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Galveston Island Guide What to Do • Where to Eat & Shop • Where to Stay

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Kitchen Redo • Mother’s Day Gift Ideas • Galveston Historic Homes Tour


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Inside: Galveston Island Guide

• What to Do, Where to Eat, Shopping & Nightlife • Island Events & Activities, Local Favorites • Galveston’s John Staub House • “Inn-spiration” from historic vacation rental remodels

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10 Storm Preparation Tips 1920s Heights Home Remodel Galveston Historic Homes Tour

Editor’s Note ON THE COVER

Calendar Before & After: Kitchen Redo Tastemaker: Melanie Frazier Product: Grills & Outdoor Kitchens Editor’s Picks: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Gardening: Bamboo

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This is an innovative idea: Using Hardi-Plank siding for the walls of a bathroom to capture a special old shiplap look. Soon after Do-It-Yourselfers Troy Leek and Jeanna Crookshanks bought a raised early 20th century cottage, they began tackling a sad looking guest bath. It, unfortunately, featured a patchwork design of funky wall material. Since neither one of them knew how to Sheetrock, they began strolling the aisles of Home Depot and brainstorming. When they happened upon a stack of Hardi-Plank siding, Troy stopped. The Hardi looks like wood but doesn’t act like wood, he told Jeanna. It seemed like the perfect solution for a moistureholding bathroom. And, as it turned out, it was. They installed and painted it . . . and Jeanna is more than happy with the outcome. She says she deems anything a success if it passes the “cute” test. It looks like the shiplap walls of long ago. See page 48 for photos of their coastal home. When you think outside the box, wonderful and interesting things can happen. I was at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston one day when I picked up an old green glazed roof tile that was being sold as part of a fund-raiser for the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF). Wanting to support GHF and the opportunity to keep a piece of history –

Salvaged roof tiles create a backsplash and a conversation piece.

the tiles had come off an old building that was getting a new roof – I contemplated on how to use the tiles. After digging through a pile of them at the GHF-run salvage warehouse there on the island, I had the 16 needed for a kitchen backsplash. If my contractor was surprised by my choice, he didn’t show it. He made it work. I had my backspash as well as a conversation piece. Inspiration shows up in a variety of places – at hotels, short-term rental homes, house tours, Home Depot, libraries and all other places, both expected as well as unexpected. The homes we’re spotlighting this month certainly offer nothing less than a large dose of inspiration! If you have your own source, please share it. We’d love to know about it. In honor of Mother’s Day on May 11, we’ve collected some gift ideas for our monthly Editor’s Picks. We hope you’ll take a look! All my best, Susan HOUSTON

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CALENDAR Events The Houston Design Center hosts its Spring Sip and Stroll event – sponsored by Audi Central Houston – on May 21. Come out between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to meet Houston’s top designers and shop owners. Info: www.thehoustondesigncenter.com Lecture and tour with architectural historian Stephen Fox happens on May 3. Fox will lead a private tour of the 1928 William and Marie Helmbrecht Houston designed by famed architect John Staub at 9 a.m. in Galveston. After the tour, guests meet in the Menard Hall for a lecture. Tickets are $65 and spaces are limited. Info: www.galvestonhistory.org Dazzling Décor presents an all day rug event May 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Includes “The Art of Weaving and The Artisans,” with Asha Chaudhary of Jaipur Rugs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 3003 Fondren Rd. Info: 832-377-4665, www.robertscarpet.com or www.facebook.com/dazzleyourdecor The American Institute of Architects/Houston (AIA) invites all to participate in a bicycle tour of Houston Heights on May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Heights is home to 120 of the 215 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in Houston. Reservations required, along with own bike. Meet at 1302 Heights Blvd, at the Houston Public Library. Info: www.aiahouston.org The Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual Historic Home Tour is May 3 & 4 and May 10 & 11.

Home Tours The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) showcases nine homes this year – one of which was built by acclaimed Houston architect John Staub. The privately owned homes are open May 3 & 4, and May 10 & 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for GHF members are $15 and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased at Houston-area Randall’s grocery stores or online at www.galvestonhistory.org

AIA/Houston also gears up to host its annual fundraising sandcastle event on Galveston’s East Beach, 1923 Boddeker, on May 31, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Designers, architects and engineers show off their amazing talents at what is deemed as one of the largest sandcastle competitions. Info: www.aiahouston.org Wine & Art: “Four French Soirees,” on May 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – in the Beck Building, 5601 Main St. Limited to 50 participants. Info: www.mfah.org

Preservation Houston hosts its first Good Brick Award Winner Tour, May 3 & 4, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at one of the tour locations. The tour includes various types of commercial and residential projects, in addition to architectural styles that include Art Deco, Victorian and Primitive. Info: www.preservationhouston.org The Bellaire New Homes Showcase is May 10 & 11 and May 17 & 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Four homebuilders will open the doors to newly constructed homes in Bellaire. They are Bentley Custom Homes, Cason Graye Homes, Covington Custom Homes and Tommy Cashiola Construction Company. Info on tickets and addresses: www.bellaireshomeshow.com 14 house& home | May 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline.com

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AFTER: Re-facing the cabinet doors and drawers, and adding brushed nickel hardware brightened the kitchen. Matching stainless appliances, in addition to a sink and new Delta touch faucet, cooked up a savory new look for this kitchen.


One of the first things I noticed after seeing Rebecca Aulbach’s kitchen for the first time was that the pantry needed to relocate from the garage to above the microwave cubby. “My kitchen looked like it was last updated in the l980s


BEFORE: Dated and dark kitchen cabinets with uninspired hardware, a refrigerator with excess depth, mismatched appliances, a lack of storage, poor lighting and old laminate made this kitchen a prime makeover candidate.

(which was true) with stained oak cabinet doors that were flat without any trim or design,” she says. The laminate countertops had chipped, and the sink and faucet needed to be replaced. Rebecca called me because it was the perfect time (she was in-between jobs) to remodel her kitchen, and she needed some time to devote to it. “I wanted to move the pantry from the garage’s open shelves and upgrade the look of the kitchen so it was not so dark,” she explains. Since I had assisted Rebecca in the past in selecting paint colors for other rooms, she knew my approach. Since I like the appliances to “blend” into the cabinets when possible, I suggested painting the cabinets Sherwin Williams’ “Alabaster” and going with white appliances, which are classic as well as budget-friendly – an important factor.


“In the end, I could not find the features I wanted in white appliances, so I went with stainless and still feel that the kitchen appears much larger,” she adds. TIP: You can cool down the tones in cabinets and flooring with green paint. Rebecca knew what colors she wanted, so it was just a matter of “tweaking” her selections. I liked her choice of Sherwin Williams’ green “Herbal Wash” paint for the walls and showed her that her choice of 3-x 6-inch Subway backsplash tile was too mauve for the Giallo Ornamental granite she selected from Dura Stone Corporation. We went instead with an off-white DalTile “Biscuit” Subway tile grouted in a taupe grout accented with a 1x2-inch glass tile I liked called “Sweet Escape” and showed her where to place it and how many rows she needed. I also liked her choice of porcelain Esquire Stone “Fire Niche” floor tile from Forsyth Floor Co. Inc., but


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BEFORE: A mismatched, dated range with knobs and dated lighting made it hard to see and cook in this old kitchen. AFTER: A new GE Profile gas stainless range and Zephyr vent hood from Pacific Kitchen & Home and new Halo LED-recessed cans and LED-dimmable Utilitech Pro under-cabinet lights made it easy both to see and cook in this kitchen. 20 house& home | May 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline.com

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BEFORE: A mismatched side-by-side refrigerator/ freezer did not suit the space. Rebecca needed an indoor pantry and more storage. AFTER: A new stainless Kitchen Aid French door refrigerator is “built in” to a new storage wall with a microwave cubby and pantry above the oven and a lower storage cabinet below. The garage door is to the right.

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MELANIE FRAZIER Around 12 years ago, Melanie purchased a rug from Turkish Carpets at Round Top. Then several months later, the owner, Necati, stopped by her house to show a shipment of fabulous Oushaks. She phoned several friends and designers to invite them to preview them on her driveway. It was then she teamed up with Turkish Carpets‌. And the rest, as they say, is history. This type of showing happened several more times in the next few years until the business grew so big in the Texas area that they moved half of the inventory to a warehouse in the Bellaire area.

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Tell us about Turkish Carpets. We started in Turkey in 1980 and then established a presence in the U.S. in 2001. We have two warehouses: one in Atlanta and one here in Houston. The address here is 5730 Royalton #D, Houston, TX 77081. Most of our business is with designers; however, we do a sell a good amount to individuals as well. We do a lot of trade shows and antique fairs, too. We travel all over the southern half of the United States, from California to Florida, showing our rugs. Our Atlanta group covers the northern half. What types of rugs do you sell -- just Turkish? What types and from what regions? Ninety-five percent of our rugs are Turkish. They come from 72 different regions. The most popular type of rug we sell is Oushak. Other regions include Konya, Taspinar, Sivas, Guney, Ghordes, and Cal, to name a few. Our rugs are 100 percent wool, hand-woven and vegetable dyed. How does one determine what rug size to get? This totally depends on the room and furniture. For example: Dining Rooms: add 2-1/2 ft. on all sides of the dining room table. A 4X8 table needs a 9X13 rug so that when one is sitting down or getting up from the table, the chair legs do not fall off of the rug. Should furniture legs be on or off the rug?. To me, room size is key in answering this question. If it is a large room, I definitely prefer to have all chair and sofa legs on the rug. However, if the room is smallish and a couch is up against a wall, I would do either all off, or half on and half off. How much should be spent on a rug -- in relationship to the whole interior design budget? Truly there is not a magic formula for this. We believe that a client should start the design process with a rug. However, this is not always the case. In any event, if the client loves a rug that is pricier than they had budgeted, then they will redirect their fabrics to less expensive options.

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What should a person look for when buying antique and new? And what is over dyed; is that a desirable technique? When buying antique, consider, uniqueness, age, condition and size. All of these factor into the price of the rug. Most antique rugs have experienced some sort of repair. Repairs are so very costly. Plants change over the years, so the vegetable dyes change as well. Matching the dyes to repair the older rugs is very difficult thus leading to the increase in price. Large antique rugs are very hard to find. If a client loves a very old antique rug, we suggest not using them in high traffic areas. When purchasing new (reproductions), look carefully at the quality of the rug. If it is of qood quality, then it is truly from the region that is is purported. For instance, our Oushaks are all from the Oushak region. There are so many imitation Oushaks being sold that are made in Pakistan, Afghanistan and even Bangladesh. The design and colors are indicative of Oushak, but the knots are not the same and most are made with chemical dyes and artificial fibers. Overdyed rugs are very popular now. We use rugs that either are not worth repairing, or design or colors are not desirable. They are then shaved a little then dyed in a large tank. In choosing an over dyed, make sure it is not shaved too much as it will not hold up. Also, know going into the purchase of such a rug that it will not increase in value. Our patchwork over dyed rugs are more valuable. We choose pieces of good rugs, over dye them then hand sew them together.

Which rugs are more durable, and which are more sensitive to wear and tear? New rugs are definitely more durable. Like I mentioned earlier, we do not recommend antique rugs in high traffic areas Do you sell rug remnants (thinking for upholstery or pillow use)? Yes, we do sell remnants and also have some already made into pillows. We sell quite a few small rugs for upholstering ottomans.

Getting Personal Are family members involved with your business? Yes, my niece, Brittany Crow, shows our rugs in Dallas. Tell me about your pets, if any? I have a sweet, beautiful, 11-year-old yellow lab named Gracie. What can you Not live without? I cannot live without my faith and my family. What was the last thing you read? I have been on a little dry spell of reading so I believe the last book I read was either “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand or “Me Before You” by Jo Jo Moyes.

Turkish Carpets, www.turkishcarpetusa.com The best way to set up appointments is contact Melanie at melaniefrazier@mac.com or 713-851-1840.

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WHAT’S COOKING OUTSIDE? New Smart Products Make Way to Outdoor Kitchen With the sleek and savvy selection of al fresco cooking accoutrements available in 2014, there’s no reason to look back. In a survey conducted this year by the American Society of Landscape Architects, outdoor living spaces, including kitchens, received a whopping 92 percent popularity rating. Though they might be somewhat costly up front, the potential for return on investment is hard to ignore. “Sellers who invest in outdoor spaces typically achieve quicker sales and their homes sell at the high end of the market. That is the added benefit later, but the best thing is enjoying your home more now,” says Anne Cummins, a realtor for Martha Turner Properties, Bay Area. WHAT’S NEW

Fire Magic also makes grills and smokers that can be built into custom outdoor kitchens. (Photo courtesy of Cunningham Gas)

At the recent Architectural Digest Home Design Show this spring, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet introduced the Gaucho Grill, which was inspired by authentic Argentinean cuisine. The grill features a gas-powered starter burner to light a wood or charcoal fire and interchangeable grates cut specifically for meat, fish or vegetables.

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As the laptop on the counter of this outdoor kitchen by Outdoor Homescapes of Houston shows, more Houstonians want outside access to computers, tablets and smart devices – hence the need for USB ports. (Photo courtesy of Outdoor Homescapes of Houston)

Multiple Grill Mania Fires Up in House Houston’s outdoor kitchens are increasingly incorporating multiple, higher-end grills – often built into islands as par t of custom designs, says Wayne Franks, owner of Outdoor Homescapes. The most popular grills used in combination? “A professional-grade grill with an infrared burner for searing, and a Big Green Egg or smoker,” says Franks. A Big Green Egg is a kamado-style ceramic charcoal cooker that can be used as a convection oven, grill or smoker. Its air tight chamber allows for greater heat and moisture retention. The national trend of “stay-cations,” outdoor entertaining and Houston’s great weather, grilling histor y and disposable income, and you’ve got a per fect storm for grilling mania. – By Lisa Hutchurson Lynch Lisa Hutchurson Lynch is the marketing manager for Outdoor Homescapes of Houston, an outdoor living design-and-build company in Cypress, TX. For more information, go to www.outdoorhomescapes.com.

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You don’t have to be Bill Gates to invest in a 21st century Texas Pit Crafters summer kitchen. “Haute-tech” 281.356.2168 outdoor appliances are being Texaspitcrafters.com developed for the everyman. The Internet has inspired Fire Magic many that connect wirelessly to www.firemagicdealers.com smart phones, tablets and comOutdoor Homescapes puters. 713.569.1341 For instance, a partnership Outdoorhomescapes.com with Viking in February enables smart phones to control therC&D Hardware & Gifts 713.861.3551 mometers used for grilling. CandDhardware.com At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, Lynx Grill unveiled the Smart Grill, a technologically advanced grill developed to meet consumer demand for easy to use, connected appliances in the home. “It incorporates voice recognition, online notification and seamless user interface to bring grilling into the 21st century,” says Mike Edwards, president of Lynx Grills Inc. WHAT’S SMART

In terms of where to splurge and where to save, settling for sub-par appliances is not an advisable way to cut the budget for your summer kitchen. “This is a long-term purchase and in context of the total budget required for an entire outdoor kitchen including services, landscape and hardscape the actual appliance, cost is a relatively small fraction, says Edwards. In the same way, when choosing cabinets and countertops taste is important, but toughness is essential. “For the most part, people are doing the countertops in a granite slab and the cabinets out of concrete block with stucco or brick for fire resistance and durability,” says Greg Swedberg of 2Scale Architects in Houston. “People are looking for things that they can put out there and for the most part forget about and just wipe down or hose off,” he says.


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Galveston may be a mere 50 miles from downtown Houston, but it is vastly different than the metropolis city. Visitors immediately feel the difference – as they drive over the causeway connecting the island to the mainland. A quick, easy and interesting weekend getaway is in store for visitors. Take a look at some of the things Galveston Island has to offer:

Where to Eat ShyKatz Deli and Bakery – A funky little neighborhood restaurant, serving large portions for breakfast and lunch. Order at the counter, meal brought to the table. Selfserve fresh coffee. 1528 Avenue L • 409-770-0500 www.shykatz.com DiBella’s Italian Restaurant – The restaurant where locals congregate. Italian food, steaks and fresh fish. BOI (born on the island) owner Charley DiBella greets each diner at the door. 1902 31st Street • 409-763-9036 • www.galveston.com/Dibellas Olympia – Greek food offers fresh Gulf fish served at two locations – on the Seawall and at Pier 21. Entertainment occasionally. Pier 21: 100 21st St. • 409-765-0021 • www.olympiapier21.com Seawall: 4908 Seawall Blvd. • 409-7661222 • www.olympiagrill.net Mario’s – two locations – on the Seawall (with a great outdoor dining patio) and on the 61st Street drag. Good Italian food, great pizzas – including gluten free. In town: 2202 61st Street • 409-744-2975 www.mariosristorante.com Seawall: • 628 Seawall Blvd. 409-763-1693 • www.mariossewall.com Leon’s World’s Best BBQ – Barbeque the way it is supposed to be cooked. Tasty potato salads and cole slaws and home-

The Hotel Galvez is among hundreds of historic structures on Galveston Island’s East End.

made desserts. Secret is in his special sauce, developed 25 years ago. 5427 Broadway • 409-744-0070 www.leonsbbq.com Pho 18 – Tucked away in a strip shopping center near the medical center. Unassuming décor, but well done Vietnamese food freshly prepared. 704 Holiday Drive • 409-762-8849 Benno’s – wide variety of fresh Gulf seafood, served either inside or outside waterfront patio. 1200 Seawall Blvd. • 409762-4621 • www.bennosofgalveston.com Café Michael Burger – on the way out to the West End. Good burgers, chicken and German food. Indoor and outdoor casual dining with delightful view of Gulf waters. 11150 FM 3005 • 409-740-3639 www.cafemichaelburger.com Taqueria Melchor Ocampo – good Mexican food, great Mexican breakfast. A neighborhood favorite. 1220 23rd Street • 409-497-2281 Mosquito Café – eclectic dining – fresh salads, huge sandwiches and sinful desserts.

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Also owns Pattycakes Bakery, across the street. Mosquito Café: 628 14th St. 409-763-1010 www.mosquitocafe.com Pattycakes: 704 14th St. • 409-76-CAKES www.pattycakes galveston.com Sunflower – Breakfast and lunch in a bright indoor or covered outdoor restaurant. Inhouse bakery provides fresh breads for enormous sandwiches. 512 14th Street • 409-763-5500 • www.thesunflowerbakeryandcafe.com M&M’s – a romantic restaurant in a wonderful historic building. Has indoor, outdoor and private dining available. 2401 Church Street • 409-766-7170 www.MMgalveston.com Black Pearl – Cajun and seafood. Bar part of restaurant. Casual, lively and noisy. 327 23rd Street • 409-762-7299 www.galveston.com/blackpearl Shearns – Seafood and steaks. 9th floor bayside views, atop Moody Gardens Hotel. 7 Hope Blvd. • 409-741-8484 www.moodygardenshotel.com

Eatcetera – Sandwiches to soups and specials. Owned by nutritionist. 408 25th Street • 409-762-0803 www.eatcetera.net Oasis Juice Bar & Market – smoothies, fresh juices, organic foods, sandwiches, specials. 409 25th St. • 409-762-8446 www.oasisjuicebar.com

What to Do The Grand 1894 Opera House – National historic landmark in Downtown Galveston’s Cultural Arts District, presenting a yearround performing arts schedule featuring stars of stage and screen, Broadway musicals, dance, comedy, theatre, music and more! 2020 Post Office Street 409-765-1894 • www.thegrand.com NOAA Turtle Tours – free private tours of the National Ocean and turtle research facility. Available only one day a week and by appoint only. Lecture and tour of the turtle and home of hundreds of endangered loggerhead and Kemp’s Ridley turtles. 4700 Avenue U • 409-766-3500 www.galvestonlab.sefsc.noaa.gov/seaturtles/FAQ/ State Park Tours – free demonstrations and tours of sea life on the Gulf and in the bay. 14901 FM 3005 • 409-737-1222 Galveston Island Ferry ride – free boat ride for passengers and cars across the bay to Bolivar Peninsula. Galveston Ferry Boat Landing • 409-795-2230 www.txdot.gov/driver/travel/ferryschedules.html Railroad Museum – in the Strand Historic District. A collection of lavishly restored railroad cars and train-related exhibits. 123 25th St. • 409-765-5744 • www.galvestonrrmuseum.com Tree Sculptor tour – self-guided tour of numerous tree sculptures across the city. Carved from trees killed during Hurricane Ike and now recycled into art. Get map from Visitor’s Center. 2328 Broadway 888-425-4753 • www.galveston.com/ visitorscenter

1877 Tall Ship Elissa and Texas Seaport Museum – Pier 21. The three-mast tall ship, the iron-hulled sailing ship is open for selfguided tours while in dock. The museum tells the story of Galveston’s role as an entry point for 133,000 immigrants to the US. Pier 21 • 409-763-1877 www.galvestonhistory.org Duck Tours – take a tour of Galveston Island from the land and from sea in a vehicle that travels on the road in the water. 25th St. & Seawall Blvd. • 409-621-4771 www.galvestonducks.com Sea Wolf Park – a park and a museum, which is a memorial to the USS Seawolf, a US Navy submarine accidentally sunk by US forces in World War II. Daily tours. 100 Seawolf Blvd. • 409-797-5114 www.galveston.com/seawolfpark Ocean Star – retired jack-up rig is now a museum of drilling and geological explorations. 1900 Harborside Drive 409-766-STAR • www.oceanstaroec.com Ashton Villa – one of the city’s oldest historic mansions (1851) and first brick house. Also home to Galveston Island Visitors Information Center. 2328 Broadway • 409-765-7834 www.galvestonhistory.org 1892 Bishop’s Palace – National historic landmark – one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the US. Original interiors of exotic materials and period furnishings. 1402 Broadway • 409-762-2475 www.galvestonhistory.org Moody Mansion Museum – restored 1895 home belonging to Col. Moody and later his daughter Mary Moody Northen. Designed by Nicholas Clayton. 2618 Broadway • 409-762-7668 www.moodymansion.org Moody Gardens – IMAX, private beach & pool, gardens, aquarium and more. 7 Hope Blvd. • 409-741-8484 www.moodygardenshotel.com

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Schlitterbahn – waterpark with slides, chutes, lagoons, cabanas 2026 Lockheed St. • 409-770-9283 www.schlitterbahn.com Pleasure Pier – amusement park and Bubba Gump restaurant over the Gulf of Mexico. 2501 25th at Seawall 866-927-0638 • www.pleasurepier.com Sublime Motorsports – jet ski rentals and banana boat rides 1001 Seawall • 409-370-6411 www.galvestonbeaches.net Art Walk – galleries in The Strand area and throughout area open, with live music, wine, etc. Every 6-8 weeks (June 7 and July 12) www.galveston.com/artwalk

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Saengerfest Park – free movies, live music, artist markets, food events. Various times. 2300 Strand • www.galveston.com/saengerfestpark/calendar.com July 4th Fireworks – www.galveston.com for time and place.

Best Unexplored Places Sacred Places – tours of local historical churches and cemeteries. Galveston Historical Foundation www.Galvestonhistory.org The Rosenberg Library – Galveston and Texas History Center, the library’s archives and museum are free to the public. Historical artifacts, maps, charts and documents pertaining to the Gulf Coast, Caribbean, dating back to the 16th century. 2310 Sealy • 409-763-8854 www.rosenberg_library.org Galvez Hotel Museum – hidden in a little nook on the floor below the front desk, photographs and documents of the hotel’s 100year legacy along with the city’s history. 2024 Seawall Blvd. • 409-765-7721 • www.galveston.com/galvez The Lighthouse on Bolivar Peninsula – decommissioned in 1933, the lighthouse is no longer used. It is not open to the public but can be seen upon approaching Bolivar from the ferry. Built in 1847, it stands 65-feet high.

Local Favorites ETC Theatre – only local residential theater company on the island. Call for schedule. 2317 Mechanic 409-762-3556 • www.islandetc.org Old Quarter Acoustic Café – the most interesting bar in the city. Live music – local, regional and national performers – in an intimate, close-up environment. 413 20th Street • 409-762-9199 www.oldquarteracousticcafe.com The Beach Hut – A true tiki bar on the beach. Free live music most weekends, with a short menu of beach foods.

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living. 2211 Strand • 409-762-2727 www.headtofootsies.wix.com

LaKings Confectionary on the Strand – Fresh scooped ice cream, milk shakes and coffees in an old-fashioned setting. Candy making demonstrations. 2323 Strand • 409-762-6100 www.lakingsconfectionary.com

Tom’s Thumb Nursery – Besides an unbelievable selection of live plants and trees, there is also a cute shop filled with seasidethemed furniture and furnishings. 2014 45th Street • 409-763-4713 www.tomsthumbnursery.com

Sonny’s Place – A beer and burger neighborhood restaurant – for 64 years. A destination for UTMB medical students for decades. Fresh crawfish, shrimp and oysters in season. 1206 19th Street • 409-763-9602 www.galveston.com/sonnys

Kitchen Chick – Everything you didn’t know you needed for a fabulous kitchen. Good quality pots, pans, utensils, plus lots of hands-on help and cooking lessons. 528 23rd Street 409-497-2999 www.thekitchenchick.com

Smooth Tony’s – backyard patio for burgers, beer, music and freshly made smoothies. Local musicians play in the outdoors. Free. 415 9th Street • 409-765-5200 www.smoothtonys.com


Murdoch’s Bathhouse – Although this is a shell and souvenir shop, rocking chairs line an outdoor area in the center of the building, a perfect place for a cold drink and look out at the Gulf. 2215 Seawall Blvd. • 409-762-7478 www.galveston.com/murdochbathouse

Shopping Tina’s on the Strand – home furnishings, jewelry and eclectic women’s clothes and accessories. A huge selection of scented candles. 2326 Strand St. • 409-762-6816 www.tinasonthestrand.com Hendley Market - A most interesting store – a mix of international trinkets, books, antiques. In the city’s first commercial building, erected in 1858. 2010 Strand • 409-762-2610 www.hendleymarket.com Antique Warehouse – Overwhelming! There are so many tables, chairs, buffets and other unique furniture pieces here. See upstairs. 423 25th Street • 409-762-8620 Head to Footsies – Nice selections of women’s clothes and shoes. Wide range of sizes. Light weight styles perfect for island

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The Spot – This is the spot: it is a restaurant, tiki bar, rum shack, sports bar and romantic getaway – all in one. Don’t let the line up of motorcycles scare you away – it is family friendly with a good menu, too. 3204 Seawall Bvd. • 409-621-5237 www.thespotgalveston.com Float Pool & Patio Bar – Cozy Seawall restaurant and bar with large outdoor presence – including a pool. 2828 Seawall Blvd. 409-765-7946 www.yagapresents.com/float Captain Jack’s – Seawall club with live music most weekends. Attached to a hotel, but its open air bar attracts locals as well as visitors. 1702 Seawall Blvd. • 409-762-4141 www.galveston.com/captainjacks/ Tremont House bar – A romantic rooftop bar – one of the best places to watch the sunset over the harbor. 2300 Ships Mechanic Row • 409-763-0300 www.galveston.com/tremont 21 Wine and Martini Bar – Dancing and cocktails – full service bar with over 100 wines, 20 different martinis. Live music on weekends.21022 Post Office Street 409-762-2101 • www.galveston.com/21/


John Staub-Designed Home Opens In Galveston for Public Touring Houston interior designer Dennis McNabb has been a fan of architect John Staub since he moved to Houston in 1972. That’s why he couldn’t say no to the house at 3815 Bernardo de Galvez (Avenue P) when it came on the market in Galveston two years ago. “I was driving down the street, having been to Tom’s Thumb Nursery, and I saw this incredible house with a for sale sign. “ Within the hour he was standing in the living room with partner, Bill Patterson, and realtor Tom Schwenk. “I knew this was my only chance to ever live in a John Staub house,” McNabb said. He took the plunge. The newly restored home will be featured on the historic The Staub house is built with flashfired Clinker brick. The iron fence dated back to the 1880s and belonged to the previous house, which was destroyed in the 1900 Storm.

3815 Bernardo de Galvez Ave. (Ave. P.) (Photo by David Bowers, The House Company Real Estate.)

homes tour the first two weekends of this month. The Galveston Historical Foundation arranges for privately owned, historic homes to be open to the public once each year. This year’s tour features nine homes.

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Cotton exporter William C. Helmbrecht, and his wife, Marie, hired the renowned Houston architect to design the red brick home in 1928. The couple lived in the house for 20 years before moving to Dallas. “The greatest joy has been seeing the house come back to life, like a well executed facelift, and bringing it into the 21st century,” McNabb says. It was not their desire to have an extravagant bathroom or huge walk-in closets. “It’s an easy, comfortable house to live in,” he adds. “The bones are good and its interiors are pleasing to the soul.” The renovation of the house was not that challenging, says McNabb. “We were presented with the ledger that Staub’s office had assembled which contained all of the architectural drawings, the specifications, even the landscape plan done by C.C (Pat) Fleming,” he says. The French mantel and Austrian mirror were purchased by William and Marie Helmbrecht when they furnished the house in 1928. 42 house& home | May 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline.com

“Our intention was to preserve and renovate the structure as closely as possible. As the house is approximately 80 percent original, it was not a challenge to achieve this.” There were a few surprises. The public formal living spaces were painted Prussian blue. “It’s a little too much for my preferred neutral color palette, but again it was 1928,” he says. The house is a retreat for McNabb who lives in a high-rise in Houston. “It’s an understated elegance . . . a classic enduring design,” explains McNabb. “The overall architectural ambiance just speaks for itself. This world-class architect had a tremendous sense of style.” Staub came to Houston in 1921 and established his firm in 1923. Raised in Tennessee and educated at the University of Tennessee and Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

The flooring is cream and brown marble that was salvaged from a commercial building in Galveston. The house has shuttered French windows and nine sets of shuttered French doors.

Staub is known for harmonious proportions, elegant detail, and fine materials.

Renovation Sources Chuck Morris Interests www.chuckmorrishomes.com, 281-808-9627 (Galveston) Christensen’s Electrical Service www.christensenelectrical, 409-526-2156 (Galveston) Walker Zanger www.walkerzanger.com, 713-880-9292 (Houston)

McNabb renovated the kitchen to look like a 1928 kitchen with 21st century conveniences. The new cabinets are copies of the ones in the butler's pantry, which are original to the house. The stove is an Itallian Bertazzoni.

Dyer Island Plumbing 409-762-0541 (Galveston) Schenck & Company www.schenckandcompany.com, 713-266-7608 (Houston) Mclean Metal Works www.mcleanmetalworks.com, 409-762-7202 (Galveston) Alcon LIghtcraft Company www.alconlightcraft.com, 713-526-0680 (Houston) Tom Schwenk/The House Company www.thehousecompany.com, 409-763-8030 (Galveston) Kiva Kitchen & Bath www.kivabath.com, 713-781-2222 The upstairs landing features a brilliant red Chinese rug that McNabb purchased at a Santa Fe flea market. The art on either side of the couch is from WPA artists Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. 43

The Crossers hand-picked the reclaimed 19th century lumber for the shiplap wall. The coffee table once held lobsters at Gaido’s restaurant.

Wood Inspiration & Other Ideas You Can Take Back Home – After the Vacation Ends BY SUSAN FOX • PHOTOS BY ANTHONY RATHBUN

The “Yellow Submarine” and “Nantucket” are vacation rentals.

Derick Crosser briefly wondered if his 1915-era Nantucket-style island house contained too many colors. His concern stemmed, in part, from the myriad of hues reflected on the reclaimed painted lumber used on a few accent walls. But an artist friend of Derick and wife Susy’s put his mind at ease. Think of landscapes dotted with flowers of all colors, she told him. No one stops to consider if the colors clash or go together. It is a beautiful sight – just like Crosser’s carpentry work.

Old wood also creates interest at the kitchen island. Photo courtesy of the Yellow Submarine.

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Above and Below: Olivette guest house and owner, Helen Stroud.

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Well-directed instincts rule in the Crosser’s Galveston island shortterm rental, which they call the Yellow Submarine. The house gets its moniker thanks to a downstairs room – a child’s delight actually – where sleeping quarters have been painted to look like a submarine. The Crossers belong to an organization called STROAG – Short Term Rental Owners Association of Galveston. Many STROAG members have used their own funds to return dilapidated and nearly condemned homes back to their original glorious state of being. The Crosser home is just one of them. It is striking – because of the rather unique architectural design, the serene interiors and beachthemed appointments. Each member home is located on Galveston and available to rent – for weekends or longer. STROAG makes it easy for island visitors to enjoy a home steeped in history, and possessing Old-World charm and architectural significance – without having to do any restoration work themselves. The Crosser’s home was once a single family home. But after World War II, it was divided into two residences since there was a shortage of rental space. The Crossers removed the Sheetrock in several places within the house to install wood recovered from various pre-1900 home excavation piles. Small handprints can be seen on once piece of salvaged wood layered for a shiplap effect in the upstairs living area. Derick Crosser says the handprints belong to the grandchildren of the owner of Simps, a soul-food restaurant. The restaurant owner’s old 19th century home had been torn down. Although the shiplap conveys an old beachy look, he says he brought in color specialist Jhonny Langer to help him re-create a historic color palette appropriate to the original era of the house. Langer’s color sleuthing skills helped Crosser decide on the paint colors for the house exterior. The enduring appeal of shiplap also can be found at another STROAG-member home. Do-it-yourselfers Troy Leek and Jeanna Crookshanks, owners of the Blue Crab, used a new yet atypical material to create the homey yesteryear look. Crookshanks says the bathroom of their early 1900 cottage needed a facelift badly. The walls featured several different materials. Initially, the couple thought about Sheetrock. “But we don’t know how to Sheetrock,” she says. So they walked the aisles of Home Depot brainstorming various options. Leek stopped when they got to a stack of Hardi-Plank siding. “This looks like wood but doesn’t act like wood,” he told Crookshanks. The two of them were concerned about the wood expanding in a wet and humid bath environment. She says it was easy to install and looks like the real McCoy. Clint Smith, owner of Periwinkle Cottage, says he used old reclaimed wood a different way. “I built the kitchen table and alcove seating myself in the kitchen. Scott Hanson from the Antique Warehouse game me instructions on how to assemble the table, and then he sold me the two old pedestals that came from a grounded ship, which I used to secure the table to the floor,” explains Smith. The STROAG group Web site – www.stroag.org – offers links to each member house, offering photos and details. Each is available for short-term rental – with some offering even longer times, if needed. The 29 members of STROAG say they are dedicated to improving the island community for guests as well as the surrounding homes and businesses.


Above & Below: The Cottage on 14th Street.

Below: The colorful Blue Crab; the green bath walls are actually Hardi-Plank.

Names and Contacts of Rental Homes Mentioned or Pictured Blue Crab Bungalow 1316 Avenue N 409-789-8422 Cottage on 14th Street 1111 14th Street 713-822-1648 Olivette 3224 Avenue N 1/2 281-639-4291 Periwinkle Cottage 1915 50th Street 713-459-3162 The Yellow Submarine/Nantucket 2402 Avenue P 713-894-7816

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At Home in The Heights COUPLE ADDS SPACE AND COLOR TO THEIR CRAFTSMAN COTTAGE By Susan Fox • Photos by Anthony Rathbun

hat do you get when you combine engineering talents with artistic ones? Look no further than the Houston Heights to find the collaborative results of Jeff and Blair Ainsworth. She’s an artist, and he’s the engineer. The deep ocean-blue craftsman bungalow with crisp white trim and bright light green on the door and window sashes – along with a fire engine red porch swing – is level, solid and big on spatial design, too. The Ainsworth’s home renovation and expansion project began almost two years ago, shortly after the couple moved back to Houston after living in a 900-square-foot basement of a three-story brownstone in Washington, D.C. The two Houston natives returned home wanting to find an equally interesting and lively innercity community. “We wanted to be close to local businesses and restaurants, and we liked the funky neighborhood (of the Heights),” he says.


Jeff Ainsworth wanted the joined rooms to feel spacious and inviting. Blair Ainsworth personalized the space with pops of color and an electic mix of furnishings from DWR, West Elm and The Guild Shop.

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A rather nondescript 1,200-sqaurefoot cottage on a charming street caught their eye. Its front-porch craftsman features had been bricked up – perhaps in the 1950s. Over the years, the house had been lived in, enjoyed, rented and even later abandoned for a short time. The Ainsworths bought it in July of 2012, and a few months later the couple began a seven-month project that entailed installing new plumbing and electrical, raising the house eight inches to give it street presence, and re-instating old craftsman-style porch columns “The original 1920's bungalow was a two bedroom and one bath home. We gutted the house, redid the kitchen and added a family room, playroom/office, and master suite that includes a master bedroom, bathroom, closet and water closet. We also added an attached one car garage,” says Blair Ainsworth. Jeff Ainsworth wanted the house to be visually open and expansive when guests entered the living room. As a result, most of the new space extends straight back, and they had center-area doorways broadened and arched. Thanks to door-sized fixed windows located in the very back of the newly constructed family room and kitchen areas, the house also ensures a connection to the outdoors. From the family room, there is a door that leads to a minimally landscaped backyard – a top priority of theirs that they missed when living in DC. Blair Ainsworth guided the couple to antique shops as well as to chic spots favoring more modern and Mid-

The family room is accessible to the backyard. It and the kitchen were newly constructed to accommodate the Ainsworth’s current and future needs.

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Century designs to select furnishings and accessories that make their home both happy and colorful. She had the walls painted gray to better showcase their furnishings, rugs, accessories and art. Some of her favorite shops include Design Within Reach, the Guild Shop, Reeves Antiques, Crate and Barrel, Room and Board, West Elm, and the online artisan shop called Esty. Lighting choices came from CIRCA and Light. Above & Left: The kitchen countertops are carerra marble, and the island butcher block is ingrained mesquite. Dining room table from DWR can grow as needed. (Photos by Blair Ainsworth)

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In the master bedroom, she went with a calmer palette but couldn’t resist hanging an art- quality, vintage glam-style gold and white wallpaper called “Petal Pusher” by Oh Joy and distributed by Hygge & West. In their bathroom, she had fun with whimsical bird-in-flight designed wallpaper by artist Julia Rothman, whose distributor is also Hygge & West. In the end, the Ainsworths wanted a house they could “grow into,” rather than “out of” later. In anticipation of future needs, they doubled the size of the house and have cultivated a look that underscores what it means to love where you live. Above & Left: Blair Ainsworth chose wallpapers from Hygge & West for their master bedroom wall and private bath’s water closet. The bathroomalso features a walk-in closet. All of this space was newly constructed. (Photos by Blair Ainsworth)

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Above: The guest bedroom (Photo by Blair Ainsworth). Below Left: The couple raised the house and remodeled the porch. Below Right: The Ainsworths in their backyard.

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When Chuck and Debbie Morris first walked through the 1875 Ruhl house in the heart of Galveston’s East End Historic District, it was a greatly altered shadow of its former self. The towering widow’s walk had been stripped away by storms, and the roomy house had been carved into multiple apartments. It was no longer the jewel that it once had been, but they saw its potential. The couple, who owns Morris Coastal Homes, bought the historic house and began structural repairs in late 2007. Because they wanted to restore the house not just remodel it, they took their time and applied special care. The restoration effort, which intensified over the past twoand-a-half years, recently culminated – just in time for the home’s debut on Galveston’s historic homes tour.





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Homeowners searched long and hard for the correct period details for the home at 1617 Ball St. (Above and Below)

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Produced by the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF), the annual event opens privately owned, historic homes for two weekends, May 3 & 4 and 10 & 11. This year’s tour features nine homes. “When you own an historic home, you become the caretaker who will pass it to the next generation,” says Debbie Morris. The house with its five-bay, center hall plan anchors the northeast corner of Sealy and 15th Streets. It was built for Elizabeth and Julius Ruhl, who was the bookkeeper for the Kaufmann & Runge Company. The architect was Thomas. J. Overmire. The couple had two surprises during the restoration. The first was the discovery of a pre-1900 photo of the house, making it possible to build a duplicate of the home’s original widow’s walk. The second was an in-ground brick cistern discovered during the leveling of the house that will eventually become a wine cellar, she says. During the restoration, it was a challenge for the Morris family to locate the correct architectural period pieces for fixtures, floors, and trim. They searched on the island and throughout Texas and Louisiana. Finding the right antique light fixtures was a worldwide treasure hunt made possible by the Internet, adds Morris. If 5,600 square feet seems a lot for two people, the Morris family expands to fill the ample quarters. They have five beach-loving adult children, three sons-in-law, and four – soon to be five – grandchildren, and many friends who enjoy the house. “It’s a joy to watch your ideas come to fruition. You dream and hope things will look the way you envision them, but it’s not until all the elements are pulled together that you see the final result,” she says. Just a few blocks away, situated on Broadway – Galveston’s main esplanade – is the distinctive Lucas Terrace compound with its original scalloped shell window treatments. It will also be on display in the homes tour as a restoration in progress. Owned by Janie and Stuart Mitcham of Houston, the main house has three floors and about 10,000 square feet of living space. In the rear, two carriage house apartments anchor a large, private courtyard. Built in 1901 by brick mason Thomas Lucas on the site of his personal residence, it opened as a “superior” apartment building. His earlier apartment project was destroyed by the 1900 storm and he used the bricks from that disaster to construct the new building. Mitcham remembers the house from her childhood when she came to Stewart Beach with her family. The house sits directly across from a national architectural treasure, the 1892 Walter Gresham house also known as the Bishop’s Palace. “There’s something magical about this place,” Mitcham says. She first heard that it was for sale when her sister posted a picture of the house. She came to see the house with her realtor and fell in love with it.

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Above and Right: The 1893 Augusta Peters Victorian townhouse, 1821 Ball St.

For today's owners, the joy of restoring the house and the gardens is that they are helping to save an historic landmark while creating their own serene retreat. The downside? There’s a the leaky roof that no one can figure out, the headache of replacing six HVAC systems, and most anxiety producing, the fragile state of the load-bearing brick walls in the carriage houses. The bricks had to be taken apart, cleaned, and replaced one-by-one with modern saltresistant mortar. In Houston, the Mitchams are in the business of buying, renovating, and leasing or selling homes. So this is definitely not their first rodeo. Janie Mitcham did fall in love with Lucas Terrace but it certainly wasn’t blind. “There haven’t been any big surprises,” she says. “When you buy a historic home, you have to be prepared. It’s a process. It’s expensive and it takes time,” she says. Just three blocks north and east from Lucas Terrace, sits the Victorian townhouse that Augusta Peters built in 1893, after she was widowed. This house was purchased by Jeannie and Mike Janota, who bought it after Hurricane Ike destroyed their bay front home. “The greatest challenge was stripping off the many, many coats of paint to reclaim the original wood,” Jeannie Janota says. Mike Janota, an artist, replaced the transom windows downstairs with his own stained glass rendition of Texas flowers. Galveston’s historic homes tour provides an overview of Galveston’s architecture from the 1870s into the 1920s. Cost: $25. Information: 409762-2475. Sources: Klos Brickwork Galveston Willie’s Sheetrock, Galveston Lucas Terrace Apartments, now a single family home. (Photo by Alexey Sergeev) 68 house& home | May 2014 | www.houseandhomeonline.com




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Other Homes to View 1928 William and Marie Helmbrecht House 3815 Bernardo de Galvez, (See page 42.) 1905 Charles Suderman Tenant House - 1815 Ball In 1905, Swedish immigrant Charles Theodore Suderman built this two-story Queen Anne house featuring a hipped roof with an ornamental side gable offsetting double galleries.

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1867 Poole-Parker Cottage - 3419 Avenue L William Boepple is believed to have built this five-bay Greek Revival cottage on land he purchased from Valentine Poole. Poole purchased the house in 1872, and it was sold to John and Emma Jeanne Parker in 1935. The Poole Parker Cottage became a Texas Historic Landmark in 1980. 1874 Smith-Hartley House - 1121 33rd Street (Restoration in Progress) Architect Thomas. J. Overmire came to Galveston in 1874 to design the Grand Southern Hotel. The same year, he announced partnership with English immigrant architect/ builder Sherwin and they designed this two-bay-wide Italianate style house for early land speculator J. Mayrant Smith. Smith resided there briefly before moving permanently to his plantation in Richmond. Susan Hartley, widow of early Texas legislature Oliver Cromwell Hartley, purchased the house in 1880. Hartley was the sister of Rebecca Sealy, wife of prominent Galvestonian John Sealy. 1886 Adolph and Lena Nitsche House - 1617 Ball German immigrants Adolph and Lena Nitsche built this Victorian style, two-story house next door to St. Paul’s German Presbyterian Church. During the 1900 storm, the Nitsche house was severely damaged. Lena was there alone, having been widowed a few months before. She oversaw repairs to the building in 1901 and lived there until her death in 1914. 1887 August and Augusta Neumann Cottage – 1827 Avenue M August and Augusta Neumann, immigrants from Germany, built this high-raised Gulf Coast cottage in the working class area now known as the San Jacinto neighborhood. The couple came to Galveston in 1884, where August found work as a musician in the Galveston Beach Band

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