Lee and I made a very quick trip to Galveston Island, Texas over the weekend (hence, no blog posts). For once the travel was not about real estate investing, so there’s nothing to report about purchases or learnings.
But hey, wherever we go, we can’t help but draw inspiration from the architecture. Galveston did not disappoint. In fact, I got lots and lots of ideas for color schemes and exterior touches for The Hermit Haus and the Gillis House.
I guess when you are on an island and surrounded by beaches, it’s required to have many pastel colors in homes. From the oldest row houses to the newest beach houses on very high stilts, there was every pastel color you can imagine. There were some purple ones and aqua ones with intresting accent colors that really appealed to me, though those aren’t my usual favorites. There in Galveston, they looked fantastic.
Of course, there are all the grande olde houses on Broadway (I guess hurricanes don’t blow them down as much as they do places on the beach). There were some creative rock and wrought iron accents that I know would fit in great with my vintage bed-and-breakfast dreams.
I didn’t get to go inside many buildings (I spent most of the time walking through very wet wetlands looking at birds). However, the restaurant we ate lunch in provided me with enough ideas that I got quite distracted from the best gumbo and shrimp and grits I ever tasted. The wood ceiling was exactly like I hope the Gillis house will turn out, and there some interesting but not crazy light fixtures I’d like to find a source for. And even the ceiling beams were inspirational. They had carving or inlay or veneer or something that had a lovely, but subtle design.
We will probably have beams that show up in the fellowship hall at the Hermit Haus. Maybe they can be an equally decorative feature.
And on the Home Front
Back at home, we’ll soon have news on the Washington House progress. We had a good open house at Parkwood this weekend, but no more offers. Other agents tell Carol it is priced well. They worry that the houses on either side are turning people off. So, we will see if we can get the dead car out of the yard on one side, and may offer to spruce up the other house next door’s exterior. They have had way too much going on in their lives to do that stuff.