Published on September 28, 2020

Netflix wants to one-up your obsession with looking at before-and-after images of room renovations. The streaming service has partnered with Shea and Syd McGee, founders of Studio McGee, to create Dream Home Makeover, a new series launching October 16 that follows the husband-and-wife design duo as they transform people’s spaces.

Whether you realize it or not, you’re probably already familiar with the couple’s work. Perhaps you picked up a cozy striped throw from their Target collection or saved one of their white kitchens to your Instagram folder. Or maybe you’ve already seen them in front of the camera (the pair has been releasing their own webisodes on their blog for a while now). You don’t have to wait until next month to start getting to know the McGees better. Read on for three trademark renovations they almost always incorporate into their projects. 

The Drip-Edge Sink

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Courtesy of Studio McGee

This subtle addition, found in most Studio McGee–designed kitchens, is a huge lifesaver when it comes to cleanup. A small lip underneath the sink, either made out of stone or wood, catches spillage that happens when you’re doing dishes and helps protect your cabinetry. 

The Go-To White Paints

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Sherwin-Williams’s Alabaster reigns high on Shea’s all-time-best white paints list. Thanks to its calming, creamy undertones, this warm off-white works best in bedrooms, she suggests on the company’s blog. For the kitchen, she’s likely to go with Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace (a crisp shade that works well with black) and Swiss Coffee (a soft, golden white that’s not too yellow when used at 75 percent strength).  

The Built-In Upgrade

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Courtesy of Studio McGee

The couple’s trick for elevating basic storage is the perfect combination of form and function. A rolling ladder allows for easy access to hard-to-reach reads, but it also gives an office or living room old-world library vibes. More bright ideas await this October. 

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