"Dream Home Makeover's" Shea McGee Reveals Feeling Guilty Over Career Switch in New Memoir

Danielle Harling
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Photo credit: Studio McGee / Instagram
Photo credit: Studio McGee / Instagram

From House Beautiful

Fans of husband-wife duo, Syd and Shea McGee likely came to know the couple from their Netflix show Dream Home Makeover or even their design company, Studio McGee. But they might not be aware of the many obstacles the couple overcame to garner streaming fame and solidify their spot in the design world. Released in late October, their memoir Make Life Beautiful details exactly that.

In a series of Make Life Beautiful excerpts obtained by People, both Syd and Shea recall their lowest and sometimes most humbling moments.

According to Syd, there came a point where "We cut out everything that wasn’t mortgage or food, and even with that we had a strict grocery budget." Even with their strict budget, the couple was swiftly "losing ground" financially.

"But no matter how much we cut our expenses, something always came up," Syd shared. "We started using the credit card for emergencies, which turned into using the credit card for anything we couldn’t cover at the end of the month. We were losing ground quickly, making my lack of contribution even worse."

For Shea, who quit her public relations job to pursue design, there were times when a sense of guilt hit hard.

"I was angry at myself for failing to provide basic necessities for my family," she wrote. "I was ashamed that I cared what other people would think. I felt sick knowing we would have a safety net if I hadn’t been so focused on spending all our money to build my portfolio."

Make Life Beautiful was released on October 27 and is already a New York Times bestseller. Both Syd and Shea McGee can be found on Dream Home Makeover, a home makeover show which premiered on Netflix in October.

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