Shea's Stylish Happy Home Office

Shea's Stylish Happy Home Office

Bethany Nauert
Oct 21, 2013

Name: Shea McGee / Interior Designer
Location: San Clemente, CA
Size: 10x12 feet
Years lived in: 2 years

Interior designer Shea McGee and I have been following each other on Instagram for a couple months now. As I watched the progression of her home design through the web, I knew I wanted meet her and photograph her home. Shea's home office in particular was a perfect mix of her style — integrating function, organization and personality.

Shea's love for decor and design started as a passion project when she was constantly asked to help decorate friends' homes. Once she realized she had a knack for a specific style, she officially launched her business and has since gained clientele and accolades from the other women, wives, and mothers of San Clemente.

I'm so excited that Shea is growing her name locally, because her talents are really equipped for a much wider range. Soon I believe her business will be flourishing. What I loved most about her home office is that she kept it minimal but it still exudes her personality and taste. I loved the dual his/hers desks and the wonderful little balcony attached, perfect for a workday in the Southern California weather.


Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Bright, clean and eclectic. I like my home to feel happy – pretty, but not too serious. I love to mix styles and eras.

Inspiration: My husband and I share our home office, so balancing feminine and masculine elements were paramount. We started on neutral ground with matching whitewashed elm desks and leather task chairs. My husband’s side is no fuss and all about the large constellation map we had framed. My side is constantly changing with new projects and sources of inspiration.

Favorite Element: Can I pick two? First, I love that my desk is just a few steps away from my baby girl’s nursery. Second, my inspiration board. It’s just a simple linen-covered board from Pottery Barn, but it is filled with the things I love to look at all day – pictures of my family, quotable quotes, and client projects.

Biggest Challenge: The wall color! It took me three tries to get it just right. I started with white and landed on a blue-gray that makes the bookcases pop and adds just a tad bit of drama to a tiny room.

What Friends Say: “Need an assistant?”

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: Behind those closet doors is a mess of fabric samples that desperately needs to be organized.

Proudest DIY: I’ve had one too many DIY disasters in my time – my husband has made me swear them off!

Biggest Indulgence: Although this was the most budget conscious room in our home, we splurged on the custom framing for the map and it was worth it.

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to use a saturated color in a small room! And go wireless as much as possible so you can hide away the printer/scanner/cords.

Dream Sources: 1st Dibs, DWR, ABC Carpet & Home, Mecox Gardens, Jayson Home and Garden

Resources of Note:

Tech Hardware:

  • Apple iMac
  • Apple Macbook Air
  • Apple AirPort Extreme
  • Canon Scanner/Printer



  • “Pewter“ – Benjamin Moore

Accessories & Artwork:


Thanks, Shea!!

(Images: Bethany Nauert )

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