Sunday, February 28, 2010
In this shot is the petite book case and the awning stripe euro shams that will be part of the soon to be open Jane Coslick Cottage Collection. It has taken so very long and there was SOOOOOO much more to do than I ever expected. My great and patient team are working very hard on the details. To all of them, I am very grateful.
Monday, February 22, 2010
So Anna Speir, whom you may know from her oyster shell creations, is also my design assistant, but she also wears another hat! Before she came to me she worked with flowers and special events so........today I became her assistant!!! I watched in awe of how quickly and beautifully she changed a charred movie set into a magical wedding chapel! Take a look at the fun funky bright bridal bouquets paired with a turquoise cake! It's pouring down rain and yes, you guessed it, that's me in the hot pink rain coat! Our previous post unfolds Anna's talent for our island's newest mile(Y)stone.
The chapel was built as one of the sets of a movie that was filmed on Tybee Island last summer, The island fell in love with the chapel and wanted to save it and keep it as a great memory of a wonderful summer.
It was constructed as the center of a story about family and a fire in a beautiful little chapel. It was burned and rebuilt and burned again. . The movie will be coming out this spring and I predict another busy busy summer. Here are exterior shots of the chapel before Anna performed her magic.
You know how we love turquoise! As Luck would have it, Tybee's Newest Wedding Chapel uses turquoise on their logo so, Anna incorporated the clean simple look of white daisies, yellow lemons, and the Tiffany blue satin ribbon to hang on the Chapels beautiful doors!People forget how sweet white daisies can be!!!!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This a photograph taken in 1948. The original owners gave me this photo and shared many great stories of the years of fun and happiness they shared with friends and family at the cottage . Many of the soldiers who were stationed at Fort Screven (one of Tybee's historic sites) would come for dinner and although it was small, people would spill out onto the steps and into the yard to enjoy the laid back ways of our little island.
Scroll down to see interior photos as well as two Blogs about my restoration of the cottage, both 'before' and 'after'!
More of Richard Johnson's photos of the interiors can be seen on my website under DESIGNS AND RESTORATIONS in Jane's Designs with the label Cottage Fryes. The cottage now has new owners and it can be rented thru www.tybee cottages.com.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I restored the cottage and painted the interior walls white. It had the original hardware and great interior details. The pocket windows on the left side of the door had been covered up during what I like to call a "remuddle" and to my surprise, there they were, just waiting to be opened. I painted it happy beach colors and added glass to the top 2 panels of the front door to bring in additional light.
I doubled the size of the cottage by adding a large screen porch that could be additional living space if ever needed.
It was photographed by the amazing Richard Leo Johnson and featured in the May/June 2007 of the gone-but-not-forgotten COTTAGE LIVING Magazine.
Here is a before (the after will post later) of a very special cottage on Tybee Island that I bought and restored in 2005. I walked by it for years and it reminds me of the current project. (It's too cold to paint so I will share some before and after pics of what Cottage Living magazine called "The White House" (because of the interiors ).
Monday, February 15, 2010
Here are the colors of the Cottage Collections..soon to be out on the on line store.. (Seems like it is taking so long. There was so much to do...to launch it....but it IS coming very soon,
Right now it is time to pick a color for the interiors walls and ceilings and the exterior shutters. window boxes,and the hanging bed on the porch of the cottage project. The clients love reds and blues and yellows......and ofcourse White.. (thank goodness) White makes a tiny space feel so much larger and more open.
Hint .. the roof is red and so is the old out buildings roof.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I think THIS is a beautiful site.. it will ONE day have a picket fence with an arbor, window boxes, red operable exterior shutters,a hanging bed on the screen porch, , a gazebo, a patio of old bricks with LOTS of pots of flowers and a few Back River chairs. ....for all those who think this looks like a big fat MESS.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here are some interior shots of the cottage. My favorite doors are the horizonal 4 or 5 panel (they usually end up in the dumpster of most renovations.)
KEEP THE OLD DOORS AND ORIGINAL HARDWARE)
The interior walls were covered with 1x4 v-goove pine boards or 1x6 double beaded boards. how great is that...even if the pink is so strong..that is the reason they invented paint.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
This is a photo of my newest project. A small cottage that was slated for "updating" (once done the wonderful cottage would not have been recognizable). The roof line was scheduled to change ,the wavy glass old window were being thrown in the dumpster ,and the wonderful screen porch was to become a glassed sun room.
How thrilled I was to be ask to advise the family and help guide the process to what will be an amazing cottage.
There is a story of love and hope in this cottage that will make for a very happy ending.
The family and the talented and patient carpenters climbed in the dumpster,got the windows and returned them to their place of honor...Stay tuned