First let me say, I truly saved the best for last on this Tybee Mermaid Cottage house tour. Whitecaps is one of the old Officer’s homes and it is dripping with details. From ornate coffered ceilings to gorgeous furniture and antiques.
And with a front porch that looks out over the sea, you can not find a more relaxing place to sit and sip coffee.
The tour of Whitecaps begins…now!
When you walk up to this beautiful house, it’s impossible to overlook the gorgeous original brick sidewalk leading to the front entrance.
Old Reynolds Block bricks pave the path. Each brick is glazed and some are stamped. Beautiful colors make up the varied color palette. A quick internet search led me to the origin of Reynolds Block. They were made by the Tennessee Paving Brick Company of Robbins, Tennessee.
Whitecaps was built circa 1897 for the officers during the Spanish-American war.
It is situated on the Northern end of Tybee Island in the old Ft. Screven community.
The front door opens into the most amazing and breath taking foyer!
I’m always looking at doors. The patina and age on the knobs and locks seems to whisper thousands of stories from hands that have turned the knob before me.
Off the foyer is a cozy living room with some of the most beautiful coffered ceilings I’ve ever seen.
Next to the living room is a beautiful dining room with gorgeous exposed brick and more ceiling details. I have to tell you a secret about that rug. Upon closer inspection you’d notice that it is actually the back that is showing and it had stripes painted on it. What a great way to revamp a cheap or stained rug!
The branches used as curtain rods adds some casual to all the elegance…
…and the nautical knot tie backs are more fun beachy details.
More beautiful exposed bricks surround the oven in the kitchen.
The antique mirror in the hallway stole my heart. If only I could have brought it home with me, but honestly I don’t have a spot grande enough to do it justice.
Upstairs are several bedrooms, like this quaint striped bedroom.
I told you I had a thing for doors. The cracks on this door, are true signs of age that can not be faked.
One of the bedrooms had an amazing wood framed fireplace.
The details in the wood are beautiful. We won’t talk about the creepy childrens’ portraits in the tiles, let’s just pretend they aren’t there.
Another bedroom with beautiful ceilings.
I love the painted dresser and the blue gumball machine!
One of the upstairs bathrooms is perfectly outfitted with an antique claw foot tub.
Is this house amazing or what? Want to see more? Check out Rhoda’s tour on Southern Hospitality.
View my other Tybee Island house tours of Breeze Inn:
and Screened Inn:
Disclosure: This giveaway was provided by Mermaid Cottages of Tybee Island. I was given a free stay in a Mermaid Cottage while visiting Tybee Island. I was not told what to write. All opinions and words are my own.