Thursday, May 27, 2010


Waterside Cottages strikes again!

It all began when I got a Friend Request from Jura Koncius, the Washington Post's lead writer on Home & Design and the DC area's go-to design guru.

Whether you want to find an obsure piece of hardware for your Civil War era house or a coffee table for your funky bachelor pad, Jura can help. Her Twitter feed is legendary.

Several days later, I received a 'heads up' e-mail from my publicist at Gibbs Smith saying that Jura wanted to get in touch with me about a story she was working on.

It was too early to break out the champagne, but I WAS pretty excited. Over the next few days,
Jura and I exchanged emails and chatted on the phone about one of my favorite topics, Sea Glass.

Then, I kept my fingers crossed.

TODAY, Waterside Cottages is mentioned in THE Washington Post, the DC area's oldest and most distinguished newspaper.

With a circulation of over a half million, The Post, as locals call it, has covered The White House and its inhabitants, and goings on in Maryland and Virginia since 1877. Today, the newspaper is also alerting readers on how to enjoy Summer In Style.

While working with Jura on her Summer In Style feature, I created several palettes inspired by sea glass with colors that can be mixed and matched beautifully. Dive right in!

Have questions? Jura and I will be having a Live Washington Post online Q & A on Thursday July 8th from 11 AM to noon. Let's chat!
(Photo by Dan Mayers)

Benjamin Moore- Pale Tones:

Aqua: Barely Teal 2048-70

Green:Crème de Mint 2036-70

Blue: Bashful Blue 2065070

Benjamin Moore - Medium Tones:

Aqua: Jamaican Aqua 2048-60

Green: Marina Bay 20136-50

Blue: Caribbean Coast 2065-60

(Photo by Dan Mayers)

Sherwin Williams:

Aqua: Pool Blue sw 6944

Green: Kiwi sw 6737

Blue: Blu Click sw 6952

(Photo by Dan Mayers)

Martha Stewart:

Aqua: Sunken Pool

Green: Sea Glass

Blue: Statosphere


Aqua: Aqua Breeze 500E

Green: Palm Breeze 420E

Blue: Morning Breeze 560A


Alison said...

Barbara, congratulations that is so exciting.Circulation over half a million that is sensational

Jane said...

Congratulations, Barbara! This is exciting news! I will look for the article...

Thanks for the color inspirations. It's time to make a few changes in my home...and I am leaning toward these sea glass shades.

Jane (artfully graced)

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

Congrats on the Washington post feature! That is wonderful! I can feel the waterside pulling at me this time of the year....I don't have time to go to the beach - 6 hours away, so instead I am going to grab Waterside Cottages off my bookshelve and dive in!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Congratulations and well done! These are beautiful images!

Elyse said...

rock on, barbara!

(or should i say, seaglass on!)

very exciting. pour that champagne.

i loooove seaglass. i have a jar of collected shards which served as the inspiration palette for my entire 1st floor.


dan's photo is awesome, too!

One Shabby Old House said...

Well deserved recognition! Congratulations Barbara!

NeereAnDear said...

Wow!!! Barbara!! Kudos to you..!!

The Washington Post is one of the biggest newspapers around so my hats off .... glass raised ... and shouts from the rooftop !! TO YOU!!

I love the amazing color palattes you put together ... beautiful and Dan well .....he is ...THE BEST!!

JO said...

OOOHHHH HOW EXCITING!!!!! Congratulations. I love sea glass, and your work. Have a great Holiday weekend:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Connie said...

Hey, sugah, you really need to come visit me and read about my eyelashes! Hah... I think that might get your attention...;-)

Vintage Rose Collection said...

WOW, Barbara, a big celebration IS in order!!!
Congratualtions to both you and Dan. So well deserved!!!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Barbara! YOU ARE A QUEEN! This is just marvelous; you must be flying high at this moment! I am so very happy you stopped by to visit and you are doing so well! Congratulations to you for this wonderful and much envied achievement! How many of us would love to be published and known. BRAVO!!! Anita

Cathy said...


How wonderful. You go girl!!! Love the photos of these exquisite seaside rooms.

I'm thrilled to pieces for you, as always.

xo Cathy

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Barbara,
Congrats on the Washington Post feature. So deserving and very exciting.
Love the pics using the soft palette of colors. These really inspire the fresh warm days of Summer.

Thank you for stopping by. Always great to see you. Have a wonderful Memorial weekend.

Big Congrats again and much continued success!!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Julie Marie said...

Hello Barbara, and thanks for stopping in for a visit today, I love to see you have visited my blog! Congratulations to you! I keep my copy of Waterside Cottages on my coffee table and refer to it soo often! I love the seaglass too! How wonderful that your book was featured! I am missing the ocean... but I keep alot of seaside treasures around to remind me... I need to visit the sea again... xoxo Julie Marie

simpledaisy said...

Yeah for you!!! Isn't it great when your stars align:)

Linda said...

Beautiful rooms!

Diana P. said...

Congratulations on the article! I now know how I'm going to decorate if my husband and I purchase a home on the lake next year. If only I wasn't stuck in this apartment for the rest of this year!