming lamp in raspberry, $2,235; christopherspitzmiller.com
2. Love Seat – The love seat is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture. Once you’ve purchased your first, it easily moves from your first apartment to the foot of your bed in your first ‘grown-up’ home.
Soane Britain The Cushion Sofa, price upon request; soane.co.uk
3. Graphic Pillows – In neutral rooms like this, we love to use graphic pillows to punch things up. Shop for vintage fabrics or choose small quantities of bespoke textiles and have pillows made to give your room a more curated look.
Yastik by Rifat Ozbek ikat and patchwork cushion, $461; amara.com
4. Statement Wallpaper – Wallpapering a room always helps elevate its look, but we find it particularly effective in entryways. It’s the perfect room in the house to take a risk and make a lasting first impression.
SY-200 handpainted Chinese scenic panel, price upon request; for information: graciestudio.com
5. Distinct Tray – A chic tray is practical for serving drinks and snacks when entertaining, but also a lovely way to display a collection of books and a vase of flowers day to day.
Madeline Weinrib Zsa Zsa tray, $895; barneys.com
6. Something Alive – No room is complete without something green and living!
7. Interesting Mirror – Mirrors add depth to any room. Choose one with a dramatic shape or unusual finish.
Bunny Williams Razor Edge mirror, $1,053;bunnywilliamshome.com
See the rest of our recommendations at Vogue.com !