Monday, February 22, 2016

For The Love of Porches

Spring is in the air which means it's almost porch sitting weather. We southerners love  two things...sweet tea and porches. Indeed they are a staple in the south. After a long day, it's so relaxing to sit on the porch and watch the world go by. They're the perfect place for an afternoon nap or to sit with a friend and catch up on life. Big, small, sleeping porches or screened in porches I love them all. Just one look at these photos and you will see why we love love them so much. Here are just a few images I've had the pleasure of designing. 



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Tribute to Leonard Miller

My friend Leonard Miller passed away in January. He and I worked together on so many many fun and happy projects. Leonard was one of the bright and shining stars that heaven sent my way to help me create magic and happiness. Here is a photo of him working on the garage doors at the Pink Zebra Cottage on Tybee Island.

The finished project….He painted the outdoor shower, all the shutters, the sign on the front of the cottage.. After the project was completed, He looked at me and said "I do believe we have created another "one of a kind "in the universe"

Sweet and Peaceful Dreams on Tybee. This is another example of the Sandman's amazing talent..Leonard Miller. 

The magic of Leonard Miller's art at the Humane Society of greater Savannah. This is the front desk at the adoption center. I think he did an amazing job capturing the spirit of the animals as they find forever homes. 

It is a joyous time as we celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony for the low cost spay and neuter clinic which is located next door to the Humane Society on Sallie Mood Dr. I am so very grateful to all the hard working people who helped bring this to a reality ... It is a win-win for all family pets, rescue animals and feral cats and homeless animals. An answer to many prayers and life changing in the best way to all our furry friends.

Leonard we will all miss you. 

Savannah Now did a great article on Leonard. Click here to read and Connect Savannah did an article on him here


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

Great Harvest Bread Company cakes. $5 - $10 cakes. So yummy! 


Sunday Morning Warm and Colorful "Ponderings"


It is cold and very windy at the beach today. The sun is warm but the wind on the beach makes for sand in your eyes and a fast exit. Island Life in the winter months are my favorite. Quiet, simple and chilly. More treasures seem to wash up on the beach..or maybe  just less treasure hunters out there at this time of year. Right?

To back track a bit from last August, I will share in pictures, what I have been doing all that time. One of my favorite projects, was Sundew Cottage. This cottage is available as a rental. Please contact Tybee Cottages  for more info. The Jane Coslick custom colors worked out great on this wonderful magical place. Sea Buiscuit and Tybee turquoise and Melon made a bright and cheery statement. The Cottage was featured on the  Cottage tour in December and the homeowner order the most wonderful garland to hang for the tour.

Jane Coslick Cottage colors.
(if you want to know more about my custom cottage colors.. email me at

                                             the colors in a beautiful handmade garland

I am going to share a bench story  (not a beach story)…the life of a designer is not always perfect..but it is never dull.  I expose clients to new ideas, colors, patterns and furniture. Everyone has a "comfort zone" and keeping them from staying to far in that zone is the hard part.  I remind them, "It is not life or is about what makes you happy when you walk thru your door at the end of the day.

                                   Many lives of a BLUE BENCH……………….

mother nature  gives us treasure every day.

The Blue Bench …..  I purchased it for its uniqueness . I added it to a  hall way of a clients house. It was not really functional ( narrow seat) but it added a great punch of color to an otherwise dull  space.  the client wanted to stay totally neutral however, so we took the bench out of her house (My assistant Anna and I were secretly hopping she would not like it so we could have it for our own use.) We used it for My Jane Coslick  Holiday Cottage Tour in December on one of the porches in a wonderful old Tybee Raised Cottage. A true family beach house full of laughter, wet bathing suits, and sandy toes. All the porches are over 12 feet wide and  they surround the side of the amazing and well loved cottage.


bright blue

After styling the house for the tour, the bench once again had no special deserving spot due to a major renovation that was beginning soon at the cottage.  The floors at "99 Steps to the beach" cottage had blue floors so that was not the place for the wonderful bench. (I did not have the heart to repaint it ) the "pondering" began. I was working on converting a client's twin bed room into a queen  bed room. A great painting by Blanche Nettles Powers was the center focus of the room as was a funky hand painted chandelier. In my search for a queen headboard, I happened to stop by  my storage unit looking for a treasure   to use in the room and there sat the funky little bench…Long story short…. It became my headboard of choice!!!


It wasn't the perfect width but  in the over all look of the room.. it had all the interesting elements that I had in mind. PS We took the bottom  part of the bench and put it in game room for the overflow of guest watching a pool tournament .

 Happy Colors.Happy Sunday!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Time Keeps on Slipping...

Hello world. Are you still there? Remember me, your friend, Jane Coslick? I just wanted to say Happy Labor Day. Happy Halloween. Happy Thanksgiving. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Yes indeed. That is how long I have been M.I.A from the blog. I have been basking in my new found Grandmotherly bliss. I have been blessed with beautiful twins, a boy and a girl. When I haven't been spoiling my precious grand children rotten I have been up to my eyeballs in design projects. That's a good excuse right? 

I have missed blogging and interacting with all of you. It's one of my favorite things to do. Every time I found myself intending to sit down and publish a post time would slip away. So here I sit wondering where to start or what topic to hit on first. I think I will just switch up this year and talk a little about this and that. 

Since I never share candid photos of myself I thought I would share some vintage family images. Who doesn't love a good vintage photo. These were discovered in my storage unit. Always happy to find old photos. My sister Joy and and me at Christmas …My Mom and her brother in their Speedy Coaster wagon and my sister Joy in the waves at the beach. Great memories. 

Ahhh the waves of the ocean! That sound never gets old. There is just something so calming about the the sound of the ocean. This next pic was taken early one morning in December. I was getting ready for the 4th Annual Jane Coslick Holiday Cottage Tour. Most folks were still sound asleep on Tybee.  

The Island kitties like to sleep in too. Not me though. I'm an early riser. I like to get up and get the day going. 

My Mom is busy with a photo shoot for The Best Of Flea Market Style magazine at Southern Tides. This wonderful quilt I am sitting on is now in master bedroom of Southern Tides. I miss it! I think I look great sitting on it. .. It matches my eyes

When I'm not busy shooting with magazines you find me doing what I love to do best designing and preserving these amazing old cottages on Tybee.

There never seems to be enough hours in the day. Can you tell I have a thing for polka dots?

Football. I love football. Not sure who is winning because I am a kitty..but I love the game. It keeps my humans home and happy. 

Here is a view of my porch on Tybee. This is where I end my day. I promise I will not wait so long to blog next time friends. Have a great week.