This Beach Bungalow Is the Perfect Mix of Vintage and Glam
Sometimes even a vacation home can use a change of scenery. This Galveston, TX, getaway got its inspiration from the owners' favorite vacation spots: the Beverly Hills Hotel and Palm Beach. In came the planked walls, lacquered surfaces, kicky colors on furniture and ceilings, and fun patterns. They wanted the look to be nautical, but not cliché.
Reconfiguring some spaces also made new use of the vacation home. They took out a built-in desk and bookcases and replaced them with a color-drenched nook for napping and reading. A loft area became another fun hangout, decorated with vintage paint-by-numbers and a turntable ready to spin some vinyl. In the end, the look brings the play of sand and surf indoors.
Hawaiian-theme paint-by-numbers and a waterfront scene detail the loft. These touches represent everything the owners were striving for—vintage and color. The green couch signifies the pop of color the homeowners were looking for upon remodeling, along with a multi-colored area rug.
This nook was once a built-in desk but now exemplifies fun with bright colors and fun patterns. Vintage lights from a Coast Guard ship hang upside down above the reading nook for task lighting with flair.
The home's surfaces remain neutral to let the bright colors shine. In the living area, a chevron rug adds a big pattern splash. Classic shiplap lines the walls. The woven blue stools are made of rope, a subtle nautical nod.
Striped vinyl chairs and chandeliers that mimic beach glass allude to the locale in a classy, simple way. Since the walls are painted white, the accent colors within the dining room aren't overwhelming, but rather fun and welcoming.
The kitchen’s framed vintage bathing suits are a special decoration to the owners, and an inventive way to add the beachy, playful vibe. The blue cabinetry is the perfect shade to complement the nautical theme. Open shelving with pastel barware invites guests to sit and sip.
Skateboards purchased in the gift shop of the Beverly Hills Hotel (the room’s inspiration) are now artwork in a bedroom. An apple-green ceiling brings another dimension to the room and a great pop of color in an unusual place.
Formerly outfitted for kids, the bunk room now features twin beds that also play host to adults. The toile fabric counters the casual surfboard and life preserver used as art. This is another great space that was reconfigured to be as useful as possible to the owners and their guests.
The mint-green primary bedroom is a sophisticated twist on beach style, with a bayou photo that sets the room's quiet tone. Wallpaper on the ceiling cozies up the large room and is yet another creative way to decorate with pattern.
The whimsical pineapple wallpaper and bright pink color scheme in this bathroom screams Palm Beach. The lacquered vanity and inlaid tile floor give the room more personality. Bamboo mirrors continue the preppy vibe found throughout the home.