Next up on our photo tour through Studio McGee’s latest project, the Hilltop Estate, is the home’s cozy and relaxed family room. “It’s a more casual space, the everyday hangout,” explains Shea, also the dictating factor behind the choice to place a sectional sofa in the room. “It’s very livable and comfortable; nothing too precious,” she adds, “It’s put together but not too fancy.” See more of the space live as Shea guides us through the room in webisode two, as well as a photo tour of every last design detail below.



To create a more comfortable lounge space, replace a coffee table with an upholstered ottoman.


Hilltop Estate Project: Family Room

In order to not block the flow into the adjoining hallway, Shea and the design team opted to place a single chair at an angle, the Beckett Chair from McGee & Co. On the opposite side

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It’s a universal truth that black and white botanicals will never go out of style. Art trends change from decade to decade but black and white botanicals remain timeless. Think of drawings by Matisse, charcoal and line art, or florals painted in high contrast black and white.

Thankfully appealing artwork is affordable and available from multiple sources. I spied this black and white botanical print at Anthropologie and it’s dramatic but wow is it expensive. There are so many other beautiful alternatives out there for much less. I introduced two new black and white art prints to my my print shop below. I also rounded up more black and white botanical favorites from online retail sources and Etsy shops.

New in my shop:


stem in shadow / bouquet noir


I also have this classic pair that I sketched last year, I love this set framed and displayed together.

leaf sketch

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