Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

June 17, 2012

Vintage Tybee Island finds, you’ll never guess where!

We have what’s known as the Tybee Island “mall” .  You put by the side of the road anything you no longer need and someone comes along and picks up exactly what they need.  I’ve been a “buyer” and a “seller” of the Tybee Mall!  Here are two chairs that someone did not want- I’m sure because of the condition of the rattan and bamboo.  However I am a rusty, crusty, the more chipped the better fan and these chairs were right up my alley.   I had some fabric that I purchased from Ballard Backroom in Atlanta   when it was on super sale- I believe under $8 a yard. I had our local cushion maker make some cushions.  So the total cost per chair was maybe around $60.  The style and the look is just perfect!  I added two planters that Ipurchased from the Garden Party fundraiser with Historic Savannah Foundation.  These chairs and planters are the perfect final touch to Dutton Waller Cottage!

Isn’t this planter beautiful? Even better- buying it was for a great cause!

Bed Headboards and Mermaid Cottages

An old door with the door handle that we used on Doyles on the Beach

We love headboards!  The more creative the better.  The more unusual the better. If we can find an old door or old shutter and can attach it to a wall, we’re thrilled!  I’ve brought old shutters I found on the side of the road in Key West and used as a headboard.  I’ve gone to Goodwill and done the happy dance because I found the ideal rusty crusty old door that looks sad and forlorn and I knew would make that bed absolutely perfect.  Here are some great pictures of some of our Mermaid Cottage headboards!

4 old green shutters that we rescued from the trash. These are from the bed at Mermaid Manor
Old shutters we painted a soft white and attached to the wall. This is from Screened Inn
This old shutter came from a junk store in Delaware