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

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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 beforemarykayandrews.com

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.:)

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.:))

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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.

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 Here is a better view looking back towards the kitchen.

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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.

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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.

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

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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…

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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.

**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

Have a happy day!

Until next time…

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Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - April 11, 2014 - 8:09 am

Oh.my.goodness! 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.
Sam

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…

Debra

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.
Jeanne

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.

http://justgrandeko.blogspot.com/2012/05/candle-magic.html

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

Debra

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!!!
-Shelley

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
Cath

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

Kelly,

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.
Karen

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

Kelly
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Seriously.

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?

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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

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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…

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wicker rockers on screened porches (and that fresh corn by the sink there – especially if it is Silver Queen!)…

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a bedroom full of windows curtained in blue, plank walls,

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claw foot tubs, built in nooks in a bathroom,

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small wicker tables, painted paneling…

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a red, white, and blue color scheme…

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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.”

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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:

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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.

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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….)

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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.!

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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.:))

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Until next time…

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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!
Sam

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.

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

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!

Donna

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

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.

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!

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.

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!!

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!

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!

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!!

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!!!

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!
Sue

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.

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!!!!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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
Cath

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

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!

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!!

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. :)

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.

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!!

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!)

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 ;)

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—:)

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

What a fun give~away.

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!

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!!!

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.

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.

Kim - April 9, 2014 - 11:19 am

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

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…..

Debra

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.

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.

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.

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

Kelly,

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.
xo,
Karen

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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! ;)

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!

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.
Emily

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!!!!

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

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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

Happy blog-birthday!! I love your blog so much :-)

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!

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!!! :)

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

Congratulations on your 2nd blogiversary!

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.

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

Congrats on your blog anniversary…..be 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

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…..to 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!!!
Andrea
AndeM1@hotmail.com

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!

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!”

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.

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.
Kristi

Ann - April 9, 2014 - 11:18 pm

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

Vickie - April 9, 2014 - 11:19 pm

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

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!!

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

wonderful post. Love love the colors
Thank you

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!

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.

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.

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

Jenb - April 10, 2014 - 7:18 pm

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

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

I love Mary Kay Andrews. Happy Birthday

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

Vikki - April 11, 2014 - 10:34 am

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

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.

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

I would love to win some great summer reads!
Thanks,
Sarah

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.

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!

Donna

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.

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!

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!

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! :-))

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.

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.

LinhC - April 12, 2014 - 8:18 pm

I would love to stay on Tybee Island one day.

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!

Rebecca - April 12, 2014 - 9:43 pm

I love love love your blog

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.

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

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

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.

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

Love these houses!

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

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

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.

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!

Laura - April 13, 2014 - 10:47 am

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

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.

monica - April 13, 2014 - 11:07 am

Wow. What a great place to relax and read!

Joanne - April 13, 2014 - 12:26 pm

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

TeresainFlorida - April 13, 2014 - 12:32 pm

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

The Other Southern Living Idea House in Senoia

Southern Living Senoia Idea House family roomsource

So where were we? Oh yes…I remember now.  We were at the Southern Living Idea Farmhouse in Senoia, looking out across the pond that is bordered with landscaping.

pond in Senoia

I told you we would talk about the house over on the other side of the pond…this house:

Southern Living Idea House townhouse from frontIt’s the one on the far right, the one with the white porch, that I want us to chat about today.

Southern Living Idea House townhouseThat Idea House was a brownstone that Southern Living built for their 2010 Idea House.  Yep, the Farmhouse Idea House is literally “across the pond” from it.:)Do you remember reading about the brownstone back in 2010?

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It was modeled after the style of townhomes you would find in historic places like Savannah and Charleston.  It was designed by my favorite firm, Historical Concepts, and the interiors were decorated by Newnan resident, Jamie McPherson.  I loved the historic feel that they were able to bring to the rooms (even though it was new construction.)

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The wallpaper, the blue and green color scheme, the floral fabrics, and the blue ceilings all conveyed that “old South” feel.

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And the light fixtures!  Oh my gooooooodness!!  Just gorgeous.

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How about a long hot soak in that bathtub? (But I think I would close the curtains before I stood up in front of those three windows…especially now that there are neighbors in the area!)

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You can see more of the rooms decorated as they were for the Idea House tours on the Southern Living site here.  I mentioned in our last post that the 2012 Idea Farmhouse has been sold and a family is residing in it, but what has become of this brownstone in charming Senoia?

Take a look…

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There’s our beautiful foyer with her hardwood floors, pretty wallpaper, and period perfect lights just waiting for someone to move in.  Yes, the Idea House is for sale.  With 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and almost 5,000 sq. feet of living area, the listing price is $999,000.

Here is the living room today. Just look at all the architectural features, and they even left the drapes for you.:)

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The kitchen looks much larger in this photograph than it did in the magazine feature.  Doesn’t it to you?

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The master bedroom still has its drapes as well (and those fabulous transom windows.)

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And your bath is still waiting on you.  You can see the farmhouse through the windows there, but this must be an old photo because there are homes now built around it.

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Well are you ready to make this your dream home?  Maybe I need to show you around the town of Senoia to convince you. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, and it was relatively quiet that day.

downtown Senoia

Doesn’t it look like just the perfect old fashioned small town?Senoia downtownI really wanted to go in this store, but unfortunately it was not open on Sunday.

French Market SenoiaHere is a closer look at those flowers in front of the shop window, since I know you want to see them.:)

French Market flowers SenoiaI was able to get a photo of the items in one of the windows.

French Market window

This shop with the clever words was open though.

Senoia shop window

It was filled to the brim with all sorts of things for your home.

Senoia shopAcross the street from it is a large brick building that holds the offices for Southern Living’s Hotel Collection.  I don’t think you can see this very well, but there is a fudge and sweet shop on the bottom floor.  Above that is a sign for a dentist’s office.  I laughed out loud when I read that! Too funny.

Senoia GA Southern Living Hotel Collection offices

There was one shop I had read about before we left home, and I really wanted to go in it.  Dummy me forgot to check the hours it was open, and after spending too long in The Main Street Fudge Shop…

Main Street Fudge shop Senoia GA

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We arrived 5 minutes after closing at Beyond the Door. (They really were closed.  This photo is from their facebook page.)

beyond the door in senoia

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You need to check them out because it looks like a very unusual shop with a million things you won’t find anywhere else.  I was very disappointed they weren’t open (so I ate a praline from the fudge shop.:()

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The old fashioned appeal of downtown Senoia is so convincing that many movies have had scenes filmed there –  Fried Green Tomatoes, Driving Miss Daisy, and the 2011 version of Footloose – to name just a few.  Parts of season 3 and 4 from the AMC series, The Walking Dead were filmed there (with shop windows blackened out for zombie walking scenes!)  One of the old brick buildings now houses The Official Walking Dead Store – a fun place for fans of the series.

the official Walking Dead Store  Senoia GAAnd look what other shop they have… It was hard for me to resist everything there!

Senoia Garden CenterSenoia Georgia Garden CenterIf that doesn’t convince you, I have one more thing that might (and if you were my mom it would definitely make your heart beat faster!:))

Senoia citywide yardsalethecitizen.com

They are having a citywide yard sale in a couple of weeks! If you are addicted to yard sales you won’t want to miss it. I am sure there will be a lot of great bargains.

So now are you ready to buy the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia?

We’ll all be sure to come visit.:)

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Kathy - April 7, 2014 - 6:59 am

OMGoodness #1…I commented before Katrina. OMGoodness #2…Just OMGoodness! You really know how to make a girl want to visit a place! What a charming town! The more I saw, the more I wanted to go…and then the YARD SALE! Thank you for another great post!
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Yes, you DID beat Katrina! :) Isn’t it a charming place?! I wonder how the people in the town get to visit each other’s yard sales if they are having to man their own? I know on the days when we used to have ours, my mom would always be unhappy that she was having to work her things here, and she was missing the other yard sales in town (and that wasn’t even a citywide one!)
Kelly

Debra - April 7, 2014 - 7:04 am

The brownstone is lovely. Could you ever live in one of those? It is so beautiful with detail and those gorgeous big windows. I would enjoy cooking in that kitchen and oh to have that soaking tub. We built in the mid 80′s and it was jacuzzi tubs then that were the trend. I think I would yank ours out if my husband would let me and have a claw foot, as you have now. Oh well, maybe my next house? Downtown looked fun. You definately had me at fudge, garden shop and yard sale on this trip Kelly.

Debra
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I do think I could live in one of those brownstones…makes me think of the brownstone Meg Ryan was living in in the movie You’ve Got Mail. I did not realize that people do not like a jacuzzi. Our first house had a huge tub in it, but I did opt for the claw foot one for this house because it looked old. Hard to resist fudge and a garden shop, isn’t it Debra? (And we had pralines and turtles too!)
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - April 7, 2014 - 7:49 am

Oh, oh wait a minute…I am going to be in that area that weekend…so glad you posted this beautiful post as I also found out about the yard sale!….
Love that Idea house…they did an incredible job of mixing the traditional farmhouse look with some contemporary features!!.. Fabulous!
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Wow! You will have such fun, Shirley!! I do hope the weather is good for it. I thought the mix was great for that home – old fashioned style with modern conveniences.
Kelly

Katrina - April 7, 2014 - 8:12 am

8:04…ha ha , you beat me Kathy! I have already googled Senoia to see how far it is from Brevard……..LOVED it all but the yard sale sign ’bout put me over the edge!!!! My husband has a church golf tournament in Waynesville that day so I will be knocking around another quaint downtown on the 26th BUT I really want to go to Senoia …preferably when there is also a yard sale happening. Great post Kelly!
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Waynesville has some cute shops in it, too Katrina! (So sorry that Kathy you beat you commenting today. Better luck next time. :) ) We stayed at a bed and breakfast there a very long time ago, and I cannot remember the name of it. I hope you get to visit Senoia one day.
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - April 7, 2014 - 8:30 am

Another place to put on the To See list. I think I would love all those stores!!
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I would love all the stores there too, Arlene! I just wish they had all been open on Sunday afternoon (and I wish I had done a better job checking the hours of Beyond the Door since I COULD have shopped there if I had paid attention to the time.)
Kelly

Moj Beli Cvet - April 7, 2014 - 8:55 am

Love the Southern Living Idea Homes. I would love to visit and live here. Thank for sharing this Great post Kelly.
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Southern Living always has such gorgeous homes to tour, don’t they?! Senoia would be a fun little town to live in I think. Glad you enjoyed the post!
Kelly

Cathy Norrie - April 7, 2014 - 8:59 am

Dear Kelly,

Thank you so much for all of these delectable photos. Senoia looks like just the kind of town I would love to live in… and that brownstone!!! It’s official!! I am going to buy it and live in it forever with my hubby and my Great Dane. Don’t you think Daisy, our Great Dane, would fit in perfectly curled up on her bed in front of that lovely fireplace? Sigh. In my dreams. I love it so much.

Thanks for the dreams :)

Take care
Cath
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Yay! A buyer. I knew we would find one for it! LOL I think Daisy would enjoy living in that brownstone with all the different stairs to run up and down. Plus it would not be near as cold here in Georgia as it is there where you are in Canada. So just sell your little cottage and move on down here.
Kelly

Anita - April 7, 2014 - 9:11 am

Oh Kelly, I could officially be a Southern Northern girl after I move into the Brownstone and then I could fill it up with goodies from the yard sale! I just love myself a great deal. I loved by the way the movie Driving Miss Daisy. Thanks for sharing.
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Alright, Anita. We will officially adopt you and Cath and you may both move down here from Canada. :) I am going to have to go back and watch Driving Miss Daisy to see which scenes were filmed in Senoia.
Thank you for visiting the blog and taking the time to leave your comment.
Kelly

Cynde - April 7, 2014 - 9:53 am

Ok this was just added to my “need to visit list”! With a possible “I want to stay here forever hashtag” lol. I agree with Anita I’m definitely a southern gal trapped in a northern gal’s geographic…lol thanks for the wonderful post.
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Yes, you need to visit! Love your hashtag. LOL I am so sorry you Southern girls are all living in the wrong place. :)
Kelly

Louvina - April 7, 2014 - 10:08 am

Oh my x’s 3!!! I almost hyperventilated! These photos were breath taking!! I’m sitting on my upstairs screened patio enjoying the morning sun, the nicest cool breeze off the lake and dreaming! Love those shops!! Could spend a whole day there– although I have problems making up my mind what I want the most and where it would fit in my downsized country lake house!?? Thinking about you going back to school ( do you know yet, if you will still be teaching math next year?) Hold on tight– not many more weeks and maybe this year you can begin your break on time since you don’t have to move your things! There is a mama eagle and her young squawking and hunting for breakfast!! Guess it is time for my late breakfast too! Have a beautiful week!! Thank you for your posts–:)
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Morning sun? All we have had here today is a gully washing flood! Yes, you could spend an entire day there in the shops. I think I could spend the day in the French Market and Beyond the Door alone (with a lunch and snack break of course!) 34 more days left until summer break, and yes it will start on time since I will still be a math teacher in my current room next year…or at least I think I will. We find out tomorrow who our new principal will be, and hopefully, he won’t make me change my job. How amazing that you have eagles nesting in your area!
Take care Louvina!
Kelly

Bonnie Bryant - April 7, 2014 - 10:11 am

The French Market is one of my favorites. I usually stop there first when I go to Senoia! The owner also has a booth at Scott’s every month. Do you go there?
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Man I wish they had been open when we were there! It looked like it had a lot of wonderful things inside when I was desperately peeping in the windows. Would you believe I have never been to Scott’s?? I say all the time that we should go, but we have never done it. I am thinking that when my son(s) move out (again), we will need a few more pieces of furniture, and that will be a good excuse to shop at Scott’s one weekend. :) I am glad to know that the French Market has a booth there as well.
Kelly

Kim - April 7, 2014 - 10:14 am

Cute shops. I need to make a trip down.
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It should not be a long drive for you Kim, and I would think you would love the French Market.
Kelly

Cheri - April 7, 2014 - 10:40 am

I put that yard sale down on my calendar so I am hoping I can get someone to take the drive with me to be able to go.
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They should be paying me a commission on their yard sale with all the business I am drumming up for them! ha ha. I do hope you will get to go to it. Find lots of bargains Cheri!!
Kelly

Donnamae - April 7, 2014 - 10:42 am

What a cute town! I would absolutely love to browse there! Thanks for the tour of the house too. Looks like a great place to visit! ;)
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It was a fun place to visit. I know the shopping is good, but we did not try any of their restaurants (except for the fudge shop :) )so I can’t say how they are. I would like to take a peek in some of the new homes being built there.
Kelly

Teresa W - April 7, 2014 - 2:26 pm

What cute little shops in Senoia, and I love the Idea House! I definately need to take a road trip. Thanks for the heads up about the yard sale too. Shall I swing by & pick you up on my way out of Dublin? Have a great week!
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They were such cute shops! I don’t think I will be making the yard sale this year, but if my mom sees this she is likely to be there at the crack of dawn! (But isn’t that what all yard sale shoppers do?) You have a great week too.
Kelly

Vicki - April 7, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Who would have suspected that the brownstone and the farmhouse were so close to each other? Great detective work, Kelly! It was neat to see the brownstone is still beautiful even empty and unstyled. Fun to imagine living in such a cute town with those irresistible shops!
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I had no idea they were that close until we got there! I bet that town is exciting to be in when a filming crew is there working on a movie. I read that shop owners open their back door so that they can still be in business even when they have to keep their front doors closed for movie making. Fun times!
Kelly

Dawn - April 7, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Oh Kelly,

I would have loved to window shop with you in Senoia! The Fudge shop looks yummy and I’d have to bring some yummy treats back for my students! The Southern Living Idea House is just lovely. Thanks for sharing it all with us.
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It WOULD have been fun, Dawn (but more fun if they had been open!) That fudge shop had soooo many yummy things in it. They also had fried pies, which my husband had a hard time resisting. Glad you enjoyed the post.
Kelly

Becky in 'Bama - April 7, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Such a charming community! I wish I could see the remainder of the kitchen area in the ‘brownstone’- since there is no picture of appliances…where is the refrigerator? I also note a lack of upper cabinets . But with the butler pantry off the kitchen area I guess that would be where you store plates, glasses?? Are there drawers on the island? Silly me…like I’m going to buy it! :-) Just wondering, I guess. (Beautiful millwork, too.)
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The stove and oven are under that custom made hood, and the sink and dishwasher are in the island I believe. I am guessing the refrigerator is opposite the island on the wall that is not shown. They called the butler’s pantry, a “scullery” and you are probably right about storing plates and things in there..although I would want them next to the dishwasher for ease in unloading it. Look at the photos here: http://senoiaideahouse.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/gallery-southern-livings-idea-house-photos/ and you will see dishes and glasses in the scullery.
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - April 7, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Kelly
I love the exterior of this one. The interior isn’t my taste but I agree, the details make it appear to be an authentic historic house.
I would love to attend the city wide flea market, that would be fun. Of course we’d have to stop in the candy shop as well.
Great tour.
Karen
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A lot of the details that give it that authentic look can be attributed to the design firm of Historical Concepts. They do such wonderful work. I also think the choice in lighting really added to the place.
You are right about having to stop in the candy shop. Even if you found no bargains at the yard sale, you could be happy with their fudge. :)
Kelly

martha - April 7, 2014 - 7:27 pm

SENOIA!!!!! what a wonderful place! I have enjoyed these posts so much and to have 2 Southern Living homes in the same town….amazing! You do a wonderful job of bringing the most interesting places and beautiful homes to all of us. Thanks!
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I know, how in the world did that little town end up with TWO Idea Houses? It probably didn’t hurt that an investor wanted to bring his film studio there, and it probably didn’t hurt that nearby Peachtree City is home of the architectural firm, Historical Concepts that worked on both projects, and it probably didn’t hurt that the town had such a nostalgic appeal. Senoia has really taken off in the last few years.
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment here, Martha.
Kelly

Cindy Ross - April 7, 2014 - 7:53 pm

OMG girl you are killing me!!! I gave up chocolate and french fries for Lent so between these last several post I have really been craving them both. LOL. I love this town and these homes. I would never leave the shops. I love everything about this town. This one is gonna be on my bucket list. Thanks so much for sharing. <3
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I didn’t mean to make this so hard on you, Cindy! Giving up my two favorites – chocolate and French Fries would be like a death sentence to me!!! Glad to know I could at least contribute to your bucket list since I am making your Lent sacrifices so difficult. :)
Kelly

Cindy Ross - April 7, 2014 - 10:33 pm

No worries Kelly, that is what it is all about making sacrifices. Not much longer. My Easter dinner is going to consist of French fries and chocolate. We will be going to the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang in Concord, NC. Hope there is a little something the girls can find to get into. I am sure we can find a little something. Hehehehe. Until your next post. Stay sweet, and have fun in what ever you find. :)

Jayne - April 8, 2014 - 11:15 am

The ladies from my church are having a Girls Day Out on the 26th and we are going yard sale-ing. I just may have to tell them about this yard sale. It just may be worth the 2 hour drive! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn - April 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm

I’m sorry the shops were closed. MANY things in my home are from Beyond the a Door and The French Market. Come back this summer any day but Sunday or Monday and they’ll be open. Make sure to drive up to Tyrone (about 20 min north) and go to Circa Antiques and Déjà Vu consignment store. You won’t regret it! I would also recommend coming on a day when Scott’s in open. WIN WIN!

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