Friday, May 23, 2008


Grab your suntan lotion. It’s finally time to head to the beach.

Gibbs Smith, the publisher of my Coastal Waterside Cottage book, e-mailed me their edited version of my copy yesterday.
To get in a coastal cottage mood, I thought I’d share photos of Habersham’s new Grand Cottage collection. It features hand-distressed woods, a breezy color palette of soft whites, interesting textures that add up to comfortable coastal chic style.

It's too new to be on their website, but you should visit anyway. There are lots of other great coastal pieces you won't want to miss.
Now, 8 months after I handed the copy in, it’s time for me to reread it and answer dozens of AQs (author queries) about specific things.

AQ: What brand is the paint?
AQ: Is “at” capitalized in the painting’s title?
AQ: Please verify spelling of shell names.

My comments and changes are due in two weeks. I also need to deal with the captions, and re-check all of the websites and phone numbers in the resource guide. Yikes!

The editor’s and proofreader’s changes were tracked, and at first my computer wouldn’t show the changes. The problem turned out to be that my version of Word and GS’s version of Word didn’t work well together. But I got it to work (with a little help from my computer guru.)
Most of the copyeditor's changes involve semi-colons, verb tenses, and words, which need hyphenating.

Make that: Most of the changes involve semi-colons; verb tenses; and words that need hyphenating.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. I'm off to Atlanta for my cousin's wedding.

*** BLOG DU JOUR ***

Julie at Belle Vivir writes about design, chic finds and everything else that inspires beautiful living. But wait, there's more... she does it with an ecological, earth friendly twist. I expect you'll find lots of great "green" nursery items in future posts. Julie has just announced she's expecting.


DebbieCalif said...

I just wanted to write you and wish you the best on this new venture. How absolutely exciting to see the new copy of your work. You must be joyful beyond words! I don't even know you and yet I am so thrilled for you and your exciting new accomplishment! Great job!
Debbie Booth

Jen@The Cottage Nest said...

Grand Cottage? That's right up my alley. Love it. I've been enjoying all of your flower pics. Makes me want to get my hands in the dirt!

rochambeau said...

SO EXCITED for you Babette!!
You are living in your dream! I admire you very much!! This is excellent news.

My favorite shot is the room with the seashell mirror. like the ambiance in that photo. Just so you know, my email is down, maybe until next Tuesday.

Have a wonderful time at the wedding!!

PAT said...

Thanks for the update, Barbara! I love the photos you posted today.

I'm going to catch up with your other posts and have a look at the Blog Du Jour, too!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne Wood said...

Oooohhh!!!! Those pictures are so inviting. I love the creams and whites. Just MY flavor. I just bought a Habersham floor clock.I Love the LOOK. It adds warmth and style.

Have fun in Atlanta, and speaking of the beach.....I'm headed there next week for a GIRLS get-a-way.

You must be thrilled with having your New Project almost complete. The editing must be tough though.

Cathy said...

Barbara, I am so happy your book is almost finished. It sounds wonderful and I love the photos you published on your blog. Definitely makes you feel beachy.

Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend.


Brenda Kula said...

Last night I was browsing through some magazines I'd kept to peruse more than once, and kept coming across you! So obviously we have the same taste! Have a lovely weekend.

Cucina Cara Mia said...

Love your blog! The book is amazing. I am a decorating book collector, and I want this one! I am a new blogger and your photos are so inspiring

Susan said...

I have to get your new book. That's my dream to have a coastal cottage. I am not an inland girl, I love the beach!
Best wishes for success with your book!

Brook said...

Oh these beautiful pictures make me want a beach house!
Have fun on your trip.


Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Barbara,
Such inspiring pics of decor - gorgeous!

What a coincidence, I am in the exact same stage with my book, answering similar questions/making revisions, etc. Isn't it cool to see it all put together?

Best wishes to you!


Marcela said...

Hello Barbara
Thanks for your kind comments on my blog!!!
Good luck with your new book!!!
Love all your pictures!

vintage paper bella~andrea said...

I can't wait to check out the book when it's finished..I have been so ready to go to the beach!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Love these rooms and the furniture. I want that table and chairs with the white chandelier! So fresh and beautiful.


Susie Q said...

I am so excited for you that all is going so well with the book. Yes, much work left but oh so close to being completed! You are so busy now but how happy you must be!! I think I will go begin a line at my favorite anticipation of it;s arrival!! I KNOW I will love it!

This furniture collection is amazing!! I love that last photo...the huge cabinet! Wow! I must hop on over to visit Julie at your Blog du Jour!

Have a wonderful week!


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love all of the coastal cottage photos. If I lived anywhere near the water, that is the look I would go for.

You are getting so close to having that book completed! I can't wait to see it.

Have a lovely time at the wedding.

Lisa said...

It must be a wonderful feeling to see this finally coming together. What fun to be so close to seeing it all finally finished.

The photos here are dreamy!

Also, good luck with all the proofing.

Have a fun weekend.

Antique Paperie said...

Wow - the whitewashed Armoire is so grand! Coastal Grand, wouldn't you say? LOVE that. Great Photos - pure "Coastal Bliss" Eye Candy.
What an accomplishment B! It's a dream of mine too. I am in awe and admiration of you luv. Congratulations to you a hundred times over - you deserve this success for your hard work!
xo Sher

CIELO said...

Sweet color palette! Love everything I see here... tough job editing; but you've accomplished a great deal... congratulations!



Shabby Rose Cottage said...

How exciting, I wish you the best and will be picking it up as soon as it hits the bookstore! Love all the photos of all the furniture and decor in my favorite color "white".

Natasha Burns said...

Wow the Habersham’s collection looks wonderful!

I can't imagine how hard and time consuming it would be to write a book, with all the editing and processes involved. Are you completely 'over it' by the time the book comes out?!

Shabbyfufu said...

I can't wait to see this book become a reality's about time! ~XO~ Janet

Cre8Tiva said...

b...oh how i have missed following you during this crazy year...hopefully i can connect more often...blessings, rebecca

Donna said...

Wishing you the best on your book! I love the photos!
Have a good trip!

Tutti Chic said...

Yikes is right barbara! you are a busy lady!! These photos are absolutely gorgeous & to see your hard work coming to fruition must be awesome for you! this book will be first on my list to buy when it comes out! Congrats on all your accomplishments! :) chris p.s. I am right there with you in spirit with my manicured nails getting dirty every day from digging in the dirt!LOL!

Mandie said...

How beautiful!!! I love the color white. It looks great with the wood. Sooooo beautiful!!!

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Congratulations Barbara!!! You are one very talented lady and its time to reap the rewards of your hard work...Ill be the first one in line, it looks amazing!!!

Miss Sandy said...

These designs are stunning! I just got back from spending a week at the beach and these make me miss all the more! Love the rug featuring the sand dollars and star fish, the muted tones are great!