See how a Galveston, Texas, guest house was transformed into a charming, airy abode. Shop this home in our boutique! To update this 1970s home in Galveston, Texas, designer Cathy Chapman has turned it into a charming, airy abode. At the entrance, framed black-and-white prints of boats at sea reflect the waterfront location and set the stage for the home’s vintage, nautical aesthetic. In the kitchen, glass cabinets add cottage style, while metal and wooden stools and antique lighting give the space an industrial, decorative edge. A slim console and table fit nicely in the narrow dining room. The checkerboard-painted floor, which appears throughout the main level, makes a dynamic impact and is easy to keep clean. The living room is elegant and low-maintenance, with washable tan denim slipcovers that are perfect for kids and company. The antique chest in this bedroom is faux-painted and sealed with a crackle glaze. Along with the graphic print on the curtains, it brings visual interest to the room’s neutral color palette. In the smaller bedroom, hooks along the wall help with limited storage, and the tall headboard makes the ceiling feel higher. At the back of the house, outdated sliding glass doors have been replaced with French doors and second-story windows to show off the panoramic views of the inland bay. By maximizing small spaces and adding vintage charm, you can transform a older home into a welcoming guesthouse like this one. Find more renovation inspiration at

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