About Us

Meet Victoria

Charming wife, sometimes shrew. Cat mother, book lover. General contractor, dictator. Loather of noise. Hater of disruption. Gardener, bookcase fetishist. Adorer of the oversized and ornate. Obsessive-compulsive procrastinator. Lover of fashion—wearer of pajama pants. Coveter of architectural salvage. Hoarder of priceless junk.

A blog about renovating and restoring our old Victorian house

Meet Paul

Magician, storyteller, fixer of all things broken. Project engineer, mover of walls, slayer of lath. MadMan, Fred Astaire, voice of reason. Performer of comic skits. One-man demolition crew. Fetcher of giant, unwieldy, Craigslist treasures I cannot live without.

A blog about a husband and wife renovating an old Victorian house

Meet Elvis

Swing vote, lap cat. Leader of the revolution.

A blog about a husband and wife restoring an old house

Bathroom details, Kitchen ideas, Materials, Frustration, Construction…

109 Comments

  1. Annabel
    October 1, 2015 @ 6:13 am

    I am so EXCITED to have stumbled upon your marvelous blog! I am up to my neck in a renovation with my husband and it’s causing me all kinds of emotional rainbows and downpours. I know it’s a learning process and undoubtedly one of the most important and exciting times of my life – and blogging helps with that – but it’s wonderful to see that it’s possible to bring your full personality to the party with wonderful expression and joy (as well as anger and sadness and frustration!!) so THANK YOU and keep it up – you’re a shining light!! Annabelxx

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  2. Gina
    October 7, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    I think I just met my Craiglist doppelganger if there is such a thing. I am recently divorced…sadly…my husband did not share my love of all things Giant and Fancy or Craigslist. I find myself laughing out loud at your adventures because they all too much remind me of my own. My new boyfriend reminds me a lot of your Paul. He is a contractor who constantly reprimands me for the things I make him pick up…..”Baby…please…this lady is getting rid of a solid pine farm hutch for 25.00….you need to go now and pick it up…..PLEASE!!!…..yes, I know….no more things on Craigslist”…lol. I will say you get much better finds in Philadelphia than I do in Los Angeles…I swear I may move to Philly just to join a partner in heavenly Craiglist crime…lol.. Big Hugs! Xoxo

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  3. Kali Fox
    June 30, 2016 @ 6:35 pm

    Obsessed with your blog! Is it weird I want to eat your house it’s so cute? Yea, that’s probably weird.

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  4. Lucia
    September 3, 2016 @ 10:59 pm

    Hi!!! Im from mexico and im very interested in buying one of your mirrors!! Im looking for one for my house 2 years ago !! I will pay a veryyyy good price!! Please please said yes!! You will make me very very happy!!!

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  5. Lucia
    September 3, 2016 @ 11:05 pm

    Hiii!! Im from mexico and you made my day by seeing that you have one mirror that i was looking for it for years!! Please tell me you could sell it to me i will pay what you want!!! You just have to tell me how much!! Please please you will make me so happy!! I will invite you to see it whenever you want!!

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  6. Kimberly
    September 8, 2016 @ 9:29 am

    Lover of all things old!!!!

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  7. Gaylen
    October 6, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

    Love your blog!!

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  8. Pedro Ayestaran
    October 13, 2016 @ 9:06 am

    I love your blog!! Amazing mirror!!! I have been lucky to find in Craigslist my pier mirrors too!! I wish I have more space .. I got 3 now thanks to Craigslist !!! I wish I could share picture

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  9. fran Shillito
    October 15, 2016 @ 2:18 am

    came across your quirky website on my quest to find a vanity that was just for storage. I love the Burlington beautiful range of baths, toilets and Edwardian sinks, but here is NO STORAGE unless you have a sink on top. Anyway, love the way you write. I am currently driving husband insane with wanting to get it “just right” Any advice most welcome!

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    October 15, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

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  11. Diane Hamilton
    October 20, 2016 @ 5:45 pm

    Hi Victoria,
    I loved reading this. I totally get the obsession with hunting down treasures and you seriously got an amazing find. It looks great in your house and I love that it has a sibling in the next room.

    The reason I’m writing is that I have a little girl with epilepsy. She’s 11. We love treasure hunting so we read this together. She was having a great time reading until we got to the point where you wrote “I think I’m going to have a seizure”. That’s when she said, “Ugh! That makes me so mad! People die from seizures! Why does anyone joke about them!”

    So on behalf of my kid and me and the 65 million people in the world with diagnosed epilepsy and the 56k people that will die from a seizure this year (more than from breast cancer) please don’t say things like “I think I’m going to have a seizure”. It’s not humorous and for the 1 in 10 people that have had a seizure, it belittles their horrific and dangerous experiences. 1 in 26 people have epilepsy. It’s the 2nd leading cause of death & disability for kids under 14 — right behind auto accidents.
    Again, I love your posts. You’re a great writer. Thanks.

    All the best,
    Diane

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  12. Angela Smith
    December 15, 2016 @ 10:12 am

    !

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  13. Kerligirl
    January 25, 2017 @ 3:26 am

    Enjoy your blog!

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  14. Stefan
    February 20, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    OMG!! My wife has told me on numerous occasions that she has always felt that she had a twin sister from whom she’d been separated at birth. Given the details of your “adventure” in locating the “Kingdom” mirror, along with your “relentless persuasion” in dragging your doting husband/”man-slave” with you in order to “do your bidding”, I have to wonder if, perhaps, you are my wife’s “long-lost twin sister”, or doppelganger, or just someone as obsessively depraved as she is.
    In all seriousness, we are in the process of redocerating and renovating our home, which I estimate to be at least 70 years old. Some elements of it might be left unchanged, (such as the wood-burning stove in our living room, the kitchen cabinets which are probably original), however there are quite a few other things that either need repaired or replaced. My wife shared your story with me, most likely to comfort me with the knowledge that I am not the only man alive with an obsessive (yet hopefully) loving wife whom he caters to…. then again, she might be preparing me for her next “endeavour”.
    I hope you took my response in stride with my warped humor. I realized one simple strategy for survival in life: Laugh about it. 😉

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  15. Sue
    March 3, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    Love! Gotta start reading your posts, a woman after me own heart..

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  16. Cassie Madison
    March 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

    I need advice about toilet paper! I don’t know whether to use recycled with bpa or traditional that’s been tested on animals. Your thoughts? I’m sure you have some! 🙂
    You’ve inspired me to go cruelty-free in other areas. Thanks!

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  17. Tim Horton
    April 12, 2017 @ 8:13 am

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    Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll send you additional details about our offer.

    Thank you in advance for your Time & Consideration !

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    Advertising-Manager
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  18. Alisa Ewert
    April 22, 2017 @ 8:39 am

    Hello

    I am a regular reader of your blog and your blog has helped me a lot in my writing skills and professional career as a blogger. Right now I am interested in contributing towards your website:

    I would love to share my writing experience with your audience if you want me to send you some of my written pieces then it will be a pleasure for me.

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  19. Robyn
    June 25, 2017 @ 12:32 pm

    I have just found your blog via a post on FaceBook and I think you are now my new best friend! Our husbands need to meet to lament over a few beers how insane their wives are and exchange “war stories”. But after 33 years of insanity (aka marriage) my hubs is trained in finding and bringing home odd treasures for me. The last one was an old ornate chaise lounge that screams “fainting couch”. He rarely ever says no to me since he has learned that if the Queen ain’t happy, the King is gonna suffer greatly. I am off now to read as many posts as possible instead of doing all the boring stuff like housework, I should be doing. Life is too short to care about such trivialities such as dust and dog hair and unmended clothing when there is a kindred sister’s adventures to read about! Can I get an AMEN?

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  20. Wendy
    August 5, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

    I am late coming to your party. I have just finished reading a post on the blog and checked out your Instagram. I am originally from Baltimore ( I haven’t lived there for 20 years) and you remind me of someone who would be from Baltimore, quirky, funny and talented. Thanks for the laughs and ideas. I signed up!

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