Fun Galveston Beach House Tours – Part I

Jul 18, 2016

With summer upon us, I thought it would be fun to look at some beach houses, and being in Houston, what better place to look for beach interiors than Galveston! The historic city, best known for the catastrophic 1900 hurricane, has been rebuilt several times since and has more than 30 miles of beaches!!!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Anniversary Trip - Hotel Galvez

John and I recently went down to Galveston as a last-minute getaway for our 29th anniversary!!! We stayed at Hotel Galvez, the historic landmark and treasured beachfront hotel that’s been around since 1911. My grandmother used to stay there!! It’s now owned by Wyndham Hotels, and they’ve done major renovations and added spa facilities in recent years.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Anniversary Trip - Dinner at Rudy and Paco

We ate at Rudy & Paco, located on the strand, for our anniversary meal – the food was amazing! They specialize in grilled seafood and steak with a South and Central American flavor. I will definitely be back!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Anniversary Trip - Meiomi Chardonnay

Being a chardonnay lover, I tried Meiomi at dinner and really loved it! It was fun to see that the vineyard is really close to where my husband’s father lives. Perhaps it was the wine, but after I came back from our mini vacation, I searched through lots of the Galveston homes on the market (I always find HAR to be a fun way to look at interiors). I found quite a few gems with a wide range of styles I wanted to share with you. Maybe you can pull a bit of beach décor into your own home’s interiors!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Italianate Ornate Style Mansion

They call this home an oasis, and boy, is it ever! This lush two-acre property right in front of the Gulf features a beautifully-appointed Italianate-style house.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Ocean View

You’re greeted with an ocean view and a fab porch!! I can already imagine sipping my morning coffee while surrounded by the sound of waves crashing against the shore!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Italianate Ornate Style Staircase

The winding staircase and white walls take on a clean and minimalist style, offering a lovely contrast to the dark floors and ornate accessories.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Italianate Ornate Style Shell Mirror

Even with the 100-degree weather, this fireplace is enticing! And I love the elaborate mirror with the coral and shell border!!! Great way to bring in the beach vibe without sacrificing the Roman style.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Italianate Ornate Style Bedroom

The high ceilings and large footprint make this bedroom feel so grand and open. Definitely a room fit for a princess!!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Sleek Modern Bright Living Room

Quite the contrast to the last home we explored, this abode has a posh contemporary style! And if you’re in the market, the furniture is being sold with the house!! The white furry rug, sleek cabinets and leather furniture set a great backdrop for the bright pops of turquoise and green.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Lush Tropical Modern Bedroom

The same color scheme continues in the master suite of this Caribbean resort. The addition of plants and coral brings the tropical feel into the intimate space.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Orange Bedroom

This guest room mixes things up with an orange theme. Notice the fun layering of different graphic patterns – chevron, circles, and rectangles!
Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Beachy Bathroom with Pelicans and Starfish

Here’s a bath that feels oh-so-beachy! This bathroom does a wonderful job of incorporating different textures and materials into one space, again mixing up shapes.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Acrylic Frames

Now, this is a cool framing idea!!! Acrylic frames have become so popular, and as a lover of Lucite, I’m loving this trend! Letting the wall show through really helps the art pop.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Beachfront Patio

But the best part about this home is the ample patio space!!! And you really can’t beat this view!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Colorful Hammock with View

Every foot of this beachfront house has been put to great use. Offering so many outdoor seating areas, this wonderful house for entertaining captures the essence of resort-style living!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Living Room White Slipcovers with White Wood Walls

If ornate European and colorful contemporary aren’t what you expected from a beach house tour, I think this next one may suit the bill… This gorgeous transitional style home keeps to the more quintessential idea of “beach house.” Love the mix of white planked walls and natural wooden elements in this comfy family room!!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Beach Kitchen White with Blue Accents

The kitchen retains the white walls from the other area, but the brilliant blue island and mosaic backsplash give it such a fun personality! The light fixtures and leathered granite add a touch of an industrial feel.

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House -Bedroom with Bay View and Porcelain Wood Tiles

The master bedroom offers some of the best bay views of the house!!! The porcelain “wood” flooring can handle plenty of wear and tear in a sandy beach house while still offering the elegance of a wooden floor. Notice too how the ceiling harkens back to the kitchen and family room walls!! Lovely!

Segreto Secrets - Galveston Beach House - Extra Sleeping in Hallway Nook

The built-in daybed and big couch offer perfect sleeping quarters for young kids. What a fun way to accommodate more guests!

Hope you enjoyed touring through these three homes!! Next week, I have a few more Galveston beach houses to show you so stay tuned. Till next week!

xo, Leslie

  • cindy hattersley
    Posted at 10:13h, 18 July Reply

    Now I am ready for a beach vacation!! Thanks for the tour!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 08:00h, 21 July Reply

      I am always ready for one of those! Have a great week!

  • Olive Reed
    Posted at 17:53h, 18 July Reply

    What lovely homes, but right on the beach!! I lived in Galveston from 1961 through 1964. Survived hurricane Carla. So many homes on the beach were washed away. I would be very apprehensive about building such lovely expensive homes there. But thats me, Have to take some chances in life I guess.
    Love, love love you blog.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:59h, 21 July Reply

      That must have been so scary to be there then! I think I’m with you! You are so sweet to follow the blog! Thank you so super much! xo

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 22:04h, 18 July Reply

    that was a fun tour, leslie! pinot noir is my fav. esp if it comes with italian food. i see a beach house in my future but will settle for the woodsy cottage and desert oasis for now. i am absolutely good with 100 degree weather and hardly break a sweat in it, so bring it on. have a lovely week, friend.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 07:58h, 21 July Reply

      Goodness I wish I could say the dame about not glistening in the 100 degree heat here!! My husband is the same as you!!! xo

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