Utah couple Shea and Syd McGee are back with Season 2 of Netflix’s “Dream Home Makeover” – and their new projects will have you dropping and decorating everything on your plate.
In this new season, they show off renovations in every room in the house, from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, and provide stylish inspiration for the whole house. And while Shea’s signature style is still as clean and calming as ever, she focuses on creative designs like imperfect tile, wallpaper accents, and even carpet!
Read on for the best tips from Dream Home Makeover. You will find some unexpected design choices that will inspire many weekends with fun projects to keep you happy at home by 2021.
Use incomplete tiles to add character to a new kitchen
These imperfect tiles add character to the kitchen.
In the episode “Luxury Estate” Shea and Syd meet LaRee and Travis Hansenwho are just ready to move into their new home. This new build has been in the works for over two years and now Shea can add the finishing touches, like a stylish kitchen backsplash.
Since this kitchen is so new, Shea chooses a handcrafted tile. After installation, due to the special texture, the tile initially looks as if it does not sit perfectly flat.
“In new homes, you have to pick a few things that might be older or have some imperfections so that the house has a little soul even when you move in,” says Shea.
At first, LaRee isn’t sure about this incomplete backsplash, but once it’s installed it is clear that this tile is the right choice. It gives this clean kitchen a little personality. With this unique backsplash, the kitchen feels less like a hotel and more like a home.
Use the right lighting for a mid-century look
This guest house already had lighting fixtures, but Shea McGee wanted to update the look.
In the episode “Midcentury Makeover”, Shea and Syd meet Omar Poole and Josh Newbury for a mid-century renovation of their guest house. Poole knows his mother will have to move into this guest house at some point, so they want to fix it for her with a fun mid-century modern design that matches the main house.
However, this guest house was built in 1956, so Shea is forced to make some contemporary lighting decisions.
Shea installed new lights and a fun mid-century pendant lamp.
“Houses from this period typically don’t have attics,” explains Shea. “We can’t crawl into the attic to install can lights. We all have to play games. “
It removes the original fixtures and replaces them with new, white, mid-century alternatives. She also installs a mid-century-inspired pendant lamp above the kitchen island, which gives the room even more retro style. These new lights really set the mood.
Make sure that different soil types complement each other
The tiles in the bathroom and the carpeting in the closet combine to create an elegant look.
The episode “Bath Hideaway” is all about Shea’s clients Mandi and Bryce Winkelmanand her fabulous master bath. Mandi explains that she wants a peaceful spa bathroom where she can take a break from the kids. That’s why Shea is focused on finding a spa-inspired floor.
She decides that gray herringbone with light grout is the perfect look for this bathroom because it’s sleek and adds some color to the room. However, Shea faces a challenge when it comes time to put rug in the adjoining closet. She can’t match the carpet color to the tile or it would look too appropriate. Instead, it brings in a completely new pattern with familiar colors.
“We made this kind of warm, gray mortar with the herringbone flooring out of dark stone and then flipped the color palette in the closet to get the plaid, which is a warm gray with dark accents,” explains Shea.
In the end, the cabinet carpet looks great. The light plaid brightens up the room without looking too strong next to the gray bathroom floors.
Use wallpaper as a classic accent
This old kitchen needed a contemporary update.
In the episode “Restoring History” Madison and Nick Panos Show Shea her historic home, which was built in 1908. Madison knows it’s time to update the old kitchen, but she still wants to keep the classic look of the house.
To keep the style from 1908, Shea brings wallpaper.
A little wallpaper can make a big difference in a classic kitchen.
“Our days of wallpaper in every single room are over, but when we have a dedicated area like this desk that you can easily keep the wallpaper in, this is the perfect place to use it as an accent,” explains Shea.
She uses subtle blue and white paper to embellish the built-in desk area. It gives the room a classic style without looking dated.
Give the stone an updated look by lightening the color
This wood burning stove brought some cabin charm to the house, but it needed an update.
In the episode “Mountain Retreat Makeover” Shea meets with Shazia and Taylor Chiuwho live in a cozy cabin.
These two want to give their cabin an updated look but also hope to keep the old-fashioned stove in the living room that they still use to heat the house in the winter.
To update this feature, Shea uses mortar to whiten the stone behind the stove.
The white finish makes the whole room look brighter.
“The cement mortar looks fantastic on the stone,” says Shea.
Indeed, this small change in the stove area brightens the room and transforms the entire space.
The right window decorations can make all the difference in a bedroom.
In the episode “Bedroom Oasis” Shea works with the client Jessica Stone to surprise her husband, Tyler, one bedroom rehab. Jessica wants the room to feel like Hawaii so Shea uses lots of soft colors and materials to give it that island feel. She even uses these soft materials on the windows.
“When it comes to choosing window treatments, you can choose hues or curtains, but I often do both together because the more textures and textiles you have, the cozier a room feels. Mixing the two makes a home feel more homely, ”explains Shea.
So she installs long, light gray curtains and a woven screen. Together, these materials and textures give the room a relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of the coast.