Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Meet the Cottage, Name the Cottage

After a pit stop for groceries at Walmart (and Publix!) in Savannah, we rolled onto Tybee Island around 6:00 Monday night.

The weather was absolutely perfect, and the atmosphere was just as refreshing as I remember it being.


And even though we were some three hundred miles away from our Lettered Cottage, we both felt incredibly "at home".


Tybee has a way of making a person feel that way.
From the friendly stray "island kitties" lounging amongst the shady ferns, to the cheery colorful cottages sprinkled here and there and everywhere, to the clusters of kiddos biking their way from one side of the island to the other- you just can't help but feel comfortable here.



While the painters finish up at the Mess Hall, we're temporarily staying at a cottage called Key Lime Parrot.
It's a sunny little house, (decorated by my friend Jane) located just 2 blocks from the beach.

After we got our groceries and luggage moved into the house on Monday night, we drove over to The Crab Shack and dined bay side, under the stars.
Kevin's not a seafood guy, so we ate barbecue and "smashed taters" instead.
It was delicious!
We sipped on Corona's with lime, and talked 'til we were too tired to talk anymore.

It was a pretty long day, so we made our way back to "The Parrot" and called it a night.

Ahhhhhh.....nothin' like sleeping by the sea.



Yesterday, we got to see the side of the Mess Hall we'll be working on in person, for the first time.

Here's some footage we shot of the place while we were there...

And here are a few photos we snapped too...

Front Porch




Living/Dining Room



Front Bedroom


Middle Bedroom



Back Bedroom (Master)

(Note: No, I don't have a "bun in the oven"- I have a shirt with an empire waistline on!)

We've definitely got our work cut out for us, huh?

We're gonna use a lot of the "stuff" Diane has collected over the years, and our friend Mary Kay Andrews also gave us some killer leads on where to look for great "junk" yesterday too. And Jane's gonna take us shopping at all her favorite local places too- so I'm sure we'll be able to furnish those big empty rooms in no time!


As for the "Name the Cottage" contest I mentioned in my last post, if you'd like to submit a name, simply leave a comment on this post telling us what you think the cottage should be called.
Then, next week, Diane (who owns the cottage) will pick her top five favs out of all the names submitted.
After that, we'll post her five favorites here on our blog, so that everyone can vote for their #1 favorite name out of the five that Diane chooses.
The person who came up with the winning name will win a fabulous prize package courtesy of Mermaid Cottages!

(Note: If someone submits the same name more than once, we'll look to the earliest submission to determine who the winner is.)

Good luck and have a wonderful Wednesday!


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Blacksheep Bliss said...

Love the cottage. How many times can we enter a name?

"Poseidon's Getaway"

brockey said...

"Palmer's Love Shack "

LivingOutLoud said...

I don't know why, but the name "The Sunny Side Up Cottage" strikes me, lol.

I know you're going to do a beautiful job with this place! I can't wait to see it!

MelissaM said...

It looks so peaceful and airy.

Whispering Winds Cottage

ItchyBits said...

I like a little about Screven Heaven Cottage....assuming that rhymes! (Ft. Screven)

Donna said...

I like the name "Summer's Spell".
Can't wait to see the transformation!


Gemmi11684 said...

It's so cute! I can't wait to see it all come together =)

Personally, I like The Whispering Palm for the name, the place just looks so quiet and peaceful that you'll be able to hear everything, and Palm for "the Palmers" who are decorating masters!

Or how about "The Lettered Getaway" as a little tribute to you and your hubby!

Either would be adorable!

I can't wait to see the finished product!


Meagan said...

I can't wait to see what you do with the space. To me, a name like "Merry Time Cottage" would honor its seaside (maritime) location and past!

Eryn said...

"Bella Vita"...beautiful life...that is what a beach house represents to me! Can't wait to see the finished product!! Have fun!!

The Georgetown Cottage said...

I love a creative challenge and couldn't narrow my list to just one. Here are my favs, the list started out longer!

Dew Drop Inn
The Baracks
Settle Inn
Sweet Dream-Inn
Georgia On My Mind (this is our baby girl's name)
Shore Delight
Sand Castle
Easy Breezy
Lazy Daze

Kim said...

The Screen Door Cottage

Arlene Grasman said...

Soooo anxious to see the final product, although the wide open spaces are so appealing

MommaHensCoop said...

oh wow, I want to LIVE there! so...the name ...."She Sells Sea Shells cottage" I just think the name would be sooo sweet! Plus, who would forget a cottage beach house with that name?! How fun it would be everytime someone would call and request it by name, haha!

---She Sells Sea Shells Cottage---

Jessica said...

Peach at the Beach
Peach on the Beach

That house is amazing and it looks in great shape! good luck!!

Jessica said...

oh and one more-


Stephanie said...

Wow, it already looks like a gorgeous space -can't wait to see what y'all do with it!

"Heaven on the Beach"

Head Neatherer said...

Hmm.. if I were making a reservation here, I would love for The Blue Breeze Cottage to show up on my credit card statement! It makes me think of the breezes blowing through windows and sheer curtains fluttering into the room while I sat on a wicker bench in white capri pants and a straw hat with a good book and an "island kitty" and watched the waves crash in. I can't wait to see it finished! Where do I go to make a reservation? :)

Stephanie said...

Oh, or if the cottage isn't on the water it could be:
"Heaven by the Beach"

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

I'd say Windy Whispers or Whispy Winds or something whimiscal like that :-)

Kelly Ann said...

I suggest "The Galley."

And here is why:

Because it is part of the Mess Hall I think that it should have some Cafeteria inspired name. And a Galley reminds me of boats and the ocean.

If you are felling more edgy you could go with "Rock Galley" inspired by Kevin's rock'n'roll roots.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I love the photos and can't wait to see what you do there!

And for names, I like "Palmer's Bliss, or The Blissful Palm" :)

Mitzie said...

"The Squeaky Door" : )

Jen Vogt said...

It already looks so cute, I can't wait to see what you guys do with it!

Here are my name ideas:

Just Peachy (a tribute to GA, of course)
Bungalow Bliss
Southern Comfort
Shoot the Breeze

Jodi said...

If it were my cottage, I'd name it "Loggerhead Lair". Loggerhead to honor the wonderful sea turtles that I've heard are residents and Lair which means a "hideaway".

I love it when people can in some way pay homage to the wildlife we all enjoy, especially in such a beautiful place.

Good luck!

The Wedded Cottage said...

In honor of the tree, or a really great drink, The Mimosa! I could also like The Saltwater Cottage or Feejee's Saltwater Cottage (for those of you who don't know the story google PT Barnum and mermaid).

tee said...

How about Layla's Retreat

Tracey Johnson said...

I like "Simply Seamore". And I love the island and the project. It's going to be so fun to watch you recreate.

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Olde Common Scents said...

"Tybee, Tybee" There's something about that name! ;)Love saying that word. My Idea for the Cottage Name contest are:

Paper Moon Cottage
The Paper Moon Cottage
Biscuit By The Sea(it was a Mess Hall right?)
Sea Biscuit Cottage

Joe said...

i was thinking something like,
'inspired living' but that's too simple. I got the impression there are two sides based on you saying the "side we're gonna decorate". So...

*Twobee Inspired*
(To be or not to be...)
Two (cuz' there's two?) bee (an ode to Tybee Island)

Lisa Leyboldt (gasp...i don't have a blog!!)

MaryGene said...

Hmmm I have a few!

"Worth it's Salt" (Tybee means salt!)
"The Mermaid's Mess Hall"
"Well played, Mermaid"
"Mermaid Upgrade"
"The Oyster's Pearl"
"Mimosa Morning"
"Barbosa's Mimosa" (like Pirates of the Caribbean...ha!)

Ordinary Girl said...

1. "Just Be"

2. "Laylafied"

3. "Palmerfied"

Good luck and have fun!!

Birdie @ Chirp in the Forest said...

I've always liked "Shangri-La" as a getaway name. Something a little more beachy might be "The Breezy Bungalow" or further off the beaten path might be something like "Fair Winds" or "Pelican Landing".
Can't wait to see what you do! You have such great beachy style :)

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LMP said...

I have 3, is that ok?
The Seaside Slumber Cottage
The Dune Dwelling Cottage
The Beach Bunkhouse

Cheri said...

The Mimosa Tree (Cottage)
The Tranquil Cottage

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Diane, Layla and Kevin,
What a charming cottage!My idea would be to name the cottage "Front Porch Cottage" or "The Sweetheart Cottage".
Because the cottage is being designed by two "sweethearts" that are bringing the cottage to "life"!
I can't wait to see the Cottage sparkle!
Elizabeth~Home is Where the Heart is~

Stephanie said...

I love Tybee and the Crab Shack ... and I think I'd go with ...
My Blue Heaven

Viviane said...

I have several :)

White Lagoon Cottage
Summer Breeze Cottage
Palmer by the Sea Cottage
Serendipity Cottage

SallyB said...

Lettered with Love

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

Palmer Haven Cottage

Anonymous said...

Just some I liked :)
"Beachy Bliss Bungalow"
"Tropicana Cabana"
"The Quaint Cabana"
"Seaside Charm"
"The Beachy Seashell"
"Coral Cove Cottage"
"The Salty Starfish"
"Seahorse Cove"
"Coral Cabana"

Tales from the Crib said...

"Sea Glass Cottage" - 'cause I know the soft, muted shades you guys love to use will make that darling place sparkle like washed up beach glass...

Anonymous said...

The Barefoot & Beachy Cottage :-)


Kelley said...

I already cant wait to see how it turns out!

How 'bout these:

Barefoot Bungalow
Summer's Dream
Southern Belle
Palmer's Pearl
The Lemonade Cottage (shout-out to TLC!)

Good luck! :)

Becky said...

"Tybee Tides Cottage"

I'll be at HHI next week...I'll give you a wave across the Calibogue Sound. :)

Jonathan and Andrea Forsyth...and Dallin too said...

Looks like a fun summer!

I might be cheating (hopefully not), but here are a few:

Sweet Magnolia House
White Jasmine Inn
Savannah Breeze
Magnolia Breeze
Screened Inn

Kalie said...

I would absolutely love to move in there right away! I had a couple of ideas for the Cottage name.. I hope I'm allowed to submit more than one!

The Barefoot Bungalow
Sun on my Nose
Sand 'tween my Toes (wish we had a pair of cottages to name!)
The Sea Star Shack
The Sandy Palm
The Good Life
Somewhere Beautiful

Best of luck to you- can't wait to see what you do with the place!

GeNell said...

Cottage By The Sea

hshep said...

I'd name it "Shakespeare's Hut" with the tagline "Tybee or not Tybee... that is never a question!"

This is a play on words from Shakespeare's quote, "to be or not to be, that is the question"

Kelly Graham said...

Since Tybee means "Salt" why not use something like "The Salty Breeze"? Can't wait to see the cottage!

Naomi said...


'cause can't we all use some?? :-)

Ruth Anne said...

The Island Gamble

Tybee's Treasure

Le Mermaid

The Island Cottage

Erin said...

Hi, Layla! How about "Alphabet Soup"? Since it was the Mess Hall and The Lettered Cottage is decorating it?

Also, you are such an inspiration to me! We're buying a house in IL with a coach house that I plan to decorate in a casual, beachy style (I know there are no beaches close to IL, but I like the style)! I will be blogging about it later this summer, so I'll be sure to remind you to stop by and take a look to see what you've inspired me to do!


tee said...

how about "Grace Cottage"?

Sara said...

This is usually the week we are at Tybee. :-( So sorry to miss you! I know exactly where the Mess Hall is and I can't wait to see what you do with it! Huge bonus, future renters with kids, the park is right behind you! Layla and Kevin, you totally have to try to hook up with JCM (oh yeah, he dropped the Cougar :-) if he is there while you are. He is a Hoosier and probably totally down to Earth. Is his beach house pink?

Beckie said...

How exciting! Hope it's ok to have a couple of suggestions...
Mermaid Tavern
Just Beachy
Cares Away Cottage

Ben & Meg Harris said...

1. the cafeteria cottage

2. the stress-less hall

(to go along with the mess hall)

Heather said...

Tons of potential! Can't wait to see it finished.

I like the name SandRose Cottage.

Lisa said...

Here are my ideas:

The Misty Sea {cottage}
Sea Of Dew {cottage}
Waves of Dew {cottage}
Twinkling Sea Foam {cottage}

JoLynn said...

Can't wait to see the finished product! Here are a couple of my entries for a name:

-Shore Thing Cottage {It's a "shore" thing that people will want to stay there!}

-The Palm Side Inn {since there are two sides and you'll be decorating one of them}


Lauren said...

How about "Calm, Cool and Collected."

It's a calming place to be, and soon to be a very "cool" place to stay, and I am sure it will be full of wonderfully collected pieces!

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

What a great blank slate. I can't wait to see what y'all do with it.

As for a name...
"The Sassafras Hideaway" - it speaks to the history of Tybee

Honorablyfallen said...

how exciting I have two names in mind going with the "mess hall" theme : The dinner Bell and Three Square

Jacki said...

Hi! I'll try too!

Dreamy Retreat
Mythical Nest
Sweet Escape
Sunburst Fun

Lauren said...

I think I got it mixed up, I meant "Cool, Calm and Collected." Besides the reason I mentioned above, it's also a Rolling Stones song, which makes it even better!

Weezie said...

I love the space I know you guys are going to do great things with it! It's a gorgeous cottage.

I've had a couple of names rattling around in my head for it...

Briney Breeze

(Let the) Salty Air Inn

The Plover's (or Heron's or Egret's or Cormorant's or Spoonbill's or Osprey's) Nest. The Mess Hall is cozy, which is where the "nest" idea came in, and it could be a great resting place for any seabird... I would have suggested the Stork's Nest, but that might limit who would stay there... :)

Eggshell Cottage (something about the quality of the light in your photos makes me think of light filtered through the thin shell of an egg)

Shutter Island (I'm trying to be clever. Lots of windows!!)

Screened Inn (Now I'm just being mischievous).



WhiteAnemone said...

Since its a duo of cottages, what if you name that one "Two if By Sea"

Tanya said...

I suggest "Summer Belle" here's my thinking...

You're in the south so I started by thinking 'Southern Belle'. But that sounded too persnickity. A beach cottage should be calm, cool, and laid back. Yet at the same time the "Belle" is because we all know if Layla's got her hands in it, its gonna be loaded with class!

Can't wait to see the end result!


Tina said...

I envy you being able to work at the beach AND doing what you love.

Here are a few names bouncing around in my head:

Turtle-view Cottage
Turtle-bee Cottage
Turtle-cove Cottage
Turtle Island Cottage

Can you sense a theme here? :-)

Cannot wait to see the progress of this cottage!

Korrie said...

Caspian Cottage

Moments by Missy said...

hi Layla!

You stress your passion for creating spaces that "make your sould smile" and for making a home that inspires...

I think the cottage should be named The Inspired Cottage..

I cannot wait to see what you do with it!

Anonymous said...

Yay! So glad ya'll arrived and I'm eager to see your junk finds as they're found!!! One thing is for sure...the process and product will be spectacular!

Okay...I did a bit of research because I knew so little about Tybee. And as it turns out the French were allured to Tybee because of the Sassafras roots native to the island...considered a miracle cure, they were a hot commodity back in the day :) toss in the name basket game is...

"Sea Grass N' Sassafras"

...a nod to what's in store for this mess hall under your meticulous eye for beachy design and a tribute to Tybee's past!

Turley Times said...

How about Welcome Back Cottage? Puns are always fun (Welcome Back Kotter). :) And the name signifies a welcoming retreat that is always glad to see you even if other things/people in your life are getting you down!

Hannah said...

Oh my gosh, what a great cottage. How about "Serendipity Mermaid". The definition of serendipity is a propensity for making fortuitous discoveries while looking for something unrelated. The entire space seems to lend itself to that definition. Have fun, you two!!

michelle said...

What a beautiful place!! I can't wait to see what you do!

How about "Heaven's Island" as a name.

The Lawton's said...

That place is beautiful even without furniture!
I saw a headboard once made out of starfish. It was really tall from bed to ceiling and covered in white starfish! SO pretty! If I can find the link I'll send it to you for inspiration! :)

Louise said...

In the Palm of Her Hand Cottage.

It's a play on y'alls name, the idea of being in the palm of a hand creates a feeling of being cozy and protected (like a good cottage makes you feel) you will be using your hands to do so much hard and creative work . . .etc.:-)

By the way, I have never commented before but I have been reading and reading and admiring and admiring for some time.

Lisa said...

"The Liberty Locker."
Inspired by The Mess Hall name and Naval terms.
Liberty as in free time away from work, I liked it better than Leave which means vacation.
And Locker as in where you put your stuff.
Thanks and I hope you have a great time with the redo. Can't wait to see the finished product!

Julie said...

Kevin and Layla,
I was thinking of this...
"c'est la vie" Cottage
( thats life)

Julie in Holland........ Good luck you two!.......cant wait to see it finished......

Aileen said...

I LOVE your site and everything you do! I love that you make everything so open and bright! My submissions for the contest are:

1. the Coconut Chalet; and
2. the Blueberry Bungalow (I looked up what crops are grown in Georgia :)); and just for fun
3. the Canary Seaboard.

Thanks for a fun contest!

Stephanie said...

Ooh ... thought of a few more... in addition to the "My Blue Heaven" I suggested above:

Summer Wind

Summer Wind Cottage

Belle Haven

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

My favorite:

Six-Door Cottage

Other ideas:

Mimosa Tree Cottage
Cedarwood Cottage
Courtyard Cottage
Mellencamp Cottage :)


Kalie said...

I have another thought-

Sticking to the Mess Hall theme, what about:

A Serving of Sea (like a serving of food from the mess hall)


The Sun of the Day (like Soup of the day)

Rachel said...

Soooo... I would say, "Dog Days of Summer" since it is a vacation rental and Diane has those cute pups!

Or Beachy Keen because you can't go wrong with a name that has beach in it.

Gail said...

I'm going to go with:

-Sunshine Cottage
-The Sunshine Cottage (since there is so much natural sunlight with all those gorgeous windows)
-The Peach Retreat
-Crab Cove
-Starfish Cottage
-Starfish Inn
-The Sand Dollar

Love the place....can't wait to see what you do with it! By the way, Layla...I have a total yellow obsession, too!

Hugs, Gail

maribeth said...

the salty palm . . .

i think it combines y'all, the island, and the mess hall all in one ;)

Beth from Texas said...

I am so excited. Can't wait to see what you do. Thanks for the great pictures and video. It was like I was walking the rooms with you. Beautiful island...a dream come true for someone.

Beth from Texas

Duly Inspired said...

The Sandy Toes Cottage
The Sun Breeze Cottage
The Hammock Cottage
The Kickin' Back Cottage

SFS Cottage (Sun, Fun & Surf)
Since "Tybee" means Salt...
The Salt Cottage
Tybee Soleil (Salt Sun) Cottage

Duly Inspired said...

The Sandy Toes Cottage
The Sun Breeze Cottage
The Hammock Cottage
The Kickin' Back Cottage

SFS Cottage (Sun, Fun & Surf)
Since "Tybee" means Salt...
The Salt Cottage
Tybee Soleil (Salt Sun) Cottage

Anonymous said...

This is going to be a treat!

As for the name, why not just call it the Mess Hall, or Mess Hall Cottage? That's what the locals will do anyway!

Carrie said...

Using The Mess Hall as inspiration...

The Gracious Galley said...

How about "Mistique Magic". The "mist"from the nearness of the ocean and the "tique" from the "stuff" that you guys will use to decorate it. Yes, I know it won't be technically antique stuff but much of it will have that look. The "magic" will be having such a great place to escape to.

Sabrina said...

Here are mine:

Mimosa Manor

Pink Mimosa Cottage

Craftify It! said...

I can't WAIT to see the progress you make on this! It is a beautiful, empty space! thanks for taking us on the tour & do not look pregnant!

After discovering brick in the closet, I think something like
Brick Beach Cottage would be cute.

With ALL of those windows, it would be fun to have a name that spoke LIGHT & SUN!!!

Since someone said Tybee means salt you could call it "Salty Sunshine"

How about "Cottage 1-4-3 "??

Becky@Tea Party said...

Love the cottage..and the wheels are spinning!! I think it feels like "The White Cove".

Sabrina said...

Okay, I thought of a couple more:

Mimosa Memories Cottage by the Sea

Moonlight and Mimosas Bungalow

And yes, I want the Mimosa tree in the front incorporated into the name. Can you tell?

Michelle @ between cottage and cabin said...

Simple Summer Surrender

mommara said...

How about


I like Galley since it is the name of the "mess hall" on a ship. Kinda ties into the whole Ocean, Mermaid, Tybee Island thing.
Can't wait to watch the progress unfold!

rara855 @ comcast dot net

Juli said...

I submit either "Honeycomb Cottage" (based on the tile in the bathroom) or "Three Breezes" (based on the three doors that open onto the porch). Whatever it's called, I'm looking forward to watching you guys unroll the magic!

Danny . April said...

Here are two of my favorites:

Salty Skies Inn
Island Grass Hideaway


Anj said...

How about "Settle Inn"

Lisa said...

Okay, I have to put in my ideas on this one.

1. The Salty American......
salty for Tybee and the fact that it used to be a place to eat meals and american for what the building represented, a piece of american history.

2. Seasoned Bliss.........
again seasoned for the building being a former place for eating and bliss, well, that doesn't need much explaining. To be there for even a day would be bliss. A beautiful cottage and a beautiful island. What more do you need?

Well, maybe sitting on that porch with a glass of sweet ice tea and a breeze or an "island kitty" nap in a hammock, sigh!

Can't wait to see how it turns out, I know it will be awesome!

Lauren S. said...

Such a super fun giveaway!
Here are my submissions:

~ Blessed "Mess"
~ Brise Blanc(French for White Breeze)
~ Sea Salt Cottage(in honor of "Tybee" which means salt!)
~ Peach Beach Retreat
~ Little Toe Bungalow

Good luck sorting through all the submissions! Have fun :)

S said...

How cute. If we could all just have an escape house like that! Here are a few suggestions:

Salty Mermaid
Sherbert Seastar
Salty Crab
Sunscreen Inn
Flip Flop Inn

Can't wait to see!

sam in Texas

Anita said...

Wow, that was a lot to read through!
I'm going with
Seashells and Sunshine or
Sea Glass and Sunshine

Lexi said...

"The Lettered Lair"

Sarah said...

Since it is next to the mess hall and Tybee means salt... you know every mess hall has to have a salt shaker...

The Salt Shaker Cottage
The Salt & Palmer Cottage

It looks beautiful! And I can't wait to see what you do with that blank slate!

Lisa said...

Just a additional could name each room in the house with something that rings back to The Lettered Cottage. Just a little hommage to the decorators, Kevin and Layla.

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Gum tree cottage (or cabin)
(the HUGE eucalyptus tree in front is also called a gum tree)

Chow on mess hall

Tater peel...again, play on mess hall!

Me said...

So many great names! Here are a couple of mine.
Beachglass Bungalow
Sugar Sand Cottage
Sleepy By the Sea
Tybee or Not Tybee

Kathy :) said...

Happy Birthday Layla...

Tybee can't wait to see more pics of it...

How about "The Little Mermaid" or Letters by the Sea, Beach Glass ????

All the best,
Kathy :)

Just Beachy said...

I would call it {salt water} or {just beachy} of course

Kathy :) said...

What are the odds of Beach Glass being right on top of me ???

Kathy :)

AMY said...

Coastal Cottage
The Cozy Cottage
The Seaside
Blissful Breeze
La Casa Romantica
The Blue Lantern

Raye Marie said...

How about:

The Whimsy Grace Cottage
The Whimsy and Grace Cottage
The Whimsy Breeze

Jayme said...

How about these:

Barefoot Bungalow
The Simple Chalet
Deckhouse Delight

It was worth a try!

Jayme C:

Kelly said...

You two will do such a wonderful job with the cottage! Here are some names I thought of:

Summers Medley
Yesterdays Whimsy
Beachy Keen
Herons Roost
Laylas Roost
Layas Grace

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Can't wait to see how it looks when you've worked your magic! How about these names:

Blissful Breezes Cottage
Love Letters in the Sand Cottage
Shabby Bliss Cottage

Thanks! Becky G.

BeeHive said...

Sea Salt Cottage (since Tybee means "salt")
Sea Salt Retreat
Sassafras Shores or Sassafras Shack
Sea Oat Cottage or Sea Oat Retreat

laurmela said...

ABC Cottage
Tybee Mess Hall
Blue Sky Cottage
Blue Sky Cottage by the Sea

Between You and Me said...

Tybee Time Cottage...
Tybee Sea Cottage...

Lettered Love Cottage by the Sea...
Sea-spell cottage....

auspiciousamber said...

I think the cottage should be named

"havre de paix"

Haven of Peace in French

rachele said...

Layla, this cottage is going to be wonderful once you & Kevin do your magic! Here are my suggestions re: naming the cottage...


I can't wait to see it when it's all finished! :)

Craftify It! said...

I googled MERMAID & this definition popped up:

A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish.

So how about the:

"The Fabled Cottage"

Matt and Staci said...

Sun Spark Cottage


The Sun Shack

Ashley said...

Oooohhh....I LOVE all the beautiful light in the cottage so how about:

"Cottage de la Lumiere" - cottage of light
or even just "La Lumiere"

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

How about "Whispering Sands"?

Christy said...

Sticking with a foody name, I am thinking

Vanilla Bean Cream


Marshmallow Moon Pie

The white bright walls and the ocean surroundings. Who doesn't want a moon pie on vacation or vanilla cream yummo!!

Christy said...

Sticking with a foody name, I am thinking

Vanilla Bean Cream


Marshmallow Moon Pie

The white bright walls and the ocean surroundings. Who doesn't want a moon pie on vacation or vanilla cream yummo!!

Lamchops said...

"Sweet Serenity" or it could be just "Serene Cottage". That is my 2 bits. I dide not read any of the other ones first. I hope you like them.

LiveLaughLove said...

How about "Beachy Keen" (Cottage or Cove)?
Similar to the saying peachy keen :)

simple~needs said...

what a beautiful place!! its fab before you even start . :)

hmmmm..... names???
i went back and looked at all the pics again for some ideas.

'sea grass cottage' ( love the pic of the grass leading to the beach)

'white door cottage'( hence, all the white doors)

'av havet' - by the ocean

and my very favorite.......
'belle vie' - splendid life

THEknittingNURSE said...

To pay tribute to The Lettered Cottage, I would call it:

The Layla Cottage (TLC)
The Palmer Cottage

Can't wait to continue following your transformation of this space. It is already beautiful!

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

I like:

"Sweet Salt Cottage"

as tybee is the native Euchee word for salt it basically translates to "Sweet Tybee Cottage".

I also like:

"The White (or Pure) Salt Cottage"

"Milk & Honey House" as a reference to the Mess Hall where this was a staple.

"Los Bajos Belle" which isn't as poetic as the other's though Los Bajos was the original name given to Tybee by the Spanish in 1520.

"Dinner Bell Cottage (or Galley)" again as a reference to the Mess Hall.

(sorry if it's cheeky to enter multiple names!) :-)

Wendi said...

WOW! SO many great names have already been suggested! I'm throwing in:
-Beachy Keen
-Tybee or Not Tybee

Sara D said...

The Junk Shack or Junk Shack. I think it'd be cute to have The Mess Hall right by The Junk Shack.

Carriage House Antiques said...
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Carriage House Antiques said...

Rest Inn or Relax Inn

Kath said...

How about "The Sandy Starfish"
or "The Sand Dollar Cottage" (or Inn)

Nicki C K said...

Wow, so many people have commented that I didn't have time to read through everyone's response...hope these names haven't already been mentioned.
1. The Sea Scape
2. The Nautical Nook
3. The Screened Porch
4. A Courtyard View
5. Shoreside Inn
6. Peachy Retreat

Sara D said...

-Beach Bum Inn
-Blue Sand Dollar
-Coral Cottage
-Seaside Blue

Maevy said...

Oh, this is so exciting! I can't wait to see what you will make of this cottage, it is such an inspiring space! As for a name, I rather like "The Beachcomber".

~ Dreaming ~ said...

Hi Layla & Kevin.. looks like such a peaceful place to stay.. Cant wait to see what you guys do with it!

My choice is.. Treasure Cove

Hope you guys have a Beautiful weekend!

~ Teresa

Sara D said...

Sorry I keep posting names, but I keep thinking of them!

-Tin Roof Rusted
(This is shouted at the end of 'Love Shack.' I imagine people thinking the song is referencing the cottage, and not the other way around! ;-)
-Tin Star Inn, or just (The) Tin Star
-Sea Sky Cottage

Sara D said...

The Lemon Drop

I can't stop thinking of names!!!

LiveLaughLove said...

Okay, so my earlier post name was already used, so now I'm going with

"Serene-Dipity" (Shack or Cottage) :)

marya said...

"Socrates Retreat"
The great philosopher 'Socrates' believed that wisdom begins with wonder. It's a beautiful place and will inspire awe, peace and life changing thoughts.

marya said...

"Socrates Retreat"
The great philosopher 'Socrates' believed that wisdom begins with wonder. It's a beautiful place and will inspire awe, peace and life changing thoughts.

Woven and Spun said...

Palmer's Galley
Mermaid's Mess

Emily said...

The Tipsy Turtle
The Lazy Layla (no offense intended!)

Kari said...

I like the sound of Koala Cabin, or Koala Cottage. The name references the island's largest eucalyptus tree in the yard! Can't wait to see the "after" photos...

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

What about Passing Wind? KIDDING

Ok, here are mine...
Deja View
Sea Salt Chalet
Bon Temps Rouler (good times roll)

WWMom said...

What about Cottage De Sel? Tybee is "salt" in the Euchee Indian tongue. De sel means salt in French.

I'd like to visit!!

Cookie said...

Ok the first thing I thought of since its Mermaid Cottages was the name of the girl in one of my favorite Tom Hanks film where Daryl Hannah played "Madison" the Mermaid he fell in love with the film was called Splash!...And being this place just makes you fall in love with it like he did the mermaid in Splash.....I say "Madisons Place"....There will for sure be a story behind it! LOL!

Tricia said...

First of all~ Oh.My. What a beautiful cottage! I can't get over the beautiful bright sky, and that gorgeous blue on the porch ceiling (although you said that it's being painted and I hope the blue is the new color). So I am going to say

"Blue Skies".

Have fun, you two! What wonderful memories you will have.

Vickie said...

I can't wait to see all the decorating ideas. I would love to check out Tybee Island it reminds me of Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke which I've been visiting for over 20 years now. I look at your pics and it sends me there. As for some cottage names, I came up with these:
Lighthouse cottage
Sand and Sea cottage
Sea Turtle cottage
Thanks! Good Luck!

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

Eden's Whimsy

This was fun to think about! Can't wait to see what you do with it. Such great potential!

Kristie said...

I cannot wait to see what you do with that little gem!

Here are a few:

Sweet Tea Inn
Buttered Biscuit Cottage
Nooks and Crannies
Sea Muffin

I'm either hungry or just can't get the whole food theme out of my head.

misee said...

Wow!! A nice clean slate for you to work with!! You must be in heaven. I'm sure you will enjoy every moment.
Cottage breeze
Costal breeze Inn
Miss Behavin
Summer rental
Unwind Inn
Thanks! goodluck:)

Abby McG said...

Oh how much fun you will have! Looking forward to following your adventures.

A former Navy girl myself, I had to think of something with a military connection. How about "Reveille Can Wait" ? I think it inspires one to sleep in and relax in a room with the sea air drifting through breezy curtains.

Or how about "Beaches and Cream"

ScrappinAway said...

How about State of Grace Cottage for the quote you included at the top of this post.

Jayne B. said...

Sunny Days


Jacquelyn said...

The Leeward Cottage

Starboard Home (from P.O.S.H- port over, starboard home the most prestigious place on a ship because of winds)

The Salty Jib

Salty Fathom
a fathom is now a nautical unit of length equal to six feet, it was once defined by an act of Parliament as "the length of a man's arms around the object of his affections." The word derives from the Old English Faethm, which means "embracing arms."

Salty Tar

The Mooring

Skylark Cottage

Stone`s Throw

Simplicity Farm said...

LOVE it Already! Hurry up so we can come stay! (just kidding!)
1. Boat of Us
2. Saltgrass Cottage
3. Knot a Dream
4. 3 Door Cottage
Biting at the nails to "sea" whatcha do!

Laura Woodbury said...

How 'bout the "Lovely Naiad." To go with the Mermaid Cottage theme. A naiad is a mythical beautiful Mermaid.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the first thing i thought immediately when i saw the ceiling of the front porch was "blue skies". i know it's pretty trite, but it's simple, clean, and connotes a nice open feeling. i also like "azure abode" for the blue skies and blue sea! can't wait to hear what it is!

SILVIA said...

how about "CASABLANCA"(white house)everything is so white and crisp.


Melissa said...

OH! I love it already! Makes me miss Tybee even more...
I happen to know the Tybee Lighthouse is not even a quarter of a mile away, so my entry is:

"Lighthouse Landing"

There are a lot of great entries! I can't wait to see the result...of both the decorating and the contest!

KK said...

Since the other side is inspired by a common name for a military kitchen (Mess Hall A), I suggest naming the other side "The Ship's Galley of simply "The Galley."

KK said...

Or, a nod to your Mom with "The Lettered Olive?"

Sara said...

Journey's End

elaine said...

This is a family project:
So far my 9 year old son suggests:
The Peach Patch
My 12 year old daughter suggests:
The Country Cottage
We still have my 13 year old son, my husband,and myself to come up with a clever name... I'll post as they come to mind..

Kari said...

I can't wait to see the transformation. I am soooooo far away from Tybee that it's great to have the internet to follow along!
"Spirit by the Sea" or
"Salty Serenity"

Elizabeth Bailey said...

What lovely pictures! One of these days I must see Tybee Island. :-)

I'm sorry if I'm double posting my name idea, my computer is giving me fits. ;-)

Anywho, I thought "Sea-Breeze Cabana" could fit it perfectly, especially if some fun colored wicker rocking chairs were on that front porch (with PB cabana stripe pillows). Can't wait to see what you have planned for it!

Anonymous said...


I read your details about entering the name the cottage contest:
"if you'd like to submit _a_ name"
Please clarify if you are accepting more than one submission per person.

I would like to suggest:

"The Sand Castle"

Your Friend,

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Layla and Kevin,
It's gonna be fabulous...can't wait to see what you have planned!
Some name suggestions:
Paradise Found
Shell Cottage
Seaside Dream

Melwel said...

Sunny Shell Cottage

Robyn said...

Oh that was a fun tour!

The Sandy Chandie(lier) with a illustration of a chandelier laying in the sand with shells

Sunny Shoulders

Sunny Shores

Gloria said...

The Lazy Palm- an omage to you, Mrs. Layla Palmer. Cannot wait to what your genius does to the place!

Lee said...

My hubby and I think that in keeping with the Enlisted Mens Mess Hall, the new cottage should be one of 2 names:

1. The Officers Club


2. The Bunk House

Best of luck as you bring it to life!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Oh, here's a few more honoring its military past:

At-Ease Cottage

Honor Cottage

Beach Barracks

Mess Nest or
Mess Hall Nest

vande2 said...

I love the smileys in your posts. :)

Bliss [Cottage].

Happy decorating!

San said...

Bide By Me Cottage

Wendi P said...

I'm going with these names for that beautiful little cottage:

*Surfside Cottage
*Coral's Cottage
*Hook's Paradise (hey with a name like Wendi ,Peter pan comes in)
*Reef's Breeze cottage

Ps. Love love your blog...(Not sucking up promise)

linwood avenue said...

love the upper shelf/ledge in the front bedroom. can see it lined with driftwood and large shells!

Laura Woodbury said...

or "Tranquil Bay" or "The Hidden Treasure"

Angela said...

I love you guys...and I loved visiting Tybee Island with a bunch of 6th grade girl scouts too...

I put in

Siren's Song

as a tribute to the Mermaid.

Heidi said...

Mermaid Tangle Inn is my thought, but I also wanted to let you know that I posted about your fabulous kitchen reno. My fellow bloggers cant seem to get enough. Love Love Love you kitchen. Good Luck and have fun at the beach. Love, Heidi

Anonymous said...

you uys are going to have a ball there! I can't wait ti see it finished. Ok you said it was side B so i'm thinking "B CALM" or I also like "LOVE LETTERED". Good luck! <3

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

I didn't read any of the comments so I don't know if my name has been it is: Sea Breezes

Rita said...

We love the south. Spent some time at Tybee Island and also Hilton Head on a regular basis. I love the look of the porch of the cottage the soft blue reminds me of the sky. I hope that will stay.
Our name entered for the cottage will be "Peaceful Amazing Grace".

RAE said...

Love your blog... Went to Tybee Island last october and absolutely fell in love. Very laid back atonsphere for sure and everyone was so friendly.... How about:

Salty Haven (Tybee Island)

The Blue Tortoise (Sea Turtles)

mrsd said...

Sugar & Spice (cooking theme; plus it's everything nice; decorated by a girl :) )

Sonnet 43 Place
(How Do I Love Thee Poem)

The Coast Is Clear

jenstet said...

Sugar Twin.

About the yellow shelf...Can you turn it upside down and flip the drawers over? Or was that a hutch to be put over a buffet type piece. It would just be nice to have the glass knobs where they could easily be seen sparkling in all of that gorgeous sunlight!!!

Love that you addressed the bun in the!

Can't wait to see what you do.

Julie said...

I woke up with this name inmind,
"Southern Comfort" or "Southern Comforts" .......... Julie in HOlland :)

Alisa D said...

The Salt Shack. (I read that Tybee meant salt to Native Americans).

Jennifer said...

Just Messin' Around

Earth Mother said...

The Oar House
Wander Inn
License To Chill
Sea Clusion
Sea Esta
Seas The Moment
Conched Out
Drop Anchor
Sugar Magnolia
Salty Paws
Layla's Lair

Sayrahk said...

The cottage is really cute. I know that you will make it look amazing!

My name suggestions:

The Grunt's Retreat

The Outpost Inn

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