13 August 2011

A Little Southern Beach Cottage...

...would be a lot fun right about now... a tall icy drink, palm trees swaying in the breeze, the screened-in sleeping porch, laughter and dogs barking in the distance... these are the things of the endless summers of my childhood. Although our cottage wasn't quite this adorable, it was the real thing... wooden cottage on stilts set back in the dunes in the palmettos at Indian Pass Beach on the Gulf Coast, with a wooden walkway leading to the front screened porch. With the sun hot overhead, as children we were not allowed outside between 10 am and 3 pm, so my four brothers and I played endless games of monopoly and cards, built forts and put on plays and art shows.

Those summer vacations are now more a state of mind than anything else. Wanna come play?

colorful vintage beach pails

pale seafoam breadboard walls trimmed in
white are the quintessential beach look

simple shelves made from found beach wood

cooling blues and whites among the mossy beach oaks

Fifi Flowers painted this very cottage; you can
buy this at her etsy shop here!

painted floor screened porch with colorful rattan furniture
is charming; the porch ceiling is painted blue to scare
away the spirits... of course!

the adorable cottage above is
one of the Mermaid Cottages on
Tybee Island, Georgia, near
Savannah where my dear
cousin Claire lives and
my mother was born

halfway between
Saint Vincent Island
and Cape San Blas
lies Indian Pass Beach
where we spent long
summer vacations

the incomparable white powdery sand of my
childhood summers on the Gulf Coast

St. George Island


Thanks for visiting!..... Kit


  1. That looks like my kind of place! I'm waiting very patiently for summer to arrive here but I wish it would hurry up!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  2. divine... where is my private jet... i am on my way :)
    xo sandra

  3. What wonderful memories to cherish Kit, and even more to make!


    Art by Karena

  4. Savannah is my new favorite place! It's so charming and wonderful! Very nice post... Do check out my 100th post - an amazing inspired home!

  5. How charming is that cottage and what a beautiful retreat....The beach and water looks so incredibly inviting......Such temptation Kit....xv

  6. Too funny.. I just liked Mermaid cottages on FB!
    And ps.. I want those pails!
    Total score!
    Cricket @ gypsea...

  7. Oh, I'd like a cottage like that! It would be so great for my writing. Though I suspect I'd rather be hanging out on the beach instead of working ;-)
    Have a great Sunday!

  8. It looks absolutely lovely. I do hope to visit that part of the country someday.

  9. that sounds perfect for an escape... wish i had one :)
    xo sandra

  10. Hi Kit!
    That Porch looks so inviting, the beach and the rest do too!!!!!!Such a great little getaway!!!!Maryanne xo

  11. Oh my gosh, who wouldn't want to stay in a cottage titled "Mermaid Cottages!" Your photos are beautiful. ~Marti

  12. Bonjour Kit!

    How honored I am to see your comment on my blog! Thank you for coming and I have to say, you gave me a high compliment. Most people, and I am MOST GRATEFUL, compliment me on my photo choices. That is great. I think it takes a lot of skill to find the right photos, even if they are not yours!!! But that is the fact. They are NOT mine. BUT YOU complimented me on what is most important: MY WRITING. Thank you. It's like the BEST COMPLIMENT I ever received from a man once. He told me, "You are really smart." Now that made my day.

    Your blog is one of those blogs that exudes elegance and chic that many of us want for our lifestyles. You are successful, and it is evident. May you have a productive and blessed year of work, friendship and LOVE!


  13. The endless summers of my childhood were just like yours, oh, how I miss those days.
    The images are beautiful, love those vintage beasch pails, that's a nice collection.
    Big hugs to you!

  14. I would LOVE to visit Tybee Island one day! I paint it all the time... even that cottage Ommm Sweet Home... and I have designed a Tybee 2012 calendar with Diane of Mermaid Cottages... LOVE working with her!!!

    J'adore those vintage beach pails!!!

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