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  1. Denise
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    LOL on the pictures of you in the bed, and the kitty. Thanks for having a sense of humor.

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  2. Deb
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    You go girl! I was shocked by some of the negative comments concerning the bed also. I love it, and I whole heartedly agree with your attitude!! Let them get their own bed and modify however they please! Yours is fabulous as is!!!

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  3. tammigirl
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    NO WONDER you chastised me for saying that thing about he-who-shall-not-be-named (because I can’t remember the old dude’s name right now, even if his face is right in front of me) You are watching the whole season at once. Have no fear – it was left-over feelings from last season anyway. No characters had done pretty much anything this season when I made my ‘suit’ statement.

    I love the ‘undedited’ version of your video. Elvis is not amused, though.

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  4. Marion
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    NEVER EVER APOLOGIZE FOR BIG FANCY THINGS! It’s life’s biggest lottery and when an awesome item comes up, you’ve got to grab it. You must check out “Second Chance” in Baltimore. Lots of awesome architectural salvage from old homes in the area. It’s located close to Ravens Stadium. I thought of you and you BFT fettish awhile back when I saw a dark wood bar with columns and carved heads.. It was all sorts of gloriousness that I thought could be retrofitted into a kitchen. The longer an item sits at Second Chance, the lower the price goes. Check out the website to see if the inventory interests you.

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  5. Gerry
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    I think the bed looks fantastic. Who cares if the mattress doesn’t fit perfectly. Who’s looking at the foot of the bed when it’s obvious they should be looking at that spectacular headboard!!!!

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  6. Patricia
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Me, I’d pick Elvis over Don Draper as a bed snuggle anyday…

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  7. Laurie
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Everybody knows that the finest judges of quality and comfort are kitties and Elvis clearly has given her stamp of approval.

    That’s all I need.

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  8. Patricia
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Besides a bed isn’t properly made until your cat has climbed in. Mine used to scootch between the sheets while we were making the bed just to be the first one in.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 24, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Like this?
      elvisbed

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      • Patricia
        April 24, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

        Patricia
        APR 24, 2014 @ 15:47
        Yup, fresh sheets and just a cat tail hanging out. That’s a properly made bed. The only thing that saves us nowadays is that our current cat is too fat to jump as high as a bed…

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      • Yvonne Angus
        April 24, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

        Love it! Ha Ha, Elvis has left the…no, wait…there he is! Had a thought about those awesome finials on the bed. Wouldn’t they look great adorned with huge, ornate tassels? ELVIS would love them!

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        • Yvonne Angus
          April 24, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

          Oh, and I forgot…my mom used to iron the sheets while they were ON the bed!

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        • Yvonne Angus
          April 24, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

          Oops…Elvis is a GIRL??? Lol!

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  9. Jan
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Love the grandeur of the headboard; not to mention the amusing way you describe the obsessive missions to acquire such treasures. I won’t even extoll the virtues of your husband- just clone him. please-
    But, who needs the end of the bed anyway? A new metal frame with center supports is less wonky & provides a better foundation for the bed. But, if I were you, I would not consider unsolicited advice from someone storing an antique brass & marble in the backyard as well as a cottage Vctorian bed in the garage.

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    • Patricia
      April 24, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

      Yup, fresh sheets and just a cat tail hanging out. That’s a properly made bed. The only thing that saves us nowadays is that our current cat is too fat to jump as high as a bed…

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  10. Tina
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    You have the honor of being the only blog that 1) I share with my family and 2) they run over to read and/or view pictures/videos over my shoulder. And my daughter loved the name Elvis. Until she discovered it was a girl. That rocked her world just a little too much.

    Coming to Exton anytime soon? 🙂

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 24, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      If Paul would agree to another cat, I would get a boy and name him Cher… You know, just to round things out.
      xoxo

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      • Di Elliott
        April 24, 2014 @ 11:06 am

        Paul has a choice? I have 3 cats myself and he had no say with the adoption of any of them lol, cats are great for amusement, btw have you seen the cat diary on you tube lol phenomenal lol

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          April 27, 2014 @ 10:11 am

          I had to pause Sad Cat Diary at least three times because I was laughing so hard I could not breathe.
          thank you for that.

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  11. Kate
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Is it only me who finds your choice of throw pillows giggle-inducing? I can’t be the ONLY reader with a mind like a 4th-grader, can I?

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    • cathy z
      April 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

      I’m totally with you Kate – boobs!! Ha!!

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  12. Melissa @ HOUSEography
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Your blog is my favorite right now! Home design and hilarity all in one? Sign me up!! You need a TV show – seriously!! And I think my husband would join any support group your husband might want to start.

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  13. Judy
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Elvis winking on cue! You have him trained almost as well as Paul!

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  14. Di Elliott
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Ahhh Victoria how ever did I fill my days before you. Thank you so much. Your Hubby is still awesome and Elvis a cutie, the bed is magnificent. Next project please lol no pressure of course lol.

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  15. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    I swear people take themselves too seriously — I love your blog. You make life fun and I’m sure Paul never knows what to expect. It is very important to keep them on their toes 🙂

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  16. Corinne
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    I love your style your home and your husband. If Bravo put you on for 1 hour each week I would watch you guys!

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  17. Garden, Home and Party
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    My favorite accessory on the bed is Elvis, that is the best thing about cats. They only sleep on wonderful furniture that is worthy of their presence.
    xo,
    Karen

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  18. Joanne
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    as for the length of the bed, I can not overstate how impressed I am with your solution to banging an ankle/shin every time one rounds a footboard too closely. You did not just “make do” with the mattress, you created a much needed bruise free turning radius! Kudos.
    please continue to make me laugh out loud…especially when I recognize my own insanity in your musings.

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    • Linnea
      June 3, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

      I TOTALLY agree with you, Joanne. My Mom has a cute French Provincial Bed. It is gorgeous. It is fancy. It has corner posts at the foot of the bed that drape gracefully OUTWARD toward your unsuspecting shin. It looks so beautiful – almost as beautiful as the giant, colorful bruise adorning your shin the next day! We have all been bitten by the thing. We have all yelled awful things about sawing the stupid posts off. 45 years later, there they remain in all their glory, waiting to bite again…

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  19. Diana C.
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    I merely exist at all other times, because I LIVE for this blog! Twins separated at birth, you capture the pure essence of my yard/garage/estate sale obsession… except I take my sister in-law with me to help cram stuff into the SUV. So not only is the inside completely packed, we strap items on top and down the sides as well!

    Many an unsuspecting motorist has run off the road at the sight of my dear, beautiful, strong sister in-law clutching an oversized iron coffee table, iron garden trellis/bench, poker table, solid walnut dresser, etc. hanging off some portion of the OUTSIDE of my vehicle as I fly through busy Saturday afternoon traffic with a maniacal grin of ultimate acquisition victory plastered across my face. Yup! Paul would be downright proud of her.

    I once unloaded an entire big, monstrously heavy, bedroom suit out of and off of the car and into the house all by myself, such was the adrenaline dump coursing through my veins. It can be done! Forget single handedly lifting a car off a loved one smashed underneath; I could easily do the same for a long sought-after treasure or “find” under a cement truck!

    You go girl! And know that your (slightly heavier) identical twin is admiring you from a distance… though I think I can actually see Pennsylvania from my front door. I’m off now to peruse Craigslist until Saturday morning’s next round through the mean streets and back alleys of Kentucky suburbia!

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  20. Kathy
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    First of all I think you are so delightful. Your blog feeds my soul as I sit at home recovering from knee replacement surgery.
    I want to encourage you in 2 areas-
    #1 Your husband sounds like a keeper. I hope you love, cherish, appreciate him every day.
    #2 Nothing in life is perfect. Mattresses don’t always fit lovely antique bed frames, scratches, dings and brokenness come with life. I think you have a got hold on this. Sometimes when I am entertaining I leave something undone-don’t vacuum, leave of pile of papers somewhere, just so people will see I don’t have it all together and nothing in life is perfect.

    So keep it up Victoria Elizabeth. You are delighting and encouraging hundreds thousands??? of people around the the country. klv

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  21. Chad
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    I had a great-aunt who said that growing up, she had to STARCH the sheets. I asked if they wouldn’t be more comfortable unstarched, and she said “That’s what I said.” I am thankful for declining expectations on housekeeping pretty much every day.

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  22. Stacey
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:59 am

    You are so incredibly HILARIOUS – my husband hates facebook but he fully encourages me to read your blog because it is sooooo funny. There is something so honest and refreshing about all of your posts – thanks for making my day!!!

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  23. ginette4
    April 24, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    Victoria; sheets are to be ironed when they are on the bed! This is how I do it! lol
    (I’m serious)!

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  24. Tanya
    April 24, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    You are hilarious. Thank you for making me laugh today!

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  25. Therese
    April 24, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    You don’t need validation, you are you! The two of you fit together like hand in glove. Most men would not tolerate the recording, or the dancing, even if they tolerate your addictions to old, archaic, dusty, and gynormous antiques and CraigsList and any others I might have missed. Thanks for cheering me up. Keep dancing!

    Love,

    therese

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  26. Dezingurl
    April 24, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    The fact that Don Draper sleeps in a suit……..that’s what jumped out at me. Of course I love the bed and everything that went into the acquisition, hauling, lifting, placing, ironing, etc. Those of us who identify with you see absolutely NOTHING wrong with your jones for fabulous things. Keep it up.

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  27. JUDY
    April 24, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Oh the picture with Elvis really shows off the wonder of your beautiful bed. But the high lights of the video are the dance moves with Paul. You are so graceful and Paul so good @ twirling you-your TV show must include lots of dance moves-you don’t possibly sing do you? Hey this is going to be a bit nauseating but you and yours light up my life. Thanks!

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  28. Danielle
    April 24, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    Country music?? You never cease to surprise me.

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  29. Mah
    April 24, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    Now why in the hell would you want anything OLD to be perfect! I have learned to accept imperfections in everything old except….it has to be perfect old! On the other hand new things better be perfect or I am taking it back! If you try to return old they will tell you ‘its old that’s to be expected.’

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  30. Kate S.
    April 24, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    I loved your explanation about the bed’s final state. I was probably one of the people who commented censoriously, although, I didn’t really intend it that way. Consider me satisfied just to know you love the bed, regardless of its size. I would rather have your opinion on similar matters than my own, which is that, very often the perfect sought-after, laboriously moved in “perfect” thing (my things are not giant and fancy, more’s the pity) quickly becomes less perfect once it has been seen in person, in the house, in the room it was intended for. I am the ultimate victim of buyer’s remorse.

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  31. MissFifi
    April 24, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    The kitty rocks!
    Don looks superb next to you in that bed. Now, get Paul in there and you have a true Mad Men scenario 😉

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  32. Yvonne Angus
    April 24, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    Now, completely off subject…almost,anyway….. I just watched Jon Hamm (Don Draper) in 4 episodes of Young Doctor’s Notes and other stories, (I think I have the name right…it is on Netflix, might be an “A” at the beginning!). He was amazing…British accent and all. The series is about a young doctor who just graduated med school in Moscow, and is sent to the nether regions to practice. Jon (Don) plays the older version of the doctor, talking to him on a regular basis! That’s all I’m going to say about it… don”t want to spoil it for you!

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  33. Laurie
    April 24, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    I wonder what kind of interesting traffic you’ll get with “bed video” in the title?

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  34. Yvonne Angus
    April 24, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    P.S. I went to secondchanceinc.org, and I so want the Lapis counter top with the 24K gold plated sink and fixtures, and I absolutely have to have the cobalt and ormolu chandelier to go with it! Also, I don’t think I can live without the carved oak sideboard, or the Mother of Pearl and pine folding screen. I think I shall just curl up and die tonight.

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  35. Laurel @ HomeinDisarray
    April 24, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

    I was looking at my blog stats, trying to figure out where the heck I was getting a surge in random traffic from, and BAM, V.E.B.! I even read your post, and somehow managed to miss the reference to my name! Thanks! And yes, I think with my husband, in his files, they are either regularly purged, or kept for all eternity, the contents to be tactically trotted out whenever he needs to make a point.

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  36. Suzanne Melton
    April 25, 2014 @ 1:08 am

    Ironing Boards!
    We bought one of those Nutone fold-up-to-the-wall ironing boards at auction and I wanted it installed in the laundry/utility room.
    Dave: The ceiling is too low and, even if it were tall enough, opening the ironing board would block the back door here or run into the counter there or run into the freezer over there.

    So I bought one of those white rack things that lets you hang the ironing board and iron against the wall. Dave installed it.
    Dave: But now that we’re going to hang wall cabinets over HERE, we have to remove the rack and the ironing board and the iron.

    So I’m going to store the ironing board and iron in the bedroom closet.
    Dave: That works…since you haven’t ironed anything in four years anyway!

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  37. Sue
    April 25, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    Growing up, since the age of 10, I had to iron the family’s sheets every week. No matter how much I complained, I could not convince my mother that this was POINTLESS. As punishment, I also had to iron dad’s boxer shorts. Don’t even get me going on the stupidity—and grossness—of that.

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  38. schatze
    April 25, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

    You do realize your bed has boobs, right? That’s what those pillows say to me.

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  39. kerri
    April 26, 2014 @ 12:14 am

    Well, if you put the sheets on when they are a tiny bit damp, they finish drying on the bed and look like they have been ironed. Oh, and I love your clean floor, wish mine were clutter free like that!

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  40. Connie in Hartwood
    April 26, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    I totally get it, and your attitude makes perfect sense. After all, the only person who has to understand your happiness is YOU! As much as we like to think that bloggers live to fulfill the wishes and dreams of our readers, that’s not the case. What makes you giddy, over-the-moon satisfied will make someone else anxious to the point of twitching. Notice that many of the folks who want you to fulfill their version of perfect are not old house owners nor do they have a clue about most of the things that go into living and renovating an old house while maintaining one’s sanity. What works for one person/couple won’t work for someone else.

    I appreciate this window that gives us glimpses into your world.

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