A 1940s bungalow off the Georgia coast is infused with beachy color and plenty of laid-back, salty charm.
Photo: Richard Leo Johnson; Styling: Elizabeth Beeler
On tiny Tybee Island, Georgia, good things often come in small packages. Case in point: a once-ragged 1940s cottage that owner Evelyn Kelly and designer Jane Coslick transformed into a cheerful "pied-à-mer." Every square inch reflects an eye for function and cozy living, not to mention the distinctive brand of quirky charm that has come to define this barrier island.
Kelly, a California resident, fell in love with Tybee's funky, come-as-you-are character seven years ago when visiting her daughter, an art history professor at nearby Savannah College of Art and Design. "I was looking for an East Coast property, a place to spend time with my daughter and my grandson," says Kelly. The island, especially the historic district surrounding Fort Screven, a former military base, was immediately appealing. But the clincher was a delightful cottage she rented from Coslick on her first visit.