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Mary Kay Andrews’ Breeze Inn Cottage – Tybee Island (and a giveaway for you!)



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.

Breeze Inn living

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.

Breeze Inn dining area

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,

Breeze inn master

claw foot tubs, built in nooks in a bathroom,

bathroom with built in

small wicker tables, painted paneling…


a red, white, and blue color scheme…

Breeze Inn

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.”

Breeze Inn

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:

Coast Lifestyle Architecture

Coast: Lifestyle Architecture

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.

The Breeze Inn fixer

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….)

framed book

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.!

Talk of the House giveaway Mary Kay Andrews books
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. 🙂 )

beach swing at Tybee island

Until next time…

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Lacy Thomas - February 5, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Enjoyed your “tour” of Breeze Inn. Great pics, nice words.
Thank you.
Thanks for visiting Lacy!

Valerie Wharton - August 30, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Here in Florida it seems that all of the old homes buildings the old tourist road side places have been redone or so old and un cared for there’s little left of them. Even the old gas stations and road side hotels from the 20′ and 30’s are all but gone and forgotten. I have been looking for pictures and have taken pictures of as many of these old places that I can, which doesn’t amount to very many. I try and plan on making paintings (pastel is my medium) of these forgotten places and try to show that they were once a homes, business places where families shared joy, lived life, shared hearbreak and lost love ones. Everything is new, sterile, cookie cutter and boring the fun is gone from old Florida and I miss it. Even the old Florida southern drawl has all but disappeared. Hope Mary Kaye Andrews keeps on writing and keeps the south from dying. Thanks, Valerie Wharton Tampa Florida

Loretta Hamilton - April 16, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Love her books…love her style. Thanks so much for sharing!

Faye - April 16, 2014 - 9:34 am

Breeze Inn is on my bucket list! Looks so fun and welcoming. And Kelly you’ve come up with such a lovely give away to capture the spirit of Tybee.

Pat Cable - April 15, 2014 - 9:32 am

Love the colors against the white walls. And the pink door is fab. Love it 🙂

Susan G - April 14, 2014 - 8:09 am

I love Tybee Island and the Breeze Inn. It seems so inviting and I cannot choose my favorite room because they each have something special I love about them.

Judy Neuberger - April 14, 2014 - 12:58 am

We stayed at the Breeze Inn over Father’s Day last year and enjoyed it so much that we’ll be there over Mother’s Day this year. Loved it.

Jackie M. - April 13, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Happy Anniversary! We love Tybee Island and the jar of shells is a darling idea — I am totally doing that on our next beach trip!

Wendy D. - April 13, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Congratulations on your second year. Love your site, it was the blog on Jan Karon that lead me to your blog and i have not been disappointed yet. There is something about Southern authors, they have such style and each is unique to their selves. Last year we took a trip to the beautiful city of Savannah GA, and i just had to cross over to Tybee Island only because of Mary Kay Andrews, have read all of her books, with the exception of “Christmas Bliss” (#1 on the summer reading list). My favorite room so far has been the living room/dining room. Love having books in the dining area and those shelves in the loving area, got to have some!!!! Thank you so much Kelly for all of the great inspiration, hope you have many more anniversaries.

Julie P - April 13, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Happy Anniversary! I’ve been to Tybee Island once before, but certainly didn’t stay at a place as cute as this! I want to go back so badly! The pictures make the place seem darling! Would love to read the books-summer vacation will be here soon for this Kdg. teacher!

TeresainFlorida - April 13, 2014 - 12:32 pm

I’ve never been to Tybee Island, looks great..may plan a visit soon

Joanne - April 13, 2014 - 12:26 pm

We are planning our summer vacation and now I know where we will be staying.

monica - April 13, 2014 - 11:07 am

Wow. What a great place to relax and read!

Dawn - April 13, 2014 - 10:49 am

Happy Blog Anniversary, Kelly!

Congratulations on such an accomplishment! I just love your blog and appreciate the thoughtfulness you put into each and every post. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful pictures, thoughts, ideas, and recipes with us, your thankful readers.
I love Mary Kay Andrews! Her writing style is exactly what I love to read in the summer time. Her cottage looks so relaxing.

Laura - April 13, 2014 - 10:47 am

Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary! I love Mary Kay Andrews and would love to win your giveaway.

Sherri - April 13, 2014 - 9:27 am

Happy Anniversary! I am a huge MKA fan! I read Ladies Ngt out last wk! Great book an usual! Right now Im reading Savannah Breeze (an older book) ive stayed on tybee twice and it is truely my fav place! The mermaids cant do enough to make sure you are happy with your trip! I would love to stay at one of MKAs cottages next!

debby Messner - April 13, 2014 - 8:55 am

I just love this island full of cute cottages. Adorable for sure. I think living there would be a drea come true.
Happy Anniversary. I can’t believe that I have been blogging 4 years.
What a great giveaway. Sure would love to win.

Mary Winfrey - April 13, 2014 - 8:46 am

Happy blogaversary! Savannah/Tybee Island was our best vacation ever!!!

Kim Thomas - April 13, 2014 - 8:23 am

Love these houses!

karin m - April 13, 2014 - 5:24 am

Your adventures are so inspiring. I would love to visit here on vacation. Looking forward to Mary Kay’s next book.

Panda Allen - April 13, 2014 - 12:28 am

Such a gorgeous house! I’d love to be able to vacation there!

Robin - April 12, 2014 - 10:44 pm

I just love Tybee Island and would love to stay at one of Mary Kay’s houses someday.

Rebecca - April 12, 2014 - 9:43 pm

I love love love your blog

Courtney Harrell - April 12, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! My mom-in-law (Martha Harrell, who posted earlier this week) & my sister-in-law (Amy Turbeville, who has also posted earlier in the week) have turned me onto this very cool site. I am slightly technologically challenged and very new to blogging but this site is tremendous…I cannot wait to start following your upcoming adventures. Keep up the good work & thank you for sharing!

LinhC - April 12, 2014 - 8:18 pm

I would love to stay on Tybee Island one day.

rhonda - April 12, 2014 - 5:39 pm

My parents are celebrating their 60th. anniversary this summer and we are treating them to a stay at Breeze Inn. Mom has read all of Mary Kays books and is getting so excited to kick back and relax in tnis atmosphere.

Judy - April 12, 2014 - 5:22 pm

I live in Savannah, so right near Tybee, and still never get tired of seeing the cottage pictures! Thank you for sharing.

Gillian - April 12, 2014 - 1:35 pm

I visited Savannah for the first time November, 2013. Loved it. It was only a day trip though and I haven’t been to Tybee yet. Also, I just discovered Mary Kay Andrews’ books and I would LOVE to win those! :-))

Deborah Wilkins - April 12, 2014 - 12:07 am

Congratulations on the milestone and may you have many more! Love your blog – and the opportunity with the books. Thank you!

Sherry - April 11, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations! Love, love your blog and always look forward to my emails from you! I am so into little jars of sand and shells and would be honored to win yours to add to my collection! The book would be an awesome read too!

Rose L - April 11, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Oh! That swing!! I could sit there for two straight weeks. Well…as long as someone catered food and drinks to me 😉

Happy Blog Anniversary! How time flies.

donna - April 11, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Just loving your blog and happy anniversary! I live in Savannah and love all things southern! I’m also a voracious reader, can never have enough books!


Delores Clark - April 11, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Happy Anniversary!

I love your blog and can’t wait to read it each week. I have sent a link to your blog to my daughter in Dallas, Texas.
I really enjoyed reading about Senoia, since I live in Carrollton, Ga. and am probably about 45 minutes from there. I love visiting the quaint little town of Senoia.

Sarah K - April 11, 2014 - 1:14 pm

I would love to win some great summer reads!

Jean from Georgia - April 11, 2014 - 10:37 am

Beautiful rooms, beautiful scenery, makes me soooo much want to be in a warm sunny beach house reading a good book.

Vikki - April 11, 2014 - 10:34 am

One of my fav Southern authors. Love all of her books love to win.

Kayleigh Harkins - April 11, 2014 - 10:27 am

Happy 2 year anniversary!! What an awesome accomplishment. This post makes me want to buy a beach cottage and renovate it. There are just so many sweet touches in this cottage – I might just have to try and stay here on my next visit to Tybee.

Nicola - April 11, 2014 - 10:16 am

Happy Blog Anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog, you have inspired me many times to make a little change here and there in my own home. I read many different blogs and yours by far is my favorite! I have never been to Tybee Island, we are South Carolina coast people, but now I know I need to explore some coastal towns in my own state!

Bethany - April 11, 2014 - 9:22 am

I feel I need to return to Tybee now to see all of these wonderful houses down there.. I’ve been twice and only saw the lighthouse, and the downtown but clearly missed all the quaint cottages. Love MKAs house… and all the Mermaid cottages. Next winter I could be writing to you from there! Thx!

Martha Harrell - April 10, 2014 - 11:18 pm

I introduced my daughter to your books and she has introduced me to your blog! Different generations can work together; lots of fun! I love your happy colors and homey rooms. What fun to read one if your books in this setting. Congratulations on your blog and books!

Jayne - April 10, 2014 - 11:15 pm

My daughter went and my son goes to Georgia Southern, so they visit Tybee Island quite often. I went with them last summer but, we were only there for a couple of hours. It started raining on us.
Author Terry Blackstock has a book series, The Cape Refuge Series, in which the town in the books is based on Tybee Island. Reading that series was my beach vacation one summer. lol I have to admit, Amelia Island still is my favorite beach to visit.

Amy Turbeville - April 10, 2014 - 10:50 pm

I love your blog. My mom just gave me a copy of Mary Kay Andrews new book, and I can’t wait to read it. Happy anniversary!

Lisa Tatum - April 10, 2014 - 10:12 pm

I love Mary Kay Andrews. Happy Birthday

Jenb - April 10, 2014 - 7:18 pm

I really like the colored wall in the kitchen. It surprised me pleasantly!

Vicki - April 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm

I love you blog and enjoy visiting and seeing what you are up to in your home either with your beautiful decorations, yummy recipes, and fun trips! Happy Anniversary and I would love to visit Tybee Island and relax on that welcoming porch! As the gal above me said Happy Blog A versify! Cute

Khaki - April 10, 2014 - 5:28 pm

I loved seeing this beach cottage as it reminded me of one I used to spend Summers at, way back when. Thanks so much for featuring such interesting places to visit. Your posts make me want to keep a bag packed, permanently!

Happy, happy blog-a-versary, as well.

TracyK - April 10, 2014 - 7:56 am

I’ve seen other pictures of this house and I love it! Like you, it’s nothing like my home. I think I like it because it looks Happy! Congrats on the 2nd blog anniversary.

DiAnne - April 9, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Kelly, love this post and this is my kind of beach house. Love the carefree style of the place And the happy colors. Happy 2nd anniversary!

Sue s ellsworth - April 9, 2014 - 11:22 pm

wonderful post. Love love the colors
Thank you

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - April 9, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Well, Happy Blog Birthday Kelly….I have seen lots of photos and review of these cottage and the Breeze Inn Cottage and the “Mermaid Cottages”….they are so fabulous..
Sounds like you had a wonderful time touring Georgia!!

Vickie - April 9, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all the wonderful post! You always inspire me!!

Ann - April 9, 2014 - 11:18 pm

Woo, hoo for you on your blogger anniversary. Love all the color in the photos.

Kristi@Chatfield Court - April 9, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Happy 2nd anniversary Kelly. When we lived in Macon we visited Tybee Island many times. Love it there. The cottage looks like a happy and fun place to stay. Thanks so much for sharing.

Vikki - April 9, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Love your blog. Happy anniversary and please keep going. I would be so happy to win the MKA/Tybee gift. Thanks for the chance.

Lynne - April 9, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Happy 2nd anniversary! You are doing a great job Kelly! This cottage is liking a getting a big hug. I would love to go there on a girls trip. Imagine the fun we would have! I am anxious to hear more about your trip to Tybee. I have been there several times and I am sure I missed alot. Would love tips about places to eat, etc. I guess I will have to pull myself away from the Gulf Coast and venture back over that way. My brother says “Its always Tybee Time!”

Amy O'Quinn - April 9, 2014 - 8:33 pm

What a delightful post! I also saw Rhoda’s pics and posts a while back when she and some other blogger friends stayed on Tybee and met up with Mary Kay Andrews. There are certainly some very colorful and fun cottages and houses to check out. I’ve never stayed on the island, but I think it would be nice! I also agree with your analysis. There are many foundational things in her cottage that I really like, even though I probably wouldn’t exactly call the decor my style. Glad you all had a great time…and summer is right around the corner!

Andrea - April 9, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Happy Blog….versary!!!!!! MKA is my favorite author. I would LOVE to have one book of hers autographed… have 3 would be so amazing. We visited Tybee last June and did not get the chance to stay at the Breeze Inn….but I passed by it each day to the beach and back….it’s so pretty in person. I wished I would have had the chance to see the inside. Guess we will have to return to Tybee soon!!!

Jeanne Bell - April 9, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Congrats on your blog anniversary… very proud, your blog is great and I have visited great places thru you..
I am a northern girl, but I think I have a southern girl’s heart. I have a cousin in Savannah and have been to Tybee island and loved it…..I would love a break this time of the year to the great places you have been.
Enjoy your time off.
Jeanne Bell

Cindy - April 9, 2014 - 7:04 pm

I love your blog! I’m always excited to read a new post. You give me so many ideas and inspiration.

Brandi D. - April 9, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary!

Trisha - April 9, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Hi Kelly, and greetings from southeast Louisiana! What a lovely cottage! I can’t decide if my favorite feature is either the big white cast iron sink, or the bright green porch swing. It seems like a wonderful place to visit, and I’m looking forward to your next posts about your trip to Tybee, too. And, Happy Anniversary to your blog!!! 🙂

Debby W. - April 9, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Wow! Happy blog anniversary! You have such a beautiful home and enjoy your posts on Pinterest. I have never been to your part of the world, but it is truly on my bucket list, as I love the ocean. Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful cottage!

Amanda @ Dixie Delights - April 9, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Happy blog-birthday!! I love your blog so much 🙂

Pamela G. - April 9, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Great pictures of the cottage! I can’t wait for a beachy summer!!!

Lisa Roesler - April 9, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Blessings to you from New York! I love reading your blog. And I appreciate all the details you put into each story. I especially love all the house tours. Thanks for inviting us into your home.

Paula B. - April 9, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for writing such a wonderful blog, it is hands-down my favorite place to come and enjoy (everything) for awhile. How I would love to visit Tybee, it reminds me of my beloved Cape only southern style! Love MKA, too, I am now reading all the Callahan Garrity novels in order…. Here’s to you, Kelly!

Mary from Virginia - April 9, 2014 - 4:19 pm

I love her cottage. Her beach home is EXACTLY what a beach cottage should be. When I was a kid, no one had those three or 4 story mansions on the beach with a hot tub and pool- when you went to the beach, there were porches for sitting and sleeping, windows were wide open, the floors were linoleum, sofas were wood frame with cushions. I miss those days!

I wish I could afford to rent her house. My niece lives in Savannah and she visits Tybee a lot.

Fun post as always!

Beverly - April 9, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Love your blog! I will be taking my first trip to Savannah in a couple of weeks and hope to visit Tybee while there.
I enjoy tagging along with you on your trips!

sharon moellendick - April 9, 2014 - 3:20 pm

I am so glad that I discovered your blog. I enjoy it more every time I read it. I find myself rereading many of the older blogs.

julia walker in Cincy - April 9, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Best wishes and continued success with your wonderful blog, Kelly! And thank you for introducing me to a writer I’ve never read. If her writing is anything like her beach house, I know I’ll like it! I would love to go there. Julia

martha - April 9, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Wow….55 comments and still going. I think that shows what a popular blog you have. I love your posts and look forward to seeing your name in my inbox. Happy anniversary and thanks for all the beauty and research you bring to us!!!!

Emily - April 9, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Congratulations to you on two years for your blog! I have loved reading your posts about so many things and places in Georgia and beyond. The cottage is adorable and does speak of peace and comfort. When I lived in Georgia, I always loved to visit Tybee Island. It is such a unique and beautiful place.
Take care.

Vicki - April 9, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Happy Blog Anniversary, Kelly! You’ve packed a lot of goodness and inspiration into these two years. You definitely are the wonder woman of research, and we readers are so glad you are!

Donnamae - April 9, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Happy Anniversary! I just want to thank you for introducing me to so many different places to visit…or stay here on your blog. It’s been great! I really enjoyed this one too…I guess because it IS fun! I don’t decorate with pink or turquoise either…but I bet I would if I had a beach house! 😉

Robin Madden - April 9, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Happy Anniversary of Talk of the House! This is my favorite blog ever! I stumbled upon Talk of the House awhile back while I was looking up where Nights in Rodanthe was filmed. I enjoyed the movie, and I fell in love with the beach house. I have been hooked on your blog ever since. Reading your blog is one of my favorite things to do in the morning 🙂

I opened up my email this morning and was so excited to see a Tybee Island cottage being featured! I LOVE Savannah so much! I have been to Tybee once while staying in a B&B in Savannah. We went for the day and it was heaven! My family and I were looking for a cottage to rent on Tybee this year, so Thank you for featuring this beautiful cottage! The colors actually work well together; they all look so fresh and clean. I have never read any of Mary Kay Andrews’s books but they look wonderful!

Most of all, thank you for all of the hard work you put into this blog Kelly! You inspire so many people and we appreciate you so much!

Have a great day!
Robin xxoo

Susan - April 9, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Congratulations on the 2nd anniversary of your blog! I am a Northern girl (Minnesota) and have truly enjoyed getting to know a little about the South, through your blog. Thank you for the wonderful posts and the hard work that it takes to get these together.

Sandy - April 9, 2014 - 12:47 pm

My sister and I were just talking about a girls’ trip to Tybee Island in our near future. I would spend a day just on that swing at the ocean. It looked so inviting. Congratulations on your second year of your wonderful blog. Blessings for many more years.

Debbie V. - April 9, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Happy anniversary! I have recently discovered your blog and it is now one of my absolute favorites! My goal is for my family to visit Tybee Island and Savannah, so thanks for sharing Mary Kay Andrews’ cottage.

Lindy James - April 9, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Happy blog anniversary, Kelly! I remember when BH & G covered that wonderful article on Mary Kay Andrews cottage on Tybee Island and I wanted to visit it, its still on my bucket list. But I have since then read several of her books and have especially enjoyed learning more about southern living. Look forward to many more years of your blogs, take care, Lindy

Garden, Home and Party - April 9, 2014 - 12:30 pm


This cottage appealed to me when I first saw it at The Lettered Cottage and like you, I don’t do pastels in my home. But this little beach cottage is so charming and fun to look at with it’s collections of interesting flea market finds. It draws me in and makes me wonder where she got this and that.
I didn’t know Layla and Kevin photographed your home. I’ve followed her blog for as long as I’ve blogged!
Happy Anniversary, your site is one of my must read sites and it never disappoints.

Marianne in Mo. - April 9, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Happy blog-i-versary!!! Tybee is on my bucket list, and I’ve perused the cottages many times online. And I DID browse real estate there also! Don’t know why, because we are tied to Mo. with hubs pension plan. That’s what we landlocked folks do, dream of beach living, I guess.

Joan - April 9, 2014 - 11:50 am

I Always open your postings first when they appear in my Inbox.
Such freshness in everything you send. Your photos are amazing.
It is like feasting on a banquet of beauty. And I have learned so much about the South as a result. Mary Kay Andrews is new to me, too, but there are so many positive comments she must be great.
This post reminds me of my grandmother’s cottages in Michigan.
Fun happy colors and lots of colleted things that meant something special to her. It was wonderful to fish or swim all day and then curl up in front of her stone fireplace before bed in the evening. Thanks for sharing all these great places with us. Blessings to you and your family.

Laura Ingalls Gunn - April 9, 2014 - 11:34 am

Congratulations on your blogging milestone! I’ve been to Tybee Island just once and would love to go back some day.

Debra - April 9, 2014 - 11:22 am

We have never rented a cottage for a full week yet. This coastal cottage has such whimsy to it and would be such fun. In the past I have seen some of these images you have posted but am not familiar with Mary Kay’s books. Summer Rental is speaking to me right now. Coastal love and dreams forever… I will need to check out that Coastal book you have featured too. Congrats on two years of blogging and many more to come. Always enjoy your posts. Blog on Kelly…..


Kim - April 9, 2014 - 11:19 am

Congratulations on two years. I love forward to many more years of your blog.

Kim - April 9, 2014 - 11:19 am

I enjoy your blog so much! Congratulations on two years. I love forward to many more years of your blog.

Leslie from Ohio - April 9, 2014 - 11:18 am

Dear Kelly,
I just discovered your blog a couple of months ago and I must tell you that I love it! Even though I have a 1920’s Tudor your style reminded me so much of me. Even your closet was something I adored and kept going back to peek at! Do you know what? I too have a CRV! (She’s red and her name is Rosie:) ) We are going to Bluffton and Savanah partly because of all the wonderful things you have shown us. BTW, I discovered your sweet blog because I love Jan Karon and you had such a great posting about her and her home. So thank you, Kelly for your impeccable blog that brings so many a great big smile! God Bless you.

Debbie - April 9, 2014 - 11:17 am

Happy 2nd Blog Birthday, Kelly!! A toast to Talk of the House, we all look forward to MANY more birthdays!!!

Peggy Mossing - April 9, 2014 - 11:07 am

Congrats! I get excited every time I see “Talk of the House” in my email box. You have changed the looks of my house and now my neighbors – lots of jars, lots of checks, and lots of black and white photos in black skinny frames. Keep up the great work and thank you!

Michelle Wright - April 9, 2014 - 10:35 am

What a fun give~away.

Louvina - April 9, 2014 - 10:23 am

Oh my, Oh my, and may I say one more time–OH MY! Loved this!! Must go back and study as i am out and about — one thing –3 photos didn’t come through–the kitchen sink with fresh corn, the children’s bedroom and the book jackets…??Hmm? Later—:)

Sally Gee - April 9, 2014 - 9:48 am

Wow! Love the cottage, would love to stay there sometime. I haven’t read any of her books, but they look like the kind I like. Hopefully, I’ll win and find out for myself 😉

LJ - April 9, 2014 - 9:47 am

Congrats on 2 years and growing! You manage to keep the blog always upbeat and interesting.
I found the cottage adorable yet not me as well. Like you I don’t do lime or pink or aqua. However, wood floors, high contrasts in color (sharp bright colors against white) and all those windows letting in light–that I go with.
Kelly, did you notice the pair of retro lamps in the third photo? Are they mermaids? That would be keeping with the beach theme. They are quite brave and bold in their decorating style–yet it is very inviting.

Aryn - April 9, 2014 - 9:40 am

I love her books – they’re fun, easy reads; perfect for summer! I always save up all my book based in the South for summer reading, even though I definitely don’t want to be in Savannah in July!

Kathy - April 9, 2014 - 9:32 am

Your blog shares it’s birthday with my sweet husband, who, if you asked, would say he is at least as old as some of the cottages on Tybee Island! I love Mary Kay’s cottage and her books look like they will make for some good Summer reading! I have “visited” Tybee through the eyes of Jane Coslick & Kevin & Layla over the last few years. One of these days I’ll make a trip to see it in person. I live in TN, so it’s not such a long drive!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading each and every new post that you do! I’m a house person and a diyer so I get inspired with every post! Here’s wishing you many happy blog birthdays to come!

Cheri - April 9, 2014 - 9:26 am

You and I are sisters I swear, we like so much of the same thing…anyhow, I have heard lots about Mary Kay Andrews and her books from another blogging friend and would love to receive this give away. Plus I am a major coffee drinker…love trying new coffees. Thanks for sharing these pics.

Patty in Michigan - April 9, 2014 - 9:26 am

Happy Anniversary, Kelly! I so appreciate your blog and it is a joy to read. It must take a lot of time to put together your posts. So many are enriched because of them. Thank you for doing the giveaway. It’s a great way to celebrate. Blessings! Patty

Mary Ellen Fox - April 9, 2014 - 9:24 am

Happy Birthday to your Blog! I look forward to each and every blog. Love, love, love your home and all your creative touches.

Mary Ellen

Becky in 'Bama - April 9, 2014 - 8:56 am

Huh? I am in shock at your confession that you don’t do flea markets or estate sales (but I presume you do Antique Stores?); you don’t do retro? I’m not big into retro myself, but in the last month my brothers and I had to sell my parents’ home (mom is gone; dad in a center) – and I am now the owner of many old family photos (I mean OLD) and some retro stuff that mother loved. No one will want it when I’m gone, sadly, so I’ll enjoy it while I can and remember my momma. Now with that said: HBB! happy blog birthday and I’d LOVE an autographed novel. While I do read A LOT I do not own a single author autographed book – so I’m ready. (p.s. Didn’t I also see Tybee Island cottages on Rhoda Vicker’s blog “Southern Hospitality” ? That or else I’m suffering from serious deja’ vu!)

Barbara Hinske - April 9, 2014 - 8:55 am

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! What a wonderful time I’ve had with you; following your journey, cooking your recipes, celebrating your success!!

Scribbler - April 9, 2014 - 8:54 am

I simply adore Tybee. We’ve been several times, and I would love to go back this year. Thanks for sharing the photos — I have read all the books, so I won’t enter the give-away.

Talia - April 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

Happy Blog Anniversary! I love the colors {Like you, I have NONE in my house} and the sense of home/relaxation that was created. So comfy and welcoming.

I can picture myself drinking a glass of wine, unwinding from a long work day on her porch. ahhhh….sigh. 🙂

Kathy - April 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

Happy Blogaversary!!! You know I love, love, love your blog! Now that I think back about your closet, I realize you didn’t have any pink, lime green or aqua clothing. You might not be my sister! (sniff) One thing Katrina and I love about your blog is that it doesn’t make us feel that we needed to paint/redecorate our houses with aqua or orange. Beach houses do look fun with all of those happy colors. I want to go to Tybee! And, I would love to win those books!!

Debbie w - April 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

Happy blog-iversary! I enjoy your blog so much…..would love to be the winner of your giveaway!

Dotti O. - April 9, 2014 - 8:43 am

I loved this feature! I too love her house, but it is not exactly how my own is done. I agree that it is the carefree, fun and fresh look that makes it so inviting (and attention to detail!). Love this giveaway too!
Best, Dotti

Cathy Norrie - April 9, 2014 - 8:42 am

Happy Anniversary sweet Kelly!

Amazing that it has been two years! I think I’ve been following you for that whole time (minus the time we’ve been off galavanting ’round the oceans of this world) and have loved each and every entry 🙂

I have not heard of this author and it sounds like her books may be to my liking. Must give them a go… any recommendations for the first one I should dip into?

I LOVE this cottage. Very much my style in so many ways… painted wood panel walls, wood floors, comfy furniture, farmhouse sink, wicker furniture on closed in verandah etc. etc. AND on the beach! So lovely!

One of these days I am going to drag Billy down there and see all of these lovely places (and meet you in person). You are on my bucket list now! 😉

Thanks again

Victoria - April 9, 2014 - 8:41 am

It has been an interesting , informative, inspiring two years for your readers Kelly. Congratulations! I grew up in Atlanta but moved away in 1988. I miss many things about Georgia. And while all my friends when growing up went to the beach for most vacations my family drove to visit my grandparents in Toccoa or to Utah where my fathers mother was from. Cannot believe I have never been to the Georgia coast. Well except in Mary Kay’s books which I have read or listened to several times. I kinda of have a ritual I read her beachy stories in the summer and Blue Christmas near that holiday. So I would love to visit Tybee Island and see her cottage in person.

Pam C - April 9, 2014 - 8:38 am

This is exactly what a beach house should look like! I could move in there and never change a thing.

DeeDee - April 9, 2014 - 8:35 am

Happy Blog Birthday! I’m packing my imaginary suitcase for my imaginary stay at Breeze Inn Cottage as well as lots of wine to sip while sitting on the swing looking out at the gorgeous view of the ocean! How lucky to have a beach “get away” and this one is adorable. Thanks for sharing this home with us and for your giveaway.

Gail - April 9, 2014 - 8:33 am

Hi Kelly: Congratulations on your 2nd year blog anniversary! You have been a tremendous blessing to me in ways you will never understand. We got blindsighted early this year with news of a very serious medical condition our daughter came face to face with and it kind of paralyzed me for a while but God is good and she is doing well. Anyway, just wanted you to know that your blogs during that time were like a cooling breath of fresh air even though I couldn’t somehow respond immediately. Thank you so much for lifting me up during a very down time. And thank you for this current very colorful blog and for sharing your vacation with all of us. I have traveled with you every step of the way. You have taken me to places I have always dreamed about and I am so grateful. Blessings!

Katrina - April 9, 2014 - 8:31 am

Happy birthday to my all time favorite blog!!! Miss Beach Lover here is so so happy that your spring break also included some sand and sun!!!! It is just not spring break unless you go somewhere where you can get sand between your toes.
You know I would not decorate with any of these colors BUT they are perfect for a beach house! I am sure you , knower of all pretty houses, has seen pictures of Mary Kay’s Atlanta cottage. Oh I just love it too!!! That one is probably more your style.
You sure spent a lot of time planning a perfect week’ s adventure. Thanks for sharing it…… And oh yea, we gotta’ get you lovin’ flea markets and estate sales, girl!!!!

Susan G - April 9, 2014 - 8:26 am

Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog. I have enjoyed your travels through the blog. Your pictures and detailed observations make me feel as if I am right there with you and your family on the trip.

Sue Morris - April 9, 2014 - 8:25 am

Good morning! Congratulations on your two year anniversary. I am thrilled to be part of your community. Your post this morning is like MKA’s books. The siren calling “come sit a spell” calls my name. I am blessed to be from the South!

Mary B - April 9, 2014 - 8:08 am

WOW!!! So excited to see this post as I am staying in that very cottage for a week in July!!! My childhood friend who moved to Florida is renting a beach cottage (also from Mermaid Cottages) the very same week and we are beyond excited!! Thanks so much for the beautiful pics — I am more anxious than ever to visit Tybee!! Great job on your blog!!!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

My husband grew up in Savannah so we are familiar with the area. I have seen Mary Kay’s house from the outside and it is so cute on the inside. Her home in Avondale Estates is precious as well. Actually I could move right in to her Atlanta home!! Fortunately for us, Marvin’s sister’s family owns a beach house near the Lighthouse so we have many memories of days at Tybee. Love all your sweet giveaways!!

Jill - April 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

Happy Blog Birthday, Kelly! I think by now you probably know how much I love it here. Thanks for all the time and effort you make to share so many wonderful things with us.
I’m starting to dream of a Tybee Island vacation. It looks like such a fun and relaxing spot. May Kay’s place is so cute! I’m swooning over the planked walls….and those shutters….and the dining room light fixtures!

judy - April 9, 2014 - 7:38 am

i’m a huge MKA fan…i’ve read all of her books several times. we also love tybee island and that beach swing in your last photo? i believe it’s the exact one my husband and i sat on when we visited savannah and tybee island almost 2 years ago. we love going to both places and if i could live anywhere on god’s green earth, it would be savannah!

looking forward to your other posts on tybee…did you hear that uncle bubba’s restaurant closed unexpectedly (paula deen’s brother’s restaurant)? apparently the staff wasn’t even informed and didn’t know anything about it until they got to work and it was closed!

Jane - April 9, 2014 - 7:35 am

Happy Talk of the House Birthday! I have just begun following your blog and love the perfect combination of posts about your home, other homes, food, and your life! (I am a retired K-3 teacher of 33 years, and our own children are similar ages so I feel we have much in common.) I loved reading about Mary Kay Andrews and her cottage in BHG and here on your post. Tybee Island sounds amazing to me, especially while still recovering from our Chicago winter! Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!!

Marlene - April 9, 2014 - 7:34 am

Happy Anniverary! Talk of the House has become my favorite morning read. As a Georgia girl myself, it speaks to my soul. I met Mary Kay in Madison at a book signing several years ago. She is so much fun! Keep up the good work, Kelly.

Monika - April 9, 2014 - 7:18 am

Happy Blog Anniversary,Kelly! Your blog is my most fav of all! I created a folder on my computer and have saved about a year’s worth – since about the time we moved here to SC from CA. I go back to re-read especially the ones of your holiday celebrations and to get decorating ideas. Still can’t quite figure it out how you do it with only 24 hours in the day and working full time … Finding a new message from you when opening my computer makes my day – again, CONGRATULATIONS!

Dawn - April 9, 2014 - 7:11 am

Happy anniversary. Love your blog. Wish I lived closer so I could visit all the places you blog about. I have been to Tybee though. We even stayed with the Mermaids – Sea Glass Cottage. Its a great beach town. Doesn’t have the usual tourist traps so it feels like you’ve stepped back in time. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Pam Riordan - April 9, 2014 - 7:11 am

Congratulations on your 2nd Anniversary!! I have always wanted to go to Savannah and now Tybee is on my To Do list, as well! I’m from outside of Boston and have traveled several places but never to this part of the country … if my husband chooses “not to participate”, one of my best gal pals is game to go … here we come!!! Thank you for the beautiful pictures and quips in your blogs…I feel like I’ve know you for years. Best to you! Pam

donna - April 9, 2014 - 6:44 am

Happy blog anniversary! I’ve just started following you and so love your home and style of decorating and entertaining. Thank you for sharing! And thank you for being a teacher, I know the job is hard but the rewards are great ( and no, I’m not talking about the pay! )I’m from Savannah so I know Tybee well. Its always great that Savannah/Tybee remains such a go to destination for others. So y’all come anytime and stay awhile!


Anne from Atlanta - April 9, 2014 - 6:42 am

Hi Kelly,
Congratulations on the second anniversary of Talk of the House! You always have the best posts. I am like you in that Breeze Inn is not my style but I love it and I love Kathy. She hit the right note in everything she did with the house. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your wonderful blog! -Anne

Pat - April 9, 2014 - 6:33 am

I have fallen in love with your blog. I cannot wait to see your next post. We visited the southern living lake house that yours is patterned after in Greensboro Ga. when it was first open.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen - April 9, 2014 - 6:19 am

Happy blog anniversary. I just recently discovered your blog and am having fun catching up with past posts.

When I saw Mary Kay’s beach house in my Feedly feed this morning, I got excited. I’ve read all of Mary Kay’s novels and some even twice. Although I’ve never been to Tybee Island, through her novels I have. Her house is adorable in every sense of the word and so perfect for an island cottage. I have seen photos of the house, but you did a fabulous job with the photography and I couldn’t help but pin some of them, especially the living room. What’s to say – it’s perfect!

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