It’s Studio McGee’s Six Year Anniversary!
09/18 Lifestyle

It’s Studio McGee’s Six Year Anniversary!

A timeline of the six years that built us

It's the sixth anniversary of Studio McGee, and we can hardly believe it!

To celebrate, we're sharing a timeline of the years that built us, from a spare bedroom to an overflowing (virtual) office and everything in-between.


Shea’s always been interested in design and decides to start taking design classes from her local community college.


Employee count: One! Shea starts her design journey remodeling her own home and sharing each step of the process on social media. In her new book, “Make Life Beautiful,” she shares even more about the stories and humble beginnings of Studio McGee. 

Location: Southern California

June 18, 2013:

Shea announced her business, Shea McGee Design on instagram!


What life looked like: Shea running all parts of the business. From actual design work to ordering, and even billing.

Employee count: Two! Welcome Syd.

Location: Southern California

July 2014:

We announce that Syd is joining the team! Syd was at a pivoting point in his marketing career, and Shea was getting more and more clients. Syd took on the business side, so Shea had time to be creative! This is also the time they coined their signature “Make Life Beautiful.” 


September 2014:

Team McGee begins work on one of our first, big projects: The Modern Mountain Home! This is the home that was featured on Arch Digest, and has been reposted hundreds times on instagram!



What life looked like:

How many employees we had: 11

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah!

Instagram Followers: We hit 150,000!

January 2015:

The McGee’s took a risk, and moved to Utah to give Studio McGee their all. They sold everything and moved our small family to Salt Lake City! Here they are in their first studio in the downtown area. See the photo tour here.


"My favorite thing about Studio McGee is the team feels like one big family. The fondest memories I have were when we were at the old office. It was small and intimate, and you could hear and see everyone at all times, and we would have discussions and conversations as a whole office. It was so much fun." - Michelle Kim, Sr. Manager of Customer Experience

June 2015:

The launch of Studio McGee Home Collection. It featured pillow designs by both Syd and Shea!


October 2015:

We’ve already outgrown our space and start working on our next office space, located in Holladay, Utah!


December 2015:

We welcomed baby Ivy to the McGee team!



How many employees we had: 28

Location: Holladay, Utah!

Instagram Followers: we hit 300,000

We move into our new office! Tour that space on the blog here.


Modern Mountain Home:


Windsong Project:


July 2016:

We launch our Youtube! We start with a series called “House to Home” and kick it off with a teaser:

And then we showed you how me made our rental feel like our own:

August 16, 2016:

We launch McGee & Co.!! We announced: “We’ve handpicked our favorite pieces to create a shop that embodies Studio McGee’s signature style: bright, clean, and collected. It features tailored pieces mixed with organic elements that are both classic and modern.“


This picture of Wren walking into Heritage Mercantile is really special. The McGee’s had no idea that one day this would be our future McGee & Co. store!!!!



How many employees we had: 39

Location: Holladay, Utah / Costa Mesa, CA

Instagram Followers: we hit 600,000

Our first ever catalogue! It had a cozy, winter holiday theme. You can still view it online here!


“My favorite thing about Studio McGee is the people!! I love coming to work and being surrounded by some of the smartest, funniest, most talented people I know. One of my favorite memories is of Christmas time in 2017. It was my first year with SM and we had our first BIG company holiday party at an amazing restaurant downtown. The team decorated everything so beautifully and we all had such a blast! The icing on the cake was a lovely hand written card from Syd and Shea. I will always remember the night with such a feeling of gratitude and love. And yes, I still have the card!: - Teresa Keck, Sr. Director of Customer Experience


How many employees we had: 55

Location: from Holladay to Lehi, Utah! / Costa Mesa, CA

Instagram Followers: we hit 800,000

April 21, 2017

We opened our storefront! It was a last minute opportunity we couldn’t pass up, and we were so in love with our little shop in Costa Mesa, California. See the photo tour and read more about it, then watch the webisode!

Recognize this door?


We outgrew our Holladay location, and relocated yet again! We took the office to Lehi, Utah. You recently shared the photo tour on the blog! (It only took us a year to shoot the space)


The McGee’s begin working on our own home! After years of making homes for others, they finally got to start working their our dream home.


How many employees we had: 80

Location: Lehi, Utah / Costa Mesa, CA

Instagram Followers: We’re at 900,000


The happiest of site visits!


“I love walking into a beautiful space every single day, whether it’s our office space, or a clients home. Nothing feels more rewarding than leaving a home (or a life) more beautiful than you found it.” - Kristine Metcalf, Director of Visual Merchandising

“One of my favorite things about Studio McGee is the diversity of projects. I’m consistently in awe of all the beautiful, yet unique, spaces that the team produces project after project.” - Ruth Yohannes, HR Director


How many employees we have: We’re up to110!

Location: Lehi, Utah / Costa Mesa, CA

Instagram Followers: We hit 1 million this year! We’re at 1.3 now!

This year we worked on and finished more dream projects, completed The McGee Home, wrote a book, launched our partnership with Threshold for Target, and will be releasing a show! (more details to come on that soon).


We got to shoot our winter catalogue in The McGee Home! You can see the full digital version here.

5 Years of Studio McGee!

Syd & Shea in front of the completed McGee Home exterior in McGee & Co.’s Summer Catalogue.


The McGee Home Kitchen tour!

“I love working at Studio McGee because I always feel like my work and my creativity are valued. Everyone is so vocally supportive and appreciative of each other’s contributions.” - Laura Smith, Visual Content Producer

5 Years of Studio McGee!

The cover of our first book! “Make Life Beautiful,” comes out in a little over a month and we couldn’t be more excited!

“My favorite thing about Studio McGee is all the kind-hearted and extremely talented people we get to work with. I remember my first week of working at the company, being blown away how appreciative, warm, and supportive everyone was towards me and my work. Almost three years later, I still feel the same! Happy 6th Anniversary, Studio McGee. Cheers to many more years!” - Madison Mansfield, Executive Assistant

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  1. OMG! It’s so amazing what you, Syd and the team have accomplished in just 5 years. You all are so inspiring! Congratulations on all of your successes and I can’t wait to see your new show! Val [Orangetree Interiors]

    1. Thank you so so much! We’re so grateful you took the time to write this, sending all the love to you and Orangetree Interiors!

  2. I just love shea, you can tell that this is such a learning journey for her and yet she has created such a successful business with a signature look that is timeless and beautiful. I’m inspired by her because she’s not afraid to let viewers see her process and this gives me such confidence that I can pursue my dreams no matter how scary they are, infact the learning is the process most people go through but are not willing to show. Congratulations on 5 years and establishing many more. I will start today and maybe we’ll meet in the future. God bless studio McGee!

  3. I can’t wait!!! I’m new to McGee and have fallen in love with everything you guys do. This celebration was so nice to see and to learn the history behind your company. Looking forward to more in 2020.

  4. It has been so fun to watch Shea and Syd grow together. They are both multi talented and I get excited every time I get an email showing there’s something new on the blog. Shea’s sense of style is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for allowing all of us on the journey with you

  5. Your story is so inspirational — thank you for sharing this adventure with us! Shea, your style is impeccable and you + Syd make a great team!

  6. It was an honor to be apart of the McGee team for a time! You two are something! What a hard but beautiful climb it’s been to watch!! Can’t wait to see everything keep unfolding!
    Becca L.

  7. Congratulations on all your amazing accomplishments over the last five years! It’s been so inspiring following along seeing your hard work come to fruition from projects to videos (I remember the one of the first about different countertops) to getting to look forward to a show! Congratulations on all your successes and cheers to many more! 🎉🥳🎉

    1. Wow, sounds like you’ve been around for the long haul! SO grateful for your support this whole time! Sending all the love!

  8. Shea, Syd, and Team McGee, you are my happy place after a long work day when the kids are tucked in for the night. You are the space that fuels my creative spirit and reminds me of how much peace it brings to look at beautiful spaces. Everything about this site is gold! Congrats on your years of hard work and dedication. So grateful for all you do! Cheers to all that is to come!

  9. Congrats!! It’s been such a pleasure to see your business (and family) grow from So Cal to your move to Utah and the office spaces! I feel like I was a part of the journey – even from afar. Looking forward to seeing the completion of your new home and what lies ahead for you and your family. ❤️

  10. Loved this so much! After watching “The Intern” with Anne Hathaway for probably the 20th time, it occurred to me that this movie might also have had an impact on you as well. The office had a number of similarities , especially with those hanging pendants everywhere!
    I loved this movie…can’t wait for yours to come out!

  11. I am so happy for you! Your journey inspired me to open my own business after posting the renovation of my home. Business really took off when a little Instagram account called “Studio McGee” reposted a picture of my foyer. You grew my little account of 200 to over 1000 in one day. This was 2 years ago and I am still at it. You are an inspiration and I can’t wait to see what comes next for you this year. 😊

  12. Congrats on all your success! I first saw you on YouTube, talking about paint colours. You’ve been such an inspiration ever since. ❤

  13. Congratulations, Studio McGee! Love you guys, one of my main inspirations! Can’t wait for the book to finally come out so I can be more inspired!

  14. I’m overjoyed for your success and truly inspired. Your journey is raw and beautiful. You have done some much in 6 years. I hope to one day be on my road to success in this home decor and design space in which I am motivated by Studio McGee. Thank you for sharing a snippet of your story and I look forward to the book.

  15. Thanks for sharing your journey! Your work is beautiful ❤️ I’m at “year 2013 “ and excited to see where I’ll be in 7 years! You inspire me🙂

  16. What an honor it has been to be a spectator in this amazing companies growth! In 2013, I was sitting in a glider, rocking my baby during his naps, and to pass the time I scrolled through Instagram and read blogs. That would be the first time I came across Shea’s work, and ever since I’ve been hooked. Rooting for you guys all the way, and can’t wait to see where this empire you’ve created takes you all. Congratulations Studio McGee!

  17. I’m so glad I found out about Studio MeGee/McGee & Co. last year and I must saying I’m enjoying everything and looking forward to more in the coming years.

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