Tybee Island Georgia

We’re back on our favorite island this week…

…and we’re crashing at a cottage called Doyle’s on the Dunes this time around…

I snapped that picture this morning, as the sun rose up over the sea.

I’m so glad I woke up in time to see it!

Kev and I are here to photograph another home for one of our favorite shelter magazines next week, but we invited our (awesome!) neighbors over for a few days first (they’re staying over at Screened Inn!), and we look forward to spending some down time with them before we get to work on Monday morning!

And speaking of photogenic houses…the one next door to Doyle’s is quite the looker too…

Those salty old shakes are de-LISH…and just look how amazing that sun-kissed greenery looks! Hard to believe it can grow right out of sand like that!

The clouds formed a pretty stunning canopy over the island this morning too…

They reminded me of this quote…

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious…and why shouldn’t it be? It’s the same the angels breathe.” -Mark Twain

And that view from the deck here at Doyle’s reminds of this one…

Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”  -Douglas Pagels

I like the way Mr. Pagels thinks!

PS- The winner of the plush pumpkin giveaway is…

Jessica at Two Shades Of Pink! Congratulations Jessica! I’ll be in touch shortly via email!


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  1. says

    When I saw the picture of the cloud, “I thought, oh my gram is in those clouds” :) (she died this past summer) and then you quoted it’s what the angels breathe :) I just posted about my gram an hour ago so I’m all sentimental and weepy :) the picture with the cloud hit me just right :) Thank you!

    • Layla says

      Oh, Jessica, I’m so sorry to hear about your grandma. :-( I miss mine very much too, and I’m glad you were thinking what I was thinking when you saw the photo of those clouds. :-)
      BIG hugs to you, my friend.

  2. says

    I was just in Tybee a month ago for my sister’s bachelorette weekend. I saw the neighbor’s house and fell in love with it! It reminded me of something you’d see in the Hamptons. I couldn’t help but take a picture of it too! We rented from Mermaid Cottage Rentals, they were great to work with. Thanks for recommending them! Have fun on your trip!


    • Layla says

      Hey Meg!
      That’s so funny about the house next door! 😀 And I’m glad you enjoyed your stay with the folks from Mermaid Cottages. They’re awesome and we always love staying in their beachy bungalows!

  3. kelly in georgia says

    Gorgeous photos here as usual! Be sure you can take some time from your work there to enjoy that time at the beach…it will still feel like summer here next week. Mr. Pagels’ quote is very appropriate for you guys!

    • Layla says

      Thanks Kelly!
      We are definitely going to soak up some fun-time before we head back to work on Monday! 😀

  4. says

    I am there with you in spirit. My husband and I were suppose to be in Savannah this week but the dog sitter went MIA…..so sad. Have a fabulous time. This California girl is a southern girl at heart and someday…somehow I am going to live in Savannah and then I can go to Tybee anytime I want!! ENJOY those beautiful sunrises!!

    P.S. Love the Mark Twain quote. His cabin where he wrote Jumping frog of Calaveras County is not to far from me.

    • Layla says

      So sorry to hear about the dogsitter! :-(
      I’m with you on moving to the Savannah area though…SUCH an incredible area of the country! 😀

    • Layla says

      Thanks Mona Kay! We’re meeting up with Mary Kay on Tuesday…can’t wait to see her again…she’s as fun in person as you’d imagine her to be!

      • missy says

        Mary Kay is the reason I fell in love with Tybee, too. It’s our favorite place to vacation now and we, too, hope to move there one day.

        Layla, do you have any idea if that house is a rental? I’ve never seen it on any of the sites, but it looks wonderful!!! We love the place we rent, but I would love someplace a little more cozy. Are you on the North end of the island?


  5. Cristin says

    I just LOVE Tybee Island and am so excited to see what you capture there. I dream of fixing up a little cottage on that island and making that my escape place with my family. Enjoy!

  6. says

    love seeing this post.

    we stayed in the screened inn this summer & loved every single bit of it. never have we stayed at a place more appropriate for our 3 little kids with the fenced yard, eat from the coffee table/kids table, the boys stayed in the red twin bed(s) room & there was so much room for them to run & play. and that decorating couple that “fixed” up the place – didn’t do a shabby job – either. 😉

    we loved it there. plan on going back next summer.
    enjoy your break – you all deserve it!


  7. says

    I love Tybee too!! I was just there last month for the first time, and absolutely fell in love. Have to tell you guys, you inspired me to visit…no regrets!!! Can’t wait to go back. :)

  8. says

    You just made me so completely homesick just now. For nine years we were stationed at Hunter Army Airfield and JUST got orders and moved to Texas in August. *tear* I miss my Savannah and Tybee. :( ENJOY!!

  9. says

    I can’t wait to see what you are working on in Tybee! =) My husband & I visited Tybee & Savannah back in March & absolutely fell in love with both places, I would move there in a heartbeat if I could! We also ate at the Crab Shack, one of the restaurants you suggested, it was AMAZING!! The She-Crab soup was heavenly! We also found a link that Rachel Ray ate there as well, too cool!

    • Layla says

      Cool, Melissa! 😀
      So glad you and your hubby were able to make the trip here, and that y’all had a good time!
      I know what you mean about that She-Crab soup too….TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. says

    I love me some Tybee and Savannah! 2014 my daughter graduates from high school and I will be a Savannah resident!!! Can’t wait!!

    • Layla says

      Yay! How exciting! We’d love to live near/in Savannah….SUCH an awesome city! 😀

  11. says

    No way, that’s too cool! I am in Savannah and I love your blog! If you are still around on Friday evening, come to North Beach Grill and check out the Trainwrecks with me 😀

    • Layla says

      Hey Kristy!
      We’re actually heading out Friday morning. :-(
      But I gotta know…what’s a Trainwreck?

      • says

        That is too bad! The Trainwrecks are my fave local band. They play a mix of originals and covers of outlaw style country, and grunge. Think lots of Cash, Jennings…and Nirvana! Funny thing also — my best friend is going with me, and she’ll be driving down from Suwanee.

        I wouldn’t blame you if you ate at the Crab Shack every single day 😀 But if you make it into Savannah between the hours of 11-6, I would absolutely recommend Zunzi’s takeout on York Street….yummmmm!

  12. says

    Oh yeah, some down time in a beautiful location will surely restore a person’s soul. Enjoy!! Thank you also for the eye candy.

    Congrats Jessica enjoy those sweet little babies… :) Pumpkin love, woot! :)

    • Layla says

      You’re right Rhonda! It’s been a wild and crazy month, and just feeling the ocean breeze has calmed me down a bunch! 😀
      Thanks for telling Jessica congratulations, too. Like I told commenter Kathy- I always think it’s so sweet when folks do that!
      Have a wonderful Saturday!

  13. Nicole says

    Being from Savannah and having grown up about 10 minutes from Tybee I’m so glad that you are highlighting how beautiful it is. Definitely one of the best beaches on the East coast!

  14. says

    Congrats Jessica…you are a lucky girl! Have a wonderful time….some day I hope to go there your pictures make it look amazing.

    • Layla says

      It’s a really magical little place…definitely recommend it! 😀
      And can I just say that I think it’s so sweet when folks tell other folks congratulations on giveaway posts?
      Thank you for making me smile, Kathy! 😀

  15. says

    Layla & Kev – My hubby and I lived in GA for 4 years (was transferred to SC last year). We used to go to Tybee at least once a month. WE LOVED IT!!!! You SOOOOO need to go to Cafe Loco…the sign that you took the picture of saying “Tybee Island”…there is a turn off road right there (from the main road leading to the island). If you drive back there you will see a blue weather shack type building. That is Cafe Loco…my FAVORITE restaurant. They have shrimping docks right there where they catch their own shrimp. *Also to the right of Cafe Loco is a building (that usually has stray cats by it, haha) that does dolphin tours for reasonable prices….AMAZING!! Check it out!!! Let me know if you go! It is so much fun there!

  16. Jess says

    Great quotes and a great way to start off a beautiful Saturday morning. I hope y’all have a great time, soak in that salt air – it makes everything better!

  17. says

    Layla, we vacationed on Tybee for the first time this summer. We fell in love! My kids, ages 9 and 11, and my wife’s father, 68, had never seen the ocean and Tybee was their first time. I couldn’t imagine any place better for them. We stayed at Paula Deen’s Y’all Come Inn.
    Your photos make me miss it so very, very much! We had beautiful photos taken on the beach by a wonderful photographer named Belinda Hall (http://belindahallphoto.com/).
    So, thank you for posting these pictures. You’ve helped me remember the beauty of Tybee. I can’t wait to return!

  18. says

    ok. this is hilarious! you staying in my cousin-in-law’s family’s house! that is awesome! tybee is the best….i lived in savannah for three years, but am now in atlanta…but thankfully i still have lots of family there, so we never go a long time without getting back down! hope you have a great time!! :)

  19. says

    How beautiful! Too bad (for me) that Tybee is so far away as it looks like the sort of place I would love to visit!

    Thanks for sharing the photos, and have fun this weekend!

  20. says

    Just wanted to tell you guys that I LOVE this blog. It has been my inspiration for so many design ideas for my home. Keep up the great work.

  21. Linda Matson says

    I am SO excited! My husband and I are renting a house on Tybee in less than two weeks – we’ll be there for Pirate Fest. Can’t wait to see the work you’ve done there!! It’s a slice of Paradise, isn’t it!!??

    • Linda M says

      I am crossing Tybee off my bucket list soon!! Read my post following yours. I’m so ready to see all of the fabulous decorating and the amazing beach.

  22. Bethanie says

    Im dying to know if you got to catch up with Mary Kay Andrews while in Tybee?? :0) We lived in Savannah and worked at a wonderful historic boys home called Bethesda…the chapel there is where Paula Deene and one of her boys were both married. You should take a drive thru sometime, it’s on Ferguson Ave, near Skidaway Island. A great part of Savannah!! Have fun and eat some shrimp for me!!

  23. says

    wow!!! That looks so lovely!! Have a wonderful time!

    ps….i’m having a little give-away on my blog!! Stop on by if you get a minute:)

  24. amberglow says

    we just got to our condo on 17th this afternoon….soooo happy to be here after a verrryyy long drive from maryland!! i am definitely going to walk over to sneak a peek at your project!

  25. Beverly Palmer says

    Ahh! Tybee Island – we stayed this for the first time this past June at The Castaway and we had a relaxing, enjoyable time. I walked my cocker spaniel Thomas every morning around the neighborhood and checked out many a Jane Coslick’s redos!

  26. Lacey McDonald says

    We just got home Sunday from Tybee! Its a special place for our family, we were engaged and married there and this trip was our first introduction to our baby girl. Life’s always a bit sweeter on Tybee time. Hope you guys have fun.