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English Muse: Moving!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Hello everyone,

We're moving! We put the house up for sale and we found a gorgeous garden apartment, very 1960s mod. At the moment I'm trying to clear out 10 years worth of accumulated junk. I'm looking forward to a simpler life -- less stuff, smaller living expenses and more money to travel...

I promise to post photos of our new place in the coming days!

I'll miss our little rose-covered cottage, but mid-century modern seems so chic...

PS-- The winner of the vintage Japanese box is CHELSEA HAYWOOD!


Blogger Solanah said...

Ooo congrats! We're moving to a smaller place too, and it feels so good to simplify! Best wishes at your new place :)


March 1, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger sngz said...

Congrats on moving!

But my sympathies on having to sort through so much. I know I would be shedding tears over everything. Literally.

March 1, 2010 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Simply Mel said...

We are definitely small space dwellers. Life is much simpler this way! Enjoy your new journey...

March 1, 2010 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Amandolin said...

We are moving also! Only we didn't sell our house... Haha.

I am so torn! I am excited for our new home, but not excited to pack and clean this one.

March 1, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

good luck with the move! looks like we will both be moving house this week. Im also sorting out all my junk and making trips to the secondhand shop

March 1, 2010 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

How fantastic! Good luck with all the move logistics and please do show us photos of the new place!

March 1, 2010 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Ms Smart said...

next chapter in life - congrats. sounds like a good move for you, more fitting to who you are right now.

March 1, 2010 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger pearl. said...

Oh good luck!
i would love to move, sixteen years in the same house gets a bit boring!
Pearl xo

March 1, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

Doesn't it feel good to start fresh? Your new apartment sounds wonderful, I'm a big fan of smaller-space living!

March 1, 2010 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger BarceloMIA said...

Good luck! x

March 1, 2010 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Atticus and Juliet said...

This move must be pretty overwhelming for you, but it sounds like you have so much to look forward to. Garden apartment and more travel opportunities? Sounds romantic and exciting! What is life, if not always an adventure, right?

Looking forward to those pics of the new place! xo

March 1, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

moving is hard, but it is also exciting! we have moved 3 times in the past year and not always by choice, but life turns on a dime, yes? i hope it all goes well for you. Hx

March 2, 2010 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger said...

a new chapter in life :) congrats and hope the move goes well.. looking forward to see the new house dear.

March 2, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger Shokoofeh said...

Congratulations dear :-)

March 2, 2010 at 2:59 AM  
Blogger one little acorn said...

Perfect chance to have a clear out. Good luck with the move!

March 2, 2010 at 3:12 AM  
Blogger Destination Inspiration said...

Congrats! And good luck sorting and packing, eeeek! Can't wait to see your pics which I'm sure will be ever so lovely as usual dear :)

March 2, 2010 at 4:24 AM  
Blogger GinaTricoteur said...

I'm moving as well soon from a three storey town-house in london to a large spacious late 60's house with no stairs. I'm very into mid-century at the moment....
Good luck...moving is traumatic..

March 2, 2010 at 4:28 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

I love moving: not the day itself but the way you're forced to look again at all you surround yourself with. And you can't beat the smell of new paint and flooring.

Good luck!

March 2, 2010 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Congratulations! Happy packing!

March 2, 2010 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

a tedious task, but something oh-so-zen-full with it :) Hope the move goes well and your new home warms you

March 2, 2010 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Ciel said...

We sold EVERYTHING in 2008 and have been traveling since - it's wonderful. We have just put an offer on a small house built in 1952 as a "retirement place" and I am looking forward to doing it up in a sort of appropriate period style.
My suggestion for the down-sizing is that you touch absolutely everything - and I mean everything - and ask if it is beautiful, useful or loved. If not one of the three - out it goes. Useful things stay if they are also beautiful or loved 0r can't be lived without. Now of the things that are left, ask who would want them if you were gone tomorrow and then give them to them now. Better to visit them than to duct them.

March 2, 2010 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Ciel said...

"dust, not duct -sorry

March 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

We're downsizing too! We figure its been a 3 year process sorting out 29 years of marriage accumulation and leftovers from 2 grown kids. The hardest part for me is my fabric stash and keeping toys for future grandkids! We've gone totally mid cent too and on a shoestring. Going to put our house on the market and looking for an Alexander home in Palm Springs, fingers crossed. Good Luck, what an adventure you're on!!!!!

March 2, 2010 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Mindy Laven said...

Congratulations! I've been thinking of mid-century modern myself (Have you seen the Eichler homes?)I absolutely love your blog! It inspired me to create my own: Check it out and tell me what you think!

March 2, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Cathi said...

Simplicity + new adventures = good times! :)

March 2, 2010 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

Hey, how very exciting. I dream of moving to Munich and shedding all my stuff for a minimal life.

I'd like to see photos of your new place and your old one.

Congratulations Tina on a big step.

March 2, 2010 at 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha....when I saw this pic it made me laugh a bit, b/c we are doing the same right now, we sold our home in 6 days, we have lived in our home for 20 years and we have a 30 day escrow, so this means that we have been working really hard and I wished we could just move with our stuff in a little car...oh no we have used 3 big trucks and 3 big storage units, but happy to free ourselves to be able to travel, less maintanance, and just down sizing, happy moivng to us !!!!

March 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds fun! Looking forward to the photos.

March 2, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Melissa Blake said...

How exciting! Congrats on the move! I don't even want to think of all the stuff in my basement if I ever move again. Ahhh!

March 2, 2010 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Very exciting- congrats! :)

March 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Bombchell said...

looking forward to the pics. goodluck w the move

March 2, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger Batzy Shop said...

OMG that sounds exciting, GOOD LUCK!
i cant wait to see pics!

March 2, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

All the peaceful chapter in your life darling!
I'm sure it's going to be fab*


March 2, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger moi je joue said...

how exciting!!
the apartment sounds gorgeous.
please post pics when you are all settled in!

March 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger vanessa joie said...

Congrats on the move! I hope it's not too stressful. Can't wait to see pics. xo

March 2, 2010 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Electro Geisha said...

this photo is so funny :) love it... congrats on your perfect little new home :) post photos soon

March 3, 2010 at 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Love the pic, good luck with the move

March 3, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous tina tarnoff said...

Oh, how wonderful, Tina! I can't wait to see the pictures! Have fun decorating! XOX

March 3, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

congrats, this new apartment sounds delightful!:) good luck with the move!

March 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Uncle Beefy said...

Well, congrats on the new pad, Miss Tina!!! But, ugh!...moving! A blessing and a curse really as it can really help purge one's plethora of belongings. It's always hard for me in the beginning but once I get going I can clear out a lot. Books are seriously hard to part with so I have to put on my "practical" hat to get through that one. Can't wait to see the new digs! :)

March 4, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Quixsa said...

Congrats on moving!!! so exciting! I love the description of your garden apartment 1960's mod hip new place! pictures anytime soon?!

March 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

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