House Tour: Mary Kay Andrews Beach Cottage

Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage


You might know Mary Kay Andrews from her amazing novels, including her brand-new THE NEWCOMER, which just hit shelves yesterday!


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage living room with shiplap


But, in addition to being a fabulous writer, she also loves restoring old houses and currently has three vacation rentals available in Tybee Island, GA.


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage living room


Her main hobby is her self-proclaimed “junking” and you can find her most weekends scouring estate sales for hidden gems. 


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage living room


She almost always comes out with a treasure or two and is a complete pro at finding a diamond in the rough!


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage


And those treasures, combined together, create the well-collected, finished-but-never-fussy aesthetic of this particular house, nicknamed The Breeze Inn.


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage bowl of shells


Each tiny detail combines to create an eclectic, beachy vibe that encapsulates the heart of Tybee Island. 


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage family room

Mary Kay and I (Kristy Woodson Harvey), along with author friends Kristin Harmel, Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe got together at the beginning of the pandemic to create a weekly webshow and podcast called Friends & Fiction, and we had our very first retreat in Mary Kay’s fabulous Ebbtide Cottage, which is perfect for bigger groups. 


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage


But we also got to visit The Breeze Inn while we were there, and it’s gorgeously redone kitchen and perfectly sized swimming pool, 


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage dining room


Combined with warm, beachy furnishings and accessories,


Mary Kay Andrews beach cottage entry


Create the perfect home away from home.


blue and white bedroom


On the other side of this wall is the desk where Mary Kay has penned a novel or two,


3 twin beds in bedroom


And bedroom is perfect for families, cousins and friends. If you can’t get to Tybee Island right now, but want to be on a beach vacation, Mary Kay Andrews style, visit Florida’s Murmuring Surf Motel via her brand-new novel–and one of my personal MKA favorites–The Newcomer, available now wherever books are sold. 


Photography:  Mark Lohman


Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love seeing you here!




Under the Southern Sky is an instant NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!!

Debuting at #8!


  • It’s a dream that every author has- finding out that their book made THE list. Today is my day to pinch myself and break out the bubbly!
    I couldn’t have done this without all the support my fans provided. From getting excited aboutUnder the Southern Sky, preordering, telling all your friends and showing up for virtual and live events- you helped me achieve a dream today. And I will be forever grateful!

    With just a few days until Mother’s Day, have you picked something up for mom yet? At the special BUY 1 GET 1 50% Off,  Under the Southern Sky is the perfect gift for you and your Mom!









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Two childhood friends discover that love—and family—can be found in unconventional ways in this timely, moving novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of the “beautifully Southern, evocative Peachtree Bluff series” (Kristin Harmel, NYT Bestselling Author of The Book of Lost Names.) 


Recently separated Amelia Saxton, a dedicated journalist, never expected that uncovering the biggest story of her career would become deeply personal. But when she discovers that a cluster of embryos belonging to her childhood friend Parker and his late wife Greer have been deemed “abandoned,” she’s put in the unenviable position of telling Parker—and dredging up old wounds in the process.

Parker has been unable to move forward since the loss of his beloved wife three years ago. He has all but forgotten about the frozen embryos, but once Amelia reveals her discovery, he knows that if he ever wants to get a part of Greer back, he’ll need to accept his fate as a single father and find a surrogate.

Each dealing with their own private griefs, Parker and Amelia slowly begin to find solace in one another as they navigate an uncertain future against the backdrop of the pristine waters of their childhood home, Cape Carolina. The journey of self-discovery leads them to an unforgettable and life-changing lesson: Family—the one you’re born into and the one you choose—is always closer than you think.

From “the next major voice in Southern fiction” (Elin Hilderbrand, #1 New York Times bestselling author), Under the Southern Sky is a fresh and unforgettable exploration of love, friendship, and the unbreakable ties that bind.




Blank to Beautiful: NYT Bestselling Author Mary Kay Andrews


Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We are so excited to share this week’s installment of Blank to Beautiful with all of you. Our good friend–and one of our favorite authors–Mary Kay Andrews is here today chatting about her new Instant New York Times Bestseller, Hello, Summer, (Which I couldn’t put down… I think it’s her best book yet!) the design aesthetic has inspired several of her novels and our fantastic new Wednesday night live collaboration with our friends Mary Alice Monroe, Kristin Harmel and Patti Callahan Henry, Friends & Fiction. You’ll want to hang on to every word Mary Kay says!


Check out some of our favorite summertime design photos too!






beach chaise lounge chairs and umbrellas
Serena & Lily



Feels Like Falling Kristy Woodson Harvey
Feels Like Falling


The amazing, adorable and oh-so-smart Amy from Amy Believes in Pink was SO kind to have me on her fabulous blog as a part of her “Female-Founded Business” Series! We talked about design style, Design Chic, Feels Like Falling, and so much more! Check out our fun interview and keep up with her on her site or over on Instagram



Blank to Beautiful: Ken and Duke Tate


Happy Tuesday, chic readers! We hope you had the most amazing Memorial Day Weekend and got some time off to celebrate with family and friends–even if it was via Zoom! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this incredibly fun interview with architect extraordinaire Ken Tate and his son–author and sales and marketing manager Duke Tate. 



This dynamic father-son duo is overflowing with talent. Listen in as I chat with them about what it’s like to work together in a family business, what project Ken still has on his wishlist and get insight into one of the most fascinating creative processes I’ve ever heard–that actually inspired some of the storytelling in Ken and Duke’s latest collaboration, The Alchemy of Architecture. Check out more of Ken’s breathtaking work below. 
















For more Ken Tate on your coffee table, don’t miss out on his too-gorgeous-for-words book collection



Check back next Tuesday when I’ll be talking with New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews not only about her incredible novels but also about the design style that has inspired more than one story!



Pool and beach season are officially underway! Start yours on the right note by slipping a copy of my latest novel, the instant USA TODAY bestseller, Feels Like Falling, into your beach bag! Already read it? My Peachtree Bluff Series, featuring a trio of sisters, their mother and a family secret that has the potential to reshape what it means to be a family, is a great choice. And Slightly South of Simple and The Secret to Southern Charm are now available in mass market paperback! 


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