After Harvey, Dickinson family starts with a clean slate to create coastal vibe
Corey and Misty Magliolo have a new date to celebrate — March 23, 2018. That’s the day they moved back into their Dickinson home that was severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August last year.
The Magliolos acknowledge they’re just one of many families who lost so much to the storm. They have vivid memories of accounting for the whereabouts of family and friends and having to leave that home on Jet Skis as floodwater rose during the storm.
They are thankful for the few things they were able to salvage and, most importantly, the ability to return to their home along Dickinson Bayou where they’d lived since 2006.
“There’s just something about that bayou that’s magnetic,” said Misty Magliolo, who grew up in land-locked El Campo, Texas, about 100 miles away. “I remember the first time I saw it, while visiting a college friend, and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to live on this bayou one day,’ and my wish came true after meeting Corey.”
Corey Magliolo, who grew up fishing and water skiing on the bayou, was taking his father’s boat out long before he could drive a car.
The Magliolos’ home, built in 1997, originally had dark brown paneling, wall-to-wall carpet, paned windows and lacked the open, airy concept they both wanted.
“We were adding our own touches before Harvey hit, so after the hurricane, I knew I’d have a clean slate and could really go for the coastal vibe,” Misty Magliolo said.
The Magliolos designed the new wrought-iron and glass-front doors, and the open concept they envisioned pops immediately upon entering house. The expansive floor-to-ceiling windows provide a striking view of the bayou, trees and swimming pool that fared remarkably well during the storm.
The combination family room/dining room/study and kitchen walls feature warm hues of alabaster and slate blue. Acacia wood floors, quartz kitchen countertops and a new KitchenAid stainless steel refrigerator with French doors give the area a contemporary feel. A chandelier above the rustic dining room table survived Harvey, as did two metal barstools.
“Even if something was chipped or dinged, I just left it that way,” Misty Magliolo said.
Elliptical arches throughout the interior are noticeable architectural treatments.
“We added as many as we could,” said Corey Magliolo, who was very involved with the construction, and was doing double duty because his business also flooded during Harvey.
The family room, with a creamy fabric-covered sectional sofa decorated with tropical pillows, two matching wicker chairs, and a console with hardware resembling boat cleats, all are coastal elements the couple envisioned. An eye-catching octopus triptych print hangs above a weathered beach-finish foyer table.
Texas limestone covers the former brown brick fireplace and the new mantel is made of salvaged wood from the former
Galveston military installation, known as Fort Crockett, the couple found at Antique Warehouse on the island.
A hallway angles toward the guest bathroom with sunshine yellow walls, cobalt blue tiled floor, Talavera sink and a dinged up pre-Harvey mirror that previously rested above the fireplace.
“That mirror is special to me as I hung many Christmas wreaths over it in the past,” Misty Magliolo said.
The large master bedroom, with speckled Berber carpet, wicker headboard, bleached wood chest of drawers and orange and cobalt blue floral comforter, offers a view of the bayou and a door leading to the back deck.
The master bath has a serene spa feel with shades of white and a subtle hint of teal, pearly-gray ceramic floors, granite countertops and a candle-style bronze chandelier.
A long hallway full of family photos ends at the bedrooms occupied by the couple’s two children — Coy, 15 and Caryss, 12. Caryss’ room, which had the most damage, is painted a soft wisteria shade. Her only request for something new was for a clear acrylic hanging ball chair.
Coy opted for tan and denim walls, now covered with sports posters, and a splash of Dickinson Independent School District “Gator” colors — blue, red and white.
Corey, self-employed, and Misty, an academic coach and dyslexia teacher, are glad to be back home, but it’s not all about the house, they said.
“We are died-in-the-wool Dickinsonians,” Corey said. “I wanted to create an atmosphere like the one I grew up with. My folks’ house was the house where everybody hung out. I want my kids to have that.”
Misty agreed the neighborhood was ideal for raising a family.
“Our kids are rarely on their cellphones,” she said. “They are outside on the zip-line, on the Jet Ski or water skiing, and we spend a lot of time on the buck boat.”
And just what is a buck boat?
“It’s basically a pontoon boat with a deer-head mount,” Corey said. “We found the deer head washed up on the bayou after Hurricane Ike, attached it to the boat and it became known as the buck boat.”
Before Hurricane Harvey, the Magliolos used to take the buck boat to popular Dickinson restaurant Marais.
“Owner Keith Lilley told us that Dickinson wouldn’t be back to normal until the buck boat came back to Marais,” Corey said. “And now it has.”