Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm


Georgia Peach

Hand Picked Georgia Peaches

These are truly the taste of summer to me.  I remember when I was a boy. That would be the 60’s for me. Biting into a fresh picked and tree ripened peach and thinking it was the most delicious thing I’d ever tasted.  I had on of these for lunch today and that long ago food memory came back to me.  They are hard to resist so don’t.

Neptune’s Fork



The Mermaids of Tybee Island

Diane Kaufman air the Mermaid Cottages gathering

I recently attended a gathering of the Mermaids at Bohemian Cottage.  Here are a few shots I took of the Mermaid Cottages team and Diane.

There was a master class of towel and sheet folding by housekeeping and a dessert contest.

There is one shot of a mermaid that inspired this blog post.  I’ve been accused of dressing for my rooms in the past.  As an interior designer you get in the groove with color and pattern, it just happens.  Notice the zebra stripes.


Towel folding master class
General Judy with Marilou and Melissa
Kathy’s Tutorial / How to make a bed 101
Bobby / Mr. Fix It
Toni, Jill and Theresa
Desserts waiting to be judged.
Mermaid Style

Tybee Island / Rand McNally

Welcome Committee

This morning on Tybee Island a die-hard group of supportive Tybee Island citizens gathered on a pirate float to greet the Travel Channel‘s Best Of The Road personalities Nikki & Dusty. they are here on Tybee to promote Tybee and 4 other locations around the country for Rand McNally’s most beautiful small-town in America award. Here are the bathing beauties in their bikini tee shirts. That’s me on the float in the middle.

The rain generated from tropical storm Debbie didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm.  Whether we win or not it’s an honor to be nominated for this award.  I’m sure that many people whom had never heard about Tybee will now know about us.

Several of us combed the perimeter of Highway 80 for trash in preparation for their arrival. Many thanks to all of you who joined us for the clean-up.  The more of you who can pitch in to keep Tybee the most beautiful town in America the better.  They will be here for the next two days to complete their review.

Thank You!  Riptide

A Well Dressed Bed in a Mermaid’s Cottage

A well dressed bed at Mermaid Cottages

The Beds at Mermaid Cottages are always well dressed. Diane and I are complimentary opposites.  She prefers more and I prefer less.  I would do 2 bed pillows per person and 3 large back pillows.  Diane does a total of 9 pillows on her beds.  This bedroom at Dutton Waller cottage is a great example of Diane’s school of thought.  She does a great job of finding bed linens that evoke cottage charm.  The coverlet at the end of the bed is new but looks like the 1930’s.  Diane is the smartest shopper I know.  She combs through Home Goods and TJ Maxx and the like for bargains.  Her timing is surgically accurate. she knows when the merchandise is to be updated weekly.  Even in my own design work I always suggest using  retail outlet stores in conjunction with custom-made things. Tuesday Morning being a favorite of mine for expensive linens at very off prices. I favor 1000 thread count sheets. They are a great source for them but you have to watch for their ads and be persistent.

Happy Shopping… Riptide

The Lady & Son’s

Bill at The Lady & Sons

We went out phantom dining again last night. Diane asked me and Joy to accompany her to The lady & Sons. That is Paula Deen‘s restaurant in Savannah.

It was the antithesis of what I thought it would be like. The first thing I saw was a buffet. That would be the last form of dining acceptable to me. I just don’t like that. Joy decided to go for the buffet. Diane and I ordered off the menu.

All was a pleasant surprise. I had The special which was pork tenderloin. That is usually how I order. The conventional wisdom being, the ingredients are the freshest. It was better than I expected. I sampled Diane’s grouper and it was truly outstanding. Joy was thrilled with her choice as well.

We had heard a lot of negative comments through the usual small town gossip that the restaurant had been in decline. All three of us were delighted we found that to be false. In addition to the great food we also found the service to be outstanding. Our waitress was wonderful and attentive. Considering the volume of people on three floors of the seats 600 restaurant; we were never forgotten. She was also still conversing with us after dinner and showing us the bar area that is exclusive to the 3rd floor of the restaurant.

By the way! Diane reveled in taking the photo of me with Paula’s biscuit and “Ho cake” in my hand. It was another cheat meal for me. In spite of that I’ve lost 3 pounds since arriving on Tybee. I’ve been running around for Joy and Diane ever since I got here. The result is 180 pounds. I’ve never heard that number before. At my recent doctor’s office weigh in that was the happy news. I’m sure that before the summer is done I’ll be referring to it as the Tybee Diet. … Riptide