Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tween Waters Cottage: Tybee Island

Hi friends. It has been too long since we blogged. I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner. Fall really came and went too fast. It seems like I blinked and it was December. Back in October my hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on Tybee Island. We love it there and go as often as we can. Over the years we have made some wonderful friends on the Island.
My good friend, Jan Kubista invited us down this year to stay at her beach cottage. So of course, we jumped at the chance to stay there. She has an adorable cottage called: Tween Waters. This is a vacation rental. You can check out more pics on her Facebook page here
The cottage was built in 1948. Our friend, Jane Coslick who is a preservationist and interior designer purchased the house in 2004. Jane worked her magic restoring the home and later sold it. Jan and her hubby purchased the house in 2010. By then it was in desperate need of repair and renovation. They changed the name of the cottage, which used to be Hemingway House, as well as the color scheme bringing the lime green and leopard theme throughout inside and out ! Lime green shutters, leopard window boxes, and outdoor shower ,and a brand new tiki bar/ storage shed outback featuring a cozy sun deck completed the exterior. 

Inside they added all new plumbing , new wood floors , funky new kitchen cabinets designed by Jane Coslick, and best of all, they opened the concrete wall in the back den area to access the 4th bedroom which was previously only accessible from the outside as it was once the garage. They added a new washer/dryer , new HVAC unit , wood walls and ceilings throughout painted white, and they furnished the interior with a fun mix of furnishings from our other beach homes and a few funky cottage pieces to keep the vintage feel going. In collaborating with Jane, Jan said she learned so much about cottage living. One of the most important things is that " you live in EVERY room of a cottage. Not the case in most large homes. So true. Jan says she loves Christmas at out Tween Waters cottage and can't wait each year to deck the halls with all my lime green and leopard funky decorations.
My hubby and I really enjoyed our stay at this Tween Waters Cottage and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay on Tybee Island. It is a four bedroom cottage. When you think of the word cottage, sometimes small comes to mind. But this is not the case. This cottage is very spacious with two living rooms, a full size kitchen with anything you would need to cook with. I love all the vintage touches throughout the house, as you will see in my photos below. My favorite part of the house is the white picket fence and the trellis gate. It is quaint and inviting. The front yard has lots of room with a table and chairs for dining and then over on the side you have the cutest handmade adirondack set. There is a lovely courtyard off the side of the house with an outdoor shower and fire pit.
The weather was perfect while we were there, so we took advantage of al fresco dining on the front patio. It was so nice sitting out there each morning, watching the world wake up and sipping coffee. I miss it already. This cottage is rented through Tybee Cottages and you can click here to go straight to the link. If you've made it this far in reading this post, let's get on with the gorgeous photos. If you would like to get away for Christmas, please contact Jim or Becky Heflin or Tybee Cottages to book your stay.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bray Family Farms

This is a cute, little fruit stand located in Powder Springs, GA. I moved to Cobb county in 86 and can you believe I've never stopped there until this past Sunday. They were closed, but I was able to get a good shot of the stand. Not sure if the same folks have had it all this time. I really don't know why I haven't stopped there in the past because fruit stands hold a special place in my heart. My Grandfather had one in Blue Ridge, GA for a good many years. You don't see too many of these anymore, and that's sad really.

This old house has been sitting next to the fruit stand. Not sure about the connection, but I' m sure there is a wonderful story there.

The website
Facebook page

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunrise Grocery: Blairsville, GA

I have a confession to make. I have been driving back and forth from Blue Ridge, GA to Helen, GA for over twenty years and I have passed by this little country store every single trip. Not once have I ever stopped. And the sad thing is---I really don't know why. Always in a hurry I suppose. But, yesterday wanting to reconnect with my roots and refresh my soul I headed to the North GA Mountains.

At first, I passed right by it like just like in times past. But, I turned around and went back and pulled into the crowded little parking lot. I was quickly greeted with burning firewood, fresh boiled peanuts and a big smile from the gentleman outside selling jams and hot cider. Wow! Love this store. All I can say is they have a little bit of everything. Everyone was very friendly and the atmosphere was just what this old gal needed. I can't believe I have been missing out all these years. :-(

I never knew this was the oldest business in Blairsville, GA still in it's original location. until I read the old window turned chalkboard by the front door. They have been in business since 1920.

Be sure to check out their facebook page. Because they are cool like that!

                                                          Color or black and white?


Color version of the chalkbord