Just as it is in a good closet, in your home there are certain pieces that should feel timeless and act as a tool utilized in countless ways. A simple black long-sleeved sweater can be worn alone or layered under a vest, etc. A high-quality rug in a neutral style can be the foundational piece as your design style changes over time. Properly planning and purchasing these five foundational furniture pieces will save time and money in the future, as they’ll be capable of holding different styles and functions as your life evolves. Shop the foundational five on McGee & Co., as well as get inspired for utilizing them in your own home by browsing through these pieces as styled in the McGee family home below.
No. 01 | The Rug
No. 02 | The Sofa
No. 03 | The Dining Table
No. 04 | The Pendant Light
No. 05 | The Bed
The rug acts as an anchoring point in any room. It can be that one last piece that ties the entire space together, or the one pop needed to elevate a more minimalistic style. As you can see in the McGee’s guest bedroom, Shea paired a statement-making metal, linen, and leather bed—the Sutherland Canopy Bed from McGee & Co.—with a more neutral rug—the Kenna Rug—made of hand-woven wool in a warm and tonal palette. The natural sheep wool ensures a resilient and durable rug, made to withstand years of wear and tear.
Life happens in the living room. The sofa is one of the biggest investment pieces you can buy for the space, picking one that will withstand little hands and paws and ever-fluctuating design trends is crucial to the overall vision of your space. Shea McGee chose McGee & Co.’s Reese Sofa for her own home in fawn velvet. Its soft curves add an element of surprise to the piece without being too trend forward, while its down-wrapped cushions can be wrapped in a variety of high-performing fabrics like velvet, crypton, and leather.
From bill paying to homework, the dining table has seen it all. A dining table needs to be able to be dressed up for holiday gatherings or game nights and dressed down for science fair experiments. In the McGee home, a white oak table from McGee & Co.—the Giselle Dining Table—has smooth, rounded edges, which are helpful with flow throughout the room. The oval top feels traditional while the craftsmanship of the legs lends a more playful touch.
Beautiful lighting can offer so much to the design of a room, not only from its own form but from the light it casts. Good lighting is key and a prime of example of this is in the McGee’s kitchen with a trio of McGee & Co.’s Scarlett Pendant hanging over the island. Its gold leaf iron and leather construction is a small design moment that leaves a big impact.
We all know the statistics about how you spend one third of your life sleeping. Given that fact, your bedroom and bed should be a place of respite where you can retreat at the end of the day and feel comfortable. In the McGee’s primary suite, the upholstered Hoffman Bed in moss linen is pure elegance. This bed can be paired with more neutral colors, as it is here, or be the grounding factor in a bedroom that doesn’t lean traditional.
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