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  1. The Time It Rained in the Basement…And Other Plumbing Stories | Cape of Dreams
    March 8, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    […] The plumber only had single handle faucets. I had never seen a single handled fixture that I liked, so we told him that we would look for something else and call him when we had it. If I had only seen the knob below, I might have gone with a single. But I did not know Victoria at that time, had never visited her blog, and she had not yet installed hers either. You can read her blog post here. […]

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  2. Chiun
    March 31, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Hi Victoria. Like your bathroo remodel! I particularly like your transom windows. I’m thinking of putting two new transom windows in my apartment. Could you let know what hardware you used and where to find them? Also, any tips to make them look good. Best, -Chiun

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 31, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      It’s really a very simple design… and doesn’t require any kind of special hardware.

      The window rotates on a pin. On either side of the frame. Just a piece of steel rod. That’s it. About 1.5” long, so that ¾” goes in the door frame and the other ¾” goes in the window frame. Drill out a hole to the width and depth of your dowel… on either side.

      In looking hardware to do a traditional version, it started to seem unnecessary to us. Plus, aside from light, our goal was ventilating the room as much as possible, and being to open it all the way was better for us… We put a small glass knob at the bottom to move it with. It’s an easy reach for the two of us, but if someone were petite, they’d need a hook.

      Any tips to make it look good? Well… I guess the window itself could be tricky to build! Paul is good at stuff like that, but if I had done it myself, it would have been crooked!! Also, we built the wall from scratch, so were able to make sure everything was perfectly square. If you’re working around an existing door, you might run into some complications… those things never go as smoothly as you hope!!

      Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!!

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    • Chiun Ng
      April 1, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

      I have been trying to find the right hardware but they don’t seem to work. Steel pins seem a great idea. How did you put them between the frame and the jambs?

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      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        April 2, 2013 @ 11:14 am

        Since we were building the wall from scratch, we were able to build the transom and the frame together, the way you see it, and install it… a totally different plan than if we’d had to work with an existing wall. It probably made the transom itself easier to install, but the wall wasn’t too fun!!!

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  3. Christy
    July 2, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    I love that toilet. I love that bathroom…and I am obsessed with you.

    I just lost 2 hours on this site.

    You may want to file a restraining order.

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  4. DB
    August 8, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    V Dear, Please tell us which brand and color you used on the bathroom walls, ceiling and trim? Thank you, DB

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  5. Rick S
    October 8, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    I love how your bathroom looks as if you found it waiting for you. Perfect for your house and pretty besides.
    My house is a 1978 “Victorian Colonial Farmhouse” sort of style. Our bathrooms all came with the Kohler Antique faucets at the sinks and shower/tubs. My wife wanted to replace the dark brown counter in the half bath and replace the polished brass Kohler faucet. I vetoed that due to the fact it is $1600 new, old one does not leak and a cheaper one just won’t due. She thinks I’m nuts.
    Rick

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  6. Hannah
    February 23, 2014 @ 3:30 am

    Hi Victoria,

    When did you purchase the Rohl faucet? We’re shopping for them now and haven’t been able to find it for what you paid. Did you use those for all of your bathrooms?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 23, 2014 @ 8:37 am

      I used a Restoration Hardware faucet in the other bathroom… But if I could do it over, I would choose the Rohl. Style-wise I just like it better.

      It looks like the site I used– Home Perfect is selling the faucet for $304. I guess the price has gone up.

      I just checked Amazon too, because I buy EVERYTHING on there. Their price is higher, but it looks like you could get a returned one for $270. Who knows if you would be satisfied with the condition, but I have always been super happy with Amazon’s customer service… so I’m sure you could return it.
      http://amzn.to/MldT90

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  7. Katie
    March 18, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Quick question regarding the console sink: How tall is it? All the ones I’m looking at seem to be 32.5 inches tall, which seems too short to me. Just wondering what it’s like living with one? Thanks!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 20, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

      I had that concern too… there seems to be a lot of variation in what is “standard” for the height of a bathroom sink? Ours is 34.5″ which seemed low to me (I am 6′ tall, Paul taller) but I got used to it immediately.

      Could it be taller? I guess, but I am not trying to wash my hair in the sink… So not really sure WHY I had the consideration that it needed to be taller.
      Hope that helps, good luck!!

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  8. Gina
    April 24, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    I am thinking of reproducing your medicine cab/mirror combo when I remodel my bath next month (well…I mean I will be asking my husband and contractor/friend to do it. :)!) It is exactly what I wanted, but didn’t know it until I saw it! Thanks!!
    I can’t seem to find your source for the mirror anywhere. Am I missing it?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 24, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

      Hey, it is just a piece of mirror from a local place that sells custom glass. Figure out how big your cabinet is, then take them the measurements…

      Send me a photo of your finished cabinet!
      Good luck!

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  9. Mary Jane Smalley
    May 21, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    Just stumbled upon your website while perusing HOUZZ, and feel very fortunate to have found it!
    We are renovating our main bathroom (not DIY-thank goodness) and I love the sconce in your bathroom, but found a negative review of it on the company’s website…that mentions a’ harsh glare’ —
    What is your honest opinion of the light that it gives?? I am looking for a functional/soft light form a fixture!
    Thanks so much!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 21, 2014 @ 10:55 am

      I think the light is great… Not harsh (I actually really like BRIGHT, BLINDING light, and this is NOT that at all.) Probably it has more to do with the light bulb you use than the actual fixture, don’t you think?

      It comes with a high-efficiency lightbulb (that has a different connection then I have seen before) Whether they have changed light bulbs or something, I do not know?

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  10. Maria B.
    August 3, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

    Help please! I love your blog (and your sense of humor) so keep it up!!! I hope you get all the recognition you deserve and make a ton of money too. Yea, that was obvious….
    OK, so your bathroom is the inspiration for our bath. Thanks to you sharing all the vendor information, it will be very easy to design/build ourselves. But, I cannot find any mention of the tub. I will be forever grateful if you can give me the model you used so I can stop looking and get to demo.
    -Maria

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  11. Catherine W.
    August 22, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    I confess I am responsible for the last 4,000 hits on your blog. We are redoing a 1920’s cottage, and I keep asking, “What did VEB do about ____?” From the color of grout to the choice of faucets to making a medicine cabinet — you are our inspiration. When it’s done maybe I’ll actually have time to blog about it! (There has been a partial post sitting in my draft file for about 6 weeks.) But my question for you today is “how did you get such a beautiful finish on your doors?” I have stripped 3 of the doors, but each time, I get to the point of thinking that some alligator texture is a good thing and move on to painting. And I’ve got 4 doors and a mantel to go. And the fear of lead poisoning hanging over my head.

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  12. Sarah
    November 9, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    Love the bathroom! I’m trying to pick chrome fixtures right now and am having problems matching chromes. My understanding is that Restoration Hardware’s chrome fixtures are made by Newport Brass, which has a much greyer chrome than most. Do your Rohl chrome faucets match the Restoration Hardware towel bar chrome and under the sink hardware chrome?

    Thanks!

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  13. Nadia
    April 8, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    Victoria,
    Love this bathroom… You did a great job ! Just wondering … Did you cut the cove molding down to a 3 x 6 size, or did you keep it at the original 6 x 6 ?

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  14. Annika
    May 6, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

    I have to know about that vent cover! What about the vent cover????

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 7, 2015 @ 9:13 am

      It’s original to the house… all the vent covers are that pattern. You can find similar on eBay or at architectural salvage places, if you find you can no longer live with plain old registers!

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  15. Jennifer
    December 28, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    Hi Victoria, Your bathroom looks awesome! I too have serious OCD and over think things! So as much as I LOVE marble, I do not want to deal with the maintenance or the chance of rust or staining appearing in the future, especially on the shower floor… I did find a porcelain that mimics carrara which I think will look beautiful once all is said and done, however, the one detail that I am struggling with is what color grout to use… From my research I think white is used mostly with marble but not sure if that is a good decision if I want easy maintenance. I can’t tell from your pictures and I don’t see it listed anywhere, but what color grout did you use and did you add a sealer to it?

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  16. Mike
    February 8, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

    Hey there! I see this is an American Standard tub but do you remember the model and color?! White or Arctic white?! Thanks for your time!

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  17. Jessica
    August 23, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

    Hi! What a beautiful bathroom! You know, those door knobs really caught my eye – they are gorgeous. Were they original, or did you buy them new? And if new, do you mind sharing the source? So dreamy!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      August 24, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      They are original to the house, but if you shop/google for glass door knob reproductions, you’ll find similar… OR check craigslist. I see old sets on there fairly frequently!

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  18. Barbara
    October 23, 2016 @ 4:06 pm

    Hi Victoria, I keep coming back to all your bathroom posts because not only is your bathroom beautiful, but I totally relate to your struggle to decide on flooring, fittings etc. At this point, I think I might have spent about as much time contemplating floor tiles as you did, and still second guess myself constantly, even as demo day rapidly approaches. Looking at your final result gives me hope that it might all be worth it. 🙂 Speaking of which, I think your Rohl faucet might be a perfect fit for my bathroom but I was a little put off by a couple of reviews I saw online where people mentioned that the polished nickel version was a devil to clean and showed water spots constantly. I know you have chrome, which is what I would get, and just wondered if you had any such issues and if it’s at all hard to clean?

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  19. Stella
    January 26, 2017 @ 1:19 pm

    Um yeah. I just looked up that shower handle. Yo got an awesome deal. Guess I will be going a different direction LOL

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  20. Karin
    April 30, 2017 @ 1:44 pm

    I too love the whole bathroom, especially the original door and transom window over the door that tilts. It sounds like it was not original to the house/bathroom. Can you please go into more detail. Where did it come from? Did Paul just trim it out? I absolutely love it.

    P.s. I am a fellow tall girl 6′, lover of GFT, and old homes, and jealous of your salvage options in Philly (I live in MI)

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