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  1. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    YOU FOUND THE THING!! SO excited for you!!

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  2. Marta
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    I suppose it is no accident that your kitchen looks like a VICTORIAn ballroom fit for Queen ELIZABETH and not at all like BARNES or even a common disco!

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    • Darling Lily
      November 23, 2015 @ 11:10 am

      Well played, madame, very well played indeed.

      *golf clap*

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  3. Linda D.
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    Oooo. Oooooo. (and other assorted vaguely sexual moans of pleasure) She is GORGEOUS! Yes, of course she was perfect for the sink wall. You will smile ( or moan – your choice) with pleasure every time you have to rinse the sink. And I will have to live vicariously since my sink wall is like something out of Shirley Valentine. (Hello, wall…)

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  4. SilvanaJoanne
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Wow that is absolutely beautiful! How do you find these things??? The shelf on it is perfect as well. Very nice touch. It’s looking good girl 🙂

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  5. Gusmom
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Love your ideas! We will be facing a kitchen remodel in the sometime future and will have to address options for moving the sink from under the window. What program do you use for your layouts? We will definitely need some architectural software for planning our renovations.

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  6. Kiki
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    WOAWWWW – NOW you’re talking, sweetheart. I KNEW it: When you heart beats louder than a drummer band, THAT IS IT and all discussions are over. CONGRATULATIONS; this is über-hot (can’t say cool because it IS piping hot!!!). What a development and what a long and steep trip this was; and now look at what you came up with! I am SO glad for you (and Paul!)

    I had – of course – to look up that faucet (I thought a faucet is a bassin) and I was shocked at the shipping costs: $159.36…. until I realised they spoke about sending it to FRANCE where I live! So you might pay marginally less !
    I did however pay way more for a similar set of taps in our downstairs bathroom, also for a late Victorian style type stone house which has glorious features and therefore DEMANDS original (if newly made) equipment to shine at its best.

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  7. Jayne
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    I get anxious just reading your updates! Will she find it? Won’t she? Is she going to be disappointed after spending too much money on the wrong thing? is she going to find the exactly right thing for a ridiculously small amount that will make her heart sing???? I relax when I get to the happy ending! I was worried about a sink that doesn’t look out to the world beyond, so I think the mirror is genius. It reflects the interior world….and yours is sublime!

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  8. Emily
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    So glad you found THE THING. Congratulations! I recently found THE THING for my living room, when I wasn’t even actively looking for it (I mean, I had been off and on for a couple years, but I was taking a break). I don’t have a Paul, so I’ll have to hire someone to retrofit THE THING, but I’m still really happy.

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  9. Sharyl Murphy
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    Victoria, I love your posts and your treasures. While the treasures are not my style I can certainly appreciate them! The posts however, fill a much more important function. I simply show them to my husband as means of displaying just how far “other husbands” are willing to go for their antique and vintage loving gals! After ANYTHING Paul has done…my requests look minor 😉 Thanks for the help! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  10. Diana C.
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    I bow to your prowess and tenacity in finding PERFECT giant fancy things! You are the queen perched at the pinnacle of success and the place to which the rest of us lovers of GFT aspire. May you live long and continue to teach the rest of your humble servants…

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  11. Gaylin
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    It is perfect! Like a fancy bakery in Paris would have behind counter!
    Love the shelf!
    Love,love,love!
    Waiting was the right thing! I am always impatient for ideas to come to together!
    I bow at your feet in your stead fast resolve to find “IT”!

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    • Patricia
      November 23, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

      Gaylin, I think you summed up Victoria’s kitchen perfectly; fancy french bakery in Paris … are you thinking more”Boulangerie” or “Patisserie”?
      Arguements could be made for either side and would provide a perfect excuse for Victoria to swan about in a beret and striped shirt. Elvis, of course, is perfect just as she is.
      Let them eat cake…

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  12. Janie Horn
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    You are amazing! Your creativity astounds me. LOVE the mirror! Congratulations!

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  13. Diane Amick
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    Ok Victoria…..let me get this straight. We are not going down the giant fancy ribbon/bow, mirrored balls by the thousands, garland encrusted with gold leaf and feathers around each and every giant fancy mirror Christmas theme this year??? We are, instead, doing miraculous kitchen that coordinates with the piano turned island which includes a faucet spouting out of an exterior wall we don’t have time or energy for Christmas theme. Some of us LIVE for your Christmas posts. I understand that a kitchen that actually functions would be nice over the holidays, but don’t you think we could be distracted from the non-kitchen by your inspiring and informative holiday posts? Just give it some thought. I know you won’t fail me!

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  14. Corinne
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    I imagine if I walked by your house I would hear ‘Phantom of the Opera’ music coming from the garage. Instead of the angel of music, you have the angel of fancy things.

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  15. Scribbler
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    This looks fabulous — perfect with that impressive island.

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  16. Beubook
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    yeah…it’s perfect. You know it, I know it.

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  17. Julie
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    Perfect!

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  18. Chad in the Crooked House
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    You could build out the whole wall to make a ledge to set the mirror on and have the faucet come out of the bump-out. I like how on top of the outrageous fanciness, this mirror gives you a small amount of usable shelf space too.

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  19. laura
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    I love this, yes. I am left with this reverse projection, an unaccountable sense of accomplishment when I see that you have made another step towards finishing your kitchen. Your posts are the perfect antidote to TV reality shows where kitchens are popped up in 1/2 hour of screen time, all straight from the big box stores, without any serious conflict. They’re soulless – as if putting a kitchen together is solving a mathematical equation. Which is why I hate to make this boring geometry (and unfortunately structural) point here, and that is, I am worried about the asymmetrical windows, framing your perfectly curated island and mirror.

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  20. Barb
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    My first thought when I saw the close up of the mirror–that woman looks like YOU. Don’t you think?!?

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    • Barb
      November 23, 2015 @ 10:57 am

      My first thought when I saw the close up of the mirror–that woman even looks like YOU. Don’t you think?!?
      (I’m surprised the amazing faucet is nickel, not gold!)

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  21. Di
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    You know we are waiting for The Christmas Decor postings! No pressure at all and totally understandable if kitchen comes first:)

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  22. Dianne
    November 23, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    I’m not sure I’d want to look at myself in a mirror every time I was at the sink. I say this because I have a giant mirror on the wall opposite my open shower (shower floor is 5×7 feet) and there’s no other place to look when you’re showering. In hindsight perhaps not the best design.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      November 24, 2015 @ 10:23 am

      While I agree I wouldn’t want to look at myself every time I stood at the sink, (let alone the SHOWER), if I looked like Victoria, I wouldn’t mind a bit!

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  23. Nancy
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:12 am

    How much did you end up paying for the mirror? Or … maybe I missed it 🙂

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 23, 2015 @ 11:19 am

      $500… (what he was asking.) I tried to get him to take $400, but he was really firm.

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      • Yvonne Angus
        November 24, 2015 @ 10:27 am

        So worth the price, imho, because it saved you from living in boredom for eternity, or until you stumbled across an even more impressive house. Or spending untold amounts on all the wrong GFTs. This mirror is perfection personified!

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  24. Cat
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    absolutely L O V E that piece you have fully converted me to GFT

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  25. Darling Lily
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    I posit that you would have bought this particular GFT even without a picture, based solely upon the “Antique Victorian Lady Head” title, which is right up there with “Kingdom Mirror” in The Annals of Epic Descriptions.

    Once something thus titled entered your ken, there was no denying its destiny.

    And it is perfection!

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  26. Kelly
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:17 am

    I love this soooo much. Ooh, I’m so happy for you. You are getting the GFT Kitchen of Your Dreams! Can’t wait to see it in completion!

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  27. Debra J
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    Perfection.

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  28. Jo
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    Now your husband can look at himself all the while he does dishes!!!

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  29. Kim
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:39 am

    Victoria, Have you ever been to Empire Antiques in Hightstown, NJ? Their website would have you believe that it’s some kind of fancy-schmancy place, but in reality it’s a ginormous two story warehouse jam packed with with GFT’s. If you go, wear thermals, bring a flashlight and maybe a head-lamp, and be prepared to spend hours and hours getting lost. (Literally, I still have to ask the workers how I get out.) It’s sooo worth the trip.

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  30. Kim B
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:39 am

    Meanwhile, I’m having to be all practicle and stuff…

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  31. Casey F
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:41 am

    Whenever Paul argues with a big fancy purchase, tell him at least you don’t have to pay for shipping or taxes to import it to/from the uk! Amazon tells me I’d have to pay $134 import tax on that fancy faucet. 😛

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  32. Susan Macdougall
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    First of all: Impressive hunting. I quite get what you are after. And I certainly applaud it. Your kitchen is really going to be worth all of the headaches. But I do have to ask, and this is only because i care; aren’t you going to hit your head on that shelf whenever you reach into the sink? Or- are you going to pull the sink cabinet out a few inches to preclude that from every happening? And if you think this is my lame attempt to get you to NOT use that mirror (and send it my way), um… well… *cough-cough*

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  33. Marsha
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    Wow! I am exhausted and amazed at the beautiful kitchen you are building.

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  34. Dottie
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    You found it! With the lady’s head and beads, how could you not purchase it! Yay!

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  35. Lorie
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:52 am

    The mirror is Fabulous. My 2 cents, tile the back splash all the way up to the ceiling on that wall and raise the right window height to match the window on the left. If you can afford to replace the window glass on both or maybe just the large window with a Victorian style lead glass it just might be the over the top fabulousness that is required.

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  36. Dianne
    November 23, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    All I want for Christmas is Paul!!! His patience is remarkable.
    Your kitchen will be amazing. How close to finish is it? I want a BIG reveal.

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  37. Annika
    November 23, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

    <3

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  38. Tamzin Malone
    November 23, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

    Oh my gosh I love you SO MUCH. You are my spirit animal. And my husband wants to thank you for letting me live vicariously through you.

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  39. Amber
    November 23, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

    Completely gorgeous!!! I am really getting excited, I can’t wait to see it when it’s all done!!

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  40. AmyRo
    November 23, 2015 @ 12:58 pm

    Two things, 1) are you really ok with staring at your reflection while you’re at the sink – or will you be repurposing it and 2) what will you do with the window and door so they aren’t at different heights? Hide the tops with a window treatment or have Paul move your window up?
    I can’t wait to see this room finished but probably not more than you.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      November 24, 2015 @ 10:36 am

      Are you kidding? Lol! I can envision Victoria practicing her pirouettes and curtsies whilst waiting for the tea to steep!

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