The Lettered Cottage E-zine

We’re Kevin and Layla Palmer. We like to take road trips, and chances, and photos of people’s places.

Late last Summer, we started putting some of our photos together in our own own little e-zine, and we’re so excited to finally release it here on our blog today! It’s short, but sweet, and we really hope you have fun flipping through it!

Click on the cover below to view the full-size, interactive issue in a separate window…

But before you click away! We both wanted to say thanks so much for taking the time to check it out, and for continually inspiring us to jump in our car with our computer and our camera. We appreciate your encouragement, and can’t tell you how much we enjoy exchanging inspiration and ideas with you!

Happy May!

PS- The links in the e-zine are live this time, so as you flip through, you can click on any of the web addresses you see. Also, to the folks have asked about hard copies- if you’re interested in printing out a copy of either of our e-zine (Summer Fun or Screened Inn) there is a print option in the top left hand corner of the screen when you’re viewing the full-size issue. Thanks again!

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  1. Janet says

    LOVE,LOVE, LOVE it. So fresh and and pretty. I have the same cabinets as Peter & Josette and have been wondering what to do with them. Now I know! I can’t believe this e-zine was FREE! Beautiful photography. Thank you!

  2. says

    You out did yourselves! I loved it sooo much! It made my heart skip a beat. You are destined to do great things, Miss Layla! Thank you for sharing your passion with me…

    I am writing a Ebook about how to start a design business, whether a decorating, faux, furniture etc . It will be a step by step guide (on many different design careers) for those who don’t have the time or money to get their Interior Design degree. Great out of the box ideas to make their business stand out and get recognized! And inspiring tips to make them better designers! I hope to have it out in a month or so. :) I would love to buy an ad space here for it. Can you send me pricing on that? Thank you in advance…I look forward to hearing from you!

    Hugs, Meme

    BTW, A reminder to you and your readers..I am having a Giveaway Series…first one is a slipcover for an ottoman…I will reveal the next one on FRIDAY! :) screamingmemedesigns at gmail dot com

    • Layla says

      Hey Miss Meme!

      Thanks for the sweet comment! We really had fun putting it together. :-)
      I’m excited to read your e-book! (Just hit the ‘advertise’ tab at the top of our blog to read all about that stuff if you’re interested), and thanks for the heads up on the Giveaway Series- SO FUN! :-D

  3. julie says

    Wooo-hoooo! Something inspirational to read today! Something refreshing and beautiful!! You have perfect timing. Or, wait…. how’s my checking account looking today? I KNOW there are things I’m going to want to change in my house now!

    • Layla says

      Thanks Julie!
      Lucky for your check book- all the ideas in the e-zine are low-dough/high-smile!

  4. says

    Love it! Amazing job as usual!
    We too have the same cupboards as Peter and Josette and haven’t been able to find a way to fix them until now. I am so excited to redo them!

  5. says

    You are the Palmers and you rock, renovate and record life like no other! The e-zine is should be in print and available at a store near us!

    Your Friend,

  6. SuzyMcQ says

    Please add my BRAVO!!!! to the list. What an amazing job you did. So clean, so fresh, so beachy…’s almost like being there! Thank you so much for all your hard work on this amazing piece!!!

  7. says

    This is beautiful you guys! What a great compilation of photos and stories. I loved the project where you covered up those old cabinet fronts with slats of wood giving them a fresh look. You’d never know what was under them. Great job!! Congratulations!

  8. Dawn says

    Wahoo! I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this issue! Thank you so much for sharing your inspirations with us again! Keep up the great job!

  9. shawn says

    How timely for me! I just bought a little 1923 cottage and I’m going over today to start painting, and planning how to decorate. You two have been an inspiration to me for the past year, so you can bet there’ll be plenty of “Lettered Cottage” influences…if not down right stolen ideas!! My favorite blog, bar-none!! Thanks for all you do!

  10. Sheri Chan says

    I LOVE IT. Thank you, you give me so much inspiration everyday, espically that I don’t need tons of money to redocorate our house. I love reading your blog, up here in Canada winter has been very long, I am itching at starting some projects from ideas I have read here. Keep up the great work.

  11. says

    What a great e-zine. Y’all are so on the ball…..not only with your fabulous decorating projects, but technology, too. I’m very impressed!!! (And a little jealous…….I suffer from technology overload!!) No sooner do I learn something new, that something else is around the corner. Y’all always seem to be one step ahead and I always feel one step behind!!!! But, good for you!!! Love the ezine and love your blog and all your useful tips.

    • says

      Thanks for the comment Sheri!

      Sometimes I feel a step behind too! Technology seems to move so fast. We had a blast putting this together and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  12. says

    Gorgeous, I only have one complaint….I sure wish it would have been even longer. You pick such awesome places, I think I would want more even if it were 200 pages. Seriously though, you have created another awesome e-zine with loves of inspiration. Love it!

  13. Patty Posteraro says

    Absolutely LOVE it! Have been redoing houses for the past 43 years. My husband and I bought our first little house when we were newlyweds and I fell in love with decorating, painting and making it our own right away. Even though we had very little money, I found out I could do so much with so little. Five years later, with two little ones, we bought a much larger house (at least 100 years old) and I learned to tear out walls, refinish floors, and restore it to its original beauty on the inside, just imagining what it must have been like to live there a century ago. Four years ago, with our three beautiful daughters now raising families of their own (now 9 grandchildren), we decided a small cape cod would be more sensible at this time of our lives, and so now I am redoing this little house and loving it. Of course, I can’t understand why I don’t have as much energy as I did 43 years ago and it is taking me much longer to do it. But loving it just the same! Love what you are doing with your lives and talent. So happy for you!

  14. says

    It looks great on the first flip through. Will have to dive in more when I get home. Stupid day job! :-)

    I also love all the Tybee stuff. I am going to have to go to that little shop and check out 99 Steps. Can’t wait for June for our next Tybee trip!!!

  15. carolyn says

    This is exactly what I needed on this cold rainy day. Thank you for sharing your passion with us.

  16. says

    Absolutely lovely!! I looked through it with my cup of coffee this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it! Shared it with my readers and downloaded so I can go through it at my leisure. You and Kevin have done it again, you rock stars you!

  17. says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I need to print out & carry this pretty ezine around w/me! Whoohoo! I’m on page 18!! Off to spread the news & share this ezine filled w/inspiration & gorgeous photos! Thank you Layla & Kevin. xo

  18. says

    Hi Layla and Kevin-

    I get so excited when you two publish a new e-zine. I have to take a deep breath before I go to the first page so that I can relax and savor every word. As always – I am never disappointed only inspired more. Loved every page and am going to keep that kitchen cabinet re-do idea handy.

    My best- Diane

  19. says

    Simply wonderful! We are renting a Mermaid Cottage this coming October just because of YOU and KEVIN! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  20. Barbara says

    Fabulous e-zine! Loved it. Great job! And the strips of wood on the kitchen cabinets in the last article was genius! What a great idea. Thanks.

  21. says

    so pretty! Makes me want to go back to Tybee and then venture out to the crab shack- YUM!
    Sorry- it is getting close to lunch time, here!

  22. Lucy says

    Love, Love, Loved it…. great job you two, keep up the amazing work that you do….can hardly wait for the next one….

  23. says

    You guys are SO talented! I love this ezine!! I loved Mary’s wallpaper and totally agree with her about husband’s and wives having separate bathrooms. We’ve done it since day 1 and it makes getting ready a nice experience on my own without contending with hubby’s mess. ;)

    Beautiful photos and inspiration. That little cat quote is so cute!

  24. says

    Great job! I love both of your e zines! I just printed out Kate’s Orange Cake Recipe. Thanks for putting the lovely ezine together and sharing it on your blog! Have a blessed week!

  25. Teresa says

    I love your blog and the e-zine! Thank you so much for sharing such great ideas!!! If possible, could you let me know what color paint is used on the cabinets and walls in Peter and Josette’s kitchen? Thanks!

  26. Crystal says

    Loved it! Do Peter and josette have a blog? I loved their updates. Loved their cabinet idea. And I fell in love with the picture of the white bed with the blue pillows and matching throw pillow and window treatments. Do you happen to know what that pattern is/where to buy? I love your ezines, love your style!

  27. Krista says

    I loved what Josette and Peter did to their kitchen – do they have a website? I didnt see one on their article.

  28. Donna Palmer says

    What a beautiful ezine! You guys did a fantastic job. I just wish I could save it for future reference.


  29. cathy says

    IT. IS. AWESOME!!!! Now, I just wish it was in print form so I could buy it ;-) I honestly think you are on your way there though – I know one day we will see it in the stores – you are too talented for it not to be.

    We are building our farmhouse and I am constantly drawing inspiration from your posts – thanks for all your creativity and for being so nice and sharing it with all of us!

  30. says

    Loved it! Of course I might be just the smidgiest bit biased, since you showed so much Tybee Island and Mermaid Cottage love. Gorgeous photos, great lay-outs. More, more, more!

  31. Elke Thompson says

    Thoroughly enjoyed you e-zine! Great ‘escape-ism’ for me today! Keep doing what you are gifted to do! We love it!

  32. says

    I LOVED it – so many great ideas and inspiration.

    It was a toss-up for my favorite part – the homemade glass holder in 99 Steps (LOVE that idea!) or the fantastic way to fix up old cabinet doors. Both are ideas I’m saving for later!

  33. suzyhomemaker says

    your e-zine ROCKS!! i can only imagine how time consuming this endeavor was for the two of you… but you nailed it! congrats!!

  34. Lisa H. says

    E-zine is awesome! Very nice–love the Mary Englebreit interview–impressed you kept that quiet all this time! You two rock!

  35. Tiff says

    Soooooo cool!
    Great job you two. The photography is awesome and the layout of the ezine is easy to enjoy.
    Love, love, love, love, love it :)

  36. says

    I was STOKED to see today’s post in my inbox this morning…I cannot wait to try out the wreath!!! Awesome e-zine!

  37. says

    I am constantly blown away by you guys. The whole thing is gorgeous, and I LOVE that cupboard re-do! Amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent with us! Mwah!!

  38. says

    I LOVE your magazine!! You did a fabulous job putting it together. Many wonderful ideas and pages of inspiration. Thank you!!

  39. says

    Guys, both of you are SO talented. I LOVED your e-zine. It has wonderful ideas (just like your website) and everything is made to look so easy. I am definitely taking tips from here when I have a house of my own.

    Thanks very much for the amazing read. :)

  40. Shannon says

    I also NEED to know what paint colors Josette and Peter used in their kitchen. I LOVE it, it was just the look I was looking for. (make sense?)

  41. Laura says

    Woo hoo! What a happy Tuesday morning treat! Looking forward to snuggling up with my Mac for some fun ezine time today.

  42. says

    Layla and Kevin… just breezed through your new e-zine. Beautiful! As a graphic designer, I love when I can see your personality through what you design in print. Can’t wait till I get home from work and can read it cover to cover. Kudos on getting a brief interview with Robert Novgratz!!

  43. maggie says

    Great work you two! So many lovely re-dos and everything looks so fresh.
    Even though it is pouring down rain here in NE Ohio (why do I live here? Oh yeah, must be my little granddaughter) and chilly looking through your e-zine gives me hope that there might be a summer day coming along!!

  44. says

    I loved this so much! It was like a Martha Stewart Living with items I can actually afford. By the time I was done reading, I felt like the changes I want to make in our own home are manageable, but without the guilt you get from most magazines. So very relaxing!

  45. says

    wow! you two are so talented! thanks for sharing. i feel like i need to rent a cottage on tybee island now. i’m clearly missing out!

  46. Aitziber says

    Hi Layla and Kevin: I live in a little city in Basque Country, north of Spain. I check your blog everyday and I cant tell you how much I love your ideas and pictures, and how inspiring are for me. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

  47. says

    Wow – my first time checking out your magic here! Still processing all the beautiful amazing creations and people and photos. You two are so cute and talented. Can’t wait to see what you do next. And I’ve been to Tybee Island – love it (I live in North Carolina and if you ever want to take a road trip here let me know. Some pretty great places here!)

  48. Melinda Ke says

    What a beautiful e-zine! I loved reading the article by Deborah McCarthy, and I often think about many of the things she mentioned… wondering how many people have woken up in my home over the years, how much they loved it, and how many families will be there after I am gone. I suppose we are all just care takers to history!

  49. geri says

    I sat down with my cup of piping hot tea and had the best hour with Summer Fun.
    I get so taken away to another world of beauty and love for decorating and a passion
    for doing it all for less.
    I use to think I was alone all these years loving to paint and repaint, move & arrange furniture
    till I dropped and woke in the night with an idea for a morning redo.
    You have both given me so much joy in following your blog, your life and now your magazines.
    I am so loving each page and would love a giant size one like the Coastal Living a get.
    You are destined to have your own copy in Barns and Noble one day soon.
    Many Thank You’s. geri.

  50. Katherine says

    Beautiful!! Wish it could be weekly!! I LOVE your look so much, you talented duo!

    Really made my day – I have a “high smile”!

    Love from Oz X

  51. tiffany says

    I also love the cabinet makeovers. Now if only the landlord would let us do it! Sorry to throw this in, but since I know hundreds of people will be reading your e-zine, i have to let you know that there is a typo on page 25. “Your” should be “You’re.”

    • Layla says

      Hey Tiffany!
      Yeah, I saw that. Oopsie. <:-) I figured a few of them would sneak through! LOL!

  52. says

    Absolutely fabulous. The photography is amazing. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas….. in the e-zine and on your blog. Can I pick a favourite article?…. um… no, I love all of them.
    Keep those great ideas coming. I can’t wait for the next edition.

  53. says

    loved it! Your ezine was awesome…I’m selling my house and buying a cottage in Tybee Island! oh, don’t I wish. Your fabulous pictures are inspiring. Great job!

  54. Elizabeth says

    Wow! Fabulous job Layla and Kevin! Each page was beautifully developed and filled with fun and fresh ideas. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project.

  55. Rochelle says

    I checked out the zine and this site for the first time today. All I can say is WOW! Love at first site. Thank you.

  56. Lindsey says

    Layla and Kev,
    I’m a huuuuuuuuge TLC fan! I love your work! I view your site from my iPad, because of this I can’t view the ezine. :( :(. Do you have another way to see it?

    • Layla says

      Hey Lindsey,
      Unfortunately the files are too big to create PDF version with. So sorry about that! :-(

  57. says

    I enjoyed your e-zine very much! Loved all the bright colors, not to mention your talent and creativity. You are always so inspiring, you continually demonstrate that anything is possible with a little hard work and dedication. You can tell you enjoy what you do. Thanks for sharing with all of us. :)

  58. says

    Your e-zines are always such a treat. SO beautiful! I loved the content & was happy to see Maria (Dreamy Whites) in there! How awesome is that, “Cat’s are just tiny woman…” sign. Ha! So true. I read your most recent post too but will comment here. That conch shell border is such a clever idea and those night shots are just as dreamy as the daylight ones.

  59. Annie says

    I loved the e-zine. Would you be able to share with us the software you used to create it? THANKS! It is lovely to turn pages. You did a beautiful job.

  60. Andrea says

    I love Your e-zine and blog. It is such an inspiration. We close on a 1910 craftsman bungalow house in Danville, ky at the end of the month and I cant wait to ask you all for ideas. You guys are great at what you do! Thank you.

  61. says

    This is beautiful! Inspiring. I know I’m going to go back and reread this until it’s worn out on the edges-oh wait! Another benefit of an ezine!!! ;) Great job!

  62. Diana says

    This is absolutely amazing. You guys are really talented. I loved this issue…all of it. And, your pics put us, the readers, right on-site. Excellent work. I love it! I just subscribed.

  63. Chris Williams says

    Oh, this is awesome. I live in Atlanta and have a daughter attending SCAD in Savannah. We have stayed on Tybee once in a condo, but now I want to stay in one of the cottages! So cool. Love your photography and the ezine is WONDERFUL. I just subscribed.

  64. Sherri Pressley says

    I found this quite by accident and wow! was I surprised when it contained one of my favorite places in the world-Tybee and Savannah! I lived in Atlanta as a nanny for 3 yrs and visited the area probably 12 times during the course. I was even accepted to SCAD and looked at Real Estate in the area. Being a single mom, I wasn’t brave enough to stay so I returned home to Indiana to study art. My fondest, favorite memories of times with my young son are from days spent in Chatham county. He is now 19. Thanks so much! I am a subscriber now.

  65. says

    That was the most fun I’ve had in a LONG time! Thanks for your eZine, I absolutely love it!!! It’s the first one I’ve ever seen, and now I’m hooked.

  66. Susan Page says

    Hi Been following your blog for a long time now and have been inspired so many times and your eZine was no different. Thank you soooo much. Absolutely wonderful

  67. says

    Well, I love mags and I really love your eZine. What a team. Wish there was a button to grab of it. Do you think that will ever be possible?

  68. Laurie Bergstrom says

    I just “thumbed” through your ezine…loved it!!! What great ideas and beautiful pictures! Thank you…

  69. says

    I love your blog and your style and can’t wait to view the e-zine for some inspiration on redoing my home…but, it won’t open for me (screened in won’t either). I can load the page when click on the title but nothing happens…I know you aren’t IT people…but any advice on how I can see it? (I am on a PC running Windows).


    • Layla says

      Hey Tracy!
      Are you clicking the arrow buttons at the top of the screen so that the pages turn? You can do that, or just click the bottom right corner of each page and they’ll turn that way too.

  70. says

    Love the renovation and the COLORS! I also looked through your e-zine and am amazed at the inspiration, what a wonderful job you guys have done. I would love to feature the kitchen colors on my blog with a link back to your blog and e-zine tomorrow, just love it! Hope you’re doing welll!

  71. says

    So, if you hadn’t already tempted me I’m officially addicted to Tybee. I spent over an hour looking at all the cute cottages advertised in your e-zine! And I live in Vegas and will probably never get to the east coast for a beach vacation (sigh).

    I love the features, especially Mary Engelbreit’s home. I have a 7 degrees to KB-kinda connection to her and love everything that she does. It doesn’t all match my taste but it all seems cozy and inviting!

  72. Debbi says

    I saw the kitchen sink on the summer issue and fell in love.
    I have been looking for an old sink like that for almost ten years.
    Your magazine is so me….thank you for putting my dreams on paper (well, screen!).

  73. Sarah Teske says

    Ahhh…you two are just so darn gifted/talented/hard-workin’/whatever ya want to call it. I’m inspired and overwhelmed every time I see your work. I wish my brain could do what yours does.

    And, if only all your readers could have cloned Kevin and Layla friends who live right next door and stop in and help with house projects everyday. Oh…I can wish, right? Or you could just move next door. That’d work for me! ;)

  74. memejo says

    I would love to have you two come and do my condo! Such great ideas and wonderful craftsmanship!
    And I love your ezine!
    Thanks so much,

  75. Amy in Indy says

    I love your e-zine and now Tybee Island is on my list of places to go (SOON) also going to keep that kitchen makeover in my file. Thank you so much!

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