Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sensational Stuff To Sort Through


And if you submitted a name to the "Name the Cottage" contest-

We're having a ball reading through them all!

Diane is narrowing down her favorites (she likes so many, she's decided to give each one of the bedrooms a name too, so there will be four winners now instead of just one!)


Yesterday, our day started with breakfast at the Sugar Shack...

Then we went over to the Mess Hall to sort through all the great "stuff" Diane left for us...

The living room is literally FILLED with tons of Diane's fab finds, so we'll continue to sift our way through it all when we get over there today.

Here are a few shots of some of our most favorite things...





In addition to using all Diane's killer "stuff", some of our other plans for the place include cladding the focal wall in the living room with wood planks, creating a wall full of words in the master bedroom, and hanging a giant wood seahorse on the wall middle bath.

We're planning to host an Open House "our side" of the Mess Hall on Saturday, June 26th, so swing by if you'd like to check out the new look in person!
(More details about the shindig coming soon.)

Lots of work to do in there in the meantime though, so I better skidaddle!


We're also hoping to shoot some photos of Diane's house, "Mermaid Manor", while we're here too...


The lovely and talented Miss Jane Coslick played a part in the design, and it was even featured in the 2009 issue of Southern Living magazine!

Here's a sneak peek at a few shots of the inside...




Isn't her chippy wood bar breakfast bar to die for?!




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My GREEN Life and Real Estate said...

Speaking of Mermaid Blue....have you seen (and possibly fallen in love with) the Flamenco Shower Curtain from Anthropologie? You've kind of got to love ruffles....and it's a little pricey....but I bet you could recreate something like it!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

That breakfast bar is so adorable! Good luck with your project-can't wait to see what you do!


Anonymous said...


You've got plenty of Diane's fabulous finds to use as a jumping point. I love the she;f with the bead board backing. Diane's breakfast bar is beautiful -- the big chunky corbel, the clapboard, the seat covers -- perfection!

Your Friend,

geri said...

Hi Guys.
I am so living vicariously through you.
A beach house is probably not in my future but I do try to make my Old Ct. Farmhouse beachy.
With your hundreds of ideas you have shared I am feeling quite "seaside". hehe
I can just feel how excited you both are to dig in and get start. It is going to be SPECTACULAR!!
Maybe the most saught after rental on Tybee Island.
I am going to bye my lotto ticket right now,cause you never know what life has in store for us.
I love the turned upside down blue sign, and can't wait to see how you make that come alive.
Have a terrific Beachy day.geri.

michelle said...

What great pieces!! The place is going to beautiful!! I love the large bookcase! I so need to go find some great pieces of my own!! Thank you for sharing this journey with us!
Oh, I love the breakfast bar in Mermaid Manor!! Have fun and can't wait to see more!

geri said...

P.S. & ooppssss
i only saw the video to the sugar shack.
After watching the Mess Hall video I can't believ how rustic and unique the hooks on the wood are.
Love them!!

RAE said...

I am sooo excited to see the finished project. I hope I win, I have been to Tybee back in October and fell in love with the island, my facebook profil pic is Tybee Island sign you have in your blog. So jealous you are there and I'm not!!!! LOL I pray none of the "oil spill" makes its way to Tybee...

Melissa said...

I can't wait to see everything when it's finished, it's going to look amazing!

I love your videos! haha The deleted scenes are my fave! =)

Kendra@Creative Ambitions said...

You guys are tooooo fun!! Love everything you do... I just love your videos!! And I love the beach... this place makes me wanna go on vacay!! :)

N said...

I love the cottage and I can't wait to see what you make of it.


The Sea Oat Cottage
The Water Maid's Cottage
Salt Marsh Cottage
The Red Knot Retreat
Coastal Marsh Cottage

Ashley said...

Wow... I love the barstool covers. So cute! I'm wishing I had that breakfast bar in our apartment.

Layla and Kevin... you inspire me with so many great ideas for the day that my husband and I do get a house! :)

Between You and Me said...

Okay..we were at Tybee Island in February....and I swear that house above was on the street near the home we stayed in...

we were in a house..literally right on the this house above across the street from a row of houses right on the beach?


Katie said...

Love the video. Hilarious! Is Tybee Island affected at all by the oil spill? I am a midwesterner just wondering about the coast! =)

Debby said...

I hope it's not too late. I thought of this the other day. I was thinking of what I would name a cottage in a beautiful place and this came to mind. "Bring it on", adn "Living the life", Blessed at the
Beach". I would so love to go there someday. We have 6 grandkids that have never all been together at the same times. This is my dream to go somewhere all together. Thanks.

cindy said...

Good luck to you! Have fun! Thats what its all about! I'm sure it will be beautiful! (love that breakfast bar!)

Kristie @ Comfy Cozy said...

You guys are the cutest couple :)

Lots of goodies to work with...I cannot wait to see it all come together.

Oh, and I told my husband that our next beach vacation has to be on Tybee Island...and he agrees! Yippee!!


Marianne said...

That Cottage has great bones and by the looks of it you have some great accessories to work with too. So I full expect this to turn out as a killer project.

Melissa said...

Looks like everything is going well! I can't wait to see it...I SO wish we weren't in PA and could come by the open house! I'd make some starfish cookies!
Have fun and I can't wait to see the end result!

Kiri said...

What great stuff! I can't wait to see what you do to the place! Have fun!

Merlin said...

What fun...maybeee the name could beeee "The Bee Hive"....franki

Wishful Home said...

Gorgeous as always! I just love your blog so much, and have been drooling/reading for a while now.

I have come up with some names:

Heaven's Landing
Lynch's Point
The Swallow's Nest
The Pelican's Wave
Pearl's Place

Just a few! I should start jotting them down when I think of them.

Elisabeth said...

Hey Layla-
I was thinking about you when I was reading my latest BH&G magazine and there was a Tybee Island cottage featured in the magazine (I think it's the June issue). The cottage is super colorful and absolutely adorable. The lady who owns it is a writer. Anyway, I just thought I'd let you know in case you hadn't seen it yet. She has some adorable flea market finds she decorated with and the whole place is just dripping with charm!
Can't wait to see your place all done!


Elisabeth said...

Here is the link on BH&G, although if you just type in "Tybee Island Cottage" it will come up.

Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

Swoon! I am in love with that huge open cupboard that you pictured. Oh my! Diane has picked up some amazing pieces and I just can't wait to see how this space comes together. Everytime I read your blog I'm always inspired to go fluff up my own house!

M.J. said...

Wareagle! I just adore you and Kevin and your blog. I hope you don't think this is the stupidest comment ever, but I could not help but notice in your video that you and I have the exact same bottom teeth. I have one that sticks up just a tad too! Don't get a complex, you are gorgeous! It is just funny that I noticed it, probably only bc I have one too. I always notice it on myself when I watch back videos! Can't wait to see how the cottage turns out!

s as in tset said...

Can't wait to see what you do! When does this project need to be completed?

FrenchGardenHouse said...

So much fun! I'm so happy that God is blessing you with a sea cottage to decorate, even if it is for someone else. You're still there.:) enjoying it all. xo lidy

theveryflowers said...

Okay - WHERE can I find some of those barstool slipcovers?! And the photo of that bedroom with the sea-green vanity is getting filed away for inspiration. :)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Wow! What a great and fun opportunity! Can't wait to see the end results. Which we all know will be fabulous!!! Your blog is amazing! Makes me smile every time! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Meredith Newberry said...

What great videos! We're all wishing we could be there to see it first hand...and maybe have breakfast at the Sugar Shack ;-) Can't wait to see what other amazing things you have in store!!

Jill said...

Love all the blue stuff :) Hope its not too late to submit another name for the cottage. How about...
Sea Bleu Palace

I feel so wistful seeing you and Kevin riding bikes and going to all the neat places on the Island that I visited with my hubby. Great memories

Note: If you happen to eat fish the grouper platter at Stingray's is fantasic.

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Kevin and Layla, You have so many neat things with which to work! Can't wait to see what you guys do...and can't wait to see more of Diane's home. It's adorable from what you've shown us!

Kelly said...

Love those fabric covers on the chairs/stools at the breakfast bar!!

I don't think I've ever been so happy to follow something in blog land as I am following your progress for this project. What fun! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

Rebelslgb said...

I LOVE the Aqua and Red color combo! I'm obsessed with it recently, so all that Aqua with those red stripped curtains you showed was just amazing! I never comment on anyones blog....ever...but Red and Aqua inspired me to do so. Have fun, I know the home formerly known as "mess hall B" will be amazing once you're done!

Cousin B said...

Honestly, I don't know why you wouldn't call it "The Lettered Cottage"? I think that would suit it perfect, and it's yours!

Jackie said...

Elisabeth - the article you;re talking about in BH&G is about Mary Kay Andrews beach home The Breeze Inn. And Diane (of Mermaid Cottages) manages the house and it's available to rent. Go to and look for Breeze Inn.

It's even better in person!

Kelly said...

Bath and Body Works sells a scent called "Sea Island Cotton" that reminds me of the color the owner likes, if that makes sense. It's a light, fresh, clean scent.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

When the two of you finish this project I know it will be amazing! You both are so creative and not afraid of decorating outside the box...and you are the absolute cutest couple.
xo, Sherry

Sandi said...

what an absolutely delightful blog and business you have!...i am not sure if this is where we are to leave our name "suggestion"...but i thought of: Turtlelove Bay or
Turtlelove Cottage
you have me "hooked"....can't wait to see how this turns out!
best wishes!

Cottage Dreamers said...

You are so funny! Toenails?! Did you drink it anyway? ☺
You guys already have a lot of great stuff to work's going to be amazing! I hope you guys are really enjoying it!
☺ Celeste

Anonymous said...

wow! she does have some great stuff! i love it all! i just might have to come to the open house! not too far from jacksonville!!!

angela | the painted house said...

You two...what a FUN FUN FUN project this is!!!! I know you must be thoroughly enjoying the work and creative process. I love watching it from here. :)

My Cottage Charm said...

I can see why those are some of your favorite things...they're all wonderful! Can't wait to see what your side of the cottage looks like! :) You are one blessed lady to get this opportunity! I would LOVE to do something like that! :)
Hope you guys are having the time of your lives!
Love ya

Pedaling said...

yes, that breakfast bar is to die for.

I want it now!

In my house. :)

sure do love your blog.

Unknown said...

You are such a lucky girl, Layla! I can't believe you get to swim in a blue-green sea of gorgeous stuff just like a (...drum roll...) mermaid. I can't wait to see the finished Mess Hall B. I'm sure it will radiate your awesome sense of style & design. Wish I lived a little closer than New York so that I could enjoy that open house!

Nicole @ the style hatch said...

That breakfast bar is amazing... and the chair covers are super cute!!!!

Hope you enjoyed your birthday, mine was the 4th!


Anonymous said...

Name for cottage: La Casita Bonita