For this vacation home on Galveston Bay in Texas, Houston-based interior designer
Ginger Barber and builder Purple Sage Construction created a casually elegant home that is a calming escape from the hectic pace of city living. With a soft color palette, neutral tones and rustic accents, the home is the perfect spot to enjoy the area’s stunning sunsets and great bird watching. 78
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In the entryway, Barber created a serene look with neutral furnishings, whitewashed walls and a subtle hint of pale blue inspired by the water. A soft striped rug and antique chair provide a sophisticated touch and set the tone for the elegant yet relaxed vacation home.
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The whitewashed wood walls continue into the open kitchen and dining area. An antique zinc and marble topped island inspired the home’s design and defines the cooking area in the large space. Barber’s use of texture and neutral tones through natural elements is seen in the antique ceiling beams, which were sourced from an old barn.
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A new chandelier hangs over the dining table and provides a refreshing contrast to the antique pieces in the space. Artwork by Houston artist Debbie Lightfoot Moseley anchors the room and adds visual interest and color to the otherwise soft palette.
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A key space in any vacation home, the media room provides a comfortable place to relax. Artwork by Houston-based artist Karen Sacher provides a contemporary touch within a mix of new and antique furniture.
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The master suite was designed to be a restful space with a king size bed and neutral linens. Artwork by Karen Sacher provides a pop of color in the soft room.
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Barber placed a chaise lounge in the master bedroom for the homeowners to relax indoors and enjoy the room's views of the bay and bird sanctuary.
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In the master bathroom, Barber repurposed an antique shop counter from England for the vanity but topped it with carrera marble for a modern touch. A contemporary glass shower (unseen) continues the mix of antique and new design elements throughout the home.
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The home is spacious and perfect for guests with three extra bedrooms. This guest room is defined by the whitewashed antique wooden beams on the ceiling that are from an old barn. The chest of drawers and bed bench are from Carol Gibbins Antiques.
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In the second guest room, Barber created a welcoming space for children with custom bunk beds with galvanized bed rails and colorful pillows from India made from one-of-a-kind vintage rugs.
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A custom-designed bed painted in a soft sea green adds a calming pop of color to the third guest room. With views of the bay and access to the porch overlooking the bird sanctuary, this room is the coveted guest suite for visitors.
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Essential to the home is the second floor wraparound porch, which is the perfect outdoor space for dining, entertaining or watching the sunset. The color palette from the interior is continued to the exterior with soft greens and pinstripe outdoor cushions.
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Barber designed the pool house cabana's sliding shutter doors to allow an easy breeze and views to the outdoor fire pit. The faux bois antique birdhouse in the corner was inspired by the home’s proximity to the bird sanctuary and adds an element of whimsy to the space.