Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

It’s been one year since our show “Dream Home Makeover” premiered on Netflix… 

and we’re grabbing the popcorn and to celebrate all weekend! It’s still hard to believe that there are two seasons of the show out in the world after years of planning, filming, and preparing.  

We feel so grateful that we got to work on these projects and help our clients transform their spaces into their dream homes, and we can’t wait to do more of it in Season 3! 

To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at all the highlights from Seasons 1 and 2. Here are a few of our favorite moments, pieces, and tips from each episode: 

Season No. 1:  

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“Whether our clients have two million dollars, or twenty thousand, I want them all to feel that sense of peace when they walk in the door.”

Shea McGee

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Episode No. 1: Forever Home  

Stuck on how to re-imagine an underutilized living area, our clients had left this space un-completed when they moved into and remodeled their home. After understanding their goals, we decided to break the room into three distinct areas, re-image the mood using paint, and incorporate cozy and functional pieces. 

A tip from this space – We are believers that every room needs a focal point. Whether it’s a fireplace, an accent wall, or even a large piece of art, focal points allow the eye to rest, drawing you into the space. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Lanston Chair

Emory Extension Dining Table

Reeves Chair

Bryant Large Billiard

Episode No.  2: Manor House Designs 

Our clients wanted to build a home that felt welcoming, comfortable, and lived-in for their family to grow and create memories together, and the final result was a perfect expression of that intention. 

A tip from this episode – We love using chairs rather than a sofa when we need to place seating where the main flow of traffic comes into the room. In this space, we chose chairs with these beautiful metal backs that you see when you walk into the space, and we love how it works to open up the design and pull everything together. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Yates Chair

Walker Sofa

Landon Arm Chair

Edita Coffee Table

Landon Side Chair

Episode No. 3: Movie Room Remake

In Episode 3, we helped our client transform his favorite space in his home: the movie room, into a cozy, moody space perfect for spending time with friends and entertaining.   

A word about designing around screens: A dark wall color behind the TV helps blend the TV into your space, making it feel a part of the design. On the flip side, if you have a projector, going dark on the walls can help create that cozy movie room feeling. 

Dawson Ottoman

Seagrass Catch-All Basket

Episode No. 4: Los Angeles Hideaway 

We were so excited when we learned our clients from Episode 4 were interested in taking their cabinets a dark green shade for this modern remodel.  We love how the custom green shade we created was muted enough that it still felt timeless and carried well throughout the rest of their space.

“I don’t think there is a should or a shouldn’t with a dark kitchen. As long as you have some natural light to bounce around the sunshine in the space, I say go with a dark kitchen.”

Shea McGee

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Lanston Chair

Chidi Coffee Table

Odelle Chair

Georgie Dining Table

Episode No. 5Historic Home Renovation 

In Episode 5, we got to work on the oldest home we’ve ever worked on. Originally built in 1851, this home is over 150 years old! Our team loved the challenge of honoring the historical details while bringing something fresh to the table. 

What we’ve learned about historic remodels: Less is more! Accentuating the elements you want to keep and minimizing the rest takes careful attention to detail. Although it can be tempting to rip everything out, considering how your home’s original characteristics could look in a new light might keep you from making the mistake of getting rid of something irreplaceable. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Allen Console

Darlana Lantern

Dawson Ottoman

Boston Single Arm Library Light

Episode 6: Grand Kitchen Deployment  

With closed off angles, dark tones, and limited counter space, the kitchen in our client’s home wasn’t working for them functionally or visually. Eager to complete their space before being apart during deployment, our clients dreamed of a light, bright, and open kitchen where they could cook, entertain, and be together. 

“Good design is about adding and subtracting and being smart where you’re choosing to do so. Even if you add more things to a space, by creating real uses for each area, you can make it feel larger.”

Shea McGee

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Darlana Two-Tiered Ring Chandelier

Jaime Chair

Go Lightly Medium Chandelier

Bryden Medium Round Pendant

Williamsen Counter Stool

Season No. 2:  

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“A home is not just where we rest our heads at night. Any house can be transformed into the perfect place to call home.”

SHEA MCGEE

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Episode No. 1: Luxury Estate  

One of our largest new-build projects yet, The Home on The Ranch, is complete with a light-filled open-concept space, plenty of lounge spaces, and even a basketball court! We had so much fun designing this entertaining-centered home for our client and their large family to enjoy for years to come.

A tip on softening a grand design: When you have a lot of oversized, grand pieces in a space, adding a lot of textile layers goes a long way in making it feel cozy and inviting. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Geoffrey Chandelier

Artifact Table Lamp

Solange Mirror

Castle Sketch

Episode No. 2: Midcentury Makeover 

Looking to transform an old workshop into a live-able, functional space, our clients wanted to infuse their love for the midcentury modern style into an open-concept suite. With careful space planning, our team created a studio-like apartment complete with all the essentials. 

A design lesson from this episode: While it may seem counterintuitive, large pieces can actually make a small space feel bigger by allowing the eye to rest on visual focal points. Adding large statement pieces through wall decor is a simple way to bring a streamlined feeling to a small area, creating the illusion of a larger space. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Walker Sofa

Interlaken

Sumava Table Lamp

Ovitt Coffee Table

Episode No. 3: Bath Hideaway 

This master bath and closet remodel allowed our team to think about spatial planning in a new way. After re-considering the layout and taking a risk with the color palette, we created a place of retreat for our clients to enjoy in their everyday routines. 

Emphasizing natural light: Our clients had quite a bit of natural light in this space, but it became more apparent as we added in lighter hues. Although we went with a darker tile on the floors, the white walls, softer window treatments, and a light tone on the vanity allowed the whole space to feel brighter. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Oxford Sconce

Jace Inset Rectangle Mirror

Nuance Flush Mount

Istanbul Gray Bath Collection

Episode No. 4: Restoring History 

In this episode, our clients brought us in to help them update and brighten their kitchen space while maintaining their historic home’s character. We incorporated patterned accents, transitional pieces, and a few of our favorite decor elements to pull it all together. 

Letting original elements shine: One of the most important design lessons we’ve learned over the years is that remodeling is not always about re-doing every element in the space. Although our clients wanted to brighten their kitchen space, they had these great original wooden elements that we knew we wanted to incorporate in our design.

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Elbridge Pendant

Demi Floral Stripe Wallpaper

Clemens Pendant

Episode No. 5: Mountainside Retreat Makeover 

Looking to update their mountain retreat to feel brighter and more modern, our clients from this episode wanted to combine their styles and create a vibrant, character-filled retreat. We created a vibrant, cozy space for them we couldn’t love more! 

A note on mixing styles: If you’re sharing a space with someone who has a different style than you, or you’re drawn to multiple design influences, don’t be afraid to mix styles! One way to do this is by incorporating one style through the foundational pieces and the other through the layered decor. 

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Moore Chair

Amalie Cabinet

Quinn 2-Door Sideboard

Episode No. 6: Bedroom Oasis

Looking to update their primary bedroom to feel like an oasis for their family, our clients were excited to bring more personality and light into their room. The result is filled with playful textiles, a soothing color palette, and a hint of a coastal flair.  

A tip from this episode: Wall treatments go a long way in adding character. Whether it’s paneling or interesting ceiling details, wall treatments can elevate your space and bring character like nothing else.

Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover
Celebrating One Year of Dream Home Makeover

Old Pharmacy Floor Lamp

Josiah Double Nightstand

Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal

Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal

Margot’s nursery is our new favorite space in The McGee Home… 

and we’ve loved spending time in this room over the past few months of newborn bliss.  

We’ve already shared the photos and our favorite tips for designing a nursery space, but today we’re diving deeper into the process with a webisode and a breakdown of why we made the decisions we did!  

Thank you to The Shade StoreKillowen ConstructionClé TileMetrie, and Stanton Carpet, and Kohler for helping us bring our vision to life! 

Watch the video below for a virtual tour and keep scrolling for more details! 

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The finishes 

We started the design process by choosing Benjamin Moore’s “Just Beige” for the ceiling and some of our favorite patterned wallpaper from McGee & Co.’s new kid’s collection. These neutral and feminine elements gave us a great backdrop to layer other patterns and colors on top of while still feeling interesting.  

Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal
Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal

“The biggest inspiration for this space was the ceiling; I think that her room with the roof lines feels like an old attic space but also has a lot of old-school charm.”

Shea McGee

While we have hardwood flooring throughout our home, the kid’s rooms are all carpeted. In this space, we used the same carpet material in Ivy & Wren’s rooms from Stanton carpet in the style “Sumana,” and the color “Sand.”  

One of the first elements we select when designing any space is the window treatments, and Margot’s nursery was no exception. We worked with The Shade Store on all the window treatments throughout our home, and we couldn’t love them more! 

We selected the Waterfall Woven Wood Shades with a blackout lining and Tailored Pleat Drapery in a subtle floral pattern material for this space, and they complement the design perfectly. 

The Shade Store’s options for customizing everything from the privacy to the pleat have made designing window treatments for our home really simple. The quality of the materials is unmatched and with a 10-day custom order shipment timeline, working with them is a no-brainer for any project.  

The pieces 

We started with the Gelato Crib, one of our new pieces from the McGee & Co. Kids Line, and it sets the foundation for the rest of the space perfectly. Although she’s still sleeping next to our bed, we’re excited to move her in here within the next month or two. Plus, this crib converts to a toddler bed, making it so we can use it in her space for a few more years!  

Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal
Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal

Next, we added a cozy boucle glider chair, a matching ottoman, and a textural side table perfect for placing a bottle. The Anya Hand-Knotted Rug from McGee & Co. grounds the space and adds another element of playful pattern but feels grown up enough to stay with her over the years. 

“When space planning a nursery, I always like to leave the space open in the middle so babies can crawl, roll around and play. Then, when they get older, we can add toys!”

Shea McGee

We brought in some height to contrast the lower levels of the crib and chair with this wooden cabinet, perfect for storing her blankets and books now and styling with her favorite mementos as she gets older. The green tone of the dresser contrasts the taupe walls perfectly, completed by the cutest vintage bow chairs and gold mirror. 

Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal
Margot McGee’s Nursery Reveal

Our Favorite Mudrooms

Our Favorite Mudrooms

Designing a mudroom is all about balance… 

between form and function. Mudrooms are often an entryway point into the rest of the home, so we want them to be beautiful and flow well with the space while remaining functional.  

We’ve designed more mudrooms than we can count over the years, and while they are all different, they have one common goal: to provide an opportunity for organization and efficiency.  

Complete with storage for backpacks, shoes, and other out-the-door necessities, mudrooms help keep clutter at bay and can even bring more styling opportunities. If you’re looking for mudroom inspiration, keep scrolling to see a few of our favorites. 

Home Office Décor Inspiration

Home Office Décor Inspiration

If you’re looking for some home office inspiration…

you’ve come to the right place! As the idea of the workplace shifts for so many of us, we want to be more intentional about how we design our office spaces to feel functional, beautiful, and productive.

Whether your “office” space is an entire room or a small workspace area in the kitchen, the right decor can make all the difference in creating a separation between work and play.

Keep scrolling for some decor inspiration from a few of our favorite office spaces.

Nursery Design Inspiration

Nursery Design Inspiration

Designing a nursery can be tricky… 

and sometimes, getting started just takes a little inspiration. We recently shared our favorite tips for designing kids rooms, and we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite nursery designs from over the years.  

Although we love layering playful accents into nurseries and kids’ spaces, we start by focusing on finding staple pieces that will transition well with time.  

If you’re looking for inspiration for designing a timeless space for your little one, this is the post for you! Here are some of our favorite nursery designs: Keep scrolling to find inspiration for your little one’s space.