Inside the McGee Home Refresh Dining Room

Join us for a deep dive into the refreshed dining room of Syd and Shea's Utah dream home.

16 February –

Join us for a deep dive into the refreshed dining room of Syd and Shea’s Utah dream home. Here are all the design elements and the decisions behind them.

As in all the other refreshed spaces, Shea wanted to add to the existing design rather than take anything away. In the dining room, the issue was that there was nothing on the walls to separate it from the kitchen in which it opens into. Structurally, Shea added half walls with “side lights” or windows in them because it didn’t close off the flow, but it provided some separate so that the dining room feels like it is its own room. Combined with the coffered ceiling that was already there, it feels dressier and more defined. Read on (and watch the webisode below) to hear Shea’s design decisions behind the space.

The Wallpaper
A 17th centrury plant pattern.

The wallpaper in this space was a decision Shea went back and forth on. After not being able to find the perfect one that felt “like it was growing up and over the windows,” Shea decided to scrap the idea entirely. Weeks later she went back to the idea and ordered a ton of samples to pin up and analyze. “This Pierre Frey wallpaper was a fabric sample I had for years and loved, when I saw the wallpaper I knew it was the one,” she said.


Swiss Coffee

Aside from the Pierre Frey wallpaper, every other surface—wall, trim, and ceiling—is painted in Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore at 75% strength. 

“It’s a leafy, floral vibe. I would wear this pattern; I would decorate in this pattern. I love that when you walk into our home you can look back into this room and see it.”

Shea McGee

The Furniture
A few collection pieces.

“I wanted to try out some of our new McGee & Co. pieces” in this space, said Shea. She first fell in love with the Orville Extension Dining Table, noticing how the clipped corners paired perfectly with the edges of the existing pendant hanging overhead. And with it being an extension table, “I knew that I could expand the table and add a few more guests when hosting,” she adds.  

“On the dining chairs, I loved the cottage, homey feel on the back. I leaned into that look by adding cushions from our Target collection, mixing high and low,” Shea explains. A pair of McGee & Co.’s Sascha Slipcover Dining Chairs in white linen cap both ends.

Underfoot, the diamond jute rug is one of Shea’s favorite new pieces from McGee & Co. Its dimensional pattern adds visual interest, and its jute material sets an organic (and durable!) tone.

Date Posted
16 February