Living space columnist gets syndication

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

May 12, 2010 at 12:12 a.m.
Updated May 13, 2010 at 12:13 a.m.

Kathryn Weber

Kathryn Weber

CUERO - Kathryn Weber sat on a one-seater sofa chair in her five-bedroom, traditional-style home in Cuero on Wednesday.

She also sat in thousands of other people's living rooms across the globe on the very same day.

The columnist, who writes the Living Space column every other Thursday for the Advocate, was recently syndicated and has already been featured in large newspapers like the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago-Tribune.

It's a feeling of humbleness and pride that Weber has trouble finding the words to describe.

"It was a thrill," said Weber as, she sat in her spacious, well-lit living room. "It's an honor to be in someone's living room."

Weber was syndicated by the Tribune Media Services in February, after the company contacted her about carrying its content on her website.

Weber's suggestion of the media service also carrying her content and the retirement of a 20-year home and decoration columnist paved the way.

"Timing is always interesting in life," Weber said. "I came in right when she was leaving. It was a case of synchronicity."

Mary Elson, the media service's managing editor, said she was happy the media service had found a fresh and new columnist.

"I thought it had a fresh contemporary feel to it," she said. "We were able to make a smooth transition."

Elson was not able to disclose how many clients the column is syndicated to, but did say it has a few major clients and the client list is still growing.

It is also being offered to other Tribune company papers, Elson said.

Weber's column revolves on decorating techniques and ideas for the home owner and their living spaces. She particularly focuses on feng shui, or ways to make space and be creative for a clear, stress-free living environment and life.

"We are all products of an environment," Weber said. " Make the environment better and the product is better."

Weber had met a family during a trip in the late 80s to Java, Indonesia who used feng shui on their home.

Since then, Weber has taken an interest in the art and has even renovated homes using the technique, she said.

Weber first got her start writing at the Advocate five years ago, since then she has also launched her own website.

The Advocate's online presence was what helped seal the deal, Weber said.

The media service was able to quickly search Weber's columns via the Advocate's website, she said.

"I have to thank the Advocate. It has been very progressive," she said. "I think it would have been a harder pitch."

Weber has ambitions to continue writing columns both locally and with other papers the media service carries her to, she said.

The Crossroads has treated her well and she has received many letters asking questions and thanking her for her ideas, she said.

"The Advocate has definitely been a springboard," she said. "I'm just jumping up, not off."



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