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 Store, Killowen Construction, Clé Tile, Metrie, 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!
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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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!”
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.
Right outside of the McGee Home kitchen…
an arched door that leads to the Craft + Music Room. Complete with a craft table, a piano, and storage space for all the markers and glitter, this room is all about fun, and we couldn’t love it more!
This space evolved differently than the rest in The McGee Home; we didn’t have a specific plan, measure everything, and order the pieces all at once. Instead, it evolved with our family’s needs and interests, and although we expect it to continue to change as the girls get older, we are excited to share it with you today!
If you missed our webisode, watch it below, and keep scrolling for the full photo tour and more details.
Thank you to The Shade Store, Metrie, Lemco. Killowen Construction, and Windsor Windows for helping us bring this space to life!
We started with one of our favorite paint colors, which we used throughout our home, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore, at 75% strength. Next, we chose herringbone flooring from Lemco that brings a playful element with a subtle pattern, custom stained to match the tone of our hardwood in the rest of our home.
When selecting window treatments for this space, we wanted to do something different than woven shades and add a hint of color. We ended up choosing this really light greyish blue Luxe Linen Fabric in the color “Silver” for our Flat Roman Shades from The Shade Store and we couldn’t love it more!
For our lighting, we decided to forgo the single fixture in the middle of the room and do four white flush mounts that bring a timeless, industrial feeling to the space. We added picture lights (similar) to frame either side of our hutch, and we love how they add some symmetry and focus to the art and decor underneath them.
We started with the essentials, the craft table, and the adorable white spindle chairs with a vintage rug underneath to ground the look.
Soon after we moved in, Wren started asking to play the piano, so we went on a hunt to find the perfect upright piano. We love this one in the light oak finish because it feels really airy and doesn’t take up a ton of space. Plus, our new favorite part about cooking is looking from the kitchen through the arch to see her playing!
On the opposite wall, we found a cabinet that mirrors the same wood tone from the piano. The closed drawers hide lots of paper, paint, and markers (when they’re not all splayed out on the craft table).
If you’ve been following along with our projects, you know we love ottomans. We use them everywhere, from living rooms by the fireplace to the foot of the bed. In the craft room, two woven ottomans help fill the space on either side of the hutch and allow for extra seating. We use them all the time to sit by the craft table with the girls or to listen to them play the piano.
Baby Margot McGee is finally here…
and we couldn’t be more excited to share her nursery space! When designing nurseries, we like to start with elements we can layer onto for years to come, and when designing Margot’s room, we took the same approach.
Keep scrolling to see more of Margot’s space and read our tips for designing a nursery you’ll love even after your little one grows out of their crib.
Thank you to Killowen Construction, Clé Tile, Metrie, and Stanton Carpet The Shade Store, and Kohler for helping us bring our vision to life!
No. 1: Design a space that will grow with your little one.
Sadly, babies don’t stay babies forever, so it’s important to design with elements you can build upon as they get older. Invest in pieces like wallpaper, paint, rugs, and furniture. Then layer in playful moments through textiles, artwork, and décor pieces you can update easily.
Benjamin Moore’s “Just Beige” on the ceiling and some of our favorite wallpaper from McGee & Co.’s new kid’s collection.
No. 2: Create zones.
Nurseries consist of three essential zones — a spot for sleep, feeding, and changing. Make sure these spots work together in a room and don’t forget that a comfy chair for late-night feedings is a must-have!
When designing The McGee Home Pool House…
we wanted to create an inviting, multi-purpose space for storing necessities, serving snacks, and hanging out in-between swims. We couldn’t have been more excited to have it finished just in time for summer, and today, we’re sharing all of the details!
For more on our pool, check out the photo tour here!
We were lucky to work with Killowen Construction to collaborate on the build of the pool house structure. When we started the process, we knew we wanted to incorporate some of the elements from the exterior of our home to connect the spaces. We repeated the siding, copper piping, and cedar shingles and added a cupola to the top for some playfulness in the structure.
Syd’s primary request was an outdoor shower, and we love how it brings function and a vacation-like feeling to the space.
In selecting our doors, we wanted something that we could open up as wide as possible to create the feeling of continuity between the inside and outside space. We love how whether people are hanging out in the pool house or pool, everyone still feels connected.
The indoor materials
We knew we needed our flooring in the pool house to be extra durable, but we still wanted it to look pretty. We ended up choosing the LVP flooring from Lemco that feels really elevated but will still hold up to wet kids running in and out of it.
The fireplace is one of our favorite elements in the pool house. We love how it creates a strong focal point that you can see when you’re in the pool, and we can’t wait to put it to use in the winter to warm up after hot tubbing with the kids. We chose an arched opening, incorporated the white brick from the exterior of our home, and framed either side with tall windows to bring in all the natural light.
In the kitchenette, we started by choosing a warm, muted color on the cabinets, Relaxed Khaki by Sherwin Williams. We chose cool black soapstone countertops and added an inset refrigerator to stock with Topo Chico (Syd’s favorite) and Diet Coke (Shea’s favorite).
The windows above the sink open up to the outdoor bar area, perfect for kids to run up and have snacks. Plus, because it’s right next to our garden, it doubles as a little potting area!
The McGee Home Pool is our new favorite space…
and we can’t wait to show you around and share more of the details. As I wind things down over the next couple of weeks to get ready for the baby, I am taking a break from hosting our webisodes. For the first time ever, Syd is going to take over and lead you through the pool and pool house.
Watch the video below, check out more details about the pool in our photo tour here, and stay tuned for more on the pool house soon!
Learn more about our CEO, Syd in our recent Q&A.