Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Sharing…..

I have been "blogless", if there is such a word, and I hope to improve that as the days go by. So many things  are happening that seem to interfere with what I love to do… PONDER AND SHARE.
Today my computer is being difficult and so I am sharing a few thing that I have created over the years that make me smile when I looked at them.
Happy Sunday….. Enjoy!!


( Richard Leo Johnson photo) of Jane Coslick World Headquarters!!!!
Styled by Anna Lee.

I will solve the computer problem…I will solve the computer problem..I will solve the computer problem ……………………………………...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fluffing a Favorite Cottage ….


I love revisiting a cottage that I restored with Blood ,Sweat and lots of white paint…great memories watching the transformation.
The cottage I fluffed today, is one of my all time favorite. For years I walked by wishing I could see inside and own it myself. It looked pretty forlorn  but I could feel its amazing energy.

Beach house Blue and Key Lime   colors
I was so shock when my friend called to ask me if I had any interest  in buying the little brown house on 2nd Ave.  I was stunned.. Wishing for something for so long and then having your dream come true.....Remarkable......
The cottage  always looked to me like one "eye" was always closed . I couldn't wait to tear out the dark wall  and see if maybe,just maybe, they had just covered  the matching double pocket window on the left side of the door..and they had .My lucky day.

Here is my Mom in front of the cottage "BEFORE"…she always was so supportive of my dreams even when I knew she had a few doubts. I miss her every day.

AFTER with the addition of a screen porch as large as the cottage

The kitchen and laundry..(.Richard Leo Johnson photograph)

the living room with all the vintage white slip covered furniture

my  favorite light fixture...that I had to convert to a pull chain...
Cottages take some adapting.... they're not new and they're not perfect but their amazing energy makes up for any shortcomings.

the twin bedroom ..Bellamy,my friend, sold me these beds right after I bought the cottage.
It  was as if they had actually  been there  all along....

Everything in the cottage was white..and I mean everything. except the exterior colors. Cottage Living Magazine referred to it as "the White House". Color has come slowly into the space with the Bellamy art and pillows and accessories.The key to small space is not to overload it with any one thing.. 650 square feet. (not including the screen porch.I fluffed today as gently as I could with pops of color here and there.
I love  the color this vintage glass sphere. 
Richard Leo Johnson photograph from the Cottage living story

another of Richard's photograph  of the screen porch and the beloved pocket windows
the painting is a Blanche Nettles.
Richard Leo Johnson again....
.the built in book   cases were original to the cottage
and act as storage and a room divider.

My Dream came true..and the preservation on the cottage  changed the attitude of many island skeptics.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pink Garage Doors…Are You Kidding?

Not kidding…..Pink Garage Doors….

 Just having a little lighthearted Tybee fun. My new clients are great!!!!! They love pink ..zebra..and old cottages made new. This is my favorite pink bike in front of these wonderful original  old doors. I am recommending adding a small awning above the doors  with a wonderful brackets….I just happen to have a few I bought in Nashville last year. I have been saving them for something special and this cottage just may be it.
the type of awing  except it would be 5 v-groove galvanized tin ….Luscious little Cottage pink was to deep a shade for the new cottage so the color is called Party Time a Sherwin Williams color.

oh yes….fabric samples in the new basket on my bike.

And YES more fun.. Pink Zebra shutters...

can't  wait til these go up!!!!!

great wooden walls and old pine floors

More happiness inside….( the horseshoe crab with a map on it is the first thing to hang on the wall)

the old garage will have more sleeping space  upstairs 

landscape .. shutters..picket fence design and maybe just maybe a pool!

a wonderful old cottage  at Tybee getting  refreshed

It was in amazing condition and even had the original  wooden screen .
The  new owners had the old window reworked and they open with ease so the ocean  breeze can blow though the cottage

steps to the extra sleeping space above the wonderful old garage.

love old door with the original glass door knobs

the owners promised their 6 year  old son a tire swing in this tree….cant wait!!!!
Stay tuned…it will be a Tybee Cottages vacation