Perhaps you aren’t yet one of Studio McGee‘s 700k followers on Instagram, so you have yet to discover their bright and airy interiors. Its founder, Shea McGee, sure knows how to make that California coastal aesthetic look so effortless! Today we’ve selected a beautifully layered great room from the Calabasas Remodel project to do a Room Breakdown. Once a garish ’90s style space with dated carpet and over-the-top drapes (think Kris Kardashian’s home videos circa 1992), now is a bright and airy space with eclectic decor from different stylistic periods. Here’s how to get the look:

Focus on the ceilings and floors to maximize potential: especially in older spaces where there was a tendency to create lower false ceilings, try to raise them as much as possible. Once you’ve done that consider ways to add depth and warmth. Studio McGee, for example, added white beams along the ceiling giving it a slightly more rustic vibe. She stripped out the carpet and put in continuous hardwood flooring all along both the seating and dining area for a cohesive look.

Offer many different types of seating options: a great room is a space meant for hosting and conversation. Too often we see families opt for oversized sectionals and matching club chairs. Just like this space, have various types of seating (sofas, armchairs, benches, and stools) to allow for flexibility. There are enough lounging options for more relaxed moments but you’ll also have spaces for guests to perch and move around if so desired.

Symmetry doesn’t mean uniform: if you take a closer look, you’ll notice that both sides flanking the fireplace are of equal height and weight, but they are not made up of the same furniture. Although symmetry pleases the eye, too much of the same can make your space feel staged. To get that effortlessly collected look, choose different items that visually equal each other in size.

To get the look of this room head to our slideshow to shop the round-up!