Many people dream about leaving their careers behind to travel around the world, but Garrett Gee and his wife, Jessica, made that a reality three years ago. After Snapchat purchased Garrett’s mobile scanning app for $54 million in 2015, the Gees knew it was finally the perfect time to unload all that they owned in Utah to move forward with their adventure.
Now that they’ve explored more than 60 countries with their three small children in tow, the Gees, who are known on social media as , have . And what better place for a family of jetsetters to call home than a 80-year-old beach bungalow in Hawaii?
For the renovation, the family turned to Andy and Candis Meredith of the . The Merediths, who also appear on HGTV’s Old Home Love, documented the entire renovation of the Gees' Hawaiian home for a Home Love Network that aired this summer. Each episode featured the ups and downs that came with renovating a different room (each space is inspired by a different country the family visited), and in the series finale, the Gees finally saw their completed property.
Here’s a look inside the Gees' home, which is mostly furnished by the show's sponsor, Wayfair.
A major challenge was designing each room with a specific country in mind. "The biggest thing for me was it could go very themed, very fast," says Candis Meredith. "I only wanted to pick two or three things that were reminiscent of a country they visited." For the master bedroom, the focus was kept on the canopy bed and minimal accents, including a Moroccan rug, star-shaped pendants, and an upholstered headboard with a scalloped silhouette and nailhead trim.
Haylee Arch Upholstered Panel Headboard, $142
The highlight of the Brazilian-inspired kitchen are the bold green cabinets, which the Merediths chose to complement with a subdued backsplash. On the color choice for the cabinetry, Candis says, "Andy and I specialize in historic homes, and when we restore a historic kitchen, we often find a bright color. It's fun to see how bright cabinets were in old houses. It is trendy, but it's something that has been done for a long time."
SMEG Fridge, $3,000
While Candis says the Gees trusted her design expertise completely, she admits that they did have one request for their kids. "They wanted their kids to share a bedroom," she says. The Merediths made that happen and opted to outfit the kids' bedroom with custom built-in bunk beds, an orange and white striped rug, and a blue dresser.
Tarpon Orange and Ivory Area Rug, $40
The Tanzania-inspired guest room, which is complete with a reading nook, is one of the most themed rooms in the entire house. "The black and gold palette and grasscloth used for the walls remind you of Africa, but you could walk into that room, change the photos, and it could be [inspired by] anywhere."
Papyrus Texture Wallpaper, $0.52/sq ft
In addition to the green kitchen cabinets, another bold moment in the home is the master bathroom, featuring a vibrant patterned tile. "It's a different world in that bathroom with that crazy tile and massive tub," says Candis.
Hoffman Ribbed Wall Mirror, $328
The Gees are serious about fitness so they had to have a dedicated area to pursue it. For the gym area, Candis found inspiration in old-time gyms in India, which, she says, were "super simple and functional." A chalkboard wall was chosen to make the space feel bigger. "It also added a little fun for the family with the ability to draw what they want," she says.
Dovercliff Bar Stool, $43
The living and dining rooms are the only spaces that aren't designed around a specific country. "They're inspired by the world, and the family's love of culture and travel," she says. And out of all of the rooms, the dining area, which features statement wallpaper boasting a floral motif, a crystal chandelier, and historic art, is the one space that most reflects Candis's aesthetic. "I'd have a room like that in my beach bungalow," she says with a laugh.
Pengrove Dining Table, $1,570
The goal for the living room was for it to feel spacious, as it's open to an ocean view. "Because they are so close to the water, the whole room feels like it is floating over the water," Candis says. The space also has three distinct areas for the family to enjoy: a spot for a television (which the family has decided not to include for the time being), a sitting area, and a spot to play games.
Maize TV Stand, $250
With three small children, it was crucial to have an area for lounging and spending quality family time. Here, pillows add comfort to a wooden bench that accommodates storage baskets. "We call it turtle tower because if you sit there for more than two minutes, you’ll see a sea turtle," Candis says.
Evelyn 3-Light Shaded Chandelier, $227