Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Lettered Cottage Magazine- Screened Inn Issue

Hey there!
I hope all is well in your neck of the world this spendid Saturday afternoon.

Everything is groovy over here at TLC.

Well, except for the fact that I'm still hobbling around here due to the large-and-in-charge invisible shards of glass embedded in the ball of my foot and big toe.


But it's all good in the hood.
I've had more time to SIT and work on design consultations, and put the finishing touches on the Screened Inn e-zine!

The photos I included this time are of the living/dining room.
(Oh, and I snuck in some exterior shots of the place this time too!)

Here's how the living/dining room looked when we got there...




Click on the flipbook below to see how they turned out!

Click to launch the full sized magazine

We had such a great time working on this cottage for Diane at Mermaid Cottages, and we'll never forget the June we spent on Tybee.

And we wanna send out a big thanks to everyone who helped us with the re-do.
(Friends, painters, handymen, gardeners, cleaning crew, sponsors and my Mom!)
You RULE, and we certainly couldn't have finished on time or on budget without you!


Now that we've finished the "just for fun Screened Inn e-zine", we're pretty excited to see whatcha think of the "for real premiere issue of The Lettered Cottage e-zine" we've been putting together.
(Which, by the way, we're hoping to release in August or September!)
Among other things, it'll include uplifting articles, step-by-step tutorials, ce"web"rity interviews, inspiring interiors, and even some video segments too.
We hope ya dig it!

(PS- so that we can (hopefully!) continue to release the Lettered Cottage e-zine on a regular basis, we're on the lookout for advertisers who want to snag a spot in the upcoming premiere issue. If you're interested in hearing about the rates for either a half, or full page ad- please drop me a line at Thank you!)


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Katie Olthoff said...

You did such a beautiful job on the cottage and the e-zine! I just love looking at the pictures!

Hope your foot is feeling better soon!

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

I love the E-zine. You guys do such an awesome job. I love the stripes on the wall of the living room.

Thanks for the great tip on the ticking rug at TJ Maxx. I ended up getting a large one, 2 runners and 2 small ones...among other things. It was a day of scores at TJM! Thank you!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Love that cottage. What a fun place to stay and vacation.

emily said...

You guys are so impressive! I love the e-zine {wish it were in real print though as I just want to touch the pages!} and look forward to the upcoming publication!

Unknown said...

Layla, you and Kevin have done such a fabulous job of transforming this mess hall. You've turned into a hum-drum historic spot, to a "I just HAVE to stay there" place to be.

I especially love that you decided to use so many fun colors in the house. It definitely has the beach vibe, but I sense a little bit of retro feeling there as well. Every room is wonderful, and every single element well thought out.

The book you have put together is absolutely amazing. It is truly a first class, professional production. Kudos, kudos, and double kudos on that.

I hope this project brings many more your way so that you can see and do the things that make you happy. I'm sure the owner was tickled pink with it, and I have no doubt there have been and will continue to be, one sightseer after another coming to see what the excitement has been about.

Fantabulous job!

Ashley said...

I love, love, love the starfish "moving art"! That is such a great idea. We have lots of jars filled with sand and seashells that I collected on our honeymoon. It's so nice to be surrounded by those things!

The Screened Inn turned out so nicely... hope my husband and I can stay there some day. Layla and Kevin, your work inspires me!

Thank you.

Sandra said...

What a wonderful before and after!

The Screened Inn is the type of place I would love to visit - the two of you (and all your helpers) did a really good job on creating a sanctuary.

I hope your foot feels better soon - tiny shards of glass are little devils, aren't they?


Kevin and Layla,
This is only 7 of probably a gazillion [a whole bunch] comments that you will receive about the genius of the "Screened Inn". You guys are awesome and blessed with mucho talent! Keep pushing those boundaries and I know I speak for many when I say....can't wait for the next "makeover"!!!

Shana said...

LOVE! One day when I'm rich and famous I'm gonna have you come do my house from head to toe. K? :) So excited about your new e-zine. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I feel like I always say how much I love it, and maybe that's getting old, but seriously, I LOVE IT! I went to Ikea last night for bedding in my little girl's room, and kept thinking, "If Layla were here with me right now, what fabrics and patterns would she throw together?" You are so my inspiration!!


Unknown said...

You have out done yourself and continue to raise the bar!! Thank you for sharing all your ideas. I blogged about your new e-zine. Please let me know if I have given appropriate credit or if you need me to do something else. I just wanted to pass on your incredible work :)


Wendy said...

What fun Layla!! I loved your Screen Inn ezine...cant wait to see your TLC version! Your talent never ceases to amaze me. Seriously. Between you and Kevin, your home must just ooze creativity!


Audra said...

Wow, I am speechless!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Layla...the e-zine is SOOO wonderful.

You guys are awesome.

And I want to go to Tybee now!

Tessa said...

Gorgoeous. Each and every room and little detail. CONGRATS!! You always take such incredible photos. Have you ever done a post on tips for taking good photos of interior spaces? If not, it would be great if you could share some tips in the future. Without giving away all your secrets of course! Thanks!! :)

Angela said... glad you got the ezine is wonderful...I enjoyed reading it multiple times...cover to cover...

Elizabeth said...

It looks amazing! How talented you all are. I enjoyed looking through each page and reading every detail. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all!

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

Layla & Kevin- You did an AMAZING job on that inn! Truly loved browsing that ezine you created. What a fun way to see what you've created! Your work is most definitely inspirational!

Cookie said...

Wow how fun was that! I dont think I blinked the whole time I was reading and oogling over the wonderful designs you guys created!! Wonderful loved every bit of it!! Thanks for all your hard work! You guys ROCK!!!!!

amy jupin said...

the entire time i'm flipping thru this book, i keep thinking you are in your element! this is where you belong. seriously. some of the best work i've seen in a long time--and that's a lot coming from a magazine junkie like me! beautiful team work!

now, seriously...when are you planning a trip to huntsville so i can hire you to redo my home?????

PS~Erin said...

Looks great, the e-zine and the house! Love the color scheme and all the cozy, cool details.

Susimac said...

Hi Layla/Kevin

Loved the e-zine, seeing the wonderful finish of the holiday house is wonderful and very inspirational - Your hard work has soooo paid off - you don't need me to tell you 'You Rock guys'

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Layla and Kevin,

So glad I´ve found you just a little while ago.

I have flipped through your fabulous Screened Inn e-zine. Wow! Fantastic work. Loved every inch! You are so talented. Looking forward to see what you´re up to next and the premiere issue later on.

Have a nice day,

Anonymous said...

Dear Layla and Kevin,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you BOTH for sharing the Screened Inn transformation. I have been a follower of your blog for a while and am always inspired but have been renting. Just last week we gained possession of our own VERY old house after it had been tenanted for several years. It was heart breaking to see how our home had been neglected.
This is where you come in. I have opened your e-zine every day and spent moments looking and being inspired. Although our home is WAY older than the mess hall (a fibro cottage in Australia) I can finally see that there are some things we can do to make it our own again. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for helping me daily and inspiring me to have fun and decorate our home so that we can once again love living in it.
Thank you x Janelle

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

You did such a beautiful job on the cottage and on this e-magazine. everything is so pretty!

Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

Layla and Kevin... you have created such an inspiring and beautiful space. I have now put Tybee Island on my travel bucket list... and thanks for link to Sara's Etsy site... JUST what I am looking for in my condo......

Marcy {pine creek cottage} said...

Layla - the cottage is stunning! And the magazine - oh, I love the magazine - it's fabulous! What an eye you have! Looking forward to many more.

Kathy Glynn said...

Absolutely wonderful!

rustic rooster interiors said...

I LOVED IT! It looks amazing... The Sand & Sea bunk beds are my favorite! Too cute... GOOD JOB!


Angie said...

Amazing job! Love it!

jo said...

It is so beautiful. Lots of inspiration for all of us. Can we purchase a copy of the magazine? Are you going to print it? It is better than all the ones I see on the magazine racks!

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

I love EVERY room. My only complaint....seriously.....I wish there were even MORE photos. Great job guys. You rocked that one out for sure!

Woodland Wonder said...

Layla and Kevin, what an amazing job of both the cottage and the magazine. I've looked at it about a million times now -- so inspiring. Anyhow, just wanted to let you both know that we fell in love with your redecorating of Screened Inn and your beautiful accounts of Tybee Island, so much so that we just booked the cottage for our vacation. Can't wait to see your brilliance in person. Well done!!!!


Jena Simms said...

I really enjoy reading your blog. Inspiring, uplifting, encouraging, relaxing and joyful all wrapped up in one. Thank you!

good goods & co said...

Layla & Kevin-I'm a LONG time follower of your blog. You both have such amazing talent--what a perfect team you make!!

I thought you did an incredible job putting your magazine together however, I do hope this isn't a permanent change for your blog! The reason I gravitate to blogs instead of magazines (paper) is the fact that blogs usually feature pictures and plenty of text with "how tos" that most magazines leave out.

I've always loved the feature you used with the "before" picture I could run my curser over to reveal the "after" picure.

After reading the comments, I think I'm in the minority here..gulp! Besides, I'd follow you no matter what format you go with.

The very best to you!!

Elisabeth said...

You guys and your ezine rock, I love the house and I love how you put it all together with pictures, captions and descriptions. Even my 3 year old daughter loved sitting on my lap and looking at all the pretty pictures with me. It's perfect timing since I am trying to redo the house we just bought with a beachy/cottagey style. Thanks for all the great inspiration, and I wish I could head down there and visit right now. Between your blog and last month's BH&G, I'm now dying to visit Tybee island!

Kaffeslabberas said...

Wonderfully inspiring!
I love your rustic easy-life furniture and details, solid and fun at the same time.
Thank you for sharing your work and ideas!

Tracy Wills said...

Love it all, just gorgeous!

Jeanine Juth said...

You need to publish a paper edition! So beautiful! I want to add the whole thing to my files for house ideas.

geri said...

Hi Layla & Kevin.
Well I have just looked through your amazing e-zine for like the
20th time.
Each time I see something different and beautiful and oh so creative.
Each time I read something that you have written, or a qoute, it takes on a new meaning.
Each time I dream of how my house would look and feel I know exactly where to go for all my inspirations and design choices.
The best part of you both is not just that you shared all your energy and money saving ideas and talents and love of decorating, but that you have the abilty to make a cottage on a wee budget look & feel like a "Million Dollar Baby"!
I hope one day to get the whole Screened Inn experience first hand.
Not sure I could love it anymore though than I already do.
Hugs,& Cheers! geri.

Six in the Mix said...


Honey said...

The eZine is Wonderful! :D
I am sure it's a summer you won't soon likely to forget.

nikinikinine said...

really fantastic. Inspiring, and on a budget?! Amazing.

Teresa said...

It is so fabulous...all the little details....that "real" people could do in their own homes...thanks for great inspiration.
Thanks for sharing

preppyplayer said...

Tons of work with an amazing outcome. I am so impressed with your ezine- very ambitious. It really should motivate those in the publishing community to "step it up!"

Anonymous said...

Very cute! I love the rustic beachy feel you all have!

dinner, dresses, decor and dessert

Mandy Ford Art & Illustration said...

Love the ezine - so fun! It is exciting to see the place come together. You have the perfect mix of vintage/cottage/modern - I guess that is what you would call it? :) The shopping trip video you posted the other day was super cute too.

Mandy @ This Girl's Life

Renae said...

If you don't win some kind of award for this (I don't know, MTV, HGTV...something!) i'll be shocked!!

The stripes in the living room are EXACTLY what I want to do in our hallway...colors and widths of the strips please?! Pretty please!! :) I'm in love and we're planning on staying this fall...can't wait!

Country Contemporary said...

Good luck with the new e-zine. With what I've seen so far of the Screened Inn e-zine, it's sure to be a huge success. BTW, a little trade secret tip from a former print magazine sales rep - add quarter-page ads to your e-zine ad sizes if at all possible (why wouldn't it be?) and price them so that a full page of four 1/4-pagers totals more than the cost of a full page. The size is more appealing and affordable to more advertisers and - the good part - a full page of them means more revenue for you!

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Absolutely fantastic! Both the redesign and the ezine! You two are so talented. We just bought and redid a beach house on Cape Cod, and I am going to adopt lots of your finishing touches as soon as we go back up there!

Nadia @ La Vida Aloha said...

Wow - what an amazing job in decorating the Screened Inn. You have a gift! And the e-zine is amazing - I'm going to print it out and save it to my "inspiration" notebook. LOVE IT!!!!

Ann said...

Hi Layla and Kevin. I've commented before on how talented you both are, but want to tell you how much I enjoyed the ezine. Today I paid about $13 for the new special edition of Country Home magazine. I would pay more than that for this ezine. I'll be looking back at it for a long time to get some ideas. I've had glass in my foot, too, Layla and hope you are feeling better.

Skye McLain said...

it is absolutely beautiful! i know you had a blast doing it and i can't wait until we go on our vacation next year - this will definitely be on the top of the list for places to visit!

beachy in the burbs said...

Layla, your e-zine just made my day! You and your husband are SO very talented. I absolutely love everything you've done to the Tybee Island beach house!

Pugmire family said...

Simply beautiful, you have inspired me! Just curious-you said the bedding in the Lemonade Mermaid was Diane's-any idea where she purchased the white comforter/duvet cover? If I cant find it I may have to make my own. I love the femininity with out having to add a feminine color.
Thank You for sharing!

Unknown said...

What an amazing job you did on the Screened Inn! I love it!! I do have a question about the bathroom...the tile in it is the same tile we bought to put in our bathroom (clearance at Lowes)the one thing I am not sure about it what color of grout to use. What color of grout was used there? It looks like it is either black or dark gray. I have also thought about white grout, but know that it would stain easily. That you for the input.
Looking forward to seeing more projects from you.

Jennibell said...

I loved every single page of the e-zine!!! You and Kevin did a fabulous job with the Inn, the photography, and then putting all of it together :) Hope this venture continues to be rewarding for you!!!

Amy R. said...

AMAZING! You continue to inspire me with your talent and ideas. Thanks for sharing them and I look forward to seeing more!

Screaming Meme said...

Email me the rates, sweetie! Thanks, Meme