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Cover star, Shea Mcgee, hit our screens in 2020 in the Netflix show Dream Home Makeover. From that moment, Shea has never looked back, becoming a powerhouse design influencer. ele HOME chats to Shea about her career trajectory, family and design. Words: Katie Skinner Images: Supplied

During lock down in October 2020, I stumbled upon a new show on Netflix called Dream Home Makeover. It was everything I needed at that moment, escapist television filled with beautiful but attainable design, led by two warm and down to earth stars, Shea and Syd Mcgee. The series went on to be a huge juggernaut for Netflix and along with their successful homewares label, Mcgee & Co and design studio, Studio Mcgee, this couple have become design superstars.

Shea and Syd’s story to stardom is what dreams are made of. Looking at the couple, you would think they were made for television but it was not a clear path to becoming television stars. Shea graduated with a degree in public relations but soon found that her love of interior design was where her true passion lay. Shea started giving family and friends design advice which led to her first “real” paid project which was styling built-ins for a client. Syd and Shea then bought their first home in California which was in need of renovation. Shea began documentin­g the process on Instagram and from there things really took off.

As Shea’s online popularity grew, the couple were approached by other networks about making a show, but none of them ever felt like the right fit. ‘They always wanted Syd to be the contractor and he’s the CEO, so it didn’t feel authentic. We got a call from Netflix and actually created our own sizzle reel and presented it to them during our first meeting and the format was developed from there. They didn’t want to change who we are and what we do, so it was a very natural fit.’

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 ?? ?? Eldest daughter, Wren, has a bedroom of most girl’s dreams. The wallpaper is by Mcgee & Co. and the grey-blue panelling balances the warm and cool tones in the bedroom.
Eldest daughter, Wren, has a bedroom of most girl’s dreams. The wallpaper is by Mcgee & Co. and the grey-blue panelling balances the warm and cool tones in the bedroom.
 ?? ?? The William Morris wallpaper in ‘Pimpernel’ packs a punch in Ivy’s ensuite. The colour of the green vanity is pulled directly from the wallpaper and is finished with a mix of polished nickel and gold hardware.
The William Morris wallpaper in ‘Pimpernel’ packs a punch in Ivy’s ensuite. The colour of the green vanity is pulled directly from the wallpaper and is finished with a mix of polished nickel and gold hardware.

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