Wednesday, November 4, 2009


As promised, here are photos from my book event at Summer Cottage Antiques in Petaluma, California. So grab a shopping basket and come inside.
The always fabulous Michelle McCauley set up a stunning setting for book signing.
And, all of the 30 dealers stayed open late for the event. Since it's Waterside Wednesday, I'll take you on a tour of coastal finds. Let's Shop!

Unlike some multi-dealer shops, Michelle's two-story emporium stocks a delirious selection of vintage goods that all look fabulous together. And the prices are very reasonable!
There are chippy wood chairs painted in great ocean hues,
... and wicker side tables with lots of color-coordinated vintage ceramics.
... Whimsical wall hangings with a coastal theme,
... and bracelets in a rainbow of sea glass shades.
You can find thousands of rare buttons, including these sea-themed rosewood ones.
One booth feature's treasures from the sea.
Need an instant display -- or the perfect gift? Beautiful bottles filled with mother-of-pearl buttons, assorted baubles and bijoux abound.

In case shopping made you hungry. Michelle served a buffet of delectables!
With glass and plate in hand, guests could watch a Waterside Cottages slide show on my laptop. In addition to the behind-the-scenes photos from the making of my book, it features he many ways to decorate in cottage style.

Michelle's romantic office (see below) is featured in my slide show and in Waterside Cottages. Isn't it gorgeous?
A good time was had by all and books flew out of the shop.
PLEASE NOTE: Michelle sold out of copies but will have more soon. Although the stock is always changing, if you see something in today's post that you want to purchase, visit or call 707-776-2873. (I'll feature more photos from Summer Cottage Antiques in my next post, too)

ALSO NOTE: The Holidays are coming! If you are thinking of ordering autographed books as holiday presents or Thanksgiving thank you gifts, order early. My mom (who is a wrapping wonder) will joyfully gift wrap purchases in festive Chanukah or Christmas paper, sparkling silver or ocean aqua, and will send your gift directly to the recipient with an appropriate gift tag with your personal greetings. Just go to and we'll do the rest.
*** BLOG DU JOUR ***

Petaluma artist/crafter/graphic designer Cathe Holden's blog is filled with great make-it-yourself ideas and inspirations. I got to met Cathe at Michelle's book party. Her October 11th post features clever Advent Calendar ideas. Today there's a great organizer. If you are at all crafty -- or wish you were-- trust me you'll love her Just Something I Made blog.

Post about the coast and link up. It's easy.


bikim said...

The decor looks great! love the shells details!
Take care,

Beach Vintage said...

I love that little green chair.

Jane said...

What a wonderful place for a book signing! I am so pleased that you had a successful event.
Please share more about this store. It looks quite intriguing.

Jane (Artfully Graced)

One Shabby Old House said...

I was just there on my CA trip. Loved that shop. They were closing when I found it and so my hubby drove me all the way back.
I have a great hubby!!!!!!

Cathe Holden said...

It was so great meeting you at Summer Cottage. Your book is incredible, congratulations, no doubt it will sell well. Michelle put out such a beautiful spread (as usual), I wish I could have stayed longer (14 year old son in tow). Thank you so much for the blog feature, what a lovely surprise!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Barbara,
Michelle let me know you were posting about your book signing event in Petaluma. The photos turned out so well and of course, I love the one of you and Michelle having so much fun. I could (and have) spent hours in Summer Cottage Antiques and think the world of Michelle.

By the way, thank you so much for signing my book! Can't wait for Part II of the tour, I'm heading back up there this Saturday and think I'll pick up some more seaside items - thanks for the reminder with the photos.

cottagesweet said...

I would love to have been there. It all looks so beautiful. And congratulations on the success of your lovely book!!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Simone, get ready to rumble. You'll have to arm wrestle for the chair ;-)

Creative day,

Drawn to The Sea said...

(I forgot to link to you on my post... corrected that!)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful place to have a book signing! I love that aqua chippy chair. I would love to mosiac the seat in vintage china....:-)

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Barbara,Love the chippy chair,What nice things. Great pictures of everything.I do love that chait though...LOL...XXOO Marie Antionette

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a wonderful shop and super place to host a book signing!

Barbara, let me know if you have one up St. Augustine way. I know you said you'll be in Miami. There's a neat shop in Atlantic Beach called The Bookworm that is an independent bookstore and has book signings from time to time. That might be worth checking out! Also a great shop called The Plantation Shop on Amelia Island which would be a fun place to have a signing. It's a home accessories shop with high end accessories.

Will try to think of a cool place in and around St. Augustine. There are lots of art galleries and specialty shops. I'll put on my thinking cap.


Sheila :-)

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Hi Barbara :)
My gosh, that shop is FABulous!!!! I love that aqua chair so much! And the office, oh is that ever to die for! You have such a beautiful place to sign books! I wish I could have been there to meet you :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Barbara, This is just the kind of shop that is up my alley! Waterside Wednesday? Is this a new link up? Living at the Jersey shore, I think we could find some fun waterside adventures and pictures to write about.

Shorely Chic said...

That shop is like heaven on earth!!