Friday, June 11, 2010

My Historic Island Home as Featured in Better Homes & Garden Magazine

I loved this home. (Actually, I still do, as it probably best reflects who I am -- from a decorating standpoint, as least to date.) We got to enjoy it for three years before heading off to explore new areas (both on and off the island) and tackle other beckoning real estate projects. It is a raised Queen Anne house built around 1892 in Galveston, a barrier reef island located just off the Texas coast. A survivor of the infamous 1900 Storm, it conveys good karma. How could it not: The original owner -- a petite German woman and her husband -- took in some 150 people the night that storm hit. The next morning, according to an notation made in the family's bible --  she made 300 biscuits to feed her hungry neighbors and friends. 

Better Homes and Garden Magazine photographed this house two or three days before we closed on our sale to a Houston interior designer (who fell in love with it primarily because it reminded her of a family home she once had up around Brenham, Texas.) 

Amy Panos wrote the story, and Brian McWeeney took the photographs. Of course, it was raining cats and dogs the day he and his assistant arrived. So, trying to achieve consistent lighting was challenging. I remember that . . . . Plus, I was moving boxes from here to there to make room. Anyway,  I love sharing it with you today, as it conjures again some great memories for me:







Now, that you've had the tour, does my header look familiar? It's from a different angle in the sitting room, which flows into the dining room. I know someone had asked recently if I still had the furnishings seen in that little sitting area. Well, no . . . the buyer bought it. I may show more photos of this house on down the road, along with our kitchen redo. 

A funny thing happened recently. A woman from northern California came into our shop in Colorado and told me she had gone to a doctor's office and happened to pick up this issue (2007). Maybe they need to update their subscription (ha).

Thanks again for visiting and allowing me to take a walk down memory lane. 

18 Responses to “My Historic Island Home as Featured in Better Homes & Garden Magazine”

Gypsy Purple said...

I love those chair covers!

So glad you got to do this before selling the home. Everything looks great. I can't wait to see just what you do next.

Clementine said...

Truly lovely. So elegant, but it has a warm home feeling. Great job.

Maya said...

Gorgeous home..., and I think the shag rug is such a great touch, somewhat unexpected.

What a gorgeous home! How amazing that it was shot just days before selling! Bet the new owners were kinda thrilled to see it in print too!

The Zhush said...

This is just beautiful...from the header to each and every image..totally enjoyed your trip down memory lane!

What a jewel, Susan! The style is clean, crisp and timeless. And what a fantastic ceiling. Brilliant!

So I am assuming this little gem, unlike so many other Galveston historic homes, did not come with its own ghost, since the owners survived the storm.

So pretty! LOVE those dining room slips. And the tall walls - wow! Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories.

La Boheme said...

Such a cozy and inviting place! Thank you for sharing with us!

kim said...

What a great room. My email is on my blog page, but here it is. kimnichols45@hotmail.com

Lovely room. I just discovered your blog and I think its fabulous!! Do visit My Dream Canvas when you get the chance. Take care Anu!!

Janine Marshall said...

G'day Susan,

I have to say I was stoked (thrilled) when I called in for a visit and you have generously showed your previous home in Galveston. Loved all the photo's, simply stunning and what stood out for me was the sympathetic way in which all the restoring and decorating was done. Thanks as always for sharing. Much appreciated!!
Take care
Janine
XXOO
Tasmania, Australia

Janine Marshall said...

G'day Susan,

I have to say I was stoked (thrilled) when I called in for a visit and you have generously showed your previous home in Galveston. Loved all the photo's, simply stunning and what stood out for me was the sympathetic way in which all the restoring and decorating was done. Thanks as always for sharing. Much appreciated!!
Take care
Janine
XXOO
Tasmania, Australia

Mona Thompson said...

Fabulous! This one had to be hard to leave. So many things to love but those slip-covered dining chairs are awesome.

Thank you for all for stopping by. I appreciate it. I miss this house ... it's been fun for me to re-visit it. Several of you mentioned the slips for the DR chairs. I bought these chairs -- with very ragged orange seats -- on the cheap. My plan was to paint them white or rather an off white. I did about half of them and decided I didn't like the way they looked so I turned to having linen slipcovers made. I learned something. The light-weight linen was always moving around. I was constantly adjusting them. If you do this for the first time, I suggest adding a lining to the linen, selecting a heavier material or having a way to secure them to the back of the seat.

Hi Susan, sorry I am so long getting back to you. I am out of town and just checked in. Yes my email is astrollthrulife@live.com. I enjoy your blog so much. Hugs, Marty

Mélanie A. said...

Beautiful ,My heart would have been broken to leave such a wonderful house

Hi Susan, I don't know what took me so long to click into this post, but I'm so glad I did. That is a dream home for me, just what I would envision as my second home (I could live with no window treatments in a second home because I love the look, but it would make me crazy to resist the urge to cover them every day if it were my primary home!) Anyway, what an unbelievable gorgeous job you did with that house. You must miss it for sure. Thanks for sharing it -- what great gorgeous inspiration.

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