Feature Friday: Ebbtide on Tybee Island

I’m back today with another inspiring Feature Friday and this one highlights Tybee Island again. This beautiful built in 1932 cottage, Ebbtide, is owned by Mary Kay Andrews and was meeting place central for our blog group last weekend. It’s a spacious cottage, just steps from the boardwalk leading to the Tybee beach and has such a wonderful old beach cottage feel, like Grandma’s house at the beach, as the Mermaid Cottage description says.  Mary Kay told us and they bought the house just over a year ago and she fixed it up with her keen junker’s eye, making it so much better than it was.  This house would be perfect for a big reunion and holds lots of folks.

Ebbtide exterior

The exterior is cute and beachy, but doesn’t quite portray the charm waiting inside.  I love that it has 4 drive under car spaces below as well as a couple of bedrooms downstairs too.

mermaid cottage sign

Mermaid Cottages handles lots of cottages on Tybee.

Ebbtide kitchen

Kathy and Tom had the kitchen redone and it turned out fabulous. I love the red accents!

Ebbtide kitchen 3

Ebbtide kitchen 2

With some blue thrown in for fun.

ebbtide kitchen 3 (2)

Big pantry area.

Ebbtide dining

Looking towards the combined dining room living room from the kitchen.

Ebbtide sunbeam sign

Kathy made sure to keep this old Sunbeam Bread sign which was in the house when she bought it. It really makes a statement.

ebbtide living dining

This large room is so spacious and perfect for gathering.

Ebbtide island

I love this old desk that they repurposed into a taller island by adding wood and feet.  Perfect divider for the rooms.

Ebbtide flowers 2

Fresh flowers in an oyster can.

ebbtide linens

Lots of vintage linens hanging around too.

ebbtide bookcase

And books, don’t forget the books!

ebbtide living room

Ebbtide’s cozy living room.

ebbtide pails

Love this vintage watering can and pail collection above the doors.

ebbtide fireplace

A sailfish over the whitewashed brick makes this room perfectly beachy.  Kathy said all of this paneling was the dark wood when they bought the house, but they thought that white paint would lighten it up and make it fresher for a beachy feel.  I totally think they made the right decision in painting some of it.

ebbtide sofa

Living room with vintage art.

ebbtide vintage art

Kathy said they used Ana White’s plan for these little shelves. I love this collection of vintage art!

ebbtide accessories


ebbtide living room chairs

Signature blue and white chairs.  You can see Kathy’s personality all over the house.

ebbtide bathing suit

Vintage bathing suit.

ebbtide twin beds

One bedroom has twin beds with this cute red and white checks.  This is how all the paneling looked when they bought the house. I would have totally lightened up the living room too.

ebbtide porch bedroom

Another bedroom on the porch is perfect.

ebbtide bathroom

The shared bathroom.

ebbtide do not disturb

How about this Please Do Not Disturb vintage framed art. What a great idea!

ebbtide bath accessories

More vintage pieces in the bathroom.

ebbtide hallway

One of the hallways with a cute shelf and book page art wreath given to her by a reader.

ebbtide bedroom

Another one of the bedrooms, so cozy and quaint.

ebbtide bedroom sink

All the little touches make it extra special and I love that it has it’s own sink.

ebbtide iron bed

Couldn’t you sleep well here?

ebbtide master

The master in red, white and blue.

ebbtide master art

Pretty seashell art from an estate sale.

ebbtide master desk

Vintage desk and chair.

ebbtide master bath

Master bathroom.

ebbtide master 2

Master bedroom chest and side chair. Love the oriental rug.

ebbtide downstairs bedroom

Downstairs are a couple more bedrooms with these cute twin beds.

ebbtide downstairs bath

And they have their own bathroom too.  We didn’t have to use any of these rooms on our weekend trip.

ebbtide patio

Under the house is a great patio space perfect for entertaining.

ebbtide porch

Now this, this was my favorite of all at Ebbtide!  This huge wrap around glassed in porch was SO gorgeous.  She said the floor was already painted in this pretty turquoise color and what fun it is.

ebbtide porch 2

I love the old rattan furniture covered in beachy blue and green stripes.  I could hang out on this porch all day long.

ebbtide porch pillow

Fun in the Sun, yes!

ebbtide porch boat

Boat art on the porch.

ebbtide porch tv

This end of the porch holds a TV, perfect for lounging.

ebbtide porch sofa

I bet that’s an Ikea slipcovered sofa.

ebbtide snowcone sign

Kathy told us she found this piece on Craigslist and wow, is it perfect out here!

ebbtide wrap porch

Doesn’t this just make you relax a bit looking at it?

Tybee is such a cool place and I’d love to go back. Hopefully I will do that one day.  It really is a throwback to old beach towns with riding bikes and a slower pace of life.  I really loved it and I think you would too!  I’ll be back later with lots more from Tybee and Savannah!

For another great recap of our trip to Tybee and Savannah, don’t miss Beth’s Top 10 Things to Do at Tybee post!  Fantastic recap!

Happy Valentines day to all of you!  I have a fun concert date tonight and am excited to go!

- Rhoda


  1. Thank you for sharing that wonderful cottage. You’re right; the inside is much more charming. You mentioned the art shelves as “Ana White”. Is that a tutorial or a brand or style? If it’s homemade, I’d love to see a “how to” tutorial. Possible future column idea?

    • Hi Patricia – Ana White is totally DIY. She has plans and pictures at her website
      Ana-white.com most of the pieces look like pottery barn. My husband and I have made simple benches and stools from her site. Check her out -promise you’ll be hooked.

    • Hi, Patricia, Natalie is right, Ana is a DIY guru and has a HUGE site and has written a book about her plans. I just linked to her site above!

  2. Rhoda,
    What an inspirational posting!! Loved all of it. I can see why the porch is a favorite it looks like you style.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful cottage! I am now going to plan a trip to Tybee Island!!

  4. Rhoda- so glad you enjoyed your time on Tybee! We get there every chance we get and always rent a cottage from Mermaid Cottages.

  5. That porch gorgeous and the floor colour!!!!! WOW!!!! This is really my favourite series of houses (besides yours) that you’ve showcased. I even don’t mind the painted panelling. 🙂 In fact, it really enlivened the public spaces, while keeping the wood in the BRs kept them cozy.
    I’m glad to hear you didn’t get snowed out of your date. We’re getting slammed here this pm so no Valentine’s Day celebration tonight. 🙁 (But my kitty comes home from the vet today, so that’s the best present ever.)

  6. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. The pictures are beautiful and make me want to be there. now!

  7. Ebbtide was my favorite house on our trip. I even came home with an “Ebbtide” T-shirt!
    So nice to relive it through your beautiful photos!

  8. I adore Evertything about that rental.I’m looking into a week there w my sister,she’s in Charlotte N.C. Me, Darien Il. w a side trip to Savannah …Thanks SO. Much for sharing!

  9. Gorgeous! I love that large porch with the turquoise floor! Makes me want to take a beach vacation!

  10. They have some fantastic decorators!

  11. Rhoda,
    What a charming beach house. Since my hubs is in the real estate business at the beach, I have been in a lot of beach homes and I will say this, Ebbtide is one of my favorites. Love the kitchen and sunporch. The next time I visit my sister in Hilton Head, I will be sure to head over to Tybee. Happy Valentine’s Day!!!


  12. Wonderful pictures! I need to get back to Tybee and stay on the island. I have always just went over there and visited when I was staying in Savannah but now I need to go stay there. She did a great job of decorating these cottages. Lucky you!

  13. Beautiful house! Love the Sunbeam Bread sign. I’ve known your friend Vicki even longer than you (our parents double dated ) and I have pictures of her around age 5 when she looked just like the “Sunbeam girl”. 🙂

  14. This is a perfect cozy little cottage. I had to come on in for a visit when I saw that welcoming porch.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  15. Loved seeing all the great pictures of the wonderful time you all had!…Such a gorgeous cottage!…Will keep that “phone number” handy!

  16. I get so many ideas for your blog. Who would have thought of framing “Do Not Disturb” signs! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I loved the house, and I love Mary Kay. I am reading her book right now. SO, SO funny. I can totally relate since I live in St. Pete, the setting (general area) for the story. Great read and great house!!

  18. Love looking at the cottage photos ~ they are all so adorable and welcoming. I can’t wait for the next time I can get back to Tybee and hopefully stay in one of the Little Mermaid cottages and find the perfect spot to settle down on the beach with Mary Kay Andrews’ latest book. 🙂


  1. […] After spending a glorious long weekend in beautiful Tybee Island, Georgia with some of my favorite people last week, I’m here to report back on the top ten things you should do while vacationing in Tybee Island.  Trust me, after you see these pictures, you’re going to want to book a vacation at this gorgeous slice of heaven called Tybee.  Here is the backstory: Twenty bloggers were invited to stay in six different Mermaid Cottages scattered across the tiny three mile wide island.  The homes ranged from cute little beach cottages perfect for two people up to massive beach front mansions that could easily accommodate 10 or more.  Every single home was decorated perfectly, especially Whitecaps cottage on Officers Row, where I stayed with my friends Rhoda, Lucy and Jenn.  Rhoda has shown the tour on her blog, so head over there for a visit to see just how gorgeous it was!  Kari, Heather, Vanessa and Laura stayed in Mary Kay Andrews home called Ebbtide, which became our gathering spot for the whole weekend since it was large enough to hold all 20 of us and our loud mouths.  Kari, Rhoda and Laura have spotlighted that home already, so be sure to take the tour of it here.  Or see more of it over at Rhoda’s Feature Friday today! […]

  2. […] such good taste. And definitely check out these two great wrap-up posts about our fab weekend from Rhoda and Heather & […]

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