I 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.)
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.
The folding daybed down at the end was purchased for a mere $10 at an estate sale in Atlanta.
The 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!
On the other end of the L-shape you find a table with chairs and ….yes!…another seating area.
There 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!)
I 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.
Here is a peek inside the rooms of the dollhouse. (I bet that dollhouse of mine was the beginning of my home decorating
Would you believe the gorgeous porch floor was already painted that perfect seashore blue when they purchased Ebbtide? What luck!
And 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!)
Now 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.
Now 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.Follow the steps down to the lower level. There is a sandcastle painted wall in the parking area. Only at the beach….
Now go out the side door of the garage, and you will find this patio area…with its wicker seating from various estate sales and Scotts Antique Markets…
and 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.
There 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.
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…
These are the views in the early morning sunlight.
The boardwalk ends. We step onto the soft sand. At the end of a short path, this is quietly calling for us.
Have a seat. Soak in the sights, scents, and sounds of the ocean.
Wish we were there…