Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Counting Down To The New Year!

Peek at the unique oyster shell and driftwood mirror just created by Anna Speir. The New Year will bring amazing work from Anna and other artist to the online store. My vision is to share the MAGIC!!!!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Burning the Midnight Oil

We've been working hard getting ready for a photo shoot here at 99 Steps. A favorite spot especially at night when the year-round Christmas lights, light up bright!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

One of a Kind Headboard

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Old Carousel from Pawley's Island, S.C. turned into a headboard at Jane's House!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jane Coslick and The Sundance Kid

“Thanks for the hat,” he said.
Joe turned around. “Hey! It’s The Kid!”
And it was. The Sundance Kid. Robert Redford. I was staring at Robert Redford.

I should back up about an hour. My boyfriend Joe and I were having dinner at our favorite restaurant on Tybee; trying to comfort the owners, Alan and Jackie, who had just put their 17 year-old dog to sleep. It was kind of a sad night, when the hostess came over and whispered in Alan’s ear.

“Robert Redford’s coming in,” Alan said.
“You’re kidding me,” I said.
“I’m not. He’s on his way here right now.”

As far as I’m concerned, there are only three movie stars in this world who personify ‘cool’: Kris Kristofferson, Paul Newman, and Robert Redford.

“Seriously? He’s not really coming here. You’re kidding, right?”

He wasn’t kidding.

Sure enough, five minutes later, in walks Redford with a friend, both with baseball hats pulled down, as they inconspicuously headed out to the dock for dinner. No one even noticed.

After they finished eating, Joe asked the waitress to send Redford and his companion a couple of Joe’s Tybee Bomb Squad baseball hats. And as they were leaving, Redford and his friend, still incognito, walked up to us. “Which one of you were kind enough to send over the hats,” he asked. I pointed to Joe.

After a brief conversation Joe thanked him for coming to Savannah and Redford, hat still pulled down low, said, “Well, we love Savannah. We were here about 10 years ago for ‘Bagger Vance’.”

”I remember,” I said. “My friend works for the paper and she took a picture of you on set. She sent me a copy. You were my screensaver.”

“I was your screensaver?” And with that, he tilted his hat back, and looking me square in the eye was Robert Redford. The Natural. The Great Gatsby. The Electric Horseman. The Sundance Kid. Wow. And then came The Smile—that smile we’ve all seen a thousand times on screen—that smile, was there before me, in real life. Needless to say, it was incredible. It made my year. Thanks, Joe.

Back to design and restoration next week…unless Kristofferson or Willie Nelson happen to be in town.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Anna's Oyster Shell Design

I've begun incorporating the stylish pieces designed by Anna Speir, who uses oyster shells in her mirrors, candlesticks, chandeliers, and lamps, like in this picture that was used on the cover of Savannah Magazine's annual Homes & Design edition. This is a view from a front porch overlooking the marsh surrounding Tybee Island, and Anna's lamp helped to bring some of Tybee's natural beauty indoors.
The texture and colors of oyster shells are great for both interior and exterior use, and because they're natural materials, each piece is unique. I'm very fortunate to have Anna as a good friend and I'm proud to feature Anna's creations on the upcoming Jane Coslick online store, which will be open in November.
Thanks to Richard Leo Johnson for his photography!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bellamy Murphy's Paintings

Here are two photos from the “Amazing Grace” feature in the March 2009 issue of Coastal Living magazine (taken by my gifted friend Richard Leo Johnson) which features a large orchid in the master bedroom and an oyster painting in the guest bedroom, and shows how her artwork helps to finish off a room.

At “Amazing Grace” I wanted to create a peaceful interior using whites, bead board, crisp linens and fabrics with accents of color, and Bellamy’s artwork was the perfect compliment!

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Visit With Bellamy

In some of the magazines that have featured homes I’ve designed or restored, you may have recognized the paintings of Bellamy Murphy. 

Bellamy is a good friend and I just love her artwork as well as her unique eye for color, and many of my clients agree! She lives in Savannah, which seems to have influenced her choice of subject matter: marsh scenes, palm trees, shrimp, cottages, crabs, and starfish. 

Here’s a picture from earlier today when I went over to Bellamy’s studio to bring her a little bit of inspiration: a spider orchid and a swatch of fabric. She works straight from the colors and the shapes, giving it her own unique twist!

Here’s how to contact Bellamy:
To see her work visit her website:
Contact the artist:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another fun cut-out

Here is a close-up of one of the great beach chairs Joe makes for me: The Inglesby Back River Chair featuring the martini glass cut-out. Really go wild and you can have us make you shutters with the Martini cut-out to match!

Or maybe like the fruit pictured at left, you'll say we've gone bananas!

The Cottages Book Featuring My Designs

This awesome book will also be available for sale on my store-- it features great photos of some of my favorite restorations. 

If you email me that you want one now, I will autograph it for you with a personal inscription!

For a very limited time only (there are only a few dozen copies left!), I'll get it to you for $29.95 including shipping, handling and my autograph--

The cover features this fun picture of my beloved 99 Steps living room-- inside are details, details and more details of all of my most fun homes!

What do you think?

Here is one of the fun items that will be available in my new online store! This is a "fish" shutter I designed for my 99 Steps house-- what do you think?

They'll be constructed of treated pine available in my wonderful palette of beach colors-- with fun motifs like palm trees, fish, martini glasses, starfish: FUN!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Surfer Girl Embraces the Cowgirl Lifestyle

The Steamboat Pilot covered my design work on the Blalock house in Colorado in this great article. I'm not ready to exchange my flip flops for cowboy boots yet, but it was a wonderful experience to work on this ranch project.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Favorite Bathroom

I have been working on a project outside of Steamboat Springs and just returned to Tybee Isand. This is a shot of my favorite Tybee bathroom. 
I also want to share some of the "South meets the West" photos but am just getting the hang of the blog so my Colorado pictures will appear in future posts. 
I am amazed how far the blogs reach around the world and I am delighted that so many can share in the work that I love so much . I have just recently learned about other blogs too which share the love of creating fun and fabulous things.

A Photo from the Marabou Project

A Great Chandelier

One of my favorite things for the West or the South and one of my favorite colors. I used two of these in the hallways off the master bedrooms at the ranch.

The South meets the West

I am just beginning to learn about blogging and how far around the world it reaches. I appreciate all the comments and sharing of the work that I love doing so much. Reading the blogs and learning about the people who share my love is amazing. I have been so busy with the Colorado project that I have had little time for the blogging adventure. My wonderful web designer and friend Beth Thrasher has been patient with my slow learning (and even slower typing). I will be sending her photos of the project to add to my site and I will try to blog often about the discoveries I make as I search for unique and fun thing for my clients.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More Marabou

Marabou Ranch in Colorado

I just returned from Colorado where I completed a wonderful project. It is located in Marabou ( check out the website and I call it the" South meets the West". I may just trade my flip flops for cowboy boots. I will have photos on my website soon. Anna Speir, my most wonderful assistant, and I have a new camera so we had a grand time in that beautiful spot taking photos of nature and our creation.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Excited About My Store!!!

The "Executive Committee" of my new online store met today, and we are so excited! The ideas for products are flowing...and how to make my colors and lamps and pillows available to all of you who write me and appreciate my style! It's just so exciting! And the best part is that the team of women who help me and love me are all here today.

Jane Coslick's Cottage Style is underway--

And please send me a comment about any of the signature items you like on my web site, and we'll see if we can sell them in the online store--

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My fabulous new store!

As I type this, we are developing my online store, Jane Coslick's Cottage Style!
There will be dozens of fun products to outfit your special cottage-- some of my designs and a few designs from my most creative friends! 

For example, here is the Swinging Bed and my youngest fans! 

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wren's Nest

We just posted some gorgeous pictures to my web site for the designs I did for Wren's Nest-- take a look!

Designer Spotlight: Jane Coslick

Coastal Living Magazine is featuring me this month in its Designer Spotlight.
Seventeen images are online-- the print version is in stores right now!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Key Lime Parrot

This is the dining room of the fabulous Key Lime Parrott-- one of my design and restoration projects. You see more photos at my web site by clicking here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

99 Steps to the Beach

This is the living room of 99 Steps-- one of my personal beach cottages on Tybee. This cottage is featured in the current issue of Total Beach House by Coastal Living Magazine.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Luscious Little Cottage for sale

My beloved Luscious Little Cottage now has new owners. I will miss it dearly but it is preserved forever at the web site we made featuring my restoration of the cottage.

The cottage has panoramic ocean views and was featured in
Coastal Living in January 2009.

Luscious Little Cottage was built for the Corps of Engineers staff who were building the road to Tybee in the 1920s.

Luscious Little Cottage is a one room cottage, with a vertical half-wall divider for the queen bed. Nine pocket windows throughout for light and breeze. Up front is a day bed with big soft linen shams for reclining and watching the ocean and the ships pass into the Savannah harbor. A restored ticket booth sits in the back yard for added sleeping room. (We call it the "Roost" with twin beds made of old drift wood found on Tybee beaches.) Lots of local art, and the fabric is vintage Carlton Varney on two slip-covered chairs. An old platform rocker with stripe slipcover and fun old stuff like simple white curtains with the ocean breeze blowing through, new funky light from home accent store is the only "new" thing in the cottage. The accents are colors for contrast with the fresh whites.

Owned by the Heriot family until the heirs decided to sell it to me--