My Go-To Resource for Design Inspiration…
I don’t think it’s any secret that I get a lot of my styling tips from Studio McGee. I’m a huge fan of the brand, Dream Home Makeover and McGee & Co. I’m impatiently waiting for when I can shop their collection here in the UK (without paying an arm and a leg for shipping fees). Hopefully, if I can get myself over to the US soon, I’ll be able to stock up on some pieces to take home with me.
Whilst I might not be able to get my hands on her pieces, I’ve taken a lot of inspiration when it comes to interior design from Shea. Honestly, I cannot wait for when we buy our own home and I can design and style it to how I want it. And I’ll be taking a lot of tips from Studio McGee.
They have a distinct tone and design, which is easy to emulate. From many, many hours of scrolling, there are a few things that I’ve picked up to get that style in your home. Here are my top suggestions and tips for creating the Studio McGee look in your home…
MIXING THE MASCULINE & FEMININE.
This is something I learnt very quickly that once mastered, makes such a difference to your interior design. Now, mixing doesn’t mean your force to display all of your other half’s things (I mean, it’s nice, but don’t feel like you have to). Rather, it’s all about mixing contrasting textures and materials. That contrast is what brings your home interest.
So look to mix wooden pieces with soft woven fabrics, leather with silk. Anything that feels like it should fight against each other, but actually works out beautifully.
DON’T MIX FURNITURE SETS.
This is something that I’m slowly doing in my home, partly because whilst we are looking to buy a house, I don’t want to buy new furniture until we do. A styling tip from Studio McGee that I’ve picked up is to neve match your furniture. You want to play with the different styles and shapes. So if you have a large bulky sofa, you’ll want to go for a thin framed chair or side table.
Having furniture that doesn’t match, but compliments each other very much brings together that look of perfect curation that everyone loves.
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MAKE THE ENTRYWAY A MOMENT.
One thing that I have noticed that Shea does is making a moment in the entryway. This is something I’ve tried to emulate in my home, even though I technically don’t have one. You want that statement when you first walk into a home, something that gives you a hint of your personality to guests, without you having to say anything.
Things to consider in an entryway is a surface to put things onto, a mirror or large artwork to make a statement, a fragrance to give your home a signature scent and finally, small decor items to complete the look.
UTILISE PATTERN & TONES.
I’ve always admired the way that Studio McGee plays with patterns. Whilst they love a neutral like me, it’s the way that they allow the accent textiles to bring pattern and pops of colour. You can never underestimate the difference these can make to a home.
When it comes to playing with these patterns, don’t be afraid to mix. Add a floral print with a graphic stripe or check. Again, make the eye dance and create some interest in your home.
VINTAGE, VINTAGE, VINTAGE.
Something that I’ve picked up from Shea is her love for vintage. Whilst buying something new for your home is exciting, it’s those vintage, one-off pieces that make a difference to your home. Recently, I’ve started collecting these pieces for my future home. Things that I don’t need right now, but know I would regret if I didn’t save them.
Mixing these vintage pieces with new furniture is that contrast that has been a theme in this post. The playing with the emotions of ‘should these go together?’ is what gives your home that designer look.
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