Tips for Creating a Seasonal Home

Tips for Creating a Seasonal Home

We can’t help but dream about the holiday season ahead…

and each year, as the air begins to chill, we gather ideas for decking the halls before the business of the holidays kicks in. This year, we’re looking to our surroundings to find inspiration.

As we redefine our traditions and spaces, we’re focusing on bringing seasonal elements into our homes that feel both celebratory and natural.

Here’s how we’re incorporating warm winter elements to bring festive feelings into our spaces:

Tips for Creating a Seasonal Home

No. 1: Establishing a seasonal color palette

When working on our projects, one of the first things we consider is the color palette. Although decorating for the holidays is different from selecting finishes or furniture, identifying tones you want to incorporate in your seasonal decor always makes for a more cohesive end result. This year, we’re inspired by muted traditional holiday tones that feel wintery, warm, and neutral enough to blend in with our spaces.

Tips for Creating a Seasonal Home
Tips for Creating a Seasonal Home
Tips for Creating a Seasonal Home

Our Halloween Decorating Guide

Our Halloween Decorating Guide

It’s almost time for Halloween….

and while we love to celebrate this time of year, it can be hard to find décor inspiration that feels celebratory of the season yet subtle enough to blend into our homes without overpowering them.

Over the years, we’ve experimented with a few different Halloween looks, and we thought it was time to share a few tips for decorating for the spookiest time of the year.

Our Halloween Decorating Guide

We’ve rounded up our favorite Halloween moments from The McGee Home, the best spooky styling tricks, and the cutest Halloween decor we could find on the internet.

Here are a few ways to re-create the looks in your own space:

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No. 1: Create impactful moments 

When it comes to holiday and seasonal decor, we’ve found that it’s much easier to make a statement when you focus on one or two areas of the home to create impactful moments rather than scattering small items all around your space.

Whether you want to focus on a room or a particular moment, like an entryway table or built-in shelving, emphasizing specific areas can feel less visually overwhelming.

Our Halloween Decorating Guide
Our Halloween Decorating Guide
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

Coffee table books are one of our favorite ways to add personality to a space… 

and we use them in nearly every room. Not only do coffee table books provide inspiration, but they are a great way to add an element of height to any console, built-in, or on the coffee table. 

The possibilities are endless when styling coffee table books, but if you’re looking for some inspiration, keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite ways to make them shine. 

No.1: On the coffee table 

On the coffee table, we love incorporating books in unexpected ways to tell the story of the space and the people living in it. Try creating groupings of them in stacks to center a long rectangular table, using them to bring height to decorative objects, or even leaving them open to a page that speaks to you. 

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

From our Mountainside Retreat Project

No. 2: In built-ins 

Coffee table books are a great way to fill in built-in shelving; in fact, they are usually one of the first elements we start with! We love mixing up vertical and horizontal stacks to create a base of height or interest and layer them into corners that need filling out.  

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

From our PC Contemporary Project

No. 3: On the nightstand 

On the nightstand, stacked coffee table books are a great way to bring interest to a bottom shelf or, if you have enough space, next to a lamp with a candle on top to switch up the levels. 

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

From our Beckham Project

No. 4: On the entryway table 

An entryway is a perfect place to introduce your style that continues throughout the rest of the space, and expressional coffee table books are an easy way to showcase what you love. Naturally, we love design books but don’t shy away from incorporating books that bring attention to your interests or surroundings. 

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

From our 2021 Fall Collection at McGee & Co.

No. 5: In the kitchen  

While you may not think about styling books in the kitchen, it can be a great way to soften the space and make it feel more conversational. Style your favorite cookbooks on open shelving or use an easel to display one open to a recipe you love. 

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

See more of our 2021 Fall Collection here. 

No. 6: On a dresser 

Introduce an element of personality to your dresser with coffee table books by stacking them or styling them alone to elevate your essentials.  

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

From our Mountainside Retreat Project

No. 7: On a side table 

Coffee tables aren’t the only place you can style books in the living room. We love using coffee table books on side tables for easy flipping-through access or tucked under a candle or vase for added height. 

7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books
7 Ways to Style Coffee Table Books

7 Tips for Creating a Peaceful Bedroom Setting

7 Tips for Creating a Peaceful Bedroom Setting

Creating a space that feels beautiful isn’t just about the aesthetic.

More importantly, it’s about the feeling that you bring into your home and routine. 

We have been attempting to refine our rituals to find moments of peace, and today, we’re talking about ten little things that have helped us create a calming bedroom setting.

No. 1: Add a candle on the nightstand 

Curating an experience in a space is all about igniting the senses, and a candle is the perfect way to bring your favorite scent into a room. Something about a candle creates a warm ambient feeling to any space, and we style them in nearly every room. 

7 Tips for Creating a Peaceful Bedroom Setting
7 Tips for Creating a Peaceful Bedroom Setting

From our Mountainside Retreat Project

Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

We use vintage pieces in nearly every space we design… 

And we love the character, depth, and texture they bring. Like many processes in design, styling with vintage is very intuitive, and often it involves experimentation, adding and taking away, and stepping back to see the vignette as a whole. However, there are a few tips that help bring out the best in your character-filled piece. 

Here’s a few of our favorite tricks for styling vintage: 

Tip No. 1: Give your pieces room to breath

When it comes to vintage, we’re always trying to strike that balance between too much and too little. It can easily go from pretty to too much, and as much as we love going into an antique store, we don’t necessarily want our homes to feel like one.

Give your pieces room to breathe. Maybe that vintage stone object in a built-in needs some modern coffee table books and a pretty candle next to it. Step back and experiment with what feels balanced.

Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor
Our Guide to Styling Vintage Decor

“You want to treat vintage items like a treasure and let them have their moment.”

KRISTINE METCALF, VP OF CREATIVE

See our full Vintage Collection at McGee & Co here