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Part 3: Ebbtide, Mary Kay Andrews’ Tybee Beach Cottage

porchI have saved one last interior room and a few outside spaces for the final part of our tour of Ebbtide…the big beach house that writer, Mary Kay Andrews and her family renovated on Tybee Island.  As if the living and dining spaces weren’t enough eye candy, just look what they did with this huge glassed in porch. (I don’t need the rest of the house.  This room alone will do for me.:))

porch with rattan

This porch is an L-shaped room.  You can enter it from the living room or from that exterior door that you see in the photo below .  It is also accessible from one of the bedrooms.

porch rattan furniture

The folding daybed down at the end was purchased for a mere $10 at an estate sale in Atlanta.

porch daybed with ticking fabricThe bolster was made from vintage French grain sack fabric.  The mattress is covered in ticking that was also purchased at an Atlanta estate sale…about15 years ago.  Mary Kay said there must have been 100 yards on the bolt of fabric, and she has used it everywhere!

ticking stripe pillows

On the other end of the L-shape you find a table with chairs and ….yes!…another seating area.

porch tableThere is a vintage tablecloth on the table – which is just perfect for Ebbtide, and I think that super comfy white sofa is the best place in the house for curling up with a good book (perhaps the new MKA book, Save the Date, when it releases in June!:))

porch sofaI just had to get a closer shot of that metal dollhouse.  It is exactly like one I had as a child long ago in the dark ages.

porch with white sofa and striped rattanHere is a peek inside the rooms of the dollhouse. (I bet that dollhouse of mine was the beginning of my home decorating obsession  interest.:))

porch dollhouseWould you believe the gorgeous porch floor was already painted that perfect seashore blue when they purchased Ebbtide?  What luck!

porch with dollhouseAnd isn’t this vintage sign great?!  It was a Craigslist find in Atlanta.  Mary Kay had to meet the seller in the parking lot of a local Target store to make the deal. (Totally worth it, I would say!)

cokeNow let’s wander outside on the deck.  You can’t really tell from the photo, but you can get a view of the ocean from there.

upper deckNow go back through the porch and out the door by the daybed.  This sweet little red table and chair set is waiting for you to enjoy your morning coffee there – or perhaps a Coke.:)porch deck table and chairsFollow the steps down to the lower level.  There is a sandcastle painted wall in the parking area. Only at the beach….

parking area wall muralNow go out the side door of the garage, and you will find this patio area…lower level patiowith its wicker seating from various estate sales and Scotts Antique Markets…

wicker on terraceand Gladys the glider who looks sooo much better now that she has been cleaned up, painted with some navy spray paint, and dressed in blue ticking stripe cushions via Alison Seeger Slipcovers.

glider on patioThere is another area with a picnic table around the corner from this seating, but I did not get a photo of it because we were in a hurry to go out to dinner that night.  (I’ll tell you about our dinner in another post…oh my goodness it was delicious!!)

Before I finish this final post on Ebbtide, I wanted to remind you to leave a comment on this post (and on the previous 2 posts if you’d like) to be entered in the drawing for three of Mary Kay Andrews’ books (one of which is autographed) and a couple of other goodies from Tybee Island.  You can find all the details here.

Talk of the House giveaway Mary Kay Andrews books

Okay, now it is time to bring this tour to an end.  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. A BIG thank you goes to Mermaid Cottages for all their work in keeping these vacation homes available for everyone to love, and to the talented Mary Kay Andrews (whose real name is Kathy Hogan Trocheck) for creating a home that is the perfect escape-from-reality beach house.  I truly was in House Heaven there.:)

Are you ready for  an escape?  You are only one house back from the boardwalk to the beach.

Early the next morning I photographed our walk down to the water.  Come with me…

board walkThese are the views in the early morning sunlight.

early morning boardwalk

boardwalk at sunrise

Tybee Island dunesThe boardwalk ends.  We step onto the soft sand.  At the end of a short path, this is quietly calling for us.

beach swingHave a seat.  Soak in the sights, scents, and sounds of the ocean.

swing at the beach

Tybee sunriseWish we were there…

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Cathy Norrie - April 15, 2014 - 1:27 am

As usual, Kelly, a delightful post. Your photos are perfect. Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into Ebbtide. I wish I were snuggled in that comfy white couch with a good book right now;

Cath (from Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

P.S. You are very popular with many people… all over the world!

Susan - April 15, 2014 - 1:31 am

I may just have to rent this place so I can visit the metal dollhouse. I had one very similar to that. I wish I still owned it.

LJ - April 15, 2014 - 1:50 am

Such fun. Two things: 1)I still have my metal dollhouse like the one at Ebbtide(mine is white and red not white and green) and 2)The sun seems to be rising all wrong. Here in CA the sun sets over the ocean which is opposite than the East. So for me the photo doesn’t say morning but evening-lol.

Kristi@Chatfield Court - April 15, 2014 - 1:55 am

Can I just say that I love the daybed…and $10? Wow. What a great series Kelly. Thanks for sharing all of these lovely pics.

Catherine - April 15, 2014 - 2:34 am

How gorgeous is that porch floor? Oh my, I could feel myself exhaling just looking at the photos! I can only imagine how wonderful to actually visit. Sigh, one day!

Linda Evans - April 15, 2014 - 6:42 am

omg….the dollhouse, the tablecloth…blue floor…..coke sign…..ocean….after this most wonderful tour of Tybee Island, I told my husband that is one place I want to go before I die….thank you, thank you, thank you so much for sharing…..your awesome too !!!!!!!!!!!!

TracyK - April 15, 2014 - 6:59 am

I love this cottage and hope to visit someday. My grandparents had a glider like the one shown. We spent lots of evenings hanging out on their porch when the weather allowed. Brings back memories!

Katrina - April 15, 2014 - 7:06 am

Oh Kelly, no wonder you were checking out real estate pamphlets when you left Tybee!! Love this house, this beach path and it’s wooden swing but best of all I love that you got to enjoy it over your break!!!! My husband and I are chaperoning ( maybe a better word is herding) 60 three year olds at an Easter egg hunt today at a local retirement center! The residents hid 1200 eggs! Oh and did I mention it is supposed to rain all day…. You know, those sweet little three yr olds will never even notice!!! Have a great day, Kelly!!

Jill - April 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

I love this whole house, but I think the porch would be my favorite spot too. Thanks for giving us the grand tour. I’m looking forward to hearing about where you ate also. Next to houses, food is my next favorite thing. Or maybe it’s the other way around. :D

Patty in Michigan - April 15, 2014 - 7:23 am

Just seeing the beach and warmth of the sun and sand makes me jealous. Woke up to 3 inches of snow on the ground here in Michigan! Enjoyed the tour, cute cottages! Thanks, Kelly.

Stacey Y. - April 15, 2014 - 7:27 am

I have enjoyed the visit through your eyes and camera to this wonderful vacation house! Just last week, my friend, Jean, and I were talking about Mary Kay Andrew’s books, I had not read them. After seeing your post, I’ve shared it with her and have drooled over the first two posts and I can hardly wait to get together to talk about this one. You do a fabulous job! I have a soft spot in my heart for gliders and the blue ticking!

Susan G - April 15, 2014 - 7:39 am

I have enjoyed viewing every room in the cottage and they are so wonderful. I had a dollhouse similar to the one in the photo as well. The last pictures of the walk to the beach and the swing gave a few moments of calm before I begin my day. I definitely need some sand in my shoes and salt air.

Brenda - April 15, 2014 - 8:12 am

My SIL often vacations at Tybee Island; your photos make me want to tag along on one of her trips! Ebbtide is beach house perfection!
Thank you for taking your readers along with you on this wonderful vacation.

Wanda - April 15, 2014 - 8:22 am

Just love everything about this cottage!

Diane - April 15, 2014 - 8:29 am

I had that metal dollhouse, too! Oh, how I wish I still had it! I have really enjoyed this series.

Arlene@Nanaland - April 15, 2014 - 8:43 am

I want that vintage doll house Kelly!! And the rest of the house at Ebbtide. Wouldn’t that be a treat?? As for Tybee, I have spent many peaceful (and some not so peaceful!) hours there. Those swings are one of my favorite things. I always tell Marvin that we have to SWING.

Sandy - April 15, 2014 - 8:46 am

Oh so needed these beautiful cottage pictures this morning and the ocean view. Here in Ohio it’s snowing. Poor robins probably wish they would have stayed down South another month. Thank you for sharing Tybee Island. It’s on my bucket list!

Kathy - April 15, 2014 - 9:14 am

I have so enjoyed this series! I don’t think there is anything in this house that I don’t love! I could settle down on that porch and wile away many, many hours while reading one of Mary Kay’s books.

Cindy Ross - April 15, 2014 - 9:15 am

Thanks for saving the best for last. The porch was my favorite. I could just sit on that porch forever. Looks like a good place to grab a book, glass of wine and sit back and chillax. I can’t believe you were able to tear yourself away to leave. I think I would have been depressed going home. Then again if I had your home I might not of. Your home is equally as beautiful. I believe the enjoyment of my evenings has now become to come home and go to your site to see what you have for me for the day. Thanks again for sharing.

Robin Madden - April 15, 2014 - 9:30 am

I would love to read Mary Kay Andrews books while I’m vacationing at Ebbtide beach house! I would have my morning coffee on that fabulous deck with the blue floor; it looks so relaxing out there. I would then take a morning walk down the boardwalk and go sit on the fabulous swing…for hours! lol

After a swim and walk along the beach picking up seashells…I would have some southern sweet tea in the downstairs patio area with the wicker furniture. I would test out all the seating :)

Ahhh, I could go on and on…what a wonderful place! Thank you for taking us there along with you. This house is perfect for a family reunion too!

I have really enjoyed how you did your blog for Tybee. I loved looking at all the pictures and reading about the owner/author and her treasures and finds; how they really make this place come together.

Linda@Limeinthecoconut - April 15, 2014 - 9:33 am

Oh. That little doll house! I too, had one….and have come across them, but never knew what I would do with one. NOW I know!!

Pat Cable - April 15, 2014 - 9:44 am

I see my tray sitting on the green cart. I have the same one and put a white lace place mat inside. I can picture myself relaxing here. :)

Debra - April 15, 2014 - 9:58 am

Love the porch area. I think I am changing my mind on my favorite room/area now. I am grabbing a cup of coffee and walking the beach in my mind at least. How wonderful. Sigh! We just received another dose of snow yesterday. Ugh! Thank you Kelly for this wonderful post and beach escape, if only in my mind. Early Easter Blessings and warm thoughts your way Kelly.


sharon - April 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

What an awesome porch. WHo needs the house??? Have a blessed Easter.

Jenb - April 15, 2014 - 10:01 am

I love the colored floors on all the porches. That little detail makes so much difference. And I had a similar dollhouse too!

Sandra - April 15, 2014 - 10:49 am

We discovered Tybee Island 2 years ago and have stayed each summer. Such a wonderful place for a vacation. So laid back and comfortable. Just found your blog and am sharing with others that I know will enjoy as much as I do. Thanks.

Talia - April 15, 2014 - 11:28 am

I NEED the green cart that was on the porch. And the floor – swoon! This makes me long for outdoor sitting. It is currently snowing in my area…:(

Joan Sommerfield - April 15, 2014 - 11:34 am

Kelly, I love going on these jaunts with you. The dollhouse really spoke to me in this one. Brought back lots of memories of one I played with as a child. The boardwalk is another thing that stirred memories of the beach, the sand, the sound of the surf and gulls, the wind through the sea grass. Even the sound as you walk on the boardwalk. Isn’t wonderful how those memories can be brought back just through your beautiful pics. Like a trip back in time. Thanks for the journey.

Garden, Home and Party - April 15, 2014 - 12:45 pm

What a great house. Wouldn’t it be fun to own a house that all of your family and friends could visit to recharge their batteries? It’s so inviting. I’m sure you and your family had a memorable time.

Louvina - April 15, 2014 - 1:43 pm

The doll house is just like the one I had, too! Wish I still had it!! Also, frozen cokes are my favorite drink ! The blue painted floor was my favorite thing— I think the sea is calling my name!! Thank you for a wonderful look back and some great ideas to think about in decorating. A rain storm just went through and now the cleanest smelling breeze, damp earth —with cardinals singing and Carolina wrens chattering. Feeling blessed and refreshed!:)

Debbie w - April 15, 2014 - 2:00 pm

My favorite thing is the vintage doll house……I still have mine in the attic thinking about pulling it out and displaying it. Pick me

Lisa K - April 15, 2014 - 3:00 pm

I’m so enjoying the guided tour through Ebbtide Cottage. What a charming place! I think I’d spend every waking hour on one of those great porches/patios listening to the ocean.

Kelly, on a totally different note, I’d love to know the paint color you used for the siding on your home. We’re building a home & I’m in the process of picking roof, windows, & exterior paint colors. The color you used looks so natural & I really like how it flows with the landscape.

Love your blog! Thanks so much!

Mary from Virginia - April 15, 2014 - 3:15 pm

What a fun cottage she has created. I love all the colors in her home. That doll house is just precious. Everything about this home reminds me of what staying at the beach is really supposed to be COMFORTABLE!

Crystal - April 15, 2014 - 4:59 pm

Going to Tybee in June. I can’t wait.! While I wait for summer vacation, I will just have to keep looking at pictures . Thanks for providing these beautiful photos.

Vicki - April 15, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Kelly, what a wonderful three day tour of this amazing beach home I had so much fun like being there on the tour with you! I love the colors of the home so refreshing, bold, and just plain fun (coke table and chairs, painted sand castles, and the pillows on the couch I have two just like them on my bed!)..thank you again for such a wonderful time and the sunrise the next day…gorgeous!

Pam - April 15, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Loved this trip to the beach with you. The beach house is absolutely wonderful. If you stayed there a week you wouldn’t have time to enjoy all of the special little areas you’ve shown! Looking forward to our trip later in the year.

Andrea - April 15, 2014 - 9:27 pm

MKA is as talented of a beach house redecorator as she is a writer….. thanks for the great tour. It took me back to the lovely week my family and I spent on Tybee last June. I can’t wait to go back now!

Jeanne Bell - April 15, 2014 - 9:34 pm

I can almost feel the sand between my toes, and the smell of the ocean…..thanks for the escape.

Pat Peele - April 15, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Lovely retreat for a writer of wonderful books!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - April 15, 2014 - 10:45 pm

So happy you stopped by my blog, because now I found you! What a fun coincidence . . . I stayed at Ebb Tide in February! Isn’t it fabulous? Your photos were WAAAAYYY better than mine. I was having camera malfunction that week, or else I think I would have had about 87 posts about the Mermaid Cottages we toured.
I know you had a fabulous time, and I’m so glad I found your beautiful blog!

Kathy - April 16, 2014 - 8:37 am

I always enjoy a little trip to the beach on your blog! (I received that “Fresh Air” pillow from our “thrift store Christmas” with friends this year and can’t wait to put it in my happy place.) I love how a little bit of vintage really makes a place seem like home and adds character….like your Bingo cage and the VW bus. Your photos of the beach in the early morning were captivating! I expect to see those scenes in just five days!!!

Faye - April 16, 2014 - 9:17 am

What a lovely introduction to Ebbtide! And to this blog…I never thought of following one until I read MKA’s novel ‘Ladies Night.’ The whole connection of writing, beaches, and houses is my passion. Thank you Kelly for bringing it all “home” for me.

Monika - April 16, 2014 - 11:44 am

Thanks, Kelly, for taking us along to Tybee Island – what a beautiful place. I have not read any of Mary Kay Andrews books but will definitely put them on my “books to be read” list.

Amy O'Quinn - April 16, 2014 - 2:46 pm

My grandma had a glider very similar to the one at Ebbtide. She and I spent many an hour taking ‘trips’ on that piece of metal. :)
It makes me feel nostalgic! I also really like the Icee art, the gorgeous color of the porch floor, and the beautiful ocean view. So glad you were able to take such a special Spring Break trip!

Lori R. - April 17, 2014 - 11:07 am

What a great place to vacation! We just got back from Hilton Head but I have to say that Tybee is calling our name.

Yvonne Schultz - April 17, 2014 - 12:06 pm

What an awesome place to get away! Would make for a wonderful vacation with my grandchildren!!! Your photos are wonderful – thanks for sharing.

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Bucket List! Great post and pics. We have been looking at this place for quite some time!

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Ebbtide – Part 2, Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach House – Tybee Island

hall bathroom gallery of vintage Do Not Disturb signs from old hotels
I’m so glad you are back for Part 2 of our tour!  From all the comments, I do believe you loved seeing the kitchen, dining, and living areas of Mary Kay Andrews’ Ebbtide cottage in Part 1, so let’s go see the bedrooms today.  They evoke such a nostalgic mood to me…even more than the kitchen does.

buffet and wooden doors, ice cream freezer lampsThe bedrooms are right off the living and dining areas. Lots of doors!  This house really rambles.  By now you know I want you to see the before, and I am sure you will notice that they have chosen to leave some of the pine walls in their natural finish.

Here is a before of the children’s bedroom:

childrens room before

And here is the super cute after!  White furniture, red checks, jute rug, and even a little red toy truck.  This could be my daughter’s room!  I like how the framed shells not only give the wall a splash of color, but they also bring your view up making it look like the headboards are higher.  So smart.

childrens bedroom red gingham pillow shams and bedskirtsRemember this home was constructed in the 1930′s, so there are sinks in the bedrooms.  (Handy when the house is full of people sharing the bathrooms.) My first room at college was in a dorm that was built in 1907, and we had a sink like that in our room.:)

childrens bedroom sinkRemember I said there were lots of doors? To get to the next bedroom you go through the bedroom door there by the sink.

guest bedroomCharming seahorse linens in this room with the quirky lamps.  This room has French doors that open onto the porch.

guest bedroom linensAnother door off the bedroom leads into the shared bathroom with its framed 1920′s wool bathing suit. That framed bathing suit makes me wonder… Whenever I wash things made of wool, they shrink down to Thumbelina size.  How could a bathing suit be made of wool and not shrink in the water?  Or is that the shrunken version of it?  Just something my brain ponders along with other world matters.:)

hall bathroom framed vintage swimsuitMoving, love, love the collection of vintage Do Not Disturb signs hung on that wall! She got them from a woman in Raleigh, NC who had traveled with a theater group back in the 1940′s.  The woman had saved all of them from old hotels, and Mary Kay has been keeping them in storage for 8 years.  For this arrangement in the bathroom, she framed all of them in floating frames from Michaels.

hall bathroom

sink and miror

Stepping through the other door of the bathroom, you will find yourself in the hall. A reader made the wreath out of pages from one of Mary Kay’s novels.

hallway book page wreathThere is a third bedroom at the end of that small hallway, and you can see that the walls in there are painted.

hallwaySuch a sweet restful room!

white bedroomLike the other two bedrooms, this one has a sink in it as well.

white bedroom sinkAre you ready to see the master bedroom? You have to go through the living room and enter this bedroom through a door by the sofa.  Let’s start with a before

master bedroom before

And now isn’t the change amazing??!  (I think the bed has been turned so that the headboard is on a different wall than it was in the old photo.) Our master bedroom has the same color scheme (and a very similar bed) and this makes me want to paint our ceiling blue and our walls white!

master bedroomAnother framed grouping of shells dresses the walls on both sides of the bed.

master bedroom shell collection in shadow boxesThe lamps on the nightstands are from Homegoods.

master bedroom four poster bed red toileAnother door in this room opens to the master bathroom with its black painted clawfoot tub.

master bathroom clawfoot tub

master bathroom

And we are still not finished seeing all the bedrooms!  Remember, I told you this house rambles.:) To get to the last few rooms you have to go outside and down to the lower level by the garage.  These rooms were storage areas for the previous owners. White paint really cleaned it all up.  Instead of storage, now you will find two bedrooms, a bathroom (made up of 2 areas), and the laundry room.

Here is what I call the boys’ room with its nautical maps.  downstairs boys bedroomThis is one side of the bathroom…

downstairs bathroomand here is the shower side. (I totally forgot to take a photo of this.)

downstairs shower Mermaid

There is also one other bedroom that is on this lower level, and you can see it if you go to the website. And that wraps up all 6 bedrooms in Ebbtide.  Don’t they just make you think of old fashioned days at the beach?

Remember that you can enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of one of Mary Kay Andrews’ books and several other things simply by leaving a comment on any of the Mary Kay Andrews and Tybee Island posts.  The giveaway closes at midnight on 4/16/14.  For more details, click here.

Talk of the House giveaway Mary Kay Andrews booksI have one more post for you to finish our tour of this wonderful place.  Which room in Ebbtide is your favorite so far?

We’d love to hear!

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Lindy James - April 13, 2014 - 1:11 am

Love the kitchen but if I had to pick my favorite room in Ebbtide so far it would have to be the master bedroom. It just looks so peaceful and relaxing. Having just finished our master bed and bath remodel and seeing how these bedrooms at Ebbtide were decorated gives me some great ideas. Now if I only lived near the beach! Keep up the great job of blogging Kelly.

Joan Sommerfield - April 13, 2014 - 3:05 am

This is such a delightfully refreshing house. I really am drawn to the framed starfish and shells backed by red to make them ‘pop’. There something about red and white checks that make me want to smile inside. Maybe checks of any color, but red and white especially. Also, who would have thought that framing ‘Do Not Disturb’ tags could be so appealing? Thanks for taking us on such fun tours, Kelly.

Anne Boykin - April 13, 2014 - 6:13 am

Hi Kelly, Well it’s hard to pick a favorite but I think it’s the red and white bedroom. Love the beds and the framed shells. Reminds me of your house – beautiful! Thanks again for sharing this lovely home with us.

franceshanlon - April 13, 2014 - 6:30 am

Hi Kelly,
everything looks just beautiful. I would love to spend a few weeks here. Tybee looks like so much fun.
Oh by the way water doesn’t make wool shrink, it’s the dryer that does that ;(. Love your blog have a great day. Frances

donna - April 13, 2014 - 7:36 am

Hi Kelly,

Love the red, white, and blue master bedroom. Looks so relaxing. The whole house looks fun and vibrant! I could easily live there and not change a thing!


Stacey Y. - April 13, 2014 - 7:42 am

I have never read any of Mary Kay Andrew’s books, but after seeing this beach House, they are next on my reading list!!! Thank you for sharing these photos with us! It’s been just delightful!

Paula B. - April 13, 2014 - 7:57 am

Kelly, I love all the MKA posts, she sure has a decorating knack. And, although, I was going to the beach in a different region of the country, I, also, am reminded of an earlier décor. Where we vacationed every summer on the Cape, the cottage was vintage fifties (for many decades). I’m reading all the Callahan Garrity series right now, really love that character. It’s a “big” birthday for me today, off for brunch with the girlfriends and then it’s an afternoon playing cards and board games with them all (good pals from my teaching days). Yesterday, the cousins celebrated at a tea room you would love in historic Sandwich, Mass… best of all, Mother Nature has delivered sunny skies and temps near seventy!

sharon - April 13, 2014 - 8:39 am

Kelly, what a wonderful (BIG)cottage. I’m always drawn to the red, white, and blue color scheme. It must have been a totally delightful trip.

Melissa - April 13, 2014 - 8:43 am

I LOVE everything about her house! I have read all of her books and am anxiously awaiting the next one! Her house is like her books, it just draws you in and makes you want to see more. I am a huge Mary Kay Andrews fan, thanks for sharing her home with us.
I love your blog too! It is one of my “go to” blogs everyday! :o)

Debra - April 13, 2014 - 8:49 am

I have to say of all the bedrooms, I like the twin white beds with red check décor and the single bed with the nautical theme on the lower level. This home definitely has enough room to gather a large family for memories to be made. What fun!


Kathy - April 13, 2014 - 8:50 am

Hey, Kelly! I want to go! My favorite rooms are the master bedroom and the one with the white iron bed. I like that the walls are painted white. I love the old “Do Not Disturb” signs. What a cool thing that they were saved! (I can’t wait to win the books and take them to the beach to read.) Have a great week!

Vicki - April 13, 2014 - 8:54 am

Kelly, the entire home is beautiful, relaxing, comfortable, and welcoming – my favorite room is the guest bedroom with the seahorse bedding and pillows! Just the right touch of quirky and fun…I could curl up there with a good book all day.

Debby - April 13, 2014 - 8:56 am

I love the bedroom with the twin beds. The frames with the shells about the bed are so clever. Love the red in the room. Would sure love to win the giveaway.

Katrina - April 13, 2014 - 9:03 am

Okay..I am officially in love!!!!! EVERYTHING about this house is cute!!!! The DO Not Disturb signs……oh my!!! I have never read one of her books BUT first thing on my list for Monday is to go get one. Now I wish you would do a post on her Atlanta home…please, please!!! I saw her first beach house in BHandGardens. Wonder if they will also do a feature on this beach house?

Arlene@Nanaland - April 13, 2014 - 9:36 am

I am glad that MK kept some of the wood paneling in the house. Many people cover it with paint right away but GENUINE Wood paneling seems to be making a come back. I think it is because it looks cozy! And all colors look good against wood making it easier to change decor. Kelly, I was watching Give Them Something to Talk About on tv yesterday and I LOVED the houses in that movie. Have you ever done a blog on them? I especially loved the old farm house that Emma Rae( the sister) lived in. It had wooden paneling that had been stained a dark turquoise color. It made me want that for my dream cabin!! I looked on IMDB and found that the movie was filmed in Savannah, Ridgeland SC, and at a plantation in Louisiana. I want to watch the movie again just to get to see the houses again!!

Andrea - April 13, 2014 - 9:46 am

Kelly, I don’t know that I can pick a favorite room in this beach house! I will say that I love MKA’s use of red, white and blue… pretty. I so love all of her framed vintage suits…..I really wish she would tell us how she framed them!!!! did she use fabric behind them? Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful home!!!! Now I have to return to Tybee!

Anita - April 13, 2014 - 9:47 am

Thank you for sharing this super adorable home. I love the painted planked walls. I think it gives the rooms so much character. The bedrooms sinks are practical of course and so cute. I am redoing my daughter’s bedroom (she too has a four poster bed like the one in the picture). The curtains in the master bedroom would be perfect! I must show this to my daughter who loves blue! I love the whole house, but my favorite is the kitchen and master bedroom. Love the framed vintage swimsuits! Would love to see her home in Atlanta as well. Have a great Sunday.

Linda@limeinthecoconut - April 13, 2014 - 10:36 am

I think my fave is the do not disturb signs!! LOVE those!!

Dawn - April 13, 2014 - 11:29 am


I am so glad that you shared this cottage home with us. I really like Mary Kay Andrews books and find myself purchasing one every year and then saving to book until summer time so then I can properly devour it! I have two favorite rooms in this post. The bathroom with the super cute Do Not Disturb signs and the sweet red and white bed room with the perfect sea shells mounted above the beds. That bedroom looks like it could possibly be in your home. Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful post with us! I wish I could have gone on spring break with you!

Cathy Norrie - April 13, 2014 - 11:46 am

Now, really, how could one possibly choose one favourite room I ask you? Nope. Can’t be done. Sorry. I love, love, love it all. Although having said that I am particularly interested in the bathrooms as I am in the midst of doing a reno of our main (the LARGE one measuring 5′ X 7′) bathroom. Mine should look very similar to their one with the clawfoot tub. I can’t wait!

Thanks for more Ebbtide nummyness!


Martha - April 13, 2014 - 11:59 am

Love the pictures and would love to visit the cottages in person! A trip to Tybee island is on my bucket list!

Leslie - April 13, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Thank you, Kelly for all of these postings! We were going to go to Blufton for our vacation, but because of all of these pictures we decided to check out Tybee and we rented a cottage there through Mermaid cottages. When we get there this summer I will tell them we found them because of Kelly at talkofthehouse. I adore your blog. It’s so inspirational to me and as neat as a pin!

Joanne - April 13, 2014 - 12:19 pm

I spend many summers visiting family in Savannah and spent many fine days at the beach there. This has me looking for all those old, tiny B&W photos from those summers.

Dotti O. - April 13, 2014 - 1:22 pm

I loved seeing the inside of that house. You did a great job of showing all the special details. I would love to be there right now reading one of her autographed books. I have a few, but none with her autograph. I think my favorite room is that paneled bedroom with the blue ceiling and the red touches. Best to you!

Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane - April 13, 2014 - 2:10 pm

The kitchen is still my very favorite room, but the master bedroom is a close second. Red, white, and blue has always been my favorite summer color scheme, and it all looks so crisp and refreshing!

Louvina - April 13, 2014 - 3:21 pm

I am enthralled!!! I think my favorite room is your “daughter’s room”! It does remind me of her room at your house. I like the red and white and how clever to place the shell pictures above the head boards. Gives it an entirely different look and pulls your eyes upward. I would never think to do that!! Just love the vintage sprinkling cans and sand pails—that’s the kind back in the 50′s when I was a kid.We had a tub with claw legs when I was young and I thought it was “ugly” then—but most of my friends didn’t even have bathrooms with running water!! And when we had a cottage on a lake in Jackson, OH, we had a mini-one- about half that size!! Just my size!! Beautiful Palm Sunday here in Central FL. Sail boats on the lake with a nice breeze. Be thinking of you during this testing week–I used to be the testing coordinator– oh, my!! I’m not sure I agree with so much testing, especially for the very young? Only 29 more days ’til summer vacation! YEA!

Becky - April 13, 2014 - 7:10 pm

My goodness, I love, love, your blog. Such great descriptions of everything. The great use of what is at hand is so refreshing!
Happy Holy Week, Becky from Oklahoma

martha - April 13, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Kelly, you have been a busy girl!!! I have really enjoyed these posts. I love the color scheme used and all the vintage touches. The do not disturb signs are great and as much as I don’t like bathing suits, I am really glad we don’t wear wool to swim in any more.I love the way she framed them. The sinks in the rooms seem an awful idea to me….I can just see the mess my kids would have made. I think I would have taken them out, but then I guess they add vintage charm.

Terry - April 13, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Even though Hilton Head is our family’s favorite vacation destination, this Illinois girl has never read any of Mary Kay Andrew’s books!

Crystal B. - April 13, 2014 - 10:09 pm

The bedroom with the framed seashells over the beds was my favorite room!

Rachel - April 14, 2014 - 7:14 am

I’ve read many blogs in the last couple years, yours is the only one I regularly check now, I love it! Thank you!
I love MKA’s master bedroom at Ebbtide but I also love your master. Don’t paint your timber white and ceiling blue, it’s gorgeous just the way it is. :)

Robin Madden - April 14, 2014 - 11:20 am

I’m in love with this house!! The before and after pics are just incredible! I really love how everything is mostly white (walls, furniture)with pops of colors in the pillows, framed art, and lamps etc.

My favorite room in this one is probably the twin beds with the red checkered decor and red framed pics above the bed with shells and the starfish. It’s perfect for a beach house. I also like how they carried the red checkered color scheme in the shower curtain. It really makes the all white bathroom pop, and reminds me of the red in your house Kelly :)

My head is spinning with lots of new and fresh ideas that I would like to do at my house :)

Enjoy this beautiful day!


Talia - April 14, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Oh, it is impossible to choose just one room. It is such an amazing home with such a cozy and welcoming feel to it. Just lovely!

Debbie w - April 14, 2014 - 2:28 pm

I think the shared bath with vintage swim suit and do not disturb signs is so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jayne - April 14, 2014 - 8:34 pm

The bedrooms really do ramble, don’ they? I didn’t know that older housed had sinks in all the bedrooms. Nice to have your own sink.I’m glad they left some of the walls in the bedrooms unpainted. I do like painted panel, but it can also be overdone. Thanks for sharing this beach house. So many inspiring ideas! I may need to pin some of them!

Cindy Ross - April 14, 2014 - 8:53 pm

Ok it is official, I can’t decide which one I like best. I like them all. I want the whole place. I now want to go to Tybee so that is on the bucket list. That poor bucket list just keeps getting longer and longer. I think I really love the sinks in the bedrooms most of all now that I am writing and thinking about it. Thanks for sharing. Love that you take your time to share such beautiful things with us on your blog.

Lynne - April 14, 2014 - 9:05 pm

OMG! I love Mary Kay Andrews and all of her books! I discovered her through another blog and after reading one book I was hooked! I love how one of the characters seem to always be renovating, decorating, or junking- all of my favorite things to do! Thanks for sharing her home with all of us. I would love to meet her one day and get to go visit her home in person!

Kathy - April 15, 2014 - 9:18 am

It’s just too hard to pick a favorite! I love everything about this house – the painted wood, the colors, the location, the footed tub (I bought one off of Craigslist and painted the outside turquoise!) EVERYTHING!

Pat Cable - April 15, 2014 - 9:36 am

What a fantastic place. I love the framed swimsuits. How clever. Thanks for sharing.

Pat Peele - April 15, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Such a lovely visit to Ebbtide!!

Amy O'Quinn - April 16, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Lovin’ all that white and red check!! The house our family stays in on Amelia is an old beachfront cottage-y number, and there is a sink in the master bedroom. Actually, if you think about it, that is kind of convenient! :)

In these pics, I can almost feel the pull of the sea! And I really like the light, airy feel of the bedrooms! Very nice!

Ebbtide, Mary Kay Andrews’ Big Beach House on Tybee Island – Part 1

cottage  Tybee Island

Oh my goodness do I have a treat for you today, and I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to share it with you!!  In my last post, I confessed how much I loved the Breeze Inn, Mary Kay Andrews’ beach cottage on Tybee Island, and I even contacted Mermaid Cottages about staying there last week.  Do you remember I said we didn’t stay at the Breeze Inn? Well folks, when I contacted Diane at Mermaid Cottages, she asked if we would like to stay in MKA’s larger home, Ebbtide instead.  Would I?  WOULD I? You better believe I would!! (Who in their right mind wouldn’t??)  So today I want you to enjoy the wonderfully old fashioned beach house upon which Mary Kay Andrews and her husband have worked their magic.

Ebbtide upstairs porchSo why the larger house?…especially when everyone loves the Breeze Inn cottage, and “It is exactly what a beach house should look like” (to quote Pam C.’s comment from the post the other day:))  The charming beach cottage was getting to be a little crowded when the entire family was there because they were adding grandchildren.  So they began looking for a place that would be big enough to handle their whole family comfortably.

Ebbtide Tybee IslandDiane (the same angel above from Mermaid Cottages) is actually the one who found it for them – a 1932 old raised style Tybee cottage with its original wood floors and heart pine paneled walls.  It had been in the previous owner’s family since 1945, and it came totally furnished.  (Can you imagine??) They closed on this dream house right before Christmas in 2012, and then they got to work.

When you enter Ebbtide, you walk right into the kitchen.  This area required quite a bit of work because they removed the vinyl flooring to uncover old oak floors, had all new cabinets built (on site),added granite countertops, had subway tile installed for the backsplash, and purchased new appliances.  Just in case you would like to see the before, here it is:

Ebbtide Kitchen from

Oh yes, one more thing…they painted all the ceilings Benjamin Moore Morning Sky Blue and the walls Benjamin Moore Moonlight White, and oh what a difference it made! Of course, the red and white checked valances were the perfect touch to me.:)


Mary Kay Andrews is an estate sale-thrift store-antique shop-yard sale-Craigslist queen.  (I really think she just needed a larger house for a place to put all the treasures she  has accumulated from her shopping…shhh…don’t tell her I said that.:))  Anyway, there are soooo many treasures in Ebbtide, there is no way I could tell you about all of them, but here are a few things to note.

kitchen sink and grocery signThe cast iron kitchen sink there came from Pinch of the Past in Greensboro, Georgia, and the grocery sign was picked up from The Depot at Gibson Mill in Concord, North Carolina (which looks like a really interesting place to shop!)  Mary Kay’s husband built the frame and painted it black.

kitchen sink towels

I loved the blue plates displayed in that little corner there.

blue and white plate displaykitchen corner

Right off the kitchen is the dining area.  Originally there was a wall separating the two spaces.  Here is how that wall looked in its former life.

Ebbtide kitchen

And now here is that view. That “Private Baths” sign there came from Habersham Antiques Market in Savannah. (I don’t know how in the world she remembers all the places she finds these things!)

kitchen view into the dining area

 The dining room table is big enough to seat a crowd and is surrounded by black school house chairs (like mine!:)) with slipcovered armchairs at the ends.

dining area with vintage grocery signAnd yes, I am dying over those chairs!  Don’t you think they would be perfect somewhere in my house of gingham galore?

buffalo check slipcover

That old grocery store sign came with the purchase, and it was one of the first things that MKA was smitten with when she looked at the house for the very first time.

old grocery sign

The dining area also houses bookcases that hold a variety of dvds, games, and books for a family’s enjoyment.

dining room bookcaseNow look on that top shelf.  She has a Jan Karon book for children! Miss Fannie’s Hat is perfect for Easter. (And no, I did not turn it to face out like that.  It was already like that, thank you very much.:))


To the left of the bookcases is this lovely old buffet with a framed vintage bathing suit displayed above it. The lamps were made from galvanized tin ice cream churns found on Ebay.  She was looking for wooden ice cream churns to use there but liked these better.

buffetOff to the side of the dining table is this extra long table that is perfect for serving buffet style.  I thought the baskets filled with an assortment of linens was such a smart idea. The framed swimsuit there on the wall hides the new circuit box they had to install in Ebbtide.

buffet table

 Here is a better view looking back towards the kitchen.

dining area and kitchen

Behind that long buffet table is the living room, and the two areas all flow together as one big space.  Here is a before shot of that view.

Ebbtide dining room

And here is how it looks today.

buffet table by  living roomThey sold almost all of the furnishings that came with the house through yard sales and Craigslist, and then they brought in many items that had been stored in their own basement.  A couple of the living room armchairs were purchased at TJMaxx.

Ebbtide living room

One of my favorite things in that room was the remote control electric candles on the mantel.  (Yes, I have a bad addiction to lights.)  My husband knows I am now looking for some like that.  (Of course the wicker wrapped jugs and seashells were beautiful as well.)

fireplace and mantel

A Miss Mustard Seed project inspired Mary Kay to paint the dresser to look like the Union Jack flag, and her husband taped off the design for her.


Here is another before shot of the area with the sofa.

Ebbtide living room before

And now see how wonderful it looks with its collection of paintings resting on shelves built by Mr. MKA from an Ana White plan.

Sofa areacollection of paintingsA high shelf above the door holds a collection of vintage sand pails.  Too cute!

collection of vintage sand pailsAnd how about this for a before and after?   This old black and white photo was in a drawer with placemats.

old photograph of living roomAnd now standing in the same spot as the photographer from before…

living and dining room

Quite a change, right?!

I am going to end our house tour now because this post has gotten waaaaay too long, but  I will continue it with Part 2 this weekend. I can’t decide if we will wander through the bedrooms or the porches, but I know you will love both of them.:)

Don’t forget about the giveaway of three Mary Kay Andrews’ books (one of them autographed by her!) and other assorted goodies.  You can check out the details here.

Talk of the House giveaway Mary Kay Andrews books

Have a happy day!

Until next time…

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Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - April 11, 2014 - 8:09 am! Who would have thought paint could make such a HUGE transformation!!! It completely went from “hunting lodge” to “beach house” as soon as the walls and ceilings were painted. Of course, the right styling and accessories helped, too. :-) I am in love with the kitchen. I have always been a sucker for white cabinets and red-checked curtains, so it had me at hello. I think I may skip school today and head for the beach! Thanks for sharing!

Kim - April 11, 2014 - 8:20 am

I’ve seen her cute cute place before, but fun learning more about it and where she shops. Love those buffalo checked chairs!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen - April 11, 2014 - 8:34 am

What a fabulous transformation. I just love the framed swimsuits. I’ve seen it in another house and loved it there too. What memories it must bring back.

Arlene@Nanaland - April 11, 2014 - 8:35 am

I much prefer the big house, Kelly! Loving all the red touches and the painted wood paneling. Maybe I should write some books so I can buy a beach house at Tybee Too!!lol….Thanks for sharing.

Katrina - April 11, 2014 - 9:25 am

Oh be still my heart!!!! What a great beach house! Girl, you are the queen of keeping a good secret …… Can’t believe you were able to wait until today to reveal this gem AND you actually stayed there……you really did have a great spring break !
Okay Kelly, do all her great “finds” make you change your mind about vintage and thrifting??

Kayleigh Harkins - April 11, 2014 - 10:22 am

Wow what gorgeous beach houses!! Mary Kay Andrews has excellent taste. I’m loving the quilt that’s draped over the chair. Those white walls were a smart choice too – it makes the rooms seem fresh and cheery. Love it!

Debra - April 11, 2014 - 10:29 am

Oh stop! Did you have a fun vacation or what! Loved seeing all that vintage goodness. That buffet and long serving table are wonderful. Mary Kay’s got great decorating style and what great finds. Absolutely loved the living room. Can’t wait to see your Part two Kelly. Wonderful share. Reading your comment about the remote control candles made me think of a blog I have frequented called “Just Grand”. Maybe you are familiar with it? Seems to me, Erin created her own remote control candles on her gorgeous home porch. I think she gave a source for the candles. She and her husband have also restored a beach cottage in lower Michigan. Such a sweet little one that will make you drool. Its so adorable. Her beach cottage was just featured in Cottage Style magazine. Oh, those who are living my dream…


Anne Boykin - April 11, 2014 - 10:34 am

Hi Kelly, I love this cottage! The kitchen is just perfect. Wow! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Kathy - April 11, 2014 - 10:35 am

OMG (as the kids say) I love this! I would love it if my own home looked like this. Love the white woodwork, blue ceiling, red and blue touches – all of it! It just looks so comfortable and inviting! Thank you once again for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm here in middle Tennessee so I hope to get outside and work in my garden and flower beds.

Jeanne Bell - April 11, 2014 - 10:35 am

Did you sleep while you were there? I think I would be up all night just looking at everything. You can certainly find the best places to go and thanks for taking us along…if only in our dreams.
Have a great weekend.

Vickie White - April 11, 2014 - 10:37 am

What a fun place to spend some time!!

Jill - April 11, 2014 - 10:47 am

WOW….you are one lucky girl to get to stay in such a lovely place. I love all the white with the touches of blue and red and the fun “finds.” Mary Kay has such a great knack for finding the right things to go together. What faun time you must have had!

Debra - April 11, 2014 - 11:24 am

Hi Kelly, just me again. Here is that tutorial on remote candles I spoke of. This blogger has a sweet porch too.

To have a bunch out on your gorgeous porch would be wonderful.


Kathy - April 11, 2014 - 11:40 am

WOW! What a difference a little…or a lot…of paint can make. I stayed in beach houses that looked like the “before” photos probably 40 years ago. (Even back then I wondered what could make them look better.) I do love all of the vintage “finds”. Great post, Kelly! I want to go there! (And, I would love to win the books and take them to the beach to read.)

Stacey Becker - April 11, 2014 - 11:45 am

My house is mostly leather, rock, and cedar. These pictures make me want to paint everything some color of the rainbow! Or all white. :)

L.J. - April 11, 2014 - 12:08 pm

I so agree with Vickie–”What a fun place”. There’s fun and unexpected elements all around. MKA has an eye for collecting and decorating. Don’t you just love the kiddo’s sand buckets? I do!!

Teresa W - April 11, 2014 - 12:56 pm

WOWSERS! Love the before & after pics for comparison. The red, white, & blue color scheme is great & I love the vintage swimming suits. This is a great beach house! We love going to Tybee & I’m craving a “Burton’s By the Beach” fish taco right about now. Have a great weekend, it’s going to be beautiful!

Andrea - April 11, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Your pictures are the best that I have seen of Ebb Tide!!! the house looks even better than in the pictures I have seen before! Classic MKA….those old sand pails and framed vintage suits. I purchased a vintage suit of eBay and am hoping to frame it soon! I think MKA needs to post a tutorial!

I hope to return to Tybee soon….and still love the Breeze Inn….but wow…Ebb Tide sure is pretty also. Where is Ebb Tide on the Island???? Is it near the south side by little tybee and AJ’s dockside, mid island like the Breeze Inn or the north side????

Talia - April 11, 2014 - 1:11 pm

What an amazing transformation! I am head over heels for the framed wooden bathing suits – so clever! And the pails above the door – so cute.

Happy Friday!

Linda Evans - April 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

omg !!!!!!!!!!! LOVE it ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO, SO, SO much for sharing !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - April 11, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Beautiful! And I want those checked chairs!!!

Joan - April 11, 2014 - 2:24 pm

These posts are something delightful to look forward to with all the diverse decor, the use of collectibles, colors and textures.
It makes me realize how anything can be useful and/or decorative.
Keep inspiring us. Have a great Spring weekend!

Cathy Norrie - April 11, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Hi Kelly,

What an amazing transformation! I love the colours… and I think I would like to start a vintage sand pail collection myself. So cute.

Can’t wait for Part 2.

Spring is almost here with most of the snow gone. Now we just need those buds to start showing their cute faces :)

Take care

Leslie - April 11, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Wow! This beach house is perfect. It’s so homey and inviting. I can imagine many generations making many fun memories in a home like that. That painted dresser is too great. Thanks for another great post!

Robin Madden - April 11, 2014 - 5:16 pm

WOW!!I can’t believe that is the same house from the before and after pics! What a difference some fresh white paint makes. I also love the blue ceilings too!

I have never seen framed bathing suits before but think they they look really cute because they are vintage. I even love the vintage sand pails all together on the shelf.

All of this makes me want to decorate my own house into a “beach house” even though I don’t live by the beach :) Thank you so much for sharing!! I can’t wait to visit Tybee Island this summer!!!

Garden, Home and Party - April 11, 2014 - 5:28 pm


Are you still vacationing there? What a charming house. I love the collection of metal sand pails. So cute.
I look forward to seeing more of this house.

Rose L - April 11, 2014 - 6:28 pm

What a sweet house. I love the kitchen and seeing those red checked curtains is making me change my mind about the fabric I was going to use in making my own kitchen curtains! No problem though I have red checked fabric on hand ;) I’m so happy you and your family had a nice get-away over Spring break!

Linda@Limeinthe coconut - April 11, 2014 - 6:44 pm

OH! This place….sunwashed, seakissed. LOVE it….I think we need to rent it next! What a gorgeous job they did…right down to the most minute detail!

Louvina - April 11, 2014 - 7:01 pm

You have done it again!! I don’t know how you could pull yourself away from there and go back to work—didn’t you just want to skip right into summer vacation?? I have waited all day to look at this posting because I’ve been helping a student teacher with an interview from a reading teacher (me) and what aspects of my life drew me into the teaching field. And when I looked back over my lifetime it points to my small home town in Ky. and the wonderful teachers I had over the years. These beach cottages are so special—the Besty Ross bread sign stoled my heart—back in the day–that was the only bread my family used and the little girl looks like my girls with the blue eyes and blonde hair! The RED sloshes and the buffalo plaid chairs screamed your name !! This is the one for you and I will take the smaller one!! Happy weekend!!

martha - April 11, 2014 - 8:54 pm

Oh My !!!!! ♥♥♥ I love this house! What a great transformation! All the little touches are perfect. The varnished pine walls brought back memories of the walls in our our first home, ……painting them was such a chore, no Kiltz back then. We had to sand them first and then use oil based paint. Mary Kay Andrews did exactly what needed to be done to create this jewel of a home. Thanks for sharing!

Khaki - April 11, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Wonderful Before & After pics! Really enjoyed seeing them.

anita - April 11, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Well I’m with you about the gingham covered chairs and the red accents. Just love those very much! Amazing how a coat of white paint can do to a room. Wish I would have gone to Tybee Island from Savannah two years when I visited Georgia. Oh well, must make another trip.

Jayne - April 11, 2014 - 10:43 pm

What a lovely home! It reminds me of the beach cottage my aunt and uncle owned and has now passed down to the kids and grandkids. Their cottage is probably as old as the one in this post. It seemed to have a lot of the same style. The paneled walls, the fireplace. They even had a sword fish hanging on the walls. haha Oh yea, it on Amelia Island!
I love the freshness of the white walls. I think my favorite was the blue plates in the corner of the kitchen. Something about blue and white I just love!
It’s official! I have got to go the beach this summer!

Pam - April 11, 2014 - 11:19 pm

We painted the paneled wall in our kitchen in Perry. Such a transformation from dark to light and cheery. I’ve just finished the Breeze Inn book – loved it!

Pat - April 12, 2014 - 7:39 am

I love the house, but really love the collection of sand pails. Also like the linens in wire baskets and tubs.

Nikki Lehnhardt - April 12, 2014 - 7:55 am

I can’t believe she picked the same color scheme I did for my dream beach house right down to the Union Jacks. And I adore her books.

On a separate note, we had big news this week. My sister’s latest book, New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants, was chosen by Amazon for its Great American Eats listing. Her book is a culinary guide to the city with 100 restaurants profiled and contributing one recipe each. We’re so happy for her

DiAnnel - April 12, 2014 - 8:33 am

Love it! So much fun to see all the little touches. Like I said in the last post, my kind of beach house. I would love to decorate one. Thanks for sharing. Would love those books too!

Diane - April 12, 2014 - 9:02 am

What a wonderful place she has created! I love those vintage beach pails.

Cindy Ross - April 12, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Oh my I love it!!!! The hubs and I have been wanting a beach house for the past several years. We have a place that was left to my siblings and I in Ocean City, Maryland but it isn’t at the beach. Not the same as having a place at the beach. We never go and enjoy it for that reason. We would love to find something around Ormond Beach, FL so that we could be around our son and some friends. We will be on vacation next week and will be in Charlotte, NC. The guys will be at the raceway enjoying the 50th anniversary of the mustang while us girls are going to The Depot at Gibson Mill. I will take in all the sites of the pretties for you. I would love to find a treasure or two. Thanks again for sharing such beautiful places. I always enjoy visiting your site to travel to places that I have never been. Pure enjoyment.

Vicki Leonard - April 13, 2014 - 8:50 am

I love this beach cottage! I could envision a wonderful relaxing time in this place…love those framed bathing suits adorable!

Sherri - April 13, 2014 - 9:18 am

Beautiful! Even just painting the walls white made a huge impact, but all the small touches and accessories made it amazing! Is it on the south or north end?

Joanne - April 13, 2014 - 12:22 pm

This is what a beach house should look like! Love the blue and white checked chairs

Sue Thompson - April 13, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Love all the cottages to rent on Tybee — my son went to college at SCAD so only “stopped by” to see the beach. On our to do list to stay out on the island for a vacation.

Sue - April 13, 2014 - 8:01 pm

Hi Kelly
Thanks so much for sharing this transformation with us! What a difference white paint can make. I love the red gingham and all of her collections. The sand pails are perfect as a valance at a beach house. Another place to pin.

mermaidjan - April 14, 2014 - 10:05 am

Jan here – with Mermaid Cottages! Thank you so much for the wonderful blogs about our cottages – we have already started taking reservations from your readers! Ask for Mermaid Jan!

Pat Peele - April 15, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Lovely Transformations!

Emily - April 16, 2014 - 8:56 am

All I can say is….what a house!

Take care.

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