Meet Poppy.

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kate .png“Its going to be like Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade had a love child,” is how I tried to explain my vision for the vacation rental I had been hired to furnish. More like PLEAD.  After spending so much time in my “coastal chic” cottage,  I desperately wanted to prove that I could help create a girly-gurrrl space that was both comfortable and chic.  And to be quite honest, I wanted to be able to refer friends and family to a chic place for their visits to Savannah…and then hope for an invitation to follow!

I think every girl has a little bit of Poppy in her. She is the sparky, spirited bon voivant who can close a deal while walking her dog, a bag of groceries in her arm and a trail of suitors in her wake. In high heels. And bold lipstick.  Think Audrey meets Brigitte Bardot. With Grace Kelly thrown in for her pearls and Marilyn Monroe thrown in for her va-va-voom!ddf7db3949ca075b678429abcac5e074

Knowing my client is both practical and not even one itty bitty bit glam (although he has a weakness for great lighting and loves Moroccan-inspired tile), my strategy in convincing him to go this route was to focus the shopping at Ikea, Overstock, & Target with a few more luxe pieces thrown in like these killer lamps from Kate Spade for West Elm I selected for the Master.

Poppy is my first vacation rental furnishing job and I am excited to see how she comes together. Here is a sneak peak at the vision board – I look forward to sharing her full unveiling with you in the next few weeks!

I found inspiration walking into Jonathan Adler and Kate Spade’s boutiques as well as in Savannah’s own Circa Lighting’s new collaboration with Kate Spade.


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IMG_0700 IMG_0701 IMG_0704 IMG_0705 IMG_0706 IMG_0707 IMG_0708 IMG_0709 IMG_0710 IMG_0711 IMG_0712 IMG_0713I can not believe what is happening in Thunderbolt! 4 other cottages are under construction within .25 mile of my cottage and I’ve noticed that 2 other homes are undergoing some major renovation. Its like Thunderbolt has taken a double espresso straight to the vein!

My little cottage  just got its CO on November 6th. To check out the final photos, you can browse them HERE.

Since I’ve put my old house on a monthly rental, I’ve realized that I was right about Thunderbolt’s location- people dig the vibe!!!  Some of my guests include a great couple from DC that came to Savannah to adopt a newborn – they chose MY HOUSE and said that they will never forget staying there and mentioned how much the space meant to them —  how can I even top that?!?

I’ve moved in temporarily to the new cottage so I can test out the plan – so far Tondee and I like it! Its open yet cozy, there’s enough storage for all my 47 coats and 65 pairs of shoes (kidding, not kidding), and the yard is so big its making me consider adding a two car garage with a garage apartment above. SERIOUSLY. LOVE.  Oh, and there’s a fireplace – so I’m in heaven and have not burnt myself up yet…

I always said that this building adventure would be about me committing to an area. I would only build in an area if I was a believer in it. And Thunderbolt IS THAT AREA. Its become what I knew it could!

With a very full heart, Happy Thanksgiving from the TBOLT!


Rock and Roll…Hoochie Koo!

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The summer is quickly winding down as the trimming out of our Thunderbolt Cottage amps up! As Rick Derringer sang, “Lordy Mama, this cottage lights my fuse….” or something like that…

Van and his colleagues are quickly finishing up the trim work for the cottage — the home is starting to shape up with trim on windows and floorboards near completion, flooring starting next week, and hearth being finished.

Cottage as of September 4th

This is the part of the process where I just have to RELAX. All the details have been selected. The tile looks SO GREAT.

Love this combo! Round on shower floor. Gray subway frames it out. White subway on walls.

Love this combo! Round on shower floor. Gray subway frames it out. White subway on walls.

Its time to just LET IT GO and trust that Van and his team will do their best. And LEAVE TOWN (I can visualize Van nodding, chewing gum, arms crossed)….so I stop driving him crazy!

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SAV gray-inspired brick on the hearth

Here are all the photos I’ve taken so far of the cottage with my Android.

The lockbox is on the door so if you’d like to see what we are up to, just call me: 912.220.0957. If I’m not around, I’ll connect you with the code and a member of the team.

With a very happy heart, I’ll see you in October! You can find me at The Drouthy Bear until then!


Thunderbolt Cottage is Under Construction

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Cottage #2 is underway in lovely Thunderbolt, Georgia!

Grading and silt fence are up in Thunderbolt

Grading and silt fence are up in Thunderbolt!

Besides having the coolest name of all time for a town, Thunderbolt offers an amazing location for those who like easy access to downtown (its 4 miles, Tondee and I have run it) and to Tybee (14 miles).  Not only that, but you don’t hear ANYTHING except crickets and birds at night — a little bit of Mayberry right here in the Savannah area.

View of the ICW from the Thunderbolt public pier

View of the ICW from the Thunderbolt public pier

Thunderbolt is smack dab on the Wilmington River (the ICW) and still has a few shrimp boats left that call the “Tbolt” home.  There is a great little park right across from Town Hall where I walk Tondee most days.

Bahia Bleu Marina is a stone’s throw away as well — with dry docking fees around $250/month for a 17′ McKee Craft (not that I’ve done the research or anything!). If you like to kayak or SUP, there’s a boat ramp on the other side of Highway 80, next to Desposito’s Seafood. Easy, easy, EASY living. And property taxes are much less than if you are in the City of Savannah.

Thunderbolt Coastal Cottage Charm

Thunderbolt Coastal Cottage Charm

As I’ve mentioned before, as a single gal with an active pup, I’m only willing to build my cottages in finishes I’d choose for myself in areas I feel comfortable with. This cottage I’m building happens to be about a tenth of a mile from where I live currently. I’m so pleased to be building a home that fits into the coastal cottage style — I hope the home will help contribute to the community of Thunderbolt and bring in some good new residents with energy to get involved!

Thunderbolt cottage being built

Thunderbolt cottage being built

I am changing things up and working with Van Tyson on this home. The finish levels will be comparable to the Isle of Hope home that closed this past February. Asking price is $235,000. Weather permitting, we should be complete around mid September 2015 and able to close by the end of September.

For more information on this home or other properties, feel free to call. I can be reached at 912.220.0957.

Cheers! LdV

Its so hard to say goodbye….

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We never even got to start a life together. It just ended before it began (sigh…..)….

Here’s a look at how beautiful you are both on the inside and out…..

Again, many props to Lynn Rahn at Clutter Savannah, my zero-scaping landscape heroes, Bob and Joe Moore, and the awesome support my friends and family have given me. I’ve really enjoyed this process and will start another new home build behind my house in Thunderbolt starting in March.

After that, I will be building to the left of this cottage (perhaps this plan or maybe this little jewel) once title work is all cleared. The right side of this little jewel is the site of my new home which will be small with raised terrace, wood burning fireplace and screen porch that connects to the master and living room. I can not wait!

Home again – final touches at Isle of Hope

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Home again from a whirlwind trip to Kauai, Maui, then Vail (haters gonna hate, hate, hate hate, hate)…..and found the house looking SO amazing upon return.

We have a driveway, walkway, and front parking!

Happy New Year, Cottage!

Happy New Year, Cottage!


But I’m most excited because somehow the hardwoods found a way to get nailed down after three epic fails by three different installers (Jeff was not having it).

Jeff had to go through a few installers but we got the job done!

Jeff had to go through a few installers but we got the job done!

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Love the way they turned out


For more information about this home, please call Laure deVegter, Owner/Broker at Laurie deVegter Real Estate (DBA Busy Bee Savannah): 912.220.0957 or

Thank you for following my adventure!

Staging Time – Clutter to the Rescue!

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Staging time, time to open up your doors and throw your listing sign up in the yard….(my apologies to Semisonic)…

Time to call Lynn Rahn at Clutter Savannah!

Anyone who knows the fabulous Lynn, knows she is a true talent (see the before and after of my Thunderbolt house HERE).

The lady got it goin’ on!

We are going to do a bohemian-themed style for the Isle of Hope Cottage — Lynn selected some great pieces that will work together to bring about that boho feeling I want to convey.

You can see all the pieces we are working with from my house HERE!

See you at the Open House!