Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One Happy Guest at "99 steps" Cottage!!!!!

I had to share these images of one of the guest at my cottage. From the first moment I met him, I was hooked. He was so happy that it was contagious. Don't you agree?
In the hammock chillin'

How beautiful..... snuggled in the 'big bed" between two starfish pillows

All smiles..all the time

He had so much fun at AJ's restaurant making new friends and watching the sunset!!!!
Serious "Porch Time" with the beach toys!
PS. rents the cottage .....I hope he and his family come visit again. Thanks to them for sharing these wonderful pictures
The new shutter headboard was made from the shutters sold on my online store
contact me for questions about prices and sizes of the headboards or for a quote.
                                 Keep Smiling....

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Old Screen Doors are Beautiful

                     Old shower curtains made into closet doors and Euros.. 
                                    Happy Sunday from Tybee Island...........

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fresh Colors / Fresh Cottage

Remember the Key Lime Parrot Cottage and the photo shoot? Well...Here is the article! The magazine is a new one from Harris Publications. It is called Fresh Cottage...grab it up, this magazine is only published once annually!

Monday, June 20, 2011

In LOVE with a table...............

True confessions...This a project I am working on at the moment..
I have gotten to know the clients and they are wonderful!!!!!! What started out as a consultation last year, has turned into great friends who love and appreciate the peaceful yet funky Tybee Island way of life.... and they also are in love with "THE table"!!!
They have owned this duplex for many years.It has an amazing ocean view and they are 100% "beach people".
FYI.....for people who Really love the BEACH... the sand , the surf , and ocean air and ALL the family and friends that always appear for a parking place.. a quick shower before riding back to town ... drop by to say  "Hello" .. and " Yes, we would love to stay for dinner,, thanks you for inviting us".......
It is all good makes for island living and a great night's sleep in clean fresh sheets.. unless of course.... You forgot to put sunscreen on the middle of your back , then  you must sleep on your side and search high and low for the vinegar to take the pain away and smell like Easter egg dye  and seriously peel in a few days.

Here it is ...It WAS a broken down oak dining table with missing leaves and coming unglued. NOT ANY MORE!!!

It just works with Bellamy's beautiful pieces of art and every thing else in the room. see it in person is to love it more

the guest room 's beginnings............

I helped them select soothing colors ( all walls SW1192) and pieces of furniture that reflect a Tybee Island way of life. Laid back "feet on the coffee table".... liquid refreshment and Jimmy Buffett singing to everyone..(.Cd's or 8 track tapes or albums.. or maybe a docking   stations for ipod.... Sirius radio and the things I haven't had time to learn about.)

a close up of "the table"

A room around a "Bellamy"...and a table

Great down throw pillows ( with cordless cord ) to add color and interest to the linen slipcovered sofa's. Did I mention the sofa was orange !!! ( under the slipcovers)

The "drop off " point is now pleasant and organized

shelf was there..added some nature....

I am soooooooooo in love with the table..problem is.. so are the clients.  Yummy coffee table!!!   ( FEET WELCOME)

I made this shot my screen saver... Peaceful beyond words ..  the room has turned out amazing. All the elements of calm.... and a view to die for!!!!!

A peek at Bellamy hanging one of the pieces of the art they commissioned her to paint . Her pieces bring so much life to a room.

The lamp was there and so were the shells collected right at the beach in front of the house... There are still things on the " to do" list but the project is 85% complete.

Guest Room...a work in progress and improving everyday  . There was a red iron day bed in the room..the Pottery barn spring catalogue arrived ..... and we had fabulous time!!!!

Day bed in other bed room .. more Pottery Barn plus Pine Cone hill linen euros ruffles soft and aqua.. a few pieces from Nadeau and presto!!!!

existing dining table... new life... new color... and  fabrics for the chair seats and a $12.00 wooden bowl  and a few starfish thrown in  ( sorry about the towel and the light bulbs but these are working photos)

a knob from my on line store for the new medicine cabinet

T J maxx tiny lanterns that worked great with her crab

A treasure and the perfect thing for above the bed.. clients are thrilled

more bedroom magic
Bellamys commission ( a Tybee dock) and did I mention the table?

I cant believe how it just made the room. The art combined with all the other elements....I was "hoping against hope" they would say "Why did you bring that junky old table in here?" 
TO BE CONTINUED....................... 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Putty at the Party

We had a garden party yesterday and Putty got to come. His parents were out of town so I went to his house and invited him down. He had just gotten his hair done so he was the hit of the party!!!!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

A bit of Fluffing at Palm Cottage

I love Palm Cottage so very much! I got a chance to do a tiny bit of fluffing today and it made me very happy to be back inside. The cottage is 670 square feet of wood and widows and wonderful memories.
 In 1996, I saved it from being torn down. I bought a lot on Tybee and moved the cottage and restored it. I set a personal goal to have on the cover of Coastal Living Magazing. I wanted to "show the world" how important it was to save and restore- NOT TEAR DOWN pieces of our island's history or any island.
I worked so many hours and spent so much  time and so much money bringing it back to life. Often times I doubted my  own did others!
 It made the cover of the magazine  in 2000, but most importantly it opened the eyes of so many to just what great potential there is in old buildings.

Great light filters through all the windows

an old corner medicine cabinet from an old cottage...they wanted to "update" .Lucky me!!!

Still waiting for the recovered cushions and throw pillows.....

The island top is  made from brushed aluminum laminate trimmed in heart of pine from and old beam  It has held up great.

the brackets under the bar are old pieces. This is a view from the front bedroom through  the interior pocket  windows.

wood everywhere and lots of open shelving
Still on the hunt for a headboard!!!!

 new wooded wall
 in the back bedroom walls were 5' tall so I raised the ceiling (roof) 3 feet added working transoms and covered the walls AND ceiling with 1x6 V- groove pine  boards. (lavish expense but sooooo worth it)

Recognize the duvet? ..LOVE all the COLORS in this fabric.It looks just like the cottage. I added a few euros made from poka dot shower curtains from Target.
This old wonderful door was on the outside shed. Made it a wonderful  closet door.
My rule: tiny house..big closet

 A little fun with the HOT pink zebra......and aqua coral lamps
 PS...the cottage can be rented through