Paula Deen has a beach house on Tybee Island. So while we were riding around looking at all the cute homes on the island during my recent spring break, I took a couple of photos of it just for you. 🙂
Y’all Come Inn is managed by Mermaid Cottages, the same wonderful group that takes care of Ebbtide, Mary Kay Andrew’s cottage where we were staying. Here are some photos of Paula’s beach house from the Mermaid Cottage’s website (since I know you would like to see the recently redecorated interior. 🙂 )
A number of pieces from the Paula Deen line of furniture were added when the home’s interiors were updated, and the colors were also brightened up in each room – giving it more of a “Tybee vibe” than its previously darker colors.
The kitchen comes complete with Paula Deen cookbooks and is stocked with many of her spices and seasonings.
Y’all Come Inn sleeps 8, and it has its own elevator.
You can see the remaining rooms on the Mermaid Cottage website.
About 5 years ago, I took my mother on a “Paula Deen tour” of Savannah for her Mother’s Day gift. We took a bus all over the city, stopping at a number of interesting Paula-related places, and we dined at the Lady and Sons Restaurant and at Uncle Bubba’s (which closed suddenly a few weeks ago.)
My husband had never eaten at Paula’s restaurant, so we made reservations to have lunch there while we were visiting Tybee. (It was only a 20 minute drive there from Ebbtide, but you have to also allow 10-15 minutes to find parking in Savannah.) Our reservations were for 11:00 a.m. – opening time. I would recommend making them at 11:15 next time so that the crowd is not as large.
The building has 3 floors of seating, and how funny that we were seated on the third floor in the same dark and cozy room where my mother and I ate years ago!
On my earlier trip, I had ordered from the menu, but for this meal, I decided to give the buffet a try.
Bread arrived before the meal as an appetizer…
served with iced tea exactly like I like it – garnished with mint leaves and a slice of lemon.
I filled my plate with fried chicken (including the pulley bone!) and a number of vegetables. It was all very tasty – especially the corn pudding. (I think that is what it was.) The next time we visit, I would like to try the fried green tomatoes and the chicken pot pie.
My husband ordered shrimp and grits from the menu, and he ate every spoonful of that big serving.
For dessert, small servings of banana pudding and ooey gooey butter cake were brought to the table in tiny bowls. Our very gracious server, Zach, was only supposed to bring one dessert (the banana pudding), but he brought the extra one because he insisted that we try the cake as well since it was his favorite. So we each had something sweet to finish off our lunch.
It was a very filling lunch, but we walked it off by shopping in Savannah. 🙂
So now that we have talked about her beach cottage, restaurant, and food, let’s take a look at Paula Deen’s family home. Here is her kitchen from her previous house – or was this a set modeled after that room? I thought they actually filmed in the house. Is that correct?
Anyway, I really liked that house. It had a farmhouse look and there were a lot of buffalo checked drapes (in red and green!) If you would like to see more of it, Julia at Hooked on Houses did a great post all about it (here). Paula and her husband have since built a new home on the Wilmington River, and that is the one I want to share with you today. They named it Riverbend. It is a beautiful place, but it has a more formal look to me.
You’ll notice there are sweet little buildings clustered around the main house. These guest houses give Riverbend a more resort look.
Paula has become very interested in shell art, and you can see one of her projects here in the foyer.
I really liked the old look of the ceiling and doorway in this hall.
What a spacious living room!
Here is a more cozy space. The use of shutters in the transom areas throughout the house is a wonderful architectural detail.
Of course you need to see the stove in the kitchen.
My favorite space is her gorgeous dish pantry. (If you cook that much, you would have to have a large supply of dishes, right?)
There is a sweet nursery for the grandchildren.
And finally, outside Riverbend there is large pool stocked with fish.
And that is all I have for you on Paula Deen’s homes, but I do have one more Paula-item to share. Have you checked out anything from her line of furniture? I usually shake my head in disbelief when I hear of a chef giving their name to anything home related (outside of kitchen goods), but I really like some of her pieces. Take a look at a few…
Love these chairs (which would fit perfectly on our screened porch or in the room over the garage! 🙂 )
and this piece would be great for serving (and storage)…
and finally, this piece – which is called Paula’s Dish Pantry. I can see it working in many different spaces in a home.
Don’t you like those pieces? I would love to have that last one to use in our room above the garage. I think it would work great for office storage at the bottom and books in the upper display part.
One last thing before I wrap this up…don’t forget there is a giveaway for 3 wonderful Savannah related books to be held at midnight on Wed. 4/30/14.
Just leave a comment on this post and/or any that publish between 4/24/14 and 4/30/14. You can see more details here. I don’t normally put on my “teacher look” for anything on this blog, but I am going to today because I know that Paula Deen can be controversial with some folks. If you leave a comment, please remember that we are all playing nice. (Insert strict teacher face here.) I want this to be a fun place for readers to share houses, entertaining ideas … things related to design. And besides that, if you leave a comment you are entering the contest for the drawing of the prizes above – prizes that I spent my hard earned money on – no this is not a sponsored giveaway. Got all that? (I should hear you saying, “Yes ma’am,” now.) Alright, now that we have taken care of that, I can put on my nice blogging face again.
I hope you are having a fun filled weekend (or a restful one if that is what you need.) Have you been to the Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah? Do you have a favorite room in any of Paula’s homes or a favorite piece from her line of furniture?
We’d love to hear!