Cove Remodel Part One Photo Tour
05/20 Entry

Cove Remodel Part One Photo Tour

Tour the big living spaces of our Cove Remodel!

We’re kicking off our Cove Remodel with the big spaces. You might recognize this project because it’s the host of our Spring/Summer Catalogue! But you’ve never seen the before and afters (unless you watched the webisode), so this tour is still pretty exciting.

We were lucky enough to have an old client bring us back to take on this massive remodel!

Cove Remodel Part One Tour


This home was right out of the nineties with brown brick stucco and a tuscan interior.



Our clients are from the East Coast so we wanted to bring some of that to the West Coast. We did that by stripping all of the materials off of the exterior, and replacing the windows with white windows that had grids on them. Want to know more about the exterior? Just ask Garden State Lumber!! They were our go-to for these beautiful shingles that turned out better than we could have ever asked for!

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We framed out the porch window that was slightly off center before, and moved it over. We added moldings, shutters, trim and those Nucedar warm gray shingles.



When you walk in you see soaring ceilings that deserved something more.



We did paneling up the ceilings and finished it off with an elegant sconce. The staircase is custom, with a dark railing and detail on the stairs. You might recognize this entry as the example in our ‘How-To Create a Perfect Entryway’ post.


We styled a burl box on the Sonnet Side Table as a place for keys or anything you might need to store close to your entry. We kept with the light colors with a white vase and cool hex white bone beads. Then we contrasted with this big dark gray vase.

If you have room to add an ottoman or type of seating, do it! Here we used the Audrey Ottoman and made it feel super cozy by placing a fringed throw on top.

We used a Shady Lady/Bucida Buceras plant in our pretty Siona Baskets. Then we wrapped the whole thing together with the stunning Lourdes Patterned Rug.

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We nixed the secondary arch, and created a closed in sitting room for the piano. It makes better use of the space, and feels so grand with this french door moment at the entrance.


We went with lighting that was elegant but simple. The Regent Rectangular Sconce is so beautiful, with the marble plate. It’s one of the most bold pieces in the space and it really stands out in a cool way. The Dulcet Pharmacy Lamp has a charming, retro round shade that we can’t get enough of.

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The Artwork


The tone on tone texture in Snow Flurry 1 and Snow Flurry 2 is magic. It’s hard to tell in the photo how textured they really are!


Merritt Coffee Table

We can’t say enough about the Merritt Coffee Table. It is a true work of art, with the intricate tonal variations because the cast stone base is formed from a real tree trunk mold! The top is compiled of beautiful inlaid fossilized clam shells.





Should we start with the entire wall of french doors that line the living room?


Or maybe we’ll talk about how we stripped off the stone on the fireplace, and replaced it with beautiful cast stone. We broke up the creamy white (Swiss Coffee, Benjamin Moore) by doing arched built-ins in a light gray blue color (Gray Owl, Benjamin Moore).



The glam touches scattered throughout the home make all the difference. This mirror is so elegant, with soft curves, beveled edges and a simple pearl detail that surround it. We leaned it against the mantel for a casual effect.


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See that reflection in the mirror? It’s our Fontaine Offset Chandelier, which is on the McGee’s wishlist for their new home! It’s easy to see why. Its got the most interesting shape and it has a textured plaster finish.


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The changes in the kitchen were drastic. We completely switched the layout by moving the range and island, creating this focal moment between the two.


We used the creamy Swiss Coffee on the cabinetry, and used Calcutta marble on the countertops and up the backsplash.


We created a closet like pantry in this corner so the space was easy to walk through.


This charming dutch door is the best way to transition into the dining space.


Here’s the charming farmhouse dining nook. We started with an elegant chandelier, but took a casual eclectic approach by mixing the Jasper Chair and Catriona Chair. An indoor/outdoor rug is great for standing the test of time and staying durable.

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Studio McGee
  1. I love this transformation- such serene and livable spaces.! Would you share the paint color of the front door?

  2. Looove this makeover, you guys truly do incredible work! The homeowners are lucky they chose Studio McGee for their designer!
    Any chance you would be able to share the source for the marble subway tile in the kitchen? It is so stunning, would love to use it for my kitchen remodel.

  3. Absolutely stunning! Would you share the source for the fireplace surround? Please & thank you 🙂

  4. It looks beyond fabulous!! This has got me thinking of changing the layout of my kitchen as well – but where did you put the dishwasher and microwave? And are the only ovens the ones on that gorgeous range? Thx

  5. This is beautiful, Studio McGee!! I am about to order a Lacanche for our new kitchen and was wondering if the range shown above is the Faience color? I was leaning toward that color, but scared it will be too gray in my space. I’m aiming for that perfect "blue-gray" tone 😉 Thank you!

    1. Hi Suzie! Wondering if you went ahead with a Lacanche range? Did you go with the color Faience? Would love to hear your experience!

  6. Gorgeous job!! Especially the kitchen. Did you paint the cabinets in BM Swiss coffee as well?? We are looking for the perfect white paint for our kitchen.

  7. Is the floor white oak as well? The island looks like a clear or light stain. What color stain did you use on the floors?

  8. Such a beautiful remodel! The sofa in the sitting room, is that sourced through McGee & Co? I didn’t see it in the tagged sources, but it looks like the Jocelyn softa Thanks!

  9. Absolutely beautiful. Would u mind Sharing what material was used for the kitchen and dining room ceilings ? Thank you

  10. So lovely! Is there any chance you could share the make/model of the kitchen faucet? Thanks for sharing!

  11. Would you kindly share information on the island lighting? Can you envision using just one over a smaller island, or does it seem that two of these should always be together?

  12. Absolutely stunning! All of it! Please please share the details of that incredible flooring! Thanks so much!

  13. This home is such an inspirtation. Would you mind sharing where the rug is from in the family room? Do you stock it on McGee & Co?

  14. This is so gorgeous! We’re about to purchase our first home tomorrow (so excited) and I knew I had to turn to your team for design inspiration! Can you please share the exterior trim color as well as the shingle color of this home? Thank you! x

  15. Absolutely splendid! Thank you for sharing, in such detail, all the wonderful aspects that have gone into the remodel.. Could you possibly share the height of the kitchen ceiling and how you divided the kitchen cabinet doors (in height)? I have 9’ ceilings and am currently in the design stages of my “labor of love”. All my best.
    Thank you! Mrs K

  16. Hi Shea,

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for the inspiration! Can I please ask what paint was used for the front door? Thank you so much!!

  17. Hello, can you please share the paint color on the pantry door? Such a gorgeous, dreamy blush color! I’m a new reader here and am loving your blog and youtube channel – thank you for sharing your transformations!

  18. I’ve been going back and forth about using Swiss Coffee in my own home, so I was so happy to love this home and hear you had used it! In your opinion, for a west-facing home, does it turn pink or too yellow, or does it hold it’s own?

    Amazing work–of course I wouldn’t expect anything but that from Studio McGee! So timeless and beautiful.

  19. Hello! Would you mind sharing if the walls in the kitchen, molding, and ceiling are also Swiss Coffee?

    Thank you so much!


  20. I’m redoing my kitchen cabinets and really love what you’ve done here on this project. Could you share the color you used for the pantry door and island? The remodel is gorgeous!

  21. Would you please share the source for the front door? I am having difficulty finding a 6 lite door with a flat panel! TIA.

  22. Absolutely stunning! I am about to order my own Lacanche range and was wondering what color this range was?

    Thanks so much!!

  23. what is the grey blue color on the built ins I living room? so pretty!
    and can you share the source for that amazing dutch door! I am in love!!!

  24. I noticed the dutch door style is similar to another stained door in another remodel you did?
    Are they custom or can they be purchased from a manufacturer?
    Can we purchase with the help of Stuido Mcgee?

  25. I’m absolutly in love with the front door! I’ve so far contacted four different companies here in Sweden to find someone that can replicate it and I would give anything if you could tell me the height and width of the door since this would truly help us to get as close as possible to a perfect result! ?? I would be grateful for this every time I will open this door for the rest of my life!

  26. I love this remodel! I was wondering — is the window above the front door a faux window? Did you wall it up in the foyer? I ask because I purchased a home that has the same front porch set up with a two story foyer and exterior window that sits in front of the door. It’s creating one of those dreaded "plant ledges" above the front door. Do you have any recommendations for this? I’m afraid if I wall it up and make the window a faux, the foyer will lose a bunch of light. But I also hate hate hate the plant ledge! Would love some advice! Thanks! 🙂

  27. The Before and After are astonishing! I can barely make out why someone would have bought that house at all. What you’ve created is a beautiful home.

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