Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Where Do I Begin?

Where do I begin?
It's been months since I last blogged.  
June, in fact.  And, a lot has happened since then.
I'll just cut to the chase.  We sold our house in San Francisco and bought a house in Marin County, just minutes north of the Golden Gate.

Why, you ask?
Well, it's a long story, but bottom line, we didn't love living in the City.
We actually started looking north in Marin at the beginning of last year.
First, focusing on Sausalito.  Then Mill Valley.  
I envisioned a small shingled cottage nestled in the trees, somewhere in Marin.

When a shingled cottage came available a few months ago, we jumped on it and were lucky to secure it.
Then came the hard part of selling our home in the City.  
It was a hard decision and hard to let it go after all the work we did.
I told myself that it's like HGTV.  Hey, they buy and sell all the time, right?
Think, Fixer Upper!

So, here we are--happy as can be!
We love our little cottage!  And, as you can see, so does the dog and cat!
And guess what?  It's shingled!

Want to see more of our cottage?  Stay tuned, as I'm planning to start blogging again.  I promise!
After all, Vignette Design turned 8 this month and I look forward to reconnecting to some old and new blog friends and followers.

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37 comments:

Leigh said...

So glad you’re back!!

gme said...

Hallelujah!

Tammy said...

So happy you are back blogging! I have missed all your amazing and wonderful post. Thank you!!!

Dianne said...

This makes me very happy. I have missed you!

Tammy said...

I'm so glad you are back in blogland! Oh, happy for you. I lived for a few years in Novato, north of Sausalito, when my husband was stationed at Alameda. We loved the area. It (and SFO) remain dear to our hearts. It the nice thing about living in Marin County is that you can always visit the "big city." Can't wait for more news about your new home!

sheilaa131 said...

Look forward to reading your blog again. Your cottage is charming.

Tricia said...

Wow! Big news, indeed! And I'm impressed you managed to buy and sell in such a short time after making the decision! I'll look forward to seeing your new place as you put your stamp on it.

Elaine Wilson said...

...how wonderful...for you and for us!...cannot wait for you to begin sharing this part of your new journey...your new home looks perfectly perfect...you have been missed...blessings...laney

licha20 said...

Missed you!
So glad you are back and look forward to seeing your inspirational decor.

Cheryl said...

So glad you are back! Wow, you have been missed, not to mention a very busy lady! Looking forward to future posts. Best wishes for a happy holiday season in your new home.

Kathy said...

WOWZER!!! So glad you are good and happy and can come back to us blogsville, you were so much fun to follow!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Happy to see you back. It is going to be so much fun to see what you do with your new cottage. I look forward to your future posts as we follow you through another decorating feast!

Courtney said...

It's interesting that you didn't enjoy the city, but I've always loved Marin as well. Can't wait to see more and hear more about it!

Donnamae said...

Glad you are coming back....you’ve been missed. Anxious to hear all about your new cottage....looks lovely so far! ;)

cheri said...

Welcome back. My husband and I built a beautiful home in Paso Robles and after 2 years of living there we sold for the very same reason. We are now happily living in Bend, Oregon and Grover Beach California. It definitely keeps life interesting and we don't regret a thing.

wired4zion said...

You have been surely missed and I'm happy to see your wonderful new home. It looks like it's a piece of heaven on earth!

Elena

Marilyn Shannon said...

So glad you are back and can't wait to see what you have done to the place!!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Yeah your back! I look forward to seeing your posts on your new home. We just moved into our new home and are settling in. I have been showing a room each time we get a little more settled on my blog. I was wondering, did the fires affect your lovely home in the wine country? I hope not!

Heidi said...

Yay Delores! So glad you’re settled into your new home and it really looks cozy and lovely! I always look forward to your posts, happy you’ll be blogging more regularly again. I love your style and your exquisite taste, it’s always fun to see what you’re up to! The house in SF was an amazing project, now you’ve moved on to a place that suits you better and that’s terrific! As for the blogging - I totally get the need to step away for awhile, as you know I never picked it back up after the “tree incident”! I just didn’t have it in me after all that trauma! (But you see that I’m busy on instagram and painting a lot now, so all is good.) Take care, hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing your house all decked out for Christmas!
Xo Heidi

A reader said...

So glad you've moved to Marin. It is the perfect antidote to the city and I suspect you will come to love it. The glimpse of your new home produced a sigh of happiness from me because it feels like YOUR home! As much as I loved the Marina District place, it never felt like it fit you quite right. But the shingled cottage does!

I've followed you for years, enjoy your posts and love your style. Welcome to the other side of the Bay and hoping you're looking forward to a splendid holiday season.

A reader in Tiburon

Patti Lapp said...

Happy you are back. Can't wait to see the new cottage.

Patricia said...

So very happy you are back !
I (and I am sure many others ! ) really missed you and your blog. I always looked forward to a new post from you - always filled with inspiration and lovely photos !
So excited to see your new home - I have admired all your beautiful homes !

Marlis said...

Woohoo!! I feel like jumping for joy. You are back!!! I've so missed your wonderful posts. Last I saw/heard, you were thinking of moving from the city and by gosh you have done just that. I cannot wait to see the new digs. The pictures look absolutely fabulous. After all the hard work and reno on the city spot.. I can certainly see why it was so hard to let go. But I'm sure you will be happier here. What about Asti??
Glad you are back.. xo marlis

The French Hutch said...

Missed your beautiful and interesting posts, glad you are returning. Can't wait to see more of your new home!

Chris Bannard said...

Congratulations on finding a spot you enjoy. I look forward to seeing your new space. And how is Asti coming along? Glad that you were spared in the incredibly nasty fires this fall!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Good for you! I'm happy that you have found a spot that makes you happy! Life's too short not to go for it! Looking forward to seeing more of your new home!

Alycia Nichols said...

Welcome back! Congratulations on making that move. It’s brave. I’m sure you will enjoy it for many, many years to come! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve done!

Sammy said...

That is a surprise! Can't wait to follow along on your new place. And, what about your daughter's home? I loved her house too!

Shaz Green said...

Seeing a new post felt a little like a personal Christmas gift. So glad all is going well. Looking forward to the new posts. xxx

Cynthia Christensen said...

Thank you for coming back to us. I was beginning to worry for you after the fires in Napa. So happy you found a cottage you love. Happiness to you and your honey buns. Bless you.

Cynthia S. said...

I am so happy to hear from you! I had just been wondering what had happened that you had stopped blogging. I became worried. Yours is one of the few blogs I continue to enjoy as so many others have gotten so commercial that I can't bear them anymore.

Glad you are on to a new adventure. Sometimes we just don't know what we want or where we will want to live. City living is not for everyone. I thought you might have moved back to your place in the wine country. Will enjoy hearing of your new adventures in Mill Valley.

Welcome back - I will enjoy hearing from you!

Cynthia

My Cozy Casita said...

I'm so Happy for you and your new cottage the city is a lot stress and lot of noise
go for you and all your pet are so happy now more time for you to pots in your lovely blog
well comeback
Happy Holliday's to you and your
Blessing
Isora
XO

Bobbie Allgood said...

I knew you must have some exciting project going. Looking forward to following your blog again.

Bobbie Allgood

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Can't wait to see more of the new home.

Victoria said...

Congratulations. You have been missed.

Maria said...

I remember all the beautiful, meticulous details, all the agonizing decisions. Your San Francisco home was lovely, and I know your next one is going to be even more special. Thank you for bringing us along on your journey. Blessings in your new home!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

This cottage feels more like you. Your last home before SF was my all time favorite house of bloggers and I can see this one being my new future favorite. Can't wait to see what you do with it. I'm from Sonoma originally and left in 1995, so visiting you is a little like being home again.

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