Get inspired! Located in Beachtown, on the sandy shore of Galveston Island, this house has a timeless style you'll love.
Elizabeth Raines Beeler Writer: Abigail B. Millwood
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Inspired by Galveston's rich architectural past, San Antonio-based architects Michael Imber and Brandan Moss designed a Carpenter Gothic-style home, taking into consideration the necessary elevation requirements.
The duo maximized the number of windows in the project, flooding the house with light and ocean views. They also added a cupola, which brings light into the interiors and allows for natural ventilation when the doors and vents are open.
Atlanta-based interior designer Susan Bozeman anchored the living room with slipcovered furniture and plaid rugs that unite all of the colors, then added accents such as a cork table and custom pillows appliquéd with sea life. "We used sand tones, soft blues and greens, and a little pop of aqua on the lamps for contrast, so everything didn't seem the same," Susan says.
Positioned right on the ocean, our Beachtown Idea House required building materials that could withstand the humid weather and harsh coastal elements. Because prime outdoor living space was a must, the team selected a decking product made of cellular PVC. Though it has the look and grain of real wood, the material resists mold, scratches, and even wine and food spills. The trim on the house is composed of the same PVC-based material.
In the kitchen, the team focused on details to achieve a classic beach cottage look, choosing a farmhouse sink, beaded-board accents, vintage-style pendant lights, and engineered wood floors with an authentic hand-scraped appearance. Streamlined white cabinetry, with a mix of solid and glass-front doors and open shelving, enhances the cottage appeal and makes items easily accesible.
To soften the space and to stay consistent with the color scheme in the adjoining living area, Susan hung paisley draperies in soft blue, green, and sand tones. But because the room gets ample natural light, she also installed woven shades to filter the early-morning sun.
The blue-and-green vine-pattern fabric inspired this room's sophisticated look. "The colors were just so soft and pretty—I thought they would make for a wonderful guest room," Susan says. She had the headboard upholstered in the fabric and made a bed skirt to match, then had linens custom made with borders in corresponding colors.
Susan filled the room with dainty, feminine details, including curvy bedside tables and lamp shades trimmed with glass beads. On the windows, she "kept the curtains unlined and flowy," combining blue gingham draperies (edged in a green version of the same pattern) with white twill Roman shades.