Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Think live oaks hung with Spanish moss that form canopies all over the island. Owning a three-bedroom three-bath house one block from the beach that is a 15-minute drive over the causeway to Brunswick, and another hour and 15 minutes to the airport in Savannah, Georgia.
Beach house finds along with the New York Times found this June Bright Cottage which is neo-traditional with the necessary modern comforts as well as the charm of beach cottages of the past. The cottage has two porches, which wrap from front to back and are accessible from every room, think hammocks, swings, and rocking chairs from which to capture spectacular views of ocean and marsh.
The island the cottage is situated on is 12 miles long and three miles wide, has seven golf courses, bike paths and several waterfront stretches devoted to fishing and swimming. Kayak tours, dolphin tours and ghost tours of the local light house. Plus the island’s restaurants and boutiques are within walking distance of the house. This is truly a beach house find!
CONTACT: Klickie Aiken, Georgia Coast Realty (912) 638-1144; coastcottagesssi.com
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
In the fall bring the beach indoors (and use a floor-to-ceiling view of that glorious lake as a backdrop). This setting celebrates the warmer tones found in the dunes only in the fall – celadon greens and rich taupes. Bundles of dried dunegrass anchor the table and create height, with natural stone vases and votive holders adding a soft glow. Sprinkle a collection of local shells around the place settings for a personal touch; the effect is mimicked in a charming seashell-shaped pitcher. The ceramic European dishware in hydrangea green is perfect for a relaxed alfresco brunch or lunch, with a simple, flat piece of driftwood used as a serving platter. Stylist Robert Michael Northington says “It’s a specialness that can only be found in communities by water – an easy, breezy way of living and entertaining that’s artistic, creative and relaxed.”