That magical moment is here! Dan and I have received layout pages of Waterside Cottages.
All of a sudden, months of photographing, photo editing, writing, and text editing have come together into pages that resemble a marvelous book. It's a book I'd run out and buy!
This week I will proofread the layouts for errors, answer a few author queries, and check captions carefully.
Some captions were matched to the wrong photo; others talk about a terrific ceiling fan or interesting floor choice that no longer shows because of the way photos were cropped, and need to be re-written.
But all in all, the book looks great.
And I couldn't agree more with my editor at Gibbs Smith who says, "I think the design turned out well--it's very pretty, but also fun and playful, like the houses in the book."
We're still several months away from seeing bound copies, but I can't wait to say thank you to all of you who have been involved in the creation of this book.
Meanwhile, I'd like top share one of my favorite summer secrets-- Chella fabrics.
The result of state-of-the-art weaving and finishing techniques, Chella textiles cost a little more than other weather-resistant fabrics but they feel as soft as natural cotton and are guaranteed against sun damage and fading for at least three years. As you can see from the photos that accompany this post, Chella fabrics come in a variety of styles and are extremely versatile.
Even Max approves!