A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dream Home Makeover is a gentle home design and makeover series featuring the owners of a dual Utah-based business. It’s a promotional vehicle for the Studio McGee (an interior design firm) and McGee & Co (a furniture and decor business). Product logos associated with home renovation -- such as Benjamin Moore and Dream Cast -- are prominently featured. The word "crap" is frequently used. But overall, the series is mild, and sends positive messages about family.
What's the story?
DREAM HOME MAKEOVER is a reality series featuring Shea and Syd McGee as they run their Utah-based design business helping people improve their dream homes. After Shea posted Instagram pictures and YouTube videos of her redecorated home in 2012, her friends began to hire her to help them with their own homes. Now the couple owns Studio McGee, their interior design firm, and and McGee & Co., their furniture and decor business. From redesigning a home theater room to creating a living room in the loft of a converted barn, the couple re-imagines problematic spaces and transforms them into luxurious and comfortable areas to live in. Throughout it all, they are raising children while building their own home from the ground up.
Is it any good?
This mild, feel-good series features the McGees helping people make the most of their spaces in stylish ways to help enhance their family life. While Syd acts as the CEO of both businesses, Shea runs the creative side and is clearly the heart of the enterprise.
There are lots of voyeuristic moments featuring Shea and Syd interacting with their daughters. But these scenes are lighthearted, and they don’t veer from the makeover elements of the show. Ultimately, If you like home styling and makeover TV shows, Dream Home Makeover is worth tuning into.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the room makeovers featured on Dream Home Makeover. What are some of the ways the spaces are improved? Are there any tips you can take from the series to improve your own personal space?
The McGees owe much of their early success to social media, and now that they are established, they have a reality show that also promotes their businesses. What does their story tell us about the role of media in business today? Can all businesses become successful by following the path that the McGees tare taking?
What other home design shows do you watch or are familiar with? How does this one differ? What are some of the consistent elements seen in this type of programming?
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