Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to see their style.
As a second-generation chiropractor and native Houstonian, Katherine Pulse escapes to her second home on Tiki Island as often as possible. Calling it her sanctuary, she has an amazing front-row view of North Deer Island, a bird sanctuary, which turns into a sea of pink each year when the roseate spoonbills arrive. Although she has traveled the world, the Tiki Island sunsets are superior to the many she’s had the privilege to enjoy, she said.
In her spare time, she volunteers for VICTORY, a branch of the American Cancer Society, and teaches Sunday school at Unity of Houston.
“My fashion style is simple, elegant and tailored, finished off with great jewelry,” she said. “You can have all the right clothes, the right facial features, makeup and other exterior qualities, but you must have inner joy.”
Here are a few of her favorite things:
1. “100 Unforgettable Dresses”: I love this book because it brings back so many wonderful memories of vintage fashions. The book features fabulous women, like Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana, who exuded such elegant style.
2. Jo Malone Cologne and Body Crème: This was a Christmas gift from my daughter-in-law. It has a wonderful, light, clean scent and you can smell it from across the room.
3. Fish house painting: I got this at Coastal Creations in Galveston. The vibrant colors were the attraction. I’m either drawn to the color black or something striking like this, full of energy.
4. Fishing pole: Made in Rockport, Texas, this custom pole has my name on it. I love to catch fish, but don’t like to just fish. If I’m not catching, I’m outta there.
5. Bowl with blue crab: This was a thank-you gift from guests who spent the weekend with us. I love the movement and how the colors just flow, plus it’s an original piece and so unique.
6. Elaine Turner purse: This designer lives in the Tanglewood area of Houston and I really like her accessories. A gift from my husband, I use this as my beach bag.
7. Framed nautical knots: My husband bought this on The Strand. The different ways to tie these knots is fascinating. My husband knows how to do all of these. I don’t have a clue.
8. Fish rug: An interior designer found this genuine, hand-woven Oriental rug. We still love it even though Winston, our dog, has chewed off a bit of the corner.