CS: How did the book Coastal Modern come to life? What's the background behind it?
TC: After we sold our house in the Hollywood Hills and moved to Malibu, I moved my store to Santa Monica. It was there that I was finally able to create a store with an ocean-inspired feeling. As I was cultivating that along with designing several beach houses for clients, I started to think about why it is everyone loves a beach house. There is a feeling, an easiness to living, and relaxation that is attained when you are there. I was hired by Will Speck to work on his house in Venice and he introduced me to my literary agent, who thought what I was working on had potential for a book. I then began developing a book proposal, which took about a year. I pulled together images of my work and the atmospheric photos that my friend Noah Webb had taken to create the feeling. I put that together with some writing and an outline and made a sample book. We made a few copies, sent them around to publishers in New York, and had a couple of offers in just a few days. Astonishing actually. I chose Clarkson-Potter because they had published other books that were beautifully presented and I felt like they understood what I was trying to create.