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.

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Learn to compromise. Meeting in the middle can lead to interesting results—like the shiplap walls here that combined the wife's hankering for modern, clean design and the husband's love of rustic touches.

Bring in custom pieces. Outfitting your home with finds from your favorite stores is fine, but mixing in one-of-a-kind pieces, like a custom headboard or coffee table, is a great way to make your home unique.

Focus on floors. For one change that can make a big difference, look down. Swap out dated carpet or tile, or refinish worn wooden floors for an instant upgrade.

Be selective with lighting. Opt for quality over quantity when it comes to lighting—a statement-making chandelier will often be all you need in a space.

Consider your viewpoint. Think about what you want your design to achieve before dressing your windows: Use voluminous drapes for a romantic feel, or choose Roman shades for a streamlined look.

The rug is from Pottery Barn. The Philippe Starck Ghost stools are from Hive.

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