Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tybee Island - Day One

Greetings from Tybee Island!


We pulled into town around 2:30 yesterday, and we've been go, go, going ever since!


First up on our agenda was "The Last Song- Flip Flop Red Carpet Premiere Party" at the YMCA. The entire movie was shot on Tybee Island last year, so of course the media was there to capture footage of the event...


While Miss Cyrus probably strolled down a fancy-schmancy red carpet, in a fancy-schmancy gown out in L.A. last night, we strolled down this less-formal version in our everyday clothes...


Nice and casual- my kind of premiere!

The atmosphere inside was electric, and the food was off the hook. BBQ...mmmmm!


After the party, we all headed over to a theater in Savannah to watch the movie.


We drove our car, but lots of folks rode there on the trolley's and in limo's...


The movie was great.
I mean it.
It was really, really great!
But be prepared to bawl.
I could not stop, and by the end of the movie I think everyone in the theater was sniffling!

(Everyone leaving the theater)


We shot two cottages today and we'll be shooting lots more this week, but I'm also hoping to photograph some of the places they used in the movie too.
The production company actually built this church just for The Last Song...


It was used in a fire scene, and apparently they had to start it on fire, and rebuild and re-paint it more than once. Here's a peek at the scene where Greg Kinnear is being pulled out of it by two firefighters...



It was called the "Tybee Island Baptist Church" in the movie, but when shooting wrapped, Disney donated it to the local historical society. Since then, a sweet local couple has purchased it, and they plan to move it and use it for wedding ceremonies in the near future.

I'm hoping we can find it...and maybe even get a peek at the inside!

We're also going to look for the house they used in the movie...


It's owned by a man named Sam Adams. I found an interview online about his experience...

“It was an opportunity to sort of immortalize the house. Tybee has been very fortunate with hurricanes and storms and stuff and so far, but who’s to say that one of those storms won’t come roaring up the coast and take it out?“ said Adams.

Adams and his family live on Tybee for six months out of the year. He says not being in the home last summer was “worth the trouble” because of the money they’re leaving at Tybee. The movie is expected to bring in $8 million for the island.

Adams says the story line called for a run-down house and that crews converted his home to fit the script.

“They have promised to put it back together.“ explained Adams.

History of Adams’ home:

This is the second home built by the family on Tybee Island. Adams says that when his grandfather and greatgrandfather built it, they really knew what they were doing.

“The home is made out of hard pine- beautiful pine wood, and has very few painted surfaces,“ says Adams. “and once every 30 years, we get a new roof.“

Adams remembers when he was younger. He says his family’s phone number was just “5.“

“It was back when we had the phone system where we just picked up the phone and talked to the operator,“ explained Adams.


Tomorrow morning we're meeting up with one of my favorite designers on the planet- Jane Coslick!
She's going to show us some of her recent renovations, and I could not be more excited. It feels like Christmas Eve tonight!

Here are some of my favorite Jane Coslick designs...






Of course we'll have our camera with us as we go, and I look forward to blogging about our day with her this weekend!


Well, I better wrap it up for the night.
It's late, and I've got a big, beautiful bed calling my name!

(The moon over the ocean, here on Tybee, tonight)

Nighty night!


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angela walker jewelry said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! Can't wait for more posts : )
Health and happiness,

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Great post, made me feel like I was walking that red carpet right along with you guys. Looking forward to hearing about your meeting with Miss Coslick this weekend.


Unknown said...

Oh that last photo is gorgeous.
Im veyr interested to seee and read the rest of your trip, thankyou.

My Cottage Charm said...

I'm glad you're having fun, you deserve to have some R&R after all your home renovations. :) It's pretty cool you're there at the time of the movie celebration. I've been wanting to watch that movie, but I've heard it's really a tear jerker, so I thought I might wait till it comes out of dvd so I can boo hoo at home! lol :)
Can't wait to see more of your trip! Have a blast and soak up some sun for me!
By the way, that last photo is amazing! :)

Alyssa said...

What a beautiful place! A movie was shot in the town where I teach last year and Adam Sandler played basketball in our gym a lot and it was sooo cool to be amongst the stars. We met many movie stars last Spring. It was great to have a taste of Hollywood for a month. Have soo much fun and soak it all in! ;)Alyssa

Jess said...

What fun! I love that you got a chance to see all the "The Last Song" set places. What a neat addition to your vacation!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Wow! You are going to have so much fun. I'm just glad I get to share in it. Can't wait to see the homes you feature and the pictures of the designer's rooms are so beautiful and tranquil - Can't wait to see more! Have a great vacation!

Between You and Me said...

love Tybee Island...just stayed in a beautiful 2 story right on the beach in February.

Beautiful town!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful adventure you're on. I can't wait to see your photographs tomorrow.


duchess said...

How fun & what a beautiful place. Hope y'all have a great time. Enjoy your Easter weekend.

Natalie said...

We were in Savannah for a wedding several years ago. One of the must-see stops I druge my hubby too was Tybee Island. I had to see the ocean, the cottages & the lighthouse. Everything is so beautiful; I didn't want to leave.

Shaunna said...

VERY beautiful! Thanks for taking us along with you! I love her designs! Can't wait for that guys have so much fun!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

How exciting that you get to meet Jane Coslick! I love her style. Can't wait to see what else you have to show us from Tybee!

Julie @ Sweet Chaos said...

Looks like so much fun! Keep posting pictures for me, ok? Can't wait for our trip to Tybee this year :) Slow down a little though, Tybee is about relaxing!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

Wow! You've been busy. Thanks so much for sharing everything with all of us. I can't wait to hear about your interview with Jane Coslick. How cool is that?

Nancy said...

Thanks for the pictures. I grew up on the island next to Tybee and miss the slow pace of life there. Enjoy your time there...cant wait to see more updates.

Paddywack Designs said...

I can't wait to read more, how interesting... I hope you find the Adams house too.

Kare said...

Thank you so much for taking time out of your vacation to share the fun & beauty of your adventure with're so sweet. The moon over the ocean is simply gorgeous.


Unknown said...

I saw the movie the first showing on the day it opened. I thought it was a picture perfect place to live! Most of his movies are shot in NC, so I originally thought this one was too...boy was I wrong. It's such a cute town. I have a special place in my heart for NC, though after living there two different times along the coast. Now, we're stuck in the desert and I long for the beach days..Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Skye McLain said...

How absolutely and totally beautiful! I can't wait to see more pictures of the island and all the seaside cottages you find!

Thanks for always making it feel like we are there with you on your travels... For those of us tied down and unable to do so, it is really an escape!


Beautiful pictures - I can't wait to see more!

I'm on the fence about seeing "The Last Song". I read the book and loved it, but I can't stand Miley Cyrus.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh Layla, how awesome that you are there!!! I cannot wait to see more pictures!! Take bunches!! And a few videos wouldn't hurt either!!

Lou Cinda :)

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Beautiful images - enjoy your time there.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Sounds like a wonderful time you two are having! :) And Jane's designs are amazing -- how fun you get to meet her!! Thanks for sharing all of these pics, makes me long for the beach....

Love the Decor! said...

Oh wow what an amazing place.
Looks like you are having a blast!!

Amy R. said...

Wow! Sounds like so much fun! I love the house pics by your favorite designer; very simple but interesting. Enjoy your time with her.
Are you planning on printing your book in a hard copy? I would love one and I just love to have pretty books around the house.
Thanks! Have fun.
Amy (

geri said...

Doesn't sound like too much rest for you.
It does sound like a fantasic Tybee Island experience.
With sugar on top. hehe
Love getting to know the island through your photos and info and your love for all that is "beachy".
Happy mini Easter Vacay.geri.

TheVirginiaHouse said...

looks wonderful and so fun! Can't wait to see more....

Melissa said...

I love Tybee! And I adore Jane Coslick! I am so excited to hear about your tour with her! We stayed in a cottage she had a hand in for our honeymoon. I think she IS Tybee style!
Can't wait to hear and see more! If you are on the North side of Tybee, find The North Beach Grill...they have amazing burgers!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

I loved your cottage pictures. Inspirational is what they are, and right at the time I need them most. I haven't seen the movie but you make it sound good, so I'll have to check it out. Oh, and I had no idea that US80's other end is here in San Diego. I will — to get out my map and check that out too. I guess I've got to go - I have a lot of checking out to do!

BaseballSmith said...

My husband and I love following your blog. Look forward to more from Tybee. We will live vicariously through your beach trip during our spring break!

Dorm Bedding said...

LOVE the Jane Coslick photos - thanks for sharing :)

Sara said...

I love Tybee Island! I can't wait to see what you post this week! Glad you are having fun!

gretchen said...

I guess I need to google Tybee Island because I have no idea where it could be....anyplace you need sunscreen is good for me...
and I can't wait to read/see the interview with Jane Coslick - that kitchen with the blue screen door for the pantry is one of my favorite kitchens!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE those rooms! I've been dragging my feet on painting my woodwork white because we live in a 100 year old home with unpainted woodwork that is still nice! But, I LOVE white... makes me feel so happy! This inspired me to go for it!

I adore your blog and am so glad my sister led me to it.

Your new friend,

The Weathered Bungalow said...

The movie was just as great as the book...and I didn't think that was possible!!! I bawled my eyes out. are so lucky to be there and I'm sure you are loving every moment of it. Can't wait to read the interview....


Leen said...

I am looking forward to visiting Tybee someday.

Since I live near Wilmington The Last Song is one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books :)

Glad you are having a great time!!

justbeachyontybee said...

Layla, we are so glad you are getting to spend some well deserved time away with your family. It sounds like you are having a great (but,busy) time. Enjoy. Laurie

Ronnie said...

You lucky ducks! Looks like a typical Funky event on Tybee Island. Tybee is a great place to relax. Rent a bike if you can. And climb to the top of the lighthouse. What a view!
Have fun. I can't wait for your next Tybee update.

Renee said...

I love Tybee; can't wait to go back.

Diane Willard Kaufman said...

We are so glad you're here on our little island! enjoy the rest of your stay and looking forward to seeing you this week

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Wish I was there! That moon shot was beautiful! Remember to squeeze in some fun and relaxation! :-)

Dreamy Whites said...

Layla & Kevin,
I can only imagine how much fun you are having!!!
Can't wait to see the all the pictures! You guys are the best!
Take Care,
sending you Easter blessings

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

ah yes and the male lead in that movie is an Australian too, go Aussie!! Looks like you are having a marvellous time!

Cat said...

Love the red carpet! Enjoy the adventure (seems like being bored is not going to be an option!)

Gloria Fox said...

What fun! I'm planning a trip there in late summer (yeah...we are going to boil) with my kids. I saw the movie Friday night and loved it and thought had an inkling that it was Tybee Island...I was right. We will have to try to find some of the locations also.

Jessica @ My Quarter Life Crisis said...

so so random, but i was at tybee for the day on Sunday and I do believe I saw you riding a yellow bike! my boyfriend and i were talking about getting bikes for out house on Oak Island, NC and he said" that chicks got a cool bike" and I was thinking, man that looks like Layla!
it was a beautiful day there that is for sure, hope you are having a ball! we left savannah this morning and are back home :(

Teri and her Stylish Adventure Cats said...

What a wonderful post, great story, super photos and I am love with that kitchen with the screen door on the pantry and the lovely tiled counter!

Michele said...

Tybee is an amazing place. Can't wait to go back. My husband and I were there on vacation last summer while they were filming the movie. We did get to watch some of the scenes being filmed on the boardwalk from the beach. I have not had a chance to see the movie yet, but I'm looking forward to it. I also had the chance to see the inside of the HGTV dream home while we were at Hilton Head. I was taking a picture of the outside when the Realtor pulled up and asked if we would like to see it! AMAZING! let me know if you would like to see the pictures. They aren't the best, but it works. Glad you are enjoying your trip!

Alicia said...

Everything was so interesting, but that last photo took my breath away. Gorgeous. Have fun and keep sharing.

Kelsey said...

PLEASE tell me that you somehow know which amazing artist is responsible for the paintings in that Jane Coslick home! THey are insanely gorgeous.