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.
So 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.
Diane (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:
Oh yes, one more thing…they painted all the ceilings Benjamin Moore Morning Sky Blue and the walls Benjamin Moore Moonlight White, and oh what a difference it made! Of course, the red and white checked valances were the perfect touch to me.
Mary Kay Andrews is an estate sale-thrift store-antique shop-yard sale-Craigslist queen. (I really think she just needed a larger house for a place to put all the treasures she has accumulated from her shopping…shhh…don’t tell her I said that.) Anyway, there are soooo many treasures in Ebbtide, there is no way I could tell you about all of them, but here are a few things to note.
The 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.
I loved the blue plates displayed in that little corner there.
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.
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!)
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.
And yes, I am dying over those chairs! Don’t you think they would be perfect somewhere in my house of gingham galore?
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.
The dining area also houses bookcases that hold a variety of dvds, games, and books for a family’s enjoyment.
Now look on that top shelf. She has a Jan Karon book for children! Miss Fannie’s Hat is perfect for Easter. (And no, I did not turn it to face out like that. It was already like that, thank you very much.)
To the left of the bookcases is this lovely old buffet with a framed vintage bathing suit displayed above it. The lamps were made from galvanized tin ice cream churns found on Ebay. She was looking for wooden ice cream churns to use there but liked these better.
Off 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.
Here is a better view looking back towards the kitchen.
Behind that long buffet table is the living room, and the two areas all flow together as one big space. Here is a before shot of that view.
And here is how it looks today.
They 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.
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.)
A Miss Mustard Seed project inspired Mary Kay to paint the dresser to look like the Union Jack flag, and her husband taped off the design for her.
Here is another before shot of the area with the sofa.
And now see how wonderful it looks with its collection of paintings resting on shelves built by Mr. MKA from an Ana White plan.
A high shelf above the door holds a collection of vintage sand pails. Too cute!
And how about this for a before and after? This old black and white photo was in a drawer with placemats.
And now standing in the same spot as the photographer from before…
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.!
Have a happy day!
Until next time…