Couple finds waterfront dream home and each other
When Kakie McKinney Alexander was widowed in 2013, she wasn’t quite sure about staying in her spacious Friendswood home on half an acre of land. The house was full of memories.
Little did she know she would find love again and remarry within 13 months. Not only would she remarry, but she would fulfill a lifelong dream of living on the water.
Friends introduced her to David Alexander, a widower living in Katy, and their romance blossomed.
After marrying, the Alexanders put their respective houses on the market and began searching for waterfront property.
“The minute we walked into this Mediterranean-style home in the South Shore area of League City, we both looked at each other and knew this was the one,” Kakie Alexander said.
The Alexanders were drawn to the tall arched windows facing the marina on the south side of Clear Lake. They went straight through the patio doors, marveled at the view, then looked back inside and fell in love with the interior columns and open balcony above the living room.
The two-story, 3,300-square-foot home, with four bedrooms, two full baths and powder room, is 1,000 square feet smaller than Kakie Alexander’s former home. She had some downsizing to do. But her main focus was making the place a seaside haven.
After moving in, she lightened up the medium gray walls with a soft sea foam green. The Saltillo tile floors with painted tile inserts would remain, but she took out the carpet in the master bedroom and replaced it with off-white wood grain tile.
To bring even more light into the house, she painted the balcony railing above the living room and the stair balusters leading to the second floor stark white. She painted the interior walls on the second level sea foam green and beige.
The kitchen countertops were updated with Pebble Creek Gold granite, and they had a backsplash of sandy mosaic tile installed. They also added a custom-built kitchen island.
As the newlyweds began to purge their belongings, it was less of a problem for David than Kakie.
“David had lived in his house for 35 years, with the same outdated furniture,” Kakie Alexander said. “So, he donated most of it, but I had to let go of many of my things.”
Because her Friendswood home was mainly furnished with Country French and traditional pieces — with accent colors of purple and beige — she wasn’t sure they would work in the new coastal environment.
She had two Queen Anne chairs with lime green and purple stripes reupholstered in shades of teal brocade with matching throw pillows. Other pieces of furniture were easily revamped with slipcovers.
“I used a lot of area rugs and some lamps from my former home, but most of the lamps are new,” Alexander said. “So is the hutch behind the new living room sofa. The glass mirrors with gold trim above the fireplace were in my Friendswood home, but worked really well here.”
Soon, the mix of old and new blended in nicely.
Objets d’art, including sailboats, mermaids, sharks, starfish and seahorses, are scattered about. Large coastal paintings are prominent in almost every room.
An oversized painting of waves rushing onto the shore hangs above the bed in the master bedroom. But it was so big, the Alexanders had to buy a new headboard to accommodate it.
Impressive chandeliers — a few from the Friendswood home, and several new ones — are focal points. One is made of tiny seashells and another of Swarovski crystals.
A muted painting of tall sailing ships hangs over a distressed French settee across from the dining room area. Glass vases with flower arrangements, designed by the lady of the house, are seen here and there, as well as canvases she painted herself.
The second floor balcony area overlooking the living room is Kakie Alexander’s office and lounging area. It’s feminine, soft and elegant, reflecting her style and grace. The gold camelback sofa and matching peach chairs are from her former home.
Gold-frame mirrors hang on the wall above a beveled glass shelf displaying family photos.
One of the three upstairs bedrooms is used for storage and is off-limits. The guest bedroom is nostalgic for Alexander because it’s where she was able to use those purple and beige elements. A chaise lounge, covered in lilac velvet, and bedding in shades of deep violet are reminders of her former residence. A gold-flecked floor-length mirror framed by two tall vintage shutters are in an opposite corner.
The other upstairs bedroom, complete with built-in wet bar, makes it the perfect place for David Alexander’s “man space” area.
“The walls were covered in dark wallpaper, so we took it down and painted the walls beige and the built-in bookshelves white,” Kakie Alexander said. “When David’s guy friends come over, they come up here to watch a ballgame and hang out. There’s even a small deck up here where they can step outside for a view of the harbor.”
An overstuffed yellow sofa, brown leather tufted chair and ottoman add masculine elements to the room. Stacks of books, framed photos, collectibles and a vintage slot machine are just a few of the treasures on display.
A Moroccan brass tray hanging above the sofa is one item David Alexander refused to part with, although his wife isn’t very fond of it. But that’s OK, because he got rid of mostly everything he owned, she said.
Other improvements to the home included a fountain at the front entrance and a spa on the back deck.
Life is good for these two love birds. They have a lot of fun together and feel very blessed, they said.
“It’s wonderful to have found another partner in life,” said Kakie Alexander, whose husband happily agreed.