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  1. Tattycoram
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    This is a good marriage.

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    • Carol Hollfelder
      September 30, 2015 @ 12:49 am

      Yeah. It’s a beautiful thing to see, isn’t it!

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    • judy
      October 5, 2015 @ 11:10 am

      Saw this at another web site and thought it might help-hope her Nibs is doing well

      Joined: 05 Sep 2006 I’m researching CBD oil to help my sweet 16 year-old orange tiger kitty, Oliver, in his fight against terminal gastrointestinal lymphosarcoma. Have started him on another homeopathic formula that supposedly has had good results…. scared to try both at the same time…..

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  2. Sarah
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    Wait…why won’t they work? They look great to me!

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    • Rachel
      September 29, 2015 @ 10:24 am

      I’m with you! I don’t see why they won’t work….

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    • Carole @ EmuBliss.com
      September 29, 2015 @ 10:48 am

      Me too. There must be a way to make them work, they look great on either side of the exhaust hood.

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    • Carolyn E.
      October 2, 2015 @ 1:49 pm

      Agreed! They’re gorgeous, how are they not The Thing?

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    • Robert
      October 5, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

      I feel the same way as you ladies! I think those look fantastic! I’m kind of wishing I could find a pair of them for myself even… Curse you and bless you, Victoria, for showing me beautiful things which make me yearn! lol.

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  3. Nicole
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    Defeat…so difficult to admit. You’re a better woman than I. I hang on, force and never relent. Paul is a good man and lucky to have you and your adulting.

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  4. Celeste
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    I am sorry. I am glad your catbaby is hanging in.

    I LOVE THOSE CABINETS and I garantee I would have been right next to you in the car bouncing and then sneaking off to leave our husbands to make sense out of our Scathingly Brilliant Idea.

    Maybe a rotating bookshelf on casters?

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    • Jocelyn White Conforti
      September 29, 2015 @ 11:29 am

      Celeste, you are a genious! That caster rotation system (mounted sort of like a sliding barn door) might just be the ticket.

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      • Jocelyn White Conforti
        September 29, 2015 @ 11:30 am

        Ahahaha, genius!!!

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  5. Lori
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    So, what exactly is wrong with your idea? It looks fabulous to me. Granted, I may just be looking at the splendor of the whole idea, but I am a “how does it work” kinda girl, so I am curious as to just what is wrong with your idea. Also, my son is grateful you live across the country from me, or I could take those off your hands, and he knows I will enlist his help in doing so.

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  6. teri
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    yeah but they are still really nice Victorian bookcases. You two look really fit from all the furniture lifting and might be all flab if all these fancy ideas didn’t semi materialise xx

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  7. Dianne
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    The piano is enough! Let it be the star and move on. God bless Paul! 🙂 This is indeed a very good marriage.

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  8. Beubook
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    If they don’t work for you I will happily take them off your hands, for a reasonable price, even with a reasonable profit! (See you could use this as a win w with Paul.)
    They are PERFECT for MY kitchen.
    I don’t mean I could make them work… I mean they are PERFECT.
    I’m sort of localish…I live near the Philadelphia Airport, and I can drive to the near NJ burbs.
    I’m preeeety sure this is fate…

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  9. SilvanaJoanne
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    Awww Vicky I loved reading this post! Don’t be so hard on yourself…you did the right thing buying the bookcases. I buy so many unnecessary things all the time and I feel bad as well when I don’t use them but in the end if it makes you happy that’s all that matters. You have a wonderful husband that gives you everything your heart desires and more! Your kitchen will look amazing and who knows you might be able to incorporate them somewhere else in your lovely home. Best wishes to you, Paul and your baby girl Elvis! Silvana

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  10. Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    We’ve all been there – well, those of us with hoarding…er, I mean salvaging…tendencies. I wish you could see what our office looks like right now. The sign of a good marriage is that you get past it – that you each know the other and how it goes. Sounds like you and Paul know that. I was thinking about you and Elvis the other day. Hope Elvis is doing well. Hank sends him a paw high five.

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  11. GlitterGrump
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    I just *might* be a tad hormonal, but this was actually a pretty poignant post.

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  12. Candace
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    I thought they looked good! Having said that, I always MAKE myself get the measurements for said wonderful stuff, and if necessary put up blue tape where I want it to go to make sure it will fit. I even made a cardboard mock up 1 time for a center island. How would they look in the laundry room?

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  13. savannah
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    Well, if you aren’t going to use them….actually, this is like found money if you sell them on Craigslist, right? Didn’t you offer a tutorial on “found money via reselling GFT” once? 😉 xoxo

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  14. Lynn
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Please explain, Victoria, why these beautiful cabinets won’t/don’t work. They look great! Are they just not what you had envisioned?

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  15. Darling Lily
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    I’m with Sarah…what exactly isn’t working? I think they look fantastic!

    And I also think that all the GFTs that you’ve collected are going to miraculously meld together and work, because you are a visionary and Paul is a GENIUS. (As well as a saint)

    I don’t suppose you have time to do a kind of video tour of the kitchen? (Or point out where one already exists on your blog?) I am still having trouble seeing it in 3D, even with all the pictures.

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  16. CMT
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    All mrs have been there. Not fun, but you’ll survive. The piano will be wonderful. The store bought cabinets will be much easier to clean, which is an issue in kitchens. Cooking fumes leave a sticky layer of gunk everywhere, and then dust settles on it. You can scrub away at store bought but that would be hard on these lovely bookcases. They would make a nice butlers pantry. Can you do one of those, outside the kitchen?

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  17. Nikki
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    I love them! I want them! And I smiled the whole way through while reading your post.

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  18. tammigirl
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    Whim of Iron – Best title ever for a blog post (or anything else) I may have to incorporate this into my everyday.

    My husband gives me the eyebrow – which means to back it down. I have been known to sass the eyebrow. Well, not me – but, you know, my self.

    I think they are perfect. I can’t understand why they are not. Please explain this to us.

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  19. devon
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    well, i know my heart skipped a beat when i read the ad on your post…….you are correct, act first think later when it comes to something as beautiful as this……….X TWO!!! and i really think these can be worked in as part of a built in (hello Paul are you reading? 🙂 ) Too unique not to make it work in some way, and just think of how tortured you would be if you hadn’t gotten them and were left to think of the one(s) that got away………you GO girl!!

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  20. Sandi Frederick
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    Paul is awesome. Glad the lobotomy is working out so well for him.

    And I love the bookcases and would have been swooning all over the place.

    I was just gushing about your blog to my spousal unit (who is handcrafting me a lovely dining table made from oak scraps that I am happy about) and we had a grin together.

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  21. Bekah
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Have you tried switching them left to right? So the flat side on the right would go against the wall, and on the left a flat side could go against plainer, stock cabinets. And then the parts with the protruding moulding would be towards the range hood and would look intentional. Not “we split these cabinets up so we could fit in a range hood” but, “these cabinets were meant to have a empty wall and a column thing in between them”.

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  22. judy
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:00 am

    Are you (#$%^&*) kidding? Those are a Gift from the Karma Gods. Only you– Could come upon Beauty priced at Bargain Basement Prices. And the buyers don’t sell this stuff or give it away ..they await your communique and arrival and probably load it for you and wish they could be your friend forever. Wherever you place those in your Elegant Abode they will radiate your excellent taste and Paul’s amazing good fortune that he gets to accompany you on your spectacular pell mell rocket ride through a fascinating Life. Who needs all that boring tedious conforming to rules and regulations? And if you would just write your book you wouldn’t have to concern yourself with the mundane ,you would be holding Court in that waterfront Mansion you were destined to inhabit.

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  23. Caroline
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:29 am

    I believe you’re just tired and not thinking clearly yet. These are great but just a little small relative to the rest of the kitchen. They need a fancy middle-thing to flank, after which the whole will be large enough to have real presence. Cheer up–it’s an excuse…no, an obligation!–to continue to trawl Craigslist for the perfect piece(s) to complement these and complete your wall. Vaya con dios!

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  24. Danielle
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:32 am

    If EVERYTHING is fancy, then nothing looks fancy. You need to balance your use of fanciness. Here is an example, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/85357355415510152/, picture that with your fancy piano island, fancy moldings (that can be purchased new, stained and fit accordingly), fancy light fixtures, fancy antique rugs, fancy accessories. The rest can be “classic” details that will BALANCE everything and highlight your favorite pieces in the room. I am an interior designer and this is your intervention. I love the passion you have for your home. I share it too.

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  25. David
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    Have you thought about reversing the cabinets? (ie, have the trimmed edge facing the stove vent?) Then you can mount the flush edges closer to the wall or whatnot. Of course, then you’ll have to have the doors hinge on the opposite side too, etc… but just a thought!

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  26. Maddie
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    I just have to ask the question I know others thought but didn’t voice…

    In that last picture…WHY is there a DOG on your COUNTER???

    <3!
    Maddie

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  27. TucsonPatty
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    Hey, those are so awesome and beautiful and I just had an inspiration…can you take the fronts off of all the GFTs that you wanted in the kitchen and then reattatch said fronts to the manufactured cabinets, somehow? (That there would be the Paul’s job, obviously) does that defeat the purpose of the GFT??

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  28. Marsha
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    You are just the right amount of crazy! Sounds like their is a potential to move them on – but you teased the reader with the mock up drawing that shows them as a viable working option of beauty!

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  29. Nylene
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:51 am

    They look great to me. What is the problem? Don’t be so hard on yourself.

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  30. Carri
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:55 am

    Actually, your previous post about letting go of the crazy, giant fancy kitchen idea was a little sad. I’m glad you still aren’t ready to give up on those fine things your little heart yearns for, but kitchens are a practical necessity. You may just have to go for the useable, slightly quirky kitchen rather than the manor house one.
    Give Elvis a kiss for us and Paul, too.

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  31. Danielle
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:01 pm

    Last comment from me for the day…here is another example of “simple” cabinets surrounded by fancy things. Don’t be afraid of wallpaper. Express yourself. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/340655159287348542/

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  32. Angela
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

    Paul is an angel!

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  33. Amber
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:15 pm

    I agree with the others, I’m not sure why they couldn’t work. Look at the series of 6 pictures, the middle right one, if you put it in that position you could just put some small knick-knack shelves on the side so there wouldn’t be a gap between them and the window, as for the gap above the cabinets I think that is fairly standard in a lot of kitchens and you could do fabulous things with decor up there if you wanted. Don’t worry, you could always have a GFT sale and make a fortune off all of your GFT that didn’t end up working out, maybe you could make back all the money you need for the kitchen!

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  34. JeanFB
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    Ok so if you are going with a kitchen designer…. why can’t the kitchen be designed around these cabinets? They don’t look to be ginormous…. I’d have to agree with all the others. Have your designer make them work, they are fabulous! Good luck with your fur baby.. <3 And your husband is the big found treasure. 🙂

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  35. Lindsey
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    Victoria,
    I wish, nay, PRAY that some day you will have an auction of the things that you have gathered but decide won’t work out for you. You have the most amazing GFTs even when you decide not to use them. Let us know when that sweepstakes begins or the eBay auction. You could make a fortune off people like us dying to have a piece of your brilliance.

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  36. Emily
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:46 pm

    Ok – you’re gonna have to explain what’s WRONG with your idea?!!? Because, those look AWESOME. I don’t see a problem…

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  37. Garden, Home and Party
    September 29, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

    I want to be supportive, honest. But I think if I were Paul I’d place parental blocks on craigslist viewing for you…at least until you get the kitchen finished. 🙂 I do love these cabinets. Why don’t they work? They look nice in your mock up image.
    I think there could be support cabinetry that would compliment them and then you’d have enough bling in the kitchen to satisfy you and enough practical cabinetry to satisfy Paul, right?
    xo,
    Karen

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  38. Patty/NS
    September 29, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

    They look funky and great to me! Why oh why won’t they work!? We all need an explanation. Is it the window? Do they stick out too far? Love the puppy you added to the mock up picture, everything looks better with a puppy ?. Dammit, tell us why they won’t work, you are killing us! xo

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  39. yvonne
    September 29, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

    I know this isn’t helping, but those black ceramic elephants are great!

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    • Deborah Calle
      October 4, 2015 @ 12:11 am

      I know right, the elephants are exactly like the ones my husband brought back from vietnam! They flank my front door carrying peace lily plants on their backs. Hey, Victoria what
      you doing with the elephants?

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  40. Kay
    September 29, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

    CMT is right about the kitchen gunk. Those bookcases are far too nice to ruin with scrubbing. They’ll be perfect somewhere else.

    Glad Elvis is hanging in there. We need pictures of her.

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