Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Shopping in Savannah and Racing Towards the Finish Line

Well, it's been an amazing two weeks on Tybee so far, and although we've had some great meals (the shrimp po'boy at Stingrays is deloosh and breakfast at The Breakfast Club is to die for!), stayed in some amazing cottages, (we've crashed at six different pads so far), and experienced some magical moments, (Happy Hour at Doodlebug the other night was truly therapeutic)- we've pretty much been go-go-going since we first stepped foot onto this incredible island.

Last week we did a lot of planning and prepping, and this week is all about making final design decisions, working on lots and lots of projects, and filling in all the remaining blanks. (a.k.a shopping!)

It's a pretty 20 minute (or so) drive between Tybee and Savannah, and since I remembered to charge the battery this time, we thought it would be fun to document one of our daily trips to town so that we can watch it, and reminisce, when we're old and gray...


In other news, my Mom came to visit us from Pensacola tonight.
She got here around 7:00.
Just in time to watch the sun set- yay!

We shared a half a pound of boiled shrimp and drank margaritas while Kevin enjoyed a burger and a beer.

It was really nice.

Sort of ironic too.

The first time my Mom met Kevin was on a trip to an island.
(Catalina Island off the coast of California).

It was just the three of us.

I was selling my paintings in a 2-day juried art festival they have there every year.

We stayed in a little cottage, and had an absolute ball together.

When the trip was over, my Mom gave Kevin a book called "How to Live on an Island".

She even wrote little notes on some of the pages so that he would always remember special little parts of our trip.

So it's neat to be back on an island with the two of them again, almost exactly seven years later.


Well, it's late and our very helpful handymen will be here bright and early again tomorrow, so I better hit the hay.

Wish us luck as we continue to race towards the finish line!


We're going to have a little open house on Saturday for anyone who wants to stop by and see the new decor in person.
Nothing fancy-schmancy- just feel free to come by between 2:00 and 4:00 if you wanna walk through the place and say hello to me the hubs! (And Diane and my Mom too!)

And in case you didn't see the polls, the winning names were:

Cottage Name: Screened Inn

Master Bedroom: Lettered Love

Twin Bedroom: Sand & Sea

Yellow Bedroom: Lemonade Mermaid

Congrats to the winners!
I'll be in touch with you all soon!


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Callie said...

Love your T-shirt in the video - War Eagle!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

I lived in San Diego for about 4 years now & have been begging my hsband to go to Catalina. It so gorgeous!

angela walker jewelry said...

Love the video Layla and Kevin! The bedding you picked out is so pretty....Can't wait to see "Screened Inn" completed!
Health and happiness,

KellyO said...

I just cannot stand how cute you guys are (I mean that in the sweet can't stand way) Seriously, it makes me want to do some sort of creative project with my fella! Neither one of us is talented in that area so it may be us calling someone to do the creative project while we sip cocktails and watch :)
Can't wait to see what it all looks like - wish I lived closer!

Sandra said...

What a riot you two are! I can't wait to see what you are doing with the gallon of red paint, and the bedding for the twin beds is pretty awesome.

BTW - where is Max during all of this? Is he tearing up a storm on Tybee?

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Layla & Kevin
I LOVED seeing you both having fun shopping in Savannah. I am really enjoying following your jouney at 'The Screened Inn'. The bedding looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see it all finished.
I hope you do a virtual tour of your open house on Saturday for those of us who are overseas.

Linda S. Socha said...

Loved the Video!! Fun trip. Enjoyed sharing it with you!Also the music was wonderful on the video. Can you ID the group for me?

Shawn said...

Wonderful video,can't wait to see more of the cottage!! You two are adorable...

My Cottage Charm said...

I CANNOT believe Homegoods only had TWO euro shams....weird! (glad you got em' though! lol) I think the bedding will work together...very pretty. :)
You two crack me up...my little boy and I were laughing when you were burning your fingers on the steering wheel...sorry, but the video was funny! :)
Can't wait to see the finished cottage!
Oh and I love that song "fireflied"...so soothing!
Love ya

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Layla & Kevin,

I hope you two get a few days to relax before heading back to Alabama. You would enjoy old Savannah.
So happy Jude was able to join you!
Looking forward to the reveal. If I were closer I'd be there for the open house.

Your Friend,

Vanessa said...

Lovely to see your living room posted on the HGTV Facebook fan page this morning. So beautiful!!

Angela said...

Ya'll are GREAT!...and although the name I suggested "Siren's Song" wasn't chosen, I'm flattered that it made it onto the final list for voting...

Hmmmm...you could use it for another cottage (when you get one, which I'm sure you will <3 )

geri said...

There once was a couple who
Love being together no matter what they do
They have fun you can tell
They are creative as Hell
And see every day as exciting and new.
Your life togther in these videos say it all...not to mention the killer twin room you are putting together.
So excited to see the reveal.
I can see how much you enjoy it all. geri.

Lori said...

Layla....that Kevin is a keeper. He even shops! You two are so funny together. I can't wait to see the Screened-Inn finished. If I were not going to St. Louis to see my son this weekend I might be heading to Tybee. I've never been and have always wanted to. What a great reason to go. Enjoy the rest of your stay.

The Hammy Fammy said...

I've done the drive from Savannah to Tybee one time and it was gorgeous!!! Weirdest part of drive...roadkill alligator on side of freeway. He was big too. I can't wait to see Screened-Inn when you are totally finished!!!

Cynthia said...

I've loved your blog and design style for a few yrs now!I am starting out blogging and if you have any advice for me, I would be thrilled. You are amazing!!!! I could only dream of being as good as you!

Cindy from Design Love


michelle said...

You two are so great together! What a fun day shopping and spending time together. Can't wait to see how everything comes together!

Cheri said...

Why are you not on Design Star???

Love the bedding you chose and I can't wait to see what the two of you do with Screened Inn. Exciting... even from my office chair.

Cindy said...

It's cool seeing you guys around some of our haunts! We're Tybee beach bums about once a month and our daughter sees a specialist in Savannah, so we're there quite a bit, too.

Gotta love Hot Steering Wheel Syndrome. Seriously, I used to keep a pair of winter gloves in my car for such occasions. It's hot in south Georgia, ya'll.

Can't wait to see the finished cottage!!

Cookie said...

Wow first of all I LOVE that song! And you guys are the coolest! I stop by everyday to see how thing are going with the cottage...I have always dreamed of doing exactly what you guys do...What a wonderful exciting time for you...Cant wait to see the finished place! Wish I was there to meet you and go see your creativity completed...Hugs and Love, Cookie :D

Tessa said...

How fun are you two?!! Thanks for taking us with you on this adventure. I'd love to be hanging out on Tybee too. Seems like a magical place. Can't wait to see the finished cottage. Espeically the yellow bedroom! :)

cottagebythesea said...

I just have to tell you that your blog is such fun to read!! (and watch). So many bloggers put such little effort into their posts that I have stopped following most of them entirely! Yours is TERRIFIC! I look forward to seeing the Screened Inn completed and the many many more fun projects you and hubby have in store! FUN FUN!!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Always fun to see you in action!

My Quarter Life Crisis said...

you guys have the best videos! cant wait to see it all put together!!

Classic Attic said...

O my gosh! I love you guys! I'm addicted to sign'n on & see'n what new things your doing today! Btw, the steering wheel scene...totally had me laughing out loud!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Sounds like you are having a great time! It must be so fun to be working on this project!

Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

I always love watching your videos-so real and so cute. :) My hubby videos where ever we go (especially while traveling) but I usually avoid being in them. Perhaps I should embrace it, could be cute for the years when we're old and grey-something to look back on later.

I'm amazed at how you were able to score so many things from just one homegoods store! Mine is good but not that good. LOL. I {heart} home goods. Can't wait to see how it all comes together.

BTW-I LOVE all the names that were chosen for the cottage-just perfect!


Julie said...

Layla, On my recent trip back home to the states I just bought that same quilt and shams with the shams to match for my upstairs bedroom for guests. I havent set it all up yet, still working on the bathroom up there. Its going on a white metal bed I think its going to do the trick, for the price and using my credit card from euros to dollars I couldnt pass it up. A full/queen qulit for $39 then to euros was super cheap. I think the quality is great. I think Im going to do blue accents with it with a touch of red. Loving your work so far of the sneeks we've seen.
Congats to the winners of the names
Julie in Holland ..... :)

The Herlings said...

When you were walking through the mall parking lot, I spotted that bracelet on you. I thought, "Wait, that is my bracelet!" LOL! I got it about 5 years ago from a jewelry vendor in Vancouver, WA. LOVE LOVE Catalina Island...haven't been there in about 6-7 seven years.

SugarberrySensations said...

Wow Layla, you two are so INCREDIBLY CUTE!!!! I loved, loved, loved this - how FUN to have a peek into one of your days!




DanaW said...

I just love that you all go shopping together--it is so sweet. I hope it always stays this fun for you even when you're old and gray!

Tracey said...

I am so bummed I didn't win Name the Cottage--I would love an excuse to vacation on Tybee! But, I absolutely love the names that did win, which makes it a little easier!

Pam said...

I enjoyed video and can't wait to see Screened Inn when its all completed. Oh, I LOVE the bracelet too. Pam

{ L } said...

Hi! <3 It's been so long since I've got a chance to be out blogging and I miss seeing your gorgeous inspiration! I still think of you every time I decorate though, lol.

Lili said...

It is simply unbelievable how charismatic you both are. Layla and Kevin, you make me happy. I just love your videos and all your postings. Thank you...


madrekarin said...

Cute video! The room is going to be beautiful. If you get the chance, you need to visit Fort Pulaski. It is amazing, especially the exterior wall on the right where you can see the dents made by cannon balls being fired from the ships. You will not be disappointed.

Jackie said...

OK - I am the last person in the world to find out how great Home Goods is!! I'm Diane's sister and after seeing your video this morning (I live in LA), I zipped off the Home Goods and got the most incredible finds. I'm in trouble now.....I have found my new favorite store..... :)

Laura Lynn said...

Looks like the room will be shaping up! Love that you're documenting it all.

I used to live in Hilton Head, SC and went to the Oglethorpe mall often. Watching your video made me a little homesick - and I burned my hands on the steering wheel more than once!

Love Savannah and Tybee!

Sari Monaco aka Furry Poppins said...

awesome names!!!
Did you eat at Social or Sundae cafe or Marlin Monroes? yummy yummy!!!
Go to the Paris Market in Savannah before you leave and Mrs Wilkes Dining room!!!

FireLight said...

Hello there from Auburn -- just three blocks from campus -- in my own cottage! Love your video and the ten million fireflies! Enjoy your cottage! Oh yes, Waaah Dang Eagle!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I love the names!

Mommymayhem said...

I saw you guys at home goods on Saturday!! I was like...who are those crazy people video taping themselves in home goods!!?? lol...ps- I am also in love with that fridge!! too cool...I drool every time my fiance and I go in there! I've become a big fan because My fiance and I just bought an old house in Georgetown which is in southside savannah and I have been looking at your page for inspirations. I thought that was you guys that I saw, but I was like naaaahhh it couldnt be! lol. Hope you are enjoying Tibey and our beautiful Savannah! :)

MJ Krech said...

This has been fun watching you decorate the cottage! I sure hope you plan to show photos of all the finished rooms!

freckled laundry said...

Cute video! Too bad we weren't closer to Tybee, I have an entire gallon of Stolen kiss that I never used! Can't wait for the reveal.

http://btweenblueandyellow.blogspot.com/ said...

Love what you are doing with the house, we will be in Tybee for a wedding next month. Maybe I'll try and stop by :)

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Mysweetgirlsx2 said...

Love the video! Can't wait to see the finished product!!! I went to go look for that bracelet and Wet Seal said they have not seen that bracelet in a long time, could you possiable give me the info on it(item #) because I LOVE IT!!!!

The Wonderful World of Wampler said...

Layla & Kevin PLEASE HELP!!!

I am like 70% sure you did a blog post about hanging plates on the wall....in a collage???

If you did do a post about that, how can I find it??

If you didn't.....I hope you all have a great weekend and please say a little prayer for me that I can figure it out myself. (I hope I don't do to much damage to my walls)

Cookie said...

Congrats on the Open House being a hit!! I have been checking in hopes to see all the hard work you guys have done...I CANT WAIT!!! How much longer??? LOL!

Ronnie said...

A joy to watch, but you guys are working your butts off!

Melissa said...

thanks for taking us along on your stops! Loved the song too! =)