Shea’s Studio Reveal

Shea’s Studio Reveal

I knew when we moved in to our home that this would be my studio.   

You’ve seen the rest of our home, from the front porch down to the basement. Most of the spaces I design start with a plan that then gets implemented in full; but my studio was (very) slowly assembled with pieces and inspiration I’ve been collecting over time — and still has space to bring in what I might pick up tomorrow. And that’s exactly how I want the studio to feel: like a rotating gallery of what I’m loving at the moment. 

Nestled above the garage, the room has a unique architecture and floor plan that adds character — but also some complexity. While it’s the last room finished and featured from the McGee home, it’s truly one of my favorites. Which is good because, you know, I spend a lot of time here. Join me as I touch on some of the most noteworthy elements that went into designing this special space. 

Shea’s Studio Reveal
Shea’s Studio Reveal

McGee & Co.

Daxton Settee

McGee & Co.

Sandalwood + Fleur Candle

McGee & Co.

Mountain Fog

I really wanted to lean into the studio’s “old attic” essence, so we followed the contour of the roof lines, built collar ties across the vaulted ceiling, and added shiplap throughout. In this case, the white, wide-plank shiplap lent a historical feel and felt appropriate for the architecture of the space. This light and airy backdrop is a perfect blank canvas for when I bring in samples and lay everything out on my worktable. 

Shea’s Studio Reveal
Shea’s Studio Reveal

“The space plan in this room gave me a lot of headaches, because of its angles and funky shape.”

– Shea McGee

Shea’s Studio Reveal
Shea’s Studio Reveal

McGee & Co.

Jace Inset Mirror

McGee & Co.

Gallen Pendant

McGee & Co.

Gray Clouds

Right when you walk in, there’s a random area that gave me pause. I decided to make it a sitting area, which is now frequented mostly by my kids. It’s a cozy nook with a small sofa and a pair of ottomans on a bleached jute rug, flanked with marble side tables and a fun rattan floor lamp. For a layout like this, a formal coffee table didn’t feel necessary, and a mix of mismatched pillows makes it feel more welcoming. 

Shea’s Studio Reveal
Shea’s Studio Reveal

Burke Decor

Plinth Table Tall

McGee & Co.

Terrace Floor Lamp

McGee & Co.

Anora Block Print Pillow Cover

I have two main work areas in the studio. The long dining table is where I create, sprawl out samples, open up design books, and get away from a screen. Then there’s my desk in the alcove by the window, where I can focus without getting too distracted by what’s around me! 

Shea’s Studio Reveal
Shea’s Studio Reveal

McGee & Co.

Houses: Atelier AM

McGee & Co.

Architectural Digest at 100

McGee & Co.

Great Escapes Europe

With these tall ceilings, I had to fill up some vertical space. I fell in love with this stunning pine hutch, which adds the perfect amount of height and contrasts the modern desk setup in the adjacent corner. The fiddle-leaf fig also keeps the setting’s balance intact — for as long as I can keep it alive, at least (ha!).  

Shea’s Studio Reveal
Shea’s Studio Reveal

This not only wraps up the tour of my studio, but of our entire home! It’s been such a joy to give you a peek behind the proverbial curtain (and doors and furniture…). If you’d like to see more of our house projects, follow us on YouTube and find more here! 

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

When making plans for our basement, one thing was clear: there would be a skate ramp.  

Since moving from sunny southern California, where he grew up spending his days skating when we started our business, Syd has been dreaming of building a skate ramp in our home. As soon as we started building our house, this was his number one request, and we were so excited to finally bring it to life when we finished our basement.  

This space is more than just a half-pipe, though. We added a sauna (with party lights), a rock-climbing wall, and a few pretty design details that elevate this fun-filled space. 

We can’t wait to show you around and share more details about the process of designing this space from framing to finish. Scroll through to see the photo tour and check out our webisode here if you missed it! 

We’d like to thank our friends at Killowen ConstructionKillowen Cabinet Co., KohlerBedrosiansLemco Design, and McGee & Co. for helping us bring this space to life!

Getting the finishes just right was the biggest challenge in designing this space, and after going back and forth on a few different options for floors and walls, we landed on doing a polished concrete floor and a grey plaster texture on the walls to match. We wanted something that could take a beating, and we love how this plaster has held up against skateboards hitting the walls and kids running around being kids.

“After considering many different materials for the wall treatments that could take a beating for the skateboards, we went with a dark grey plaster with this great textural effect.”

Shea McGee

To elevate the feeling of this room and draw the eye up to the ceilings, we continued the wood beams that we incorporated throughout the rest of the basement space and kept the ceilings white to lighten up the moody wall and floor tones.

The rock-climbing wall is one of the kids favorite parts of this room. When they want to use it, we simply roll some mats out onto the ramp floor and get all the harness materials out (which we store in the drawers of the built-ins).

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

Killowen Construction has worked with us on the entire McGee Home, and when we proposed a skate ramp, we were so grateful they were ready to take it on and make it work. Syd worked closely with them to build the ramp from start to finish, and seeing it all come to fruition was probably his favorite project we’ve worked on yet.

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

“Syd actually built the skate ramp, and he knew exactly what he wanted — from the dimensions, height, floor transition, and drop. We relied on him a ton to get everything to fit just right.”

Tyler, Killowen Construction.

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

We worked with the team at Killowen to design a glass screen at the top of the ramp for safety, and we love how the framing wood elements make it feel intentional and tie everything together.

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

On the built-ins, we decided to go bold and went with Nicolson Red by Benjamin Moore, which adds a playful yet sophisticated tone to warm up the dark grey plaster and make a statement.

To add a bit of personality (and functionality), we incorporated a wooden rack for hanging the family skateboard collection and some hooks for hanging helmets over the built-in seat where we can hang out and watch everyone skate! A few throw pillows and a charming woven sconce soften the look, and add coziness.

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces
The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

Basket Swing Arm Sconce

Liam Double Flange Pillow Cover

Corlaine Steel Box (Set of 2)

One of Syd’s dreams for this space was to add a sauna, and now that it’s there, we both love it! It even has colored party lights (you can see them in action in the webisode here).

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces
The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

Having space for a home gym is one of the best parts of a basement, and we wanted to make it feel as intentional as possible while still keeping function the main priority. We started by adding wooden beams to the ceilings, painting the walls in Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore at 75% strength, and selecting a rubber performance gym floor from Lemco Design.

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces
The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces

We integrated built-in glass mirror panels throughout the space and added a built-in under the tv for a little bit of storage space. The best part, though, has to be the wooden ballet bar across the mirrors that matches the stain on the ceiling beams!

The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces
The McGee Home Basement: The Bonus Spaces
The McGee Home Basement Webisode No. 2

The McGee Home Basement Webisode No. 2

We have been dreaming of this space for years, and we were so excited to finally bring it to life in our basement! 

Now that we’ve shared the main spaces of our basement — the Lounge Area, Kitchenette, and Guest Suite, it’s time for the “fun zone.” In our latest webisode, we have a special guest (spoiler: it’s Syd) taking you through his mecca of the skate ramp, sauna, and gym area.

Join him on his virtual tour of everyone’s favorite space in the video below and be sure to come back tomorrow for the photo tour and all the details! 

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

We wanted our basement guest bedroom to feel inviting from the moment you walk in. 

When we found out we were welcoming Margo into the family last year, we turned our original guest room upstairs into her nursery and finished the basement just in time to move it downstairs. After years of dreaming and making big plans for this space, putting the final touches on it and making it guest-ready was so rewarding. Scroll on to see the full photo tour and all the details, and don’t forget to check out our webisode here of the entire main space if you missed it!

We’d like to thank our friends at Killowen ConstructionKillowen Cabinet Co., KohlerBedrosiansLemco Design, and McGee & Co. for helping us bring this space to life!

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite
The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

The first thing you notice in the guest bedroom is the subtle dusty rose-toned wallpaper mural by Schumacher that wraps all the way around the walls and sets the tone for the entire space. I love this wallpaper so much that I actually wish we would have put it in our primary bedroom.

In our original floor-plans for the house’s framing, we had the closet on the inside of this room, but we ended up opting for a larger bathroom and putting the closet in the hallway. Killowen Construction and Killowen Cabinet Co. helped us build this beautiful custom wood cabinetry, complete with a long drawer on the top for storing wrapping paper. 

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite
The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

Floral Block Print Quilt

Atticus Jar

Diana Coverlet

A tray ceiling with wood beams draws the eye up, coordinating with our Engineered hardwood floors from Lemco Design. The Sutherland Canopy bed from McGee & Co. was one of the first pieces we chose for this room, and we love how it calls attention to the 10-foot ceilings, making it hard to believe you are in a basement.

One great way to make a basement room feel less like a basement room is to incorporate really full drapes that add weight and texture. We used The Shade Store‘s custom window treatment service for every room in our home, and in the guest room, we wanted to do something with a subtle pattern. We went with their Ripple Fold Drapery in the material “Upton” and color “Wheat,” and they add so much texture and coziness to the space. 

“One great way to make a basement room feel less like a basement room is to incorporate really full drapes that add weight and texture.”

– Shea McGee

Because we didn’t have space above the top of the window and ceiling, we did a track using The Shade Store‘s “Custom Track” hardware, and we love how it draws the eye up and adds a more grandeur feeling to the room. For more on our process for choosing window treatments, check out our post here. 

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite
The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

When choosing furniture pieces, we curated a mix of vintage along with some of our favorite McGee & Co. pieces. Each element adds a new dimension — from the vintage chair in the corner to the gold mirror above the dresser.

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite
The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

Kenna Hand-Knotted Wool Rug

Pearce Chest

Sutherland Canopy Bed

“We worked on the Pia Burl Wood Nightstands for a while until we got the design right — from the dimensions to the curved drawer-front detail.”

– Shea McGee

A patterned hand-knotted wool rug grounds the space and adds a cozy feeling to the wood floors, keeping it warm and inviting, and the nightstands add another unexpected element of pattern. We worked on the Pia Burl Wood Nightstands for a while until we got the design right — from the dimensions to the curved drawer-front detail.

Pia Nightstand

Sonoran Table Lamp

Palos Verdes

We incorporated a lot of textures and layers in this room to make it feel as cozy and lived-in as possible, not just in the bedding but also in the way we styled each surface. Picture frames, candles, and of course, a mix of textiles go a long way in bringing in a welcoming feeling.

Salt + Sea Candle

Travertine Marble Bowl

Rounded Bone Frame

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite
The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite

In the on-suite bathroom, we incorporated a few timeless finish details that add a bit of character and personality. A dark green vanity painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green, and checkered floors with Bedrosians Porcelain Limestone and Carrara Marble set the scene, while a mix of brass and black hardware brings just the right amount of contrast.

We added two oval-shaped McGee & Co. mirrors, vintage-inspired faucets from Kohler, and a modern sconce light in the middle to mix it up. In the shower, we have a White Ceramic Tile on the walls and a Carrara Marble Mosaic on the floors that keeps the space feeling light and airy.

The McGee Home Basement: The Guest Suite
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

Designing our basement was all about space planning.

Before our new family hang-out spot was filled with cozy furniture and pretty details, we had an unfinished, open-concept area that we used as the interview set for our Netflix show, Dream Home Makeover. We wanted to be sure we used the space as intentionally as possible, so we divided it into a few main sections. In the center of the area, we focused on creating a cozy lounge area with a big projector screen for family movie nights. Then came the kitchenette, fireplace, and game area.  

This space went through a few iterations before we settled on how it is now, and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Complete with a chic kitchenette, a cozy fireplace and seating area, and the kid’s favorite detail: the air hockey table, this part of our basement is one of our most frequented and enjoyed.  

We’d like to thank our friends at Killowen Construction, Killowen Cabinet Co., Kohler, Bedrosians, Lemco Design, and McGee & Co. for helping us bring this space to life!

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

We love a kitchenette in a basement, and although we didn’t need a full kitchen, we liked the idea of having a small area where we could keep our favorite snacks and drinks. Plus, we’ll take any excuse to design a space with some of our favorite elements — natural wood, veined marble, and timeless brass accents. 

With help from Killowen Construction and Killowen Cabinet Co., we incorporated custom-stained wood cabinetry to match the white-oak look of the floors and added a Kerfed wood detail to the front. Burnished brass hardware adds an elevated touch and ties in the pendant above our card table. 

Crawford Chair

Vintage Rug No. 190

Masa Dining Table

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

“Although we have a more subtle marble upstairs in our kitchen, we went bold in the kitchenette with a heavily veined slab that adds so much movement and contrast.”

– Shea McGee

One of our favorite details in the entire basement is this beautiful marble slab we found at bold in the kitchenette with a heavily veined slab that adds so much movement and contrast. 

We centered the kitchenette with this really beautiful faucet from 

A floating marble shelf holds a mix of a few of our favorite McGee & Co. and vintage accessories and adds visual balance to the vignette. Killowen Construction helped us figure out how to mount the marble shelf on the stone by adding pretty brass brackets for support, and we love how it adds an element of jewelry to the look. 

Fun fact: we didn’t love the screws that came with the brackets, so we actually ordered brass buttons online from a craft store, modified them, and super glued them on top, so you don’t see any fasteners when you look at the shelves. Our friend Tyler from Killowen Construction, who you might recognize from Dream Home Makeover, ended up gluing quite a few of those buttons to his fingers in the process but deems it well worth it. 

Patterned Tea Towels (Set of 3)

Milos Beechwood Hand Brush

Speckled Taper Holder

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

We love designing secret or hidden doors whenever we can, and we dreamed up plans with Killowen Cabinet Co. to do a custom design for this space. 

Fully integrated refrigerator doors on our cabinetry match the hidden pantry door that swings back to house a storage closet filled with decor extras and a few of our kid’s toys. We didn’t want anyone to look at it and be able to tell a difference between the cabinet and the door, so on the other side there is some cool hardware that makes it easy to operate without a knob! 

Glazed Stoneware Cloche

Haynes Pitcher

White Handled Honey Jar

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

“When you have a large hang-out space in a basement like we do in this area, round tables are the perfect way to add in some function.”

– Shea McGee

When you have a large hang-out space in a basement like we do in this area, round tables are the perfect way to add in some function. Perfect for playing card games, eating, or sitting around with friends, round tables add some shape while keeping the room pathways open. 

Two Tone Ceramic Bowl

Seagrass Wrapped Glasses (Set of 4)

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

While we initially had a game table in front of the fireplace, we ended up moving it to open it up a little bit more. Two boucle swivel chairs add texture and coziness to this little nook and accentuate the beautiful marble mantel. This beautifully veined marble comes from the same slab as the backsplash in our kitchen, and we added a little custom step detail on the profile for extra interest. 

Salton Ceramic Vase

Paper Mache Round Tray

Sculpted Stoneware Vase

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

Dallas Hide

Similar: Madison Swivel Glider

Lupe Sconce

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area

Finally, the air hockey table on the back wall fills the space and is a new family favorite for game nights or a quick pre-dinner competition.  

The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area
The McGee Home Basement: The Kitchenette & Fireplace Area