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An Amazing Beach House in Fernandina Beach, Florida – Part 2

beach house upper deckHappy Memorial Day Weekend, and welcome back for part 2 of the wonderful beach house we loved on our recent trip to the beach!  If you missed part 1, you can see it here.  In that post we toured the entry hall, the kitchen, dining room, living room, and sun porch.  Now we are ready to see the bedrooms.  Keep in mind this is a very old house, so the bedrooms are on the small side…but who needs a large one when you are just relaxing at the beach? 🙂

master bedroom green wallsThis is the master bedroom. (I took these photos on 2 different days hoping rain versus sunshine would make a difference.) Those double windows there look out directly on the water.  What a joy to wake up and see the beautiful sunrise over the waves!

master bedroom beach houseOpposite the bed is this large piece of furniture for clothing storage.  It also houses a little television on the left side.

master bedroom cabinetThere is a guest bedroom on the other side of the sun porch. It too has those lovely green stained walls, and again they mixed an old piece with new furniture to give it a more personal look.

guest bedroomOur daughter stayed in this bedroom with the cute cute headboards. 🙂  This room is just perfect for girls, don’t you think?


bedroom in beach houseAnd I loved the arrangement of plates and ferns over the beds.

bedroom upholstered headboard with bowMy husband thought I was crazy for saying that I loved the bathroom, but there is just something about a white painted room in an old house that is simply charming to me.  And it really makes the old floors stand out when they contrast with all that white.

bathroomThe built in cabinet with glass doors was perfect in there.

bathroom with built in cabinetLoved the baskets of towels below the double sinks!

bathroom double vanityAnd yes, there is even the vintage claw foot tub in the bathroom. (And we had no problem with the shower curtain like we did when we stayed at Whitehall in Maine.)

bathroom clawfoot tubHere’s another view of that gorgeous cabinet.

bathroom cabinetThat finishes the tour of the interior of the beach cottage.  So we are going right outside through the door of the sunroom.  On the rainy days we saw this….

beach house deck

And on the beautiful sunny mornings we had this view. 🙂
(Another wonderful place to enjoy a cup of coffee.)

Fernandina BeachGo down the steps by the deck, and this little pathway leads you right to the water.  (It is shared with the house next door because they were best friends with the owner when the house was built, and they wanted to live next door to each other.)

beach walkBut we are not going down that path just yet.  Nosirree.  Take a turn, and go under the house.
It was such a happy surprise to find this space there!

beach house deck

Isn’t it great?! If we lived there, I know we would enjoy entertaining in that spot!  There is also a sink, and a closet full of beach chairs, and a small outdoor shower under there.  The owners have thought of literally everything.

You can have a seat right here. 🙂

adirondack chairsOr if you prefer, walk on down to the beach. 🙂

beachI know many of you want the rental information.  Just click here for the VRBO listing.  Now don’t go expecting a modern Hilton if you happen to get lucky enough to stay there.  It is an old beach house that has weathered many storms, and like any old house, it has its quirks…old floors that squeak (and a couple of tiny holes where you can see all the way through), old doors that aren’t square (and a crack that doesn’t seal all the way), and there is only 1 bathroom for the whole house.  That was no issue to us at all, but if you want a private bath for every bedroom, that’s not happening with this house.  I am sure there were regulations for historic homes and EPD regs that governed what the Krohns could and couldn’t do when they renovated the cottage.

But I would happily take the house – quirks and all!  I used to think Mary Kay Andrew’s beach house (Ebbtide) on Tybee was my favorite of all the beach houses in which we have stayed, but I think this one has surpassed it.  Both homes are gorgeously decorated (and the MKA one is huge!) but this one’s location – right on the water – has it beat.  (Ebbtide is behind another beachfront home.)  We will most definitely be staying here again when we can make another trip to Fernandina in the future.  Until then, I guess I will just have to watch the video. 😉

Enjoy the rest of this Memorial Day weekend.
I hope you are relaxing in a beach house somewhere as you read this.
(I’ll be working on researching and planning a Disney-at-Christmas trip!)

Until next time…
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Gina - May 31, 2016 - 3:13 pm

I loved this beach house! Such cute bedrooms and bathroom. The covered section underneath was great. When we go to the beach we have always rented a beach house so this would be right up my alley. 🙂 Whew, Disney at Christmas…good luck!! 😉 😀

Peggy - May 31, 2016 - 1:54 pm

Absolute deliciousness! That green shiplap sings to my heart. And the porch view to the ocean at the end is fabulous. I hope you had morning coffee, afternoon coffee and evening coffee looking at that view.

Garden, Home and Party - May 31, 2016 - 11:18 am

What a charming house and with that location, I would take it quirks and all too!

kathy - May 31, 2016 - 7:55 am

What a wonderfully peaceful looking place! I want to spend a month there! (I knew DiAnne would say this is her kind of beach house.) I like those built-ins, the chippy white bedside tables, the white linens, the wooden floors and most of all, that view! Thanks for sharing this charming house, Kelly.

Rosemary - May 31, 2016 - 2:15 am

Re “You’ve Got Mail”
Hi again! I just wanted to add a big “thank you” Kelly! Yesterday I linked through to one of your “you might enjoy these” posts, to the ones you’d written on the film “You’ve got Mail” I’d read them before when I read through all your posts but it was lovely to read them again and consequently I spent such a great evening curled up watching the film! I’d intended to for ages but thanks to you I actually did it 🙂 I’ve seen it many times before but always enjoy it so much and this time you helped me focus even more on the rooms, street scenes etc …and yes, I did cry at the end 🙂

DiAnne - May 30, 2016 - 9:42 pm

Thank you for sharing this little slice of paradise. This is sooo my kind of beach House, creaky boards and all. Love the built ins.
What a fabulous place! I am still thinking about all those shells piled up on the mantle from the previous post.

Gabrielle - May 30, 2016 - 5:38 am

How lovely Kelly How restful it must have been to stay in this beautiful home.

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - May 30, 2016 - 1:33 am

Thank you so much Kelly! I’m going to choose the walk on the beach and I come back in a few minuts for lunch! 😉 By the way, this ferns and plates arrangement makes me think of yours!
Thank again for sharing this beautiful house. It makes me dream about Summer vacation already.
I wish you a wonderful day,

Tricia Duncan - May 29, 2016 - 7:55 pm

Hi Kelly, such a beautiful cottage. The built in cabinet in the bathroom is just perfect depth for towels, etc.; a brilliant use of space. Isn’t the space beneath the cottage unique? it’s my kind of place, charming, quirky and memorable. Have fun researching your Christmas trip!

Linda Ishmael - May 29, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Love this little beach cottage, it definitely looks like my kind of place. Your blog always amazes me, taking me places I have been or places I want to go. Amelia Island holds a little piece of my heart. My nephew lives there and we have been there many times. So thanks for showing me a part I haven’t ever seen before.

Louvina - May 29, 2016 - 2:08 pm

A lovely way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon– looking at your wonderful #2 Beach House. Was wondering is it north or south of Elizabeth Pointe? I think my daughter and I will try to get up to EP for a few days in early August. We will definitely look for this cottage. Very warm here at the lake– lots of watercraft and fun happening all around. I’m “grilling” country ribs in my crockpot!! Cool bow tie macaroni salad, spicy baked beans, cole slaw, crusty fried squash and steamed sliced apples! Yum! Come on by and sit awhile on the screened upstairs porch and sip sweet iced tea! Happy holiday and looking forward to a nice summer season!!

Rosemary - May 29, 2016 - 12:35 pm

Hi Kelly … I hope you’re having a good weekend too. Unfortunately no trips to the beach for us, but I have strolled along the riverbank. Imagine, sunny weather with a gentle breeze (perfect for walking!) and lots of boats , swans and ducks out on the water!
The bedrooms are lovely, in keeping with the rest of the house. I love white bed linens and then incorporating a little colour with cushions and throws, so I’d be happy here!

Ruth - May 29, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Not at the beach — BETTER! I’m in the comfort of my own home, taking an armchair tour of Fernandina, without the bother of sand and sun protection! Such a wonderful house you rented! Thank you for sharing that, and for the re-run of MKA’s Ebbtide house. With a little creativity and elbow grease, my 100+ year-old farmhouse could look like that. You’re inspiring me to clean out the stuff I’ve inherited from multiple generations and felt saddled by for a decade, and to just follow my own style. Life is too short to spend it stewarding dead people’s purchases out of a misplaced sense of responsibility! Uh oh, you may have started something here… 🙂
P.S. – Your graduation party was WONDERFUL! I’m amazed at how much you and your husband accomplished in such a short and event-packed time period! A beautiful and memorable occasion even for people who weren’t present!

Donnamae - May 29, 2016 - 12:04 pm

I’m not exactly sitting at the beach…my backyard deck will have to do! Thanks for the tour though…enjoy your weekend! 😉

Andrea W - May 29, 2016 - 12:02 pm

This is a perfect beach house…..I would prefer a pretty old cottage such as this or either of MKA’s ……. Bigger is not always better!

thanks for sharing! (PS>…my dream is to stay in the beach house you featured in Seaside…….the one that was owned by the antiques dealer from Houston! I LOVE that one too!

An Amazing Beach House in Fernandina Beach, Florida – Part 1

beach house front porchIt was pouring…and I really mean pouring rain with rumbling thunder and flashing lightning when we checked into our vacation beach house a week ago.  Our daughter was afraid to go inside the metal roofed cottage with all the lightning popping around us.  But regardless of the weather, I was thrilled to be there.

beach house exterior

This trip was our little vacation that we had managed to squeeze in between our daughter’s college graduation from Mercer University and her summer work in Oklahoma, and our son’s completion of his first year of Yale law school and the beginning of his summer internship in Atlanta. Got all that?  I was not only happy to have a little downtime with our family, but I had also waited 15 years to be in that house – yes… truly 15 years.

front porchIn the spring of 2001, I had picked up a copy of the short lived Second Home magazine from a shelf at our local Books-a-Million.  Vacation homes have always been my favorite types of residences.  Whether they are in the mountains or at the beach, the architecture is usually more charming and the size is often more cottage-like.  That particular issue had get away to Amelia Island plastered across the cover, and since we frequently vacationed there, I was interested in seeing the house they were featuring from “our” beach town. 🙂

framed magazine article

It was love at first sight when I got to the article.  The featured home was built in 1929, restored by Marlee and Todd Krohn, decorated by the talented designers from Pineapple House in Atlanta, and it was gorgeous.  I immediately began doing some research to see if it happened to be a rental.  It took me years to finally track down more information about it, and every time we were at the beach I looked for it.  Because it is tucked behind another house, it also took me a number of years before I could locate it.   (And to think it is only about 10 houses down from where we often stayed at Elizabeth Pointe Lodge!)
beach house entry chest

After locating it and finding rental information, it just never seemed to be available when our schedule would work for a beach trip.  I kept looking for more and more photos of the charming cottage.  Over the years, I found a few on Pinterest, and I located rental information on VRBO, and then best of all….I found a video tour of it!  But the house was never available when we were….until a few weeks ago.  When it finally looked like our stars had aligned, I booked it!  No thunderstorm was going to keep us from this beach vacation.

beach house entry benchWe grabbed our suitcases and ran for the shelter of the front porch.  Once inside we were not disappointed.  I know you cannot tell from the photo, but the view from the front door all the way through the center hallway/dining room is straight out to the beach.  Marlee has kept the window treatments simple with blinds that are open so you can always see that wonderful view.  Instant relaxation….

beach house dining roomAnd although the house has been updated with every modern convenience, it still retains its old house charm.  Just look at those blue-green stained pine tongue-and-groove walls and that old flooring!

beach house dining chairsRight off to the right of the chairs is the kitchen.  It is small, but it has everything you could possibly want… from paper products to Pottery Barn dishes to a Keurig coffee maker.  Marlee and Todd have literally thought of everything.

beach house kitchen rangeI did not take a photo of the laundry room that is off to the left of the kitchen area, but it was also equipped with anything you need for a beach vacation – games, beach towels, you name it.

beach house kitchenAnd even though the kitchen is very updated, it still retains the old wood walls, ceiling, and floor.

beach house kitchen windowNow back to the dining area.  This space was originally the living room in the house, but because it is such a long and narrow room, it worked much better for dining.

beach house dining room tableThe accessories throughout are just perfect for a beach cottage.

beach house mantelThe shells piled on the mantel have been collected from walks on the beach there.

beach house dining room cabinet

On the other side of the dining area is the living room.  The walls are again stained the blue green color, and they contrast with the white of the trim and ceiling in the room.

Beach house living room in blue and green

I loved how that denim blue worked with the green walls.

beach house living room

To give the home a very casual feel, almost all the pieces were painted.  They mixed old family pieces with new upholstery to give an acquired-over-time look to the cottage.  In fact, I believe the white piece you see in the photo below was Marlee’s childhood dresser.

beach house blue chairThe cabinet at the other end of the room holds a television and a dvd player.  There were many movies from which to choose, and you would not believe how many books are in the house!

beach house living room green wallsEverywhere we looked, there were baskets or bins holding books for us to enjoy.  Our daughter finished a Nicholas Sparks‘ book, and I read Mary Kay AndrewsBlue Christmas while we were there.

beach house television cabinetInteresting vignettes could be found in every room.

beach house living room vignette

One idea I really need to copy is matting and framing the magazine articles that feature the house.  Besides the article in Second Home magazine, the cottage was also featured in Better Homes and Gardens’ Quick and Easy Decorating back in the spring of 2002.

framed magazine articlesAnd there is even a copy of that issue in one of the magazine racks for you to peruse. 🙂

beach house magazine articleAt the end of the long hallway/dining room is this sunroom.  White paint covers the walls in there instead of the blue green stain.  We had our breakfast at that little gateleg table each morning so that we could watch the waves on the beach.  (The table and chairs belonged to Marlee’s grandparents.)

beach house sunroom diningThe blue color scheme continues in that room so that there is a continuous flow to the decorating throughout the house.  (You know I am all about the flow!)  The small trunk in front of the wicker sofa belonged to Marlee’s parents…again mixing in family pieces with new ones.

beach house sun porchObviously I took these shots on a different day when the sun was brightly shining. 🙂

Beach House sunroomUnfortunately, I am going to have to break our tour here today.   We will take a look at the bedrooms, the bathroom, and a few exterior spaces when we return, and I will share with you the links to the rental information and the video tour in part 2.  I hope you will be back for all of it!

Until next time…


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sandy Webster - May 29, 2016 - 8:50 am

My friends call me a detail addict. This house was featured in Country Home or BHG. I am at my cottage in northern Mich, but when I get home I will search my “best design magazine” collection and send you the info or xerox copies if you want.

kathy - May 28, 2016 - 12:24 pm

I love this post! As you know, I am so about the beach! I would love to stay at this cottage for a month…or longer! The shabby chic painted furniture there inspires me to go paint something then distress it. The blues and greens were perfect! I also loved that you read a Mary Kay Andrews book while there. What a way to relax after that fabulous graduation party!

Bonnie Auld - May 28, 2016 - 10:23 am

I’m so glad that your family was able to get away…even with the rain. I agree with your reply to someone that “rain at the beach is better than a sunny day anywhere else”. I love the cozy, relaxed feel of this cottage. (I have a denim couch that is so loved it needs to be recovered!) The blue and white throughout is very welcoming and speaks to my heart. Looking forward to Part 2 of this cottage. As always, thank you for sharing with us! - May 27, 2016 - 4:31 pm

I love the beach and how awesome to get to stay in this beautiful cottage! I love the calm blues and greens throughout the house. The furnishings are gorgeous. Looking forward to your next post to see more!

Amy O'Quinn - May 27, 2016 - 9:30 am

If that beach house is near Elizabeth Pointe, it’s also near the house we stay in each summer. I LOVE those blue/green walls! They just say HAPPY! In fact, the whole house is lovely. I really like how you can see all the way through to the beach view from the front door. We will be heading down to Amelia the first week in July, so I will keep my eyes open for this rental. It’s funny how you can go somewhere year after year after year and not realize what little gems are tucked away–right under your nose! All those houses on Fletcher sort of run together when you are riding by, but this one is really something special inside.Thanks for sharing!

Bobbie - May 27, 2016 - 8:41 am

Thanks for sharing this wonderful vacation site with us. You are great and I always enjoy seeing and reading about your vacations and parties.

Tricia - May 27, 2016 - 5:29 am

Hi Kelly!

What a thrill it must have been to walk (dash) into this charming cottage, 15 years after you first read about it, and your excitement going room to room seeing it all in person. It really is so perfectly decorated. Looking forward to part two. Now off to read once again your past trip reports on Amelia Island.

Andrea - May 26, 2016 - 10:40 pm

I can’t wait to see more!

Sherry - May 26, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Rain at the beach? No problem! I’d be thrilled to be at the beach come rain or come shine. Thank you for all the great pictures of your get-away. I loved everything about the cottage..the colors, the decor, the views. I loved that little sunroom. I think I could stay there for a month or maybe forever! Can’t wait to see the rest. I hope you can enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. I think we are in for lots of rain this weekend due to the tropical storm/ hurricane that is brewing off our coast. Sounds like a good time to scroll through some house pictures doesn’t it?

Peggy - May 26, 2016 - 9:32 pm

I’m so glad you got some get away time with your family and it was at a beach destination you have had your heart set on! Win! Win! What could be better? I am smitten with that stained shiplap in the living room and the sky blue furniture. And that sun room for coffee in the morning as you watch the waves on the beach, heaven.
Thank you for another great get away.

mari1017 - May 26, 2016 - 3:06 pm

What a wonderful getaway! Nothing like a cozy beautiful and well appointed cottage right on the beach to do a soul good. You have been so busy – you must feel so refreshed! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Leslie Anne Tarabella - May 26, 2016 - 3:04 pm

You and your houses! How you manage to find the most adorable places! We’ve rented beach houses before and none were this charming. Love the greens and blues here. Glad you had a good time with big-kids home for a while.

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - May 26, 2016 - 2:04 pm

Hi Kelly! Wow this house looks like a seaside heaven! I’m in love! I love the fact that they kept it casual, with an old charm. You certainly spend a wonderful vacation there! I can’t wait to see the other rooms and the video! 🙂
I wish you and your family a wonderful vacation.

Garden, Home and Party - May 26, 2016 - 12:55 pm

What a great house. I agree, the cottages are always the homes that steal my heart. Throw in the blue and white and it’s an easy sale. 🙂
Can’t wait to see the rest.

Cindy T - May 26, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Absolutely adorable! What a wonderful place to relax and so sweet! Can’t wait to see the rest of the house!😊

Dana - May 26, 2016 - 12:33 pm

So much inspriration! I will never have a second home/vacation home, but oh how inspriring I find the decor for my one and only home. I am delighted by the more casual cottage style. There is so much for me to like in this one. Blue is my favorite decorating color. I like that the dresser was from the owner’s childhood. Also, I’m glad that you showed the “old” magazine photos, as I really like seeing that the living room did not change much over the years. That is all encouraging to me as I try to decorate on a small budget. Thanks!

DiCrisp - May 26, 2016 - 11:44 am

Now this is my kind of beach house! Love everything about it! I love especially that collection of shells piled up on the mantle. I also love the piece of furniture to the left of the mantle.
What a lovely, carefree beach house! I look forward to Part 2.

Gina - May 26, 2016 - 10:39 am

I love a cute beach cottage tour!! I’ve always thought decorating a beach house would be so much fun!! I might have spent a few hours day dreaming about it. 😉 This house did not disappoint. I love the colors and the collection of shells on the mantel is fabulous!! Glad you were able to get away and relax with your family. 🙂

Jayne - May 26, 2016 - 10:15 am

Ok Kelly, you know I’m from Fernandina and every time you write about it you make me homesick. Lol. I know this house, but can’t quite picture where it is. North or South Fletcher street? Would love to get the info on how to rent.
I’m sorry I am making you homesick Jayne. Amelia is an island that everyone misses when they leave. It’s so beautiful! The house is about 2 houses from The Captains House condos on S. Fletcher. Rental info coming in the next post, so be sure to check back. Maybe you can book it soon to cure your homesickness (although leaving it would make probably make it worse!)

Kaye Ann - May 26, 2016 - 9:36 am

Lovely beach home. I’m anxious to have the website …. maybe a place I could put on my bucket list!!
Yes it is lovely Kaye! Rental info coming up next. Stay tuned! 🙂

Rosemary - May 26, 2016 - 9:21 am

Perfect colours for a beach house …white, blues, greens and touches of yellow. It looks really welcoming … I’m sure you all had some great family time, Kelly. You must have been so excited when you realised it was finally available at dates you could go 🙂
Lovely to be able to see the sea from the rooms as well.
Looking forward to seeing the bedrooms!
I agree. The colors really worked well for the beach house. The views were incredible…even if we were watching a thunderstorm!
Bedrooms and the bathroom coming right up for you. 🙂

Donnamae - May 26, 2016 - 9:21 am

What a darling cottage…thanks for the tour! So happy you finally got there! Do you have other posts about Amelia Island? I’ve always wanted to check it out! 😉
You are welcome for the tour Donnamae! I was super happy that it FINALLY worked out for us to stay there. I’ve done quite a few posts on the island. Just put Amelia Island in the search box on the left hand sidebar and it will find them all for you.

Katrina - May 26, 2016 - 9:02 am

Yay!!!! You went to the beach!! You deserved a break after your incredible party! My goodness, what a cute,cute house! Happy for you!😀😀👙👙
Yay for sure Katrina!! We all enjoyed the break. Our daughter said that it was “her house” with all of “her decor.” Ha! (She obviously has great taste in beach style houses.) Loved your emocons/symbols!

Sandy in FWB - May 26, 2016 - 8:54 am

I love those blue green walls. Those are going to have to go in my one day file.
Weren’t they great?! It was a stain over the color that was originally there I believe.

Mary - May 26, 2016 - 8:46 am

Looks like a fun place to relax. I love all the seashells on the mantel!
It was a very fun place. I wish we could have stayed longer…MUCH longer. 🙂 The seashell mantel display was one of the most beautiful in the house to me. Glad you liked it Mary!

Louvina - May 26, 2016 - 8:11 am

You had me with the beautiful color scheme! I love all the textures and the mixture of furniture. I can see seashells over my fireplace for the summer!! I was inspired to begin more remodeling– trying to decide on paint color for the entire downstairs and replacing interior doors! Missing the ocean but at peace on the lake! Almost Summer— my least favorite season due to heat– good time to stay in and do projects! I had the nicest comment on my home– someone said ” your home reminds me of Kelly’s!” 😊 Love Amelia Island and Elizabeth Pointe!!
I KNEW you would like this one Louvina! 🙂 It had your name all over it. Sounds like you have major decorating projects starting again. We still need to tackle our exterior this summer. Not looking forward to that. 🙁
How funny about your compliment! Love it! I am right there with you on the island love.

Lori Simonton - May 26, 2016 - 8:00 am

Love how inviting the house seems. Please share rental information.
Rental info coming up next. 🙂

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - May 26, 2016 - 7:37 am

Really cozy and beautiful! Love the cute kitchen and all the textures.
It was very cozy during that storm! Glad you enjoyed seeing photos of the cottage Shelley. Be sure to come back for part 2. Fingers crossed I get it out Saturday. 🙂

m - May 26, 2016 - 4:45 am

Wow that just looks like your kind of house. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to part 2.
It was a beautiful old cottage, and I thought they did a fantastic job with the renovation. Check back for part 2 this weekend. 🙂

Marianne in Mo. - May 25, 2016 - 11:35 pm

Really cute and unpretentious! It seems like visiting a friends’ house, cozy and comfy. I look forward to seeing the rest! Hope you didn’t have rain much more while you were there!
I think you nailed it Marianne. It was JUST like visiting a friend’s house. They provided so many things that you just don’t get in every rental. We could not have asked for more….well more sunshine. It did rain quite a bit while we were there. But rain at the beach is better than a sunny day anywhere else in my book. 🙂

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