Studio McGee Spec Home

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Studio McGee Spec Home
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It’s the Red Ledges community outside Park City, Utah, where Studio McGee’s first spec home project is based. Just minutes from the slopes, the vibrancy of downtown Park City, and the Wasatch Range where opportunities to connect with nature abound. This is a study in classic Studio McGee styling.

01

Entryway
A grand welcome

Starting in the entryway, “I wanted it to look like oak,” Shea explains. Seeing as to oak’s price tag, Shea opted instead for alder wood, which mimics a natural oak with a custom stain. “I wanted this entryway to give you a big, warm hug” and welcome upon walking in.

02

Living Room
Defined by wood and stone

In the living room, you’re greeted with stunning double beam vaulted ceilings, a design element that caused ripples in Shea’s design plan. With two other stain finishes visible in the space, Shea choose to match the ceiling’s wood with the kitchen cabinetry. The fireplace features the same limestone you’ll find on the exterior of the home. A rich overgrout is a good way to add character and a sense of history to a new build.

“We did a curved hearth, fun fact when we installed this I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but now that all the furniture is in I’m so glad that we did it.”

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03

Dining Room
Seating for eight

In the dining room, the windows are dressed with full drapes to fill the edges of the room and the windows are painted a soft white, the same color as the walls, to bring depth and a sense of warmth. “I didn’t want the contrast to be in the windows,” Shea notes, but rather “in the rustic wood floors.”

“We decided to dress these windows with really full drapes to fill the edges of the room, and focusing on the texture in here was a great way to not overcomplicate the amount of pattern textiles that we had going on in the space.”

04

Kitchen
Open concept cooking

In interior design, symmetry is achieved when both sides of a composition mirror each other, and the visual weight of your design is perfectly equal.

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In the kitchen, Shea created symmetry by framing the hood—”it’s an opportunity to make a statement,” Shea says—and adding floor-to-ceiling cabinetry that looks more like a piece of furniture than a kitchen functionality staple, “like a chest,” Shea explains. A recessed pull differentiates the piece from the traditional kitchen cabinetry used elsewhere in the kitchen.

“The other part of this layout that’s really unique is a long stretch of cabinetry from the kitchen all the way into the pantry,” she explains. “Instead of having a pocket door or some sort of division it is all connected, so you get this beautiful view when you are standing in the great room.” When designing the pantry, Shea intentionally constructed the visible corner cabinetry to be beautiful at all times and placed the less-sightly food storage around the corner, with a mix of open and closed shelving. A plate wall is a “nostalgic look we’ve been incorporating into a lot of the homes we’ve been designing,” says Shea.

The cabinets throughout the kitchen are a mix of styles—flat, inset panel on the drawers and a raised, beaded profile on the doors—but they’re all finished with antiqued brass knobs and handles. “The wood tones tie this piece into the rest of the kitchen but the [recessed pull] hardware is what sets it apart and makes it feel like a thoughtful detail.” Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams is used on all of the cabinetry, paired with a natural, matte stain on the island’s wood. “I love that you’re getting tonality in the kitchen with a mix of creams and beiges. It ties into the stone we have throughout the rest of the home.”

There are two different backsplashes used throughout the spec home’s kitchen. “It’s a thoughtful mix that makes it feel like a higher-end kitchen,” Shea notes. A cream-toned Moroccan zellige tile outfits the space behind the range. A soldier course detail—when tiles are applied vertically at the bottom to create a border—helps to “shake it up, create interest, and give a glossy quality throughout,” Shea explains. On the wall behind the pantry side of the kitchen, the same stone used throughout the rest of the home is carried all the way up to the ceiling. “It’s textural and organic and adds so much earthiness to the space,” she adds. “It feels like this home belongs in the mountains.”

A good design tip for kitchen lighting is to utilize multiple sources, including ambient, task, and accent to create a visually and functionally balanced space. In the spec home’s kitchen, a mix of brass island pendants, and three antiqued brass flush mounts and an articulating sconce that relates back to the cabinet’s hardware.

A last-minute construction change to flip-flop the main sink with the prep sink ended up being one of the best decisions in the kitchen. “I’m so glad we [changed them],” says Shea.

05

Primary Suite
A spa-like retreat

“I love to finish off a bed with a bench. It helps everything feel more complete.”

Shea McGee

Starting in the primary bedroom, Shea explains “the goal in here was to keep it serene but honor the rustic nature of the rest of the home.” Playing up the rustic side of those is the wide wood paneling running the height of the walls and across the ceiling. The wood features lots of character with knots and holes, “we didn’t want it to be smooth, clean, and modern,” Shea adds. A thin layer of Natural Tan in Sherwin Williams amplifies the character of the wood by not masking the flaws. “You’re getting the softness from the light, putty color and getting the rustic texture coming through.” Exposed wood beams were custom stained to match the ceilings in the great room.

McGee & Co.’s linen-draped Henrietta Bed was the perfect companion to the space, though with the soaring ceilings the headboard didn’t measure up. “We added large-scale artwork above it in a pair and it perfectly fills that space,” Shea explains. “If you’re working with a bed that has a lower height, you can fill the height visually with artwork above.”

One last tip from Shea before we move into the primary bathroom. “I often see people place their rugs in their bedrooms way too close to the nightstands. The goal is to fill and ground the room. When you pull the rug down, you give more visual interest at the foot of the bed which makes your room appear larger,” she explains.

“When designing, I like to find purpose in every corner.”

Shea McGee

The stone from the bedroom’s fireplace is carried into the primary bathroom, carrying up the entirety of the wall behind the freestanding soaking tub. “We wanted to make sure the bathroom was still connected to the bedroom,” Shea explains. “The continuity is through the putty color on the cabinetry, the wood on the ceiling.” Nods to the rest of the home are introduced through the marble countertops and the dark grey limestone tiles. One of the really special details of the primary bathroom is the marble-trimmed vanity mirror with the scones mounted on top.

“In the shower, we did one of the coolest details we’ve ever done,” Shea exclaims. A Carrera marble brick lay is accented with a border of stacked marble liners “to create a reeded detail on all sides,” she adds.

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Primary Suite

06

Office
Downtown brown

Moving into the office, Shea is quick to note that she’s been itching to paint a room a rich, brown color and the spec home, seeing as to it is client-less, was just the opportunity. “I love how it turned out,” she adds. Details like a thin molding, custom built-ins, and unique brass sconces make the room feel cozy and elevated.

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07

Guest Suite
A mountain getaway

“In primary suites I like to keep it more sophisticated, but in guest bedrooms we can be a bit more playful,” Shea explains. In the first guest suite that’s done by introducing a mixture of patterns. Underneath a display of toss pillows, the window seat is treated with a slab of oak. “It was a splurge, but we were able to save by not doing custom cabinetry across the entire window seat.”

“My favorite part of this bedroom is the bathroom because I love the color of the vanity,” Shea says. Grizzly Gray by Sherwin Williams is a deep charcoal shade that plays into the dark grey limestone tiles that are used here and elsewhere in the home. A pair of McGee & Co.’s Oslo Mirrors in dark walnut “tie into the floor stain that is used throughout the home,” Shea adds. “I love that it adds richness.”

A ceramic tile in the shower is elevated by a border of marble, which “makes it feel more high-end,” Shea explains.

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Guest Suite

08

Nursery Suite
For the little one

The Morris & Co. x McGee & Co. Sunflower Porcelain Wallpaper is the first thing you see when you enter the second guest bedroom that Shea and the design team staged as a nursery. “It’s a neutral color which is very versatile, it can be dressed up or it can be dressed down,” she notes. Though there is pattern on the walls, Shea and the design team chose to incorporate pattern into the drapery. Windsor Stripe Tailored Pleat in Taupe from The Shade Store works because “the color palettes work together,” Shea explains. “The pattern play keeps it interesting.”

The nursery’s ensuite bathroom is “a bit moodier than the room that adjoins it. I love that transition from light to dark,” Shea says. The palette of the bedroom is tied into the bathroom through the grey and cream Moroccan Zellige floor tiles. Wood cabinetry pulls and a mix of open and closed storage keep the vanity from feeling too heavy. Tiling all the walls in a smaller bathroom “packs a big punch,” Shea ends with.

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Nursery Suite

09

Powder Bathroom
A jewel box

The “little jewel box” powder bathroom features the Marigold Umber Wallpaper from the Morris & Co. x McGee & Co. collection. “It is the statement in this room,” Shea says. “The other statement is the floating vanity,” she adds. The custom piece has a smooth, oak wrap with a curved edge around the sides building the shape of the vanity, topped with a Calacatta marble top with a custom, curved backsplash and unlacquered brass hardware from Kallista. The antiqued bronze Josephine Mirror from McGee & Co. hangs above. “It has a nice, subtle curvature to tie in with the backsplash,” Shea notes, “I always look for those moments of connection in design.” The ceiling and trim are done in Ivory Lace from Sherwin-Williams.

10

Utility Spaces
Laundry and mudroom

“The perforated detail on the cabinets feels old-school and new at the same time.”

Shea McGee

“The floors in here are one of the highlights of the entire home,” Shea says immediately stepping into the space. “It feels classic and fresh, which is everything I wanted to do in this home.” Beneath your foot is a checkboard pattern of Calacatta marble and limestone tiles. “We wanted to depart from the grey and white or black and white we’ve been seeing a lot,” she explains.

The walls are covered in beadboard finished in Natural Tan by Sherwin-Williams, with a darker hue—Sand Beach by Sherwin-Williams—on the cabinetry. Small touches are carried throughout for a dramatic reveal. The black stone countertops are carried up the wall for a backsplash, burnished brass cupboard latches from Rejuvenation elevate the cabinets, and curved brackets give sophistication to the exposed shelving. An asymmetrical window is the perfect moment to bring in a piece of art. This one is Shadowed Shore 1 from McGee & Co.

Underneath a farmhouse sink, Shea and the design team used the space to bring in a touch of traditional design that elevates the room. “This little curtain is a style we’re loving right now,” Shea adds. “Nostalgia will always be cool, but it feels especially cool right now.” See it and other design trends we’re loving in 2023.

Laundry rooms, Shea notes, “are a great opportunity to go bold and custom.”

“This color feels organic and natural and speaks to the scenery outside the windows.”

Shea McGee

The mudroom is “the most beautiful shade of green,” Shea exclaims of the Forestwood by Sherwin-Williams color that wraps the entire room, and “the wall of windows is my favorite. I love the light that it brings.” The same limestone flooring from the home’s entryway is carried throughout this space. McGee & Co.’s Hopper Indoor/Outdoor Rug is the perfect companion to the space, “I love that the color of the grey in the rug has a green-ish/blue-ish undertone to it that ties in really nicely to the cabinetry,” Shea adds.

Above, the Cesta Linear Chandelier from McGee & Co. mimics the elongated shape of the room and helps to dress up the space. Tall cabinets call for long drawer pulls. These from Rejuvenation were decided upon by looking at the scale of the doors and the functionality of the space. “Having a pull in an area like this that’s very high traffic is really practical,” explains Shea.

“When we’re designing mudrooms we always ask our clients how many lockers they need,” explains Shea. Given that there’s a dedicated coat closet just outside this room, Shea and the design team chose to keep the cabinetry a mix between closed and open. “It gives you a place to sit down and put your shoes on,” she adds.

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02

Living Room

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Sheba Side Table

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Primary Suite

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Henrietta Bed

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Giada Floor Mirror

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Knole Chandelier

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Claussen Tencel Sheet Set

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Sketched City Street

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Mind Division II

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Fringed Alpaca Throw

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Mind Division IV

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Meditation on Clouds

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Office

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Guest Suite

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Nursery Suite

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