Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
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Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover

Some of our favorite tidbits from Season 3

We love a good highlight reel.

Whether you’re all caught up on the latest season of Dream Home Makeover, or have yet to watch it through, we’ve already reflected back on some stand-out tips that are not to be missed. Season 3 saw a handful of unique home remodels, each catered to a family’s style and story. But the design concepts from every episode can apply to so many scenarios — including your own home.

Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover

Coastal California Kitchen Remodel

“If you buy boxed cabinets, do a custom hood and some shelving that’s unique, and that will take it to the next level.”

– Shea McGee

One way to make a tract-style layout and finishes feel designer is to create a focal wall with counter-to-ceiling wall tile and a custom range hood. Budget for the extra materials to stretch your backsplash tile all the way up, and dress up the stove with a distinct hood, which can serve as a grounding element for the entire kitchen.

Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
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Rectangle Breadboard
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Seagrass Wrapped Glasses (Set of 4)
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Charlie Check Tea Towel
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Glazed Stoneware Cloche
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Seafarer
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Gray Stoneware Berry Bowl

Light, Cozy Cottage Remodel

“In Mary’s bedroom, we decided to dress the bed with layered linens, a little bit of pattern mixing on the textiles, and adding that quilt into the space…it made all of the difference.”

- Shea McGee

Mary loved the idea of a white and bright space, which gave us a narrower palette to work within. But in such tonal color schemes, there’s even more room to play with texture and pattern for added interest. Between Persian-style rugs, window pane print, and woven throw blankets, this cozy space ended up displaying plenty of visual dimension.

Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
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Floral Block Print Quilt
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Ruffle Linen Shams (Set of 2)
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Hazelton Mushroom Fringed Pillow Cover
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Broken Weave Cotton Throw
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Suzie Pillow Cover
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Ruffle Linen Duvet
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Allaire Hand-Knotted Rug

Modern, Moody Basement Remodel

“It feels counterintuitive to go dark in a basement, but if you have a small area that’s a little bit more isolated, it can create an intimate and cool vibe.”

– Shea McGee

This basement theater ensures that the big screen is the star of the show. Saturated with grayish and deep blue hues, the room’s dark palette appears across the built-in, molding, tapestries, and even the ceiling. Then, wispy wallpaper ties it all together — a bold choice that gives the room some edge and interest.

Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
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Lazio Rug
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Salt + Sea Candle
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Zia Round Basket
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Dawson Ottoman
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Meryl Pillow Cover
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Deep Brown Stoneware Bowl
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Liam Double Flange Pillow

All-in-One Primary Suite Remodel

"When we’re picking finishes for a bathroom, we want to keep them classic so they don’t date really quickly.”

– Shea McGee

Limestone and glazed terracotta tile materials seem to transcend time, and they fit well in various settings. Semi-permanent surfaces, like floors and walls, serve as your decor’s foundation, so going with versatile options gives you flexibility to make updates down the line.

Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
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Thompson Hand Towel
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Shea Liquid Soap
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Bath Brushes
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Caldwell White Bath Collection
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Barton Sandstone Canister

Statement-Making Living Room Remodel

“We tied in a lot of antiques to give character and history to this space.”

– Shea McGee

It can be tricky in bright, open-concept layouts to add depth to individual areas. Throughout this space, we ended up keeping the dark wood floor and beams to contrast with the updated lighter wall color. Then, incorporating unique textiles and furniture pieces brought it together by injecting some personality.

Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover
Essential Design Tips from Dream Home Makeover

Elevate your space

Find pieces from Dream Home Makeover for your own home.
Shop Netflix Projects
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Katie Globe Pendant
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Neroli & Vetiver Candle
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Clouds at Dusk
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Toulon Table Lamp
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Mira Pillow Cover
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Monet: Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Wick Trimmer
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