Our travels over last week’s Spring Break took us to Newnan and Senoia, but those weren’t the only locations for our adventures. I told you we gallivanted from one side of Georgia to the other…lots of time in the CRV. After ambling through Senoia, doing a little laundry, and packing back at home, we headed over to Tybee, an island that is a stone’s throw over the bridge from Savannah.
You have probably seen this house – this charming 1943 beach blue cottage that belongs to writer, Mary Kay Andrews (whose real name is Kathy Hogan Trocheck) and her fabulous husband who seems to be able to build most anything. They totally renovated it in 2009. It was featured in Better Homes and Gardens years ago, and it’s located on Tybee. When I saw the pictures in the publication, I fell deeply-madly-head-over-heels-in-love with it. Yes, it is cute, but I am not sure why I liked it.
Afterall, if you have looked around here any, you would know there is not one dab of pink or aqua or lime green in our home, and there is also not one single pink or aqua or lime green anything in my closet.
And that house is full of flea market and estate sale treasures.
I don’t do flea markets and estate sales.
The house is full of retro things.
I don’t do retro.
So why in the world did I love that house?
I kept studying the photos, and being the wonder woman of research that I am, I checked out every website I could find that featured it. (And let me tell you there are a zillion!) Even Layla and Kevin Palmer (the Lettered Cottage folks who photographed our house) fell under its spell.
But the more I studied it, the more I realized I actually do like many of the same things that Mary Kay Andrews does (retro or not)…white kitchen cabinets, glass doors, a big ol’ white cast iron sink, old wood floors…
wicker rockers on screened porches (and that fresh corn by the sink there – especially if it is Silver Queen!)…
a bedroom full of windows curtained in blue, plank walls,
claw foot tubs, built in nooks in a bathroom,
small wicker tables, painted paneling…
a red, white, and blue color scheme…
and more than all of that, a feeling that home should be a place that gives you a hug and says, “Take your shoes off and relax for awhile. You are cared about here.”
And you most certainly have been cared about at the Breeze Inn Cottage. Mary Kay has thought of everything to make you feel at home – luxury linens, a stocked pantry, beach toys, comfortable furniture, books in every room, and more. And speaking of books, you can read more about the precious cottage in this book:
You can see more gorgeous photographs of the Breeze Inn here.
You can watch Mary Kay Andrews talk about the cottage and its renovation here.
And you can rent it for your own personal beach cottage here.
And one more thing my brain finally figured out for me about the house is this…it seems to be a place for FUN. Don’t those happy colors and all the funky accessories let you know that the Breeze Inn is a cottage meant for having a good time…nothing serious…just good old-fashioned fun? And shouldn’t a beach house be just that? (Which is a really bad thing for my brain to be telling me because it makes me do foolish things like…look at the real estate ads for a house on Tybee, and contemplate how to redecorate my rooms with hot pink and aqua, and check out ads for estate sales, and see if Scott Antique Market is this weekend..and it is….)
So let’s have some fun right now!
This house was THE perfect one to share with you today because… today is the birthday of Talk of the House! My little blog turns 2 years old. To celebrate, I am doing a giveaway of some Tybee things (because what’s a birthday without presents, right?!) How about not one, not two, but THREE Mary Kay Andrews novels – one of which has been personally autographed by her, 🙂 a bag of Mermaid Morning Bliss coffee from Mermaid Cottages (the company that manages the reservations for the cottage), and because I am such a crazy-jar-lady, I am including a jar with sand and seashells from our trip last week to Tybee Island. How does all of that sound to you?
**UPDATE: Giveaway closed on 4/16/14. Winner was announced on 4/17/14. Congratulations to Paula B.!
To enter for the random drawing, just leave a comment on any/every post that publishes between now (4/9/14) and midnight 4/16/14. I will announce the winner in the post that publishes next after the closing date.
You might be wondering if we stayed in the Breeze Inn while we were at Tybee last week. I did call Mermaid Cottages to see about renting it, but we ended up staying somewhere else. But I will have more on Tybee in our next few posts. If you like beach cottages, you need to come back for sure! (And leave a comment to enter for the giveaway. 🙂 )
Until next time…