Showing posts with label Cottage Restoration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cottage Restoration. Show all posts

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Diary of a Displaced Designer……..Chapter One

Dear Diary,

I have restored , sold, saved, remodeled , redesigned and brought back to life some 80 or so places.
I am  now embarking on a path at the General Store( that has been my office since 1986.) It was built around 1900 and was the post office at the Isle of Hope and Kensey's store or the "General store". I have restore it about 10 times over the years since I bought it. I will dig up the "before" and during photos to share with you.

I am  selling the store and buying a little cottage 200 yards down the street that my son and his wife own. They are having twins in November and need a larger home, so I am buying their cottage. I own the lot next door and plan to design and build a "new but feels old" little cottage.
I have decided to record my new journey on the blog….. hoping to get my blogging friends to  pass on their wonderful and humorous  comments ,words of wisdom and funny thoughts… moral support..when I begin pulling my hair out.
You know, next to death and marriage moving is the most stressful thing. The boxes multiply when you are not looking and the "stuff" just keeps on coming.
Designer have soooooo many books and papers and fabrics and pillows and plans and photographs….Even thought we are on computer and try to be paperless…  it is unbelievable!!!
You WILL see. I am lucky to have Eleanor Foster who helps with bill paying and computer and iPad, Ipod and  Iphone and whatever  other challenge arises ….Her business Organized  Matters  is amazing. Believer me, I am her BIGGEST challenge!!!!!

The "General Store" circa 1900 Isle of Hope Georgia USA

welcome to my world..
the foyer complete with papers on "the pondering Throne"

"kitties are king " notice the tuna…and the scratching post
the work space

the funky art boho room with the closet full to the brim with pillows and such

the bed room ( my other son lived there while he went to film school at SCAD)

the kitchen area

looking front to back … I moved the papers on the "pondering throne"

the office revolves around Lance the office kitty…( kitty food on my desk)

we have the need for color…always

Lance the WONDERFUL office kitty

Lance sitting on some of the 10 million  receipts..

the fabric focus in the boho art den

the kitchen at its cleanest
the back yard with my lonely vintage Grumman canoe
Onward and Upward…..

Friday, June 6, 2014



SOUTHERN TIDES cottage is finished and I wanted to share some of the special places like the pool, the sleeping porch, the crocodile bar, the 8 bunk bunk room., the perfect screen porch.. the stripe outdoor shower, the new baths and kitchen , living room, dining room and laundry  room. The mix of fabrics, colors and one of a kind treasures have come together in a perfect example original Tybee Style... Fun ,Funky and Fabulous!!!

restoration of a an historic raised cottage circa 1902

1702 Chatham Ave    

living room

dining room

Happy Kitchen

screen  porch

"suds and duds"

the new  Crocodile bar

in honor of our crocodile

the game room

the black and white bath

the twin room
the famous bunk room

half of the bunk room 5-8

upstairs sitting area off the sleeping porch

the wonderful sleeping porch

Nap time

Happy  Colors in the second master bedroom

Tybee Time at Southern tides..napping ,,reading ..swimming.. playing....laughing and making memories

the new sink 

reflections..... the beautiful and serene king bed room

sweet dreams!!!!!

the old and new and a bit of the ocean

 the funky and the fabulous...

the new closets made from the vintage shutters

the double queen bed room downstairs 

have you ever showered in an outdoor shower with stripes?Here is your chance....

how about a cool dip on a hot summer day in the new swimming pool ?

The new logo for Tybee