Exclusive: The ‘Dream Home Makeover’ Stars Reveal the Popular Home Trends To Try—or Retire—in 2023

Exclusive: The 'Dream Home Makeover' Stars Reveal the Popular Home Trends To Try—or Retire—in 2023

Ever marvel how skilled designers enhance for the vacations—and past within the new yr—when it’s out with previous tendencies and in with the brand new?  “Dream Home Makeover” stars Shea and Syd McGee have been type sufficient to share what their very own house appears to be like like, and what to anticipate in 2023.

With greater than 250 dream houses accomplished and counting (the fourth season of their hit HGTV present premiered earlier this month), these Salt Lake Metropolis designers have a agency deal with on what’s sizzling—and never—when it comes to house decor.

To assist present some inspiration and steerage for furnishing your individual abode, the McGees revealed their holiday decor must-haves, weighed in on the endurance of in style design decisions—from open ground plans to all-white kitchens—and picked the perfect tendencies to attempt in 2023.

How are you adorning for the vacations this yr?

Shea: Greenery in every single place! I adore it a lot; that, and a few fairly ribbon. This yr I added dried oranges to our tree and combined that in with our collected ornaments from through the years. I like wreaths, not simply on the door. I like to put them on our vary hood or over a window.

Syd: And on the again of the seats.

What’s your stance on fake Christmas timber?

Syd: Fake sho!

What about coloured string lights?

Shea: If that’s your factor, that’s nice, but it surely’s not…

Syd: … our factor.

Season four of "Dream Home Makeover" includes a personal project for Shea and Syd McGee.
Season 4 of “Dream Dwelling Makeover” features a private undertaking for Shea and Syd McGee.


What’s your favourite improve in your house?

Syd: The skate ramp space subsequent to the health club. You could find me down there most instances.

Shea: We now have a half-pipe in our basement. That was our settlement: I can design upstairs, [Syd] can do all of the issues down within the basement. The kitchen is my favourite as a result of we spend a lot time there. I get pleasure from cooking, I like internet hosting, and actually it’s the center of every little thing.

Is there any a part of your property you continue to need to renovate?

Shea: [There’s a] closet behind double doorways that’s empty. I take advantage of [the room it’s in] for my studio, however I do know that for resale worth, it will be smart to have a toilet hooked up so somebody may use [it] as a visitor suite, so we’ll be including a toilet.

What are the commonest design and decor errors you see?

Shea: The size being off. Plenty of instances after I’m strolling into [a client’s] house, it’s like every little thing’s too small. Normally, individuals purchase too small as a result of they’re afraid it received’t match into their house, however then it appears to be like jumbled as a result of they don’t have stately items that floor the room.

I additionally suppose individuals get too caught on tendencies. When you can inform precisely what yr the house was constructed, then it’s most likely an indication they leaned too onerous into too many tendencies.

Shea and Syd McGee survey their clients' home to get a sense of their style on "Dream Home Makeover."
The McGees survey their purchasers’ house to get a way of their fashion on “Dream Dwelling Makeover.”


When you have been to make a time capsule of things that outline 2022 design, what would you set in it?

Shea: We’ve seen conventional design actually take middle stage on this previous yr, which I personally love, but it surely additionally means we’ve seen plenty of wallpaper. I believe that you’d see wallpaper, classic accent stools, and [vintage] console tables.

Shea: We’re nonetheless going to see plenty of conventional design. And I believe that we’re seeing maximalism—plenty of layered sample on sample on sample. That’s thrilling for me; I believe it’s actually enjoyable. I like neutrals, however we’re seeing extra colour as effectively. I like to pair conventional and fashionable items and throw in some classic into the combination. I like a layered and textural aesthetic.

Will open ground plans stay in fashion?

Shea: It’s cool to say that they’re out, however all of our purchasers nonetheless need them. I believe individuals [still] need some open areas of their house. However we’re previous the time the place you stroll into the door and every little thing is all one room.

What’s your stance on traditional all-white kitchens?

Shea: I nonetheless love them.

Syd: I don’t like them. I’m over it. I like colour and distinction within the kitchen.

A completed kitchen renovation shows off the McGee's design style on "Dream Home Makeover."
A accomplished kitchen renovation reveals off the McGees’ design fashion on “Dream Dwelling Makeover.”


As mother and father and designers, how do you steadiness a clear design with the litter that always comes with having children?

Syd: A lot of baskets and many drawers to place issues. We put the home to sleep each evening. Our children know that, they clear up, [and] we clear up our important residing house.

Shea: We simply cover every little thing away after we can. It will get messy all through the day, after which on the finish of the evening, it’s like, throw every little thing again into these baskets. And I like closed storage.

Shea and Syd McGee pose with their children in front of the family's renovated Airstream trailer.
The McGee household in entrance of the Airstream trailer they renovated


What’s your technique for accessorizing a house with out crowding the house?

Shea: Discover a actually stunning piece that features effectively for you as a result of then you’ll be able to depart it out and it nonetheless appears to be like good. A salt and pepper shaker, for instance, you’ll find an attractive one.

We now have purchasers who’ve so many private image body photographs, and I believe you’ll be able to have these, however slim down the photographs. If in case you have a shelf, put just a few there, but it surely will get cluttered whenever you begin doing quite a bit. Cut back slightly bit.

What’s your greatest recommendation for hiring the correct designer?

Shea: You’ll want to have a look at their portfolio and ensure the work they’ve finished previously resonates with you. If it does, then they’ll be capable to get the search for you. You additionally have to know your working fashion. When you want somebody holding your hand in individual, then undoubtedly look regionally. Plenty of designers [also] journey or work remotely, so in the event you can’t discover somebody in your space that basically speaks to your design fashion, look outdoors of that [because] the world has opened up plenty of digital alternatives.

“Dream Dwelling Makeover” is streaming now on Netflix.

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