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  1. Kelly
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    Love the bookcase (I don’t know that I would have been able to get rid of the others, despite the GFTness of the new one!) You and your husband are a perfect team, it’s true!

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  2. Faye Reece
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    Stunning!

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  3. MT
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    My favorite post ever! Brava.

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  4. Marti Blattert
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    DYING.

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  5. Ellen
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    Your posts brighten my day so.

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  6. Pat
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I needed some hilarity today as I just got news they chose someone ‘cheaper’ for the coveted job I wanted. Sigh

    Then I received an email saying your blog was updated and I laughed at the tryrannical despot comment so hard I forgot myself (I am also married to one). I shook myself and thought why do I care about losers who don’t appreciate me.

    Thanks again for brightening my day. Keep it up but I almost hope you never finish your house.

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  7. Sandra
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    Girl. You. Can. WRITE. If your parents don’t appreciate that, I will happily adopt you.

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  8. Jane Dawson
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    I absolutely love this! Hilarious and alarmingly accurate. Paul and my husband could have quite the comparison conversation, though I don’t think they would find it as funny. Sharing on my FB page.

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  9. Hana
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    Gorgeous!! It’s totally worth getting something you truly truly love.

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  10. ayan
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:37 am

    Hey, great book collection! I’ve most of those same titles. Loved the recent mini-series adaptation of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – plan to make my significant other a Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair costume for Halloween (cough*2020*cough). Though it has been painful, I have slowly convinced my inner book hoarder to acquire classics on Kindle and release the moldering paperback versions I’ve been toting around since college (cough*the80s*cough). Something I genuinely enjoyed I’ll keep, but my “Used Copy”-stamped Boccaccio’s Decameron loses its saving throw against storage space. Also, your blog gets fancier and funnier each time I read it.

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  11. Kelly
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:38 am

    Hello, can you share some tips or info on how you guys take these pieces a part? How do you know where to start and at what seams or things they can be dismantled?

    I ask because I have 150 yr old home and with very small front door and a slender stair case and hallway and I’d love to be able to have furniture like this one day

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    • Emma
      January 19, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

      Yes, please, please, do a post on taking apart and reassembling GFTs! I would love to be able to fit things so easily in a minivan and through doorways, but I would be so afraid of damaging my treasures. Are all these GFTs just so miraculously well-made that they come apart and slide back together so easily that no glue and only a few tools are required?

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  12. Robin
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:38 am

    Happy new year! You are crazier and Paul saintly-er (I know, not a word, but you get what I mean) than you were last year. Just wish I lived close by so I could have your “hand-me-downs.”

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  13. cmt
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    Gorgeous. Grandfather should be pleased it is in a loving home that will honor it’s beauty. Part one, sorting books, dead on. I totally understand. And making cats happy is important. Part two, I think you should make a calendar of Paul in manly poses, and admire him working every day. And we should take a moment to think about the craftsmen who created this lovely piece. You don’t get the same thrill looking at an Ikea bookcase, glass doors or not.

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  14. Jenni
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    So funny! It looks fabulous!

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  15. kristine
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    Still waiting for clone Paul. I would buy/steal/kidnap? him. And the bookcase? love it. Why oh why does our Craigs list only have pressboard faux bookcases for $500

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  16. Jennifer
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:39 am

    there isn’t a thing I don’t love about you – great find in bookcase and Paul – every woman should be ALL-Nonsense….

    : )

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  17. katrina anderson
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:41 am

    Hah! I love this story. I don’t know how you can possibly get rid of books -so happy to read that you bought another bookcase instead! So funny…

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  18. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:41 am

    Elvis is looking well ❤️

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  19. savannah
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    I’M STILL LAUGHING! In fact, my own Despot aka The Husband, had to come and see what I was laughing about! His take-away? “He’s (Paul) a good guy!” 😉 xox

    p.s. I re-arranged the books in and called it a “purge.” He never noticed.

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  20. MicheleFromBoston
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:55 am

    Well, the tears are streaming down my face as I read this! I want you to have your own show on HGTV titled “My Big Fancy Show”. I would volunteer to be your sidekick. We could both quit our real jobs and just hunt big fancy things for lucky people. Your husband could have a nice rest and we would audit and hire handsome brawny men to accompany us who could move and load our big fancy things. Well…?

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    • emily
      January 19, 2016 @ 11:01 pm

      So let it be written. So let it be done.

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  21. Amy Harsh
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:55 am

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts, I sit here with a grin on my face, living vicariously through you, keep up with the good work!

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  22. phyllis
    January 19, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    Post of all posts! Gimme that bookcase.

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  23. Dawn
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    The bookcase is as beautiful as the post is true…how can they move so slowly when the situation is clearly urgent!! Love the bookcase and your blog <3

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  24. Darlene
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    It’s perfect in that corner! Beautiful piece and a great buy! 🙂

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  25. Nicole
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    I love your new bookcase! It is gorgeous! I liked the old ones you got rid of as well, but the Victorian bookcase is definitely better. My husband has the same tendency to take as long as possible when I am in hurry to leave and go somewhere, so I can sympathize.

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  26. Gerry
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    He was silent while acclimating himself to having yet another unusable room in the house, and “is that code?” are the 2 funniest things you’ve written in a long time. I’ve been waiting for this post and you did not disappoint. Keep up the good work!

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  27. Bleubook
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    I cannot express the level of anxiety I felt watching you assemble that bookcase INCHES from that mirror…

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  28. becky
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    I love how you and Paul compliment each other so exactly perfectly. I also love your honesty and acceptance of self. It’s something one must have worked years at refining the relationship with Self. As always I truly enjoyed your reminiscing – and love of GIANT FANCY THINGS! Here’s to 2016!

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  29. Anne
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Three thoughts:

    1. That is the giantest most wonderful scarf ever. I bet you knitted it.
    2. Please reflect that you are now SO FANCY and your house filled with SUEPERIR GFTs that you have to get rid of the GFTs that fail to live up to your level of Fancy. That is probably equivalent to the achievement of enlightenment or something.
    3. What kind of indoor plants do you have? Does Elvis not eat them,or are they cat-friendly plants? My cats are chewers and I kill plants.

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  30. Kelly
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    I couldn’t help but think that this would be a great piece for your GFT Kitchen. No? It seems appropriate for dishes or a pantry perhaps?

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    • Cheryl
      January 19, 2016 @ 6:43 pm

      I had the same thought. It does look lovely where she put it though.

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  31. Christine
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:11 am

    Excellent read, you explained what goes thru a woman’s mind perfectly!

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  32. Susana Stevens
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    Congratulations! It looks fabulous! After speaking your name for a year, it was definitely meant to be with you. Right there with you on the wife/husband speed phenomenon.

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  33. Dianne
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:27 am

    Is it possible for me to love a complete stranger as much as I do PAUL? 🙂

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  34. Siouxzie Q
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:37 am

    For all his hard work, you should buy Paul a trailer and a hitch. Think how much more easy your, err… his life would be…

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  35. Joanne Palumbo
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    Kudos to whomever it is that shoots the videos!! Love the excellent editing.
    Also love your posts:)) Thanks for sharing. I follow your boards on Pinterest and, everyday your selections stream through my home page. Funny how I can pick yours out at once! I mean, the vegan recipes aside, we share many, many favorites. Keep em coming. As well as restoring my 1868 New Orleans home, I am about to completely gut and restore a tiny flat in NYC. I live on Craigslist, but I vacation on the isle of Pinterest.

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  36. Amy
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:40 am

    Anytime you outgrow any of your treasures please keep me in mind! You are my spirit animal.

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  37. Ellenann
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, and what a steal!! Congrats to you!!

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  38. Maureen
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:55 am

    Love love love! I am so impressed you got rid of some bookshelves 😀 I hope Paul at least gave you some credit for that. Also I think he is a gem of a person, and I’ve never even met him. And he’s right, it IS cheaper than therapy and clearly there is no room for more nonsense. Go Paul. I might be his biggest fan 🙂

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  39. Callie
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    EPIC!!

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  40. Fred Wishnie
    January 19, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    Forgetting your irrational temptations, down deep you are one good negotiator – that is one kick ass bookcase for $500!

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