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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ode to a house

Diana Camera
It's official: our little Tudor style house is on the market.
If anyone out there is looking for a very cute place in Pasadena, maybe this is the house for you.

I would like to write a missive here about my layoff....I'm just going to say this: We spent nearly 12 happy years in this house. I'll miss the roses and the clawfoot tub.

Life goes on...

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Blogger Christine Macdonald said...

Better times (and diggs) are ahead. Just wait and see. :)

March 23, 2010 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

The house looks lovely. I'm sure your new place will be lovely as well. If its not yet, you will make it so. =)

March 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's adorable indeed! You can turn any house into a happy home Tina. I'm sorry, so sorry, about the rough times you've been through this past year. Here's to new beginnings in the new place! xoxo

March 23, 2010 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger a print a day said...

it's a beautiful home.

wishing you the best. i hope many many opportunities come your way!

March 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous automatism said...

Good luck to you, Tina — I'm so sorry you were made to leave such a charming little place, but be comforted knowing that a happy home is anywhere that has love.


March 23, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Novelista Barista said...

good luck!!
very cute house

March 23, 2010 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger lauren may said...

oh darn its terrible when things like this happen. it is indeed the most adorable house. something that i would probably buy myself.
but like the others said. better things will be ahead for you. and the view from your new window is a cute one!

March 23, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger liza said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! I will ditto what Sarah and Lori said above, and I am thinking of you, Tina.

March 23, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Ms. Smart said...

sorry to hear. best of luck on your future. I live in Pasadena too. doors close, doors open. here's to your next doors being grander than ever.

March 23, 2010 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger pearl. said...

ahh clawfoot tub... if only.
Pearl xo

March 24, 2010 at 2:31 AM  
Blogger DailyDivaDish said...

My heart goes out to you. You've had so much thrown at you this year. I echo the sentiments above in that I think it's all to make way for a fabulous future. All the best to you!
XO Piper

March 24, 2010 at 4:30 AM  
Blogger Cheryl G. said...

The house is a real gem, it should sell quickly!

It sucks about the job and I'm sorry!

You should be able to find something quickly.

You have nearly 3000 followers! Wow! That has to count for something. People love you and you're good!

March 24, 2010 at 5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adorable house, I am sure it will go quick!

March 24, 2010 at 5:41 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

What a gorgeous home! I can see why you are sorry to leave it, but I like the style of new place and change can be so invigorating! Enjoy nesting in your new digs!

March 24, 2010 at 5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely house, I'm sorry for you!!!

March 24, 2010 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Jayne said...

Your house is so lovely! But I think your new place will be just as lovely, and an opportunity for innovation and healthy change.

March 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

I will miss those rose posts...I've been marking the Eden rose pages in gardening magazines...trying to talk a friend into them for her house. (I miss mine,too...that's one thing about an apt. as much as I like them--no garden with most.)

Cheers, Tina.

PS: I won't get started on banks. My bp is going up as I type this...

March 24, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

You are their loss but your new adventure. I checked out the stupid gossip blog and all I can say is if I want to read this crap I'll go to Perez. They should have kept you but anyways... their loss. Your house is adorable and will sell fast. I think you'll love your new digs!

March 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Ms. Amy said...

I'm so sorry to read this! I'm in a similar situation and the only thing that gives me hope is that the lives of the people I've witnessed undergo this type of transition only move on to happier and better things. I wish that for you!!

March 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger lavelle said...

The house looks beautiful, I'm sure it wont take long for you to sell it. And I bet that you have already made your new home beautiful!


March 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

I love your blog! Your house was lovely but your new flat will be a home in no time. Re: the gossip blog, I absolutely can't stand those blogs, and I would really hesitate to call those people 'writers' anyway, it's pretty much the lowest form of life. Good luck to you from the other side of the world :)

March 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh! It's darling!!!

March 24, 2010 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

Your house looks lovely and I know you will find the right buyers soon. In all honesty, I wouldn't read that gossip blog if someone paid me. It's boring to look at and doesn't read like other juicy sites do. It's very blahhhhhhhhhhhh. Just saying.

March 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Simply Defined Design said...

Your house is wonderful! Remember when you change you grow!! You will find something better from this!! You are extremely talented!! Wishing you all the best!! Conni

March 24, 2010 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger My Favourite Things said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. It's such charming little house. Well you know what they say, when one door closes...

March 24, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Fleurette said...

Yes,life goes on to better and greater.Best wishes for the future.

March 25, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger The Clever Pup said...

Your home is lovely. Right up my alley. I've been in mine for 12 years too and it would be a blow to have to move. Your new home is lovely too. You've got the right attitude and outlook to make it work. Seems like you've had the worst of times and the best of times this year. Always look on the bright side.

March 25, 2010 at 4:50 AM  
Blogger The Lil Bee said...

I so hope someone worthy buys this house. It is beautiful and so loved up--that part's obvious.

March 25, 2010 at 5:13 AM  
Blogger Bunny, THE PARIS HOUSE said...

Tina, I'm sorry you had to leave this lovely home but your new one is just so chic and I know you will lead a dazzling life there! Many blessings and happiness to you.

March 25, 2010 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Lisa H said...

Ah, fer Shizzle.
Those damn bumps in life.

Well, you tell any future sponsors or employers that you have a huge fan base that will buy anything that you tell us to. Now....on to the rest of the story.....

March 25, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

Good luck with the sale and here's to a brighter year and another happy home...xv

March 25, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Ursula said...

On to bigger, better, brighter things. You're making room to receive.

March 25, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Tina Tarnoff said...

Such a beautiful, charming house, Tina. I'm completely in love with it. If I had the money I would buy it. Even without the furniture one can see hom much love you've put into it. And, yes, life goes on, and you will again creat a wonderful nest for you and your family. Much love. xoxox

And, indeed, what an idiotic gossip column!

March 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm almost afraid to put it in print, but losing my home is one of my biggest fears. I'm such a homebody. So it scares and saddens me that you've had to walk through the experience of giving up yours. I'm so sorry, and having it on the market must be like getting a band-aid pulled off slowly. I hope that once the house has sold you will feel a little bit free. Perhaps you will try something wonderful that you would have never tried before? I look forward to watching things get BETTER for you!

March 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger cathi said...

The house is beautiful. This is an opportunity to bring to life a new home which will be wonderful as well. Try to take the tub tho...

March 25, 2010 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I 'changed' residences (not by choice) 3 years ago and am much happier now- more good choices ahead.

To me you look brave and graceful.It says a lot that your daughter was able to focus on making that amazing animation in the midst of a big move. Pat yourself on the back - often!

March 25, 2010 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

you always brighten my day with your lovely blog. keep your chin up. more sunny days ahead!

“We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.”
Charles R. Swindoll

March 26, 2010 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger drollgirl said...

your house is so lovely. and i am so sorry to hear that you will be moving away from it. but onwards and upwards, and damn this stupid economy.

March 26, 2010 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger reckless daughter said...

wow...such an amazing house. but you are right, life goes on. If it's not one thing it another. I'm sure you'll make this new home a lovely one.

March 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

Your house is just adorable and I hope your new one will be too!! Cheer's to new beginnings!!!

March 27, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Lane said...

Hey theres a giveaway at my blog!!!

March 27, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

Damnit I'm so sorry.

March 28, 2010 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger brittany barney said...

im so sorry to hear that. this place just looks amazing. and so charming. im sure you have loved it all. and no one could talk your place at the times. best of luck

March 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Machelle Blankenship said...

Ouch, that sucks! I don't know you but my heart skipped a few beats for you. Too bad you can't move to St. Louis, we have plenty of Tudor homes and you would consider them a steal after living in your area. Good luck. I know there is another romantic home in your future...some of us just have to have one and there is a home out there that needs you! Sincerely, Machelle

March 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Lola said...

Your house is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

April 1, 2010 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger mtruslove said...

Good luck with your new home. We are in the same situation, and because we have NOT defaulted on our mortgage, Bank of America won't even talk to us. Go figure. They are such scumbags! I will also miss the garden most of all... I keep trying to tell myself it is all just "stuff", and I can have stuff wherever we are. :)

April 9, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

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