Book Review: Shea and Syd McGee discuss interior design, romance and entrepreneurship in new book ‘Make Life Beautiful’

Syd and Shea McGee's best-selling book "Make Life Beautiful" is available now. (Gloria Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

“Make Life Beautiful” is a story of Shea and Syd McGee who became partners to form their empire called Studio McGee.  Their journey started as “consulting.”  Shea began going to her friends’ homes and suggested design concepts and formed blank walls into the latest design.  From pillows, framed wall art and layout furniture design, she began building her dream.

While taking design classes at a community college, she rearranged her friends’ homes with impeccable taste and style for free, with hopes of starting her own business.

The book reveals her journey from her California lifestyle, while Syd, her surfer dude boyfriend, documents their struggles trying to make it in sunny California.  With mounting debt, she sold her belongings and decided to move to Salt Lake City, Utah.

The two of them launched their business, called Studio McGee, while working tirelessly day and night.  They had other jobs, while going to school and had two children to boot.  They lived and breathed Studio McGee.  As their design portfolio began to grow, they formed an online home design brand, and they were just warming up.

With Syd as their chief operating officer, Shea says success isn’t life without struggles.  With a vision of affordable home design, their firm made a definite statement in the interior design industry.

Now their home collection is located at Target stores nationwide under the name Threshold.  Syd and Shea McGee are also stars of the “Dream Home Makeover” on Netflix.

“Make Life Beautiful” is a book of interior design, romance, entrepreneurship, with some added humor.  The story is truly inspiring.  I enjoyed it.


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