McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour
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McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

The full photo tour of our great room!

Out of all of the rooms in the McGee home,

the great room is where we spend the most time. We dreamt up this space long before it came to life, and we couldn’t be more grateful for our sponsors at Killowen Construction and Lemco Design for helping us make it happen.

Yesterday, we shared a webisode taking through the design process of this space, and today we’re sharing all of the nitty-gritty details.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

The Process

When you enter our home, you walk under the barrel arch and into our living room, which opens up to our kitchen and our dining room. Having an open concept floor plan that still felt like there were individual rooms was really important to us, and we couldn’t be happier with the final result.

Our walls are painted in Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore at 75% Strength.

Our entryway is very intimate, and the ceilings are about 10 feet high, but when you walk under the barrel arch and into the living room, they raise to 25 feet.

Before I knew what color our windows were going to be, what color paint was going to be on the walls, or any furniture we would use, I knew I wanted these huge wood trestles. They are structural, and they actually support our home. When they were installed, I was terrified because they had to crane them into position. Plus, they are douglas fir wood, and I was so nervous about matching them to our white oak floors.

Luckily, we worked with Killowen Construction and Lemco Design to create the perfect custom, cohesive stains on both our floors and trestles.

When we first started developing the plans, we had a flat wall above the fireplace. But with the size of this room, I knew we needed some added dimension. We ended up building the firebox out a little bit, so we had a break in the walls that carried all the way up, and I love what it adds to this space.

It was really important for me to do built-ins on either side of our fireplace. I had this idea that we would do steel door built-ins, so we had the same guy that helped us with our banister make these custom, heavy-duty, metal doors.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

Next, we did a shiplap on the backside of the built-ins to coordinate with some of the shiplap that we have throughout our home in the mudroom, laundry room, dining room, and master.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

The shiplap ended up creating a really great backdrop for showing a lot of our new and old treasures. A lot of these decor pieces are from McGee & Co., and then I have a few vintage pieces mixed in as well.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

One question we get a lot is, “Why did you put the tv above the fireplace?” Syd would not have stood for a small TV, he wanted a larger one, and The Samsung Frame TV is great because I could put a wood frame around it and then pick a photo to display on it, so it looks nice even when we’re not watching it.

Another question we get is, “Why would you want a tv that high above the fireplace?” Because this is a pretty large room, when we’re sitting down, we’re sitting back far enough that you don’t even have to crane your neck. Also, I love to watch tv while cooking and doing the dishes, and I can get a really clear shot of the TV in the kitchen because of its height.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

Our fireplace was custom built-in these sections in Texas, and each of them is several thousand pounds. It took forklifts and cranes to piece it all together before it was assembled on-site, but it was so worth it.

It’s a natural stone, so it gets a lot of these pretty, natural imperfections in the pitting throughout, and with the size of our ceilings, I feel like it holds a lot of weight in the room.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

Between our exposed tressels, we suspended a 72-inch diameter chandelier. We needed something substantial enough to fill the space, and I wanted it to have a simple shape, so it didn’t distract from the trestles. This chandelier from McGee & Co. was the perfect fit, and I love that it kind of pulls you into the center of the room.

The Furniture

Let’s talk about furniture. I always start with the space plan. Before I select anything, I like to lay out the flow of the room. Because this is our only living space, and we do not have a formal living room and a casual living room, I wanted to blend the two styles together.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

I started with the Hale Sofa from our upholstery collection at McGee & Co., it is just over 100 inches long, and has this great bench seat. I really like bench cushions because they are so comfortable, and nobody falls between the cracks when the whole family is sitting on it. Plus, I think that the light color really keeps the room feeling bright and airy.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

We get a lot of questions about how we handle this white couch with our kids. Because it’s made from Crypton, it’s very cleanable. It’s not like a linen fabric where if you blot it, it might show some spots. I can basically scrub it clean with no damage.

Another question we have gotten a lot is about our lamp cords. Because we built a custom home, we were able to do floor outlets under our sofa, so we run that cord under there and hide them.

I really like to mix patterns in pillow combinations, so every single pattern on the pillows here is different. I usually start with the sofa that faces the focal point in the room because it’s the most used piece of furniture in the room. Then, I build out the rest of the pillows on other pieces from there.

We absolutely love our ottoman. My kids jump off of it, and we play games off of it all the time. It is so comfortable, and I love the linen, stone washed fabric on it.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

Next, we went with the Reese Curved Sofa. I had this vision of this curved back sofa in this beautiful velvet forever and wanted to bring it to life. When we’re doing different types of seating in a room, I don’t like everything to be super leggy or really bulky and have no legs, I think it looks nice to mix them. So we did one sofa that has taller legs, and then this one extends all the way to the floor.

One other nice thing about having a curved sofa in this spot is that you walk behind this sofa and it’s beautiful from all sides.

This pedestal in the corner really brings the formality to the casual, formal mix. It’s a design element that I’ve never tried before, it’s a very designer-y thing to do, and here I am trying it out. I love that it adds a sculptural element to the room.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

We designed our Beckett Chairs to have a wood frame, separate cushions, and then this beautiful caned back.

We had a lot of upholstery that wasn’t mixed material upholstery, and I wanted to add in some wood tones in this space. These chairs are great because they’re comfortable, but they don’t have bulky arms to take up a lot of space.

I also love that when you walk into our home, you see the beautiful canned detail of the chairs.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

The Textiles

Creating an atmosphere is all about layers. I have been holding on to this vintage rug for years, but it needed one more layer, so I placed our Girona Woven Rug underneath it. I wanted to incorporate two tones that felt neutral, so the jute didn’t become too warm in this space. When layered, both rugs create this warm, creamy look that ties everything together.

I love this jute rug in particular because it has this cute stripe on the end. So, it looks good alone and also works really well when layering.

McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

When layering two rugs together, we’d suggest going one size apart. So, if you have a 9×12, go a size down on your vintage or patterned rug on top. 

I really like to mix patterns in pillow combinations, so every single pattern on the pillows here is different. I usually start with the sofa that faces the focal point in the room because it’s the most used piece of furniture in the room. Then, I build out the rest of the pillows on other pieces from there.

Demi Floral Stripe Pillow Cover
Abbey Silk Fringe Pillow Cover
Devin Silk Stripe Pillow Cover
McGee Home: Great Room Photo Tour

Thanks so much for joining us in our living room! Stay posted for our next McGee home tour coming soon: the master bedroom!

For any questions you may have that are not answered in this post, watch out for an Instagram live in a couple of days where we’ll go over even more!

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  1. Would you share the name of the stone mantel manufacturer in Texas that you used? I didn’t see it linked.

  2. Beautiful room. Curious, what size console table did you use behind the main couch? Is that table available from McGee?

  3. Can you share the source of the brass knobs on the built in doors? Love the shape and size of these . Actually love the whole space, beautiful as always!

  4. Everything is absolutely beautiful. Could you share the sq ft of that living room please? Working with an architect right now with our home plans.

    1. Hi, Teri! 75% strength means that we toned down the color slightly because we loved the shade but it felt a little too bright, and the one bellow it was too dark. Most paint stores will customize the paint for you when they are pouring if you ask. 🙂

  5. Love every detail about this space! The video tour was great, but I am just curious what the hallway to the left of the fireplace leads to…if you don’t mind sharing that is?

      1. Thank you so much for all the time and effort invested to respond to our questions. We are in the middle of a build in Canada and the advice and feedback you provide is so appreciated by my husband and I. We always look forward to your webisodes…and make a wine and cheese night out of it 🙂

  6. I was also hoping you might share some more details on IG live about the frame you built for the tv?

    1. You can purchase a frame for the Frame TV. It comes in a light stained wood, dark stained wood or white.

        1. Can you tell me what frame and where you purchased it for your tv ? Having a hard time finding a frame for the tv

  7. Allow me a humble comment: I always thought that America was a country of exacuration and kitsch. And (luckily) then, she (Shea) came.

  8. You build beautiful rooms. Simple but complex. I know you said when having two, different sofas you pick different legs. Can you share any other advice about mixing styles in one room. I have a camel back sofa with curved arms and exposed legs in a cream leather. I would like to replace the matching love seat with a different sofa. Do I need similar arms? I gather from your comments that the new one should have a skirt and be in a stain resistant fabric.

  9. Stunning. Thank you for sharing.

    What color trim did you use? Was it the same as the paint? If so did you use a different sheen for the trim than the paint on the walls?

    Thank you!

  10. Someone already asked fr the name of the fireplace stone manufacturer and I would also Like to know as well. Also, can you share how wide the shiplap you used at the back oof the built in shelves are? They are the perfect size and would love to know.

  11. Do you not have a TV or do you have a media room elsewhere in the house? I see so many beautiful living rooms that have no television. They LOOK great, but honestly I doubt any of us would actually do without a TV altogether in order to achieve perfect aesthetics.
    Andie T.

    1. They have a tv above their fireplace! It’s one of the picture frame TVs. She talks about it in the post!

  12. I live in Texas and would love to know who you used for the fireplace mantel. We are currently building and I would like to see if they are a possibility for us.


    1. This might be too late, but check Materials Marketing. They fabricate stone fireplace surrounds, and do amazing work. I’m not sure that’s where Shea sourced her fireplace, but I’d bet it is! Good luck with your build…from a fellow Houstonian!

    1. We absolutely love our ottoman. My kids jump off of it, and we play games off of it all the time. It is so comfortable, and I love the linen, stone washed fabric on it.

      She said this about the ottoman and has it linked!

  13. Perfection! Could you please tell us about the custom mix you used for the floors? I would like something similar for a wall of built in floating shelves we are doing against dark walls. I like that your color is light and warm but not orange or yellow tones. It’s a nice neutral. Thanks.

  14. I love your style. What a beautiful room. You have 2 darling gray bells in your built ins (bottom shelf). Can I ask where they are from? I absolutely love them.

  15. I’m loving the room tours of your beautiful home – devouring every word and picture! I love that you placed your TV above your fireplace. Can you tell me where you put all the TV accessories like the cable box, speaker, etc? Could you put them in the bookshelves next to the fireplace? Thank you!

  16. This is so beautiful! On the pedestal – is that a plant or stems and what kind please? Thanks!!

  17. I love this space so much. You’re a master at mixing textiles. I know you shared the ones available at McGee & Co., but are you able to share any of the other sources for the pillows on your sofa? I just adore the combo 🙂

  18. Could you tell me the material of your fireplace mantel. And what company you used to make it. Thanks! I love everything about your house!

  19. I feel so inspired by looking at your house, it’s truly mesmerizing! Also, while reading I came up with my own ideas to decorate my room to match my decor and aspirations…. Thanks a lot!

  20. Could you please tell us about the “French doors” that are sliding or folding doors? What brand of window?

  21. Would you share the manufacturer and model of your faux logs for the fireplace insert? They’re beautiful!

  22. Just beautiful! I love that you placed your TV above your fireplace. I’ve been wanting to do that too, but can you please tell me where you put all the TV accessories like the cable box and video games.

  23. You are a great designer!!’ Coukd you tell me about your wood floors ? What they are and the color?

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