Our Best Coastal Makeovers

The best before and after coastal makeovers.

Galveston Bay Home Makeover

A design duo turns a fixer-upper on Galveston Bay into a nautically inspired beauty, perfect for a sea-loving family.

Galveston Bay, Texas: Before
Photo: courtesy of the homeowners

Galveston Bay, Texas: Before

When two sailing enthusiasts had to temporarily table their dream of building a boat in order to raise their young crew of four, they set about looking for a new adventure. And that's exactly what they found in an aged, lackluster house on Galveston Bay in Texas. While the home's dated tile, dingy walls, and cobbled-together furnishings (which came with the house) were a far cry from the picturesque home the family envisioned, they were up for the challenge of making it their own.

First, however, they would need some experienced hands on deck, so they reached out to designers Elizabeth Munger Stiver and Amy Munger, who got to work, bringing in warm pine for the floors, statement-making shiplap walls, and well-curated furniture that is both pretty and practical. Here, handy makeover tips to craft a home that's ready for anything.

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