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  1. Carla
    October 30, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Well those fridges behind the awesome armoire and glass fronted doors are spectacular. I never even knew that was a possibility. I guess you can’t DIY due to the refrigerator needing to “breathe” all that hot air somewhere? Wouldn’t that be cool with the piano island.

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  2. Lauren W.
    October 30, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    I wasn’t prepared for ELVIS. Ugly cry is right.

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  3. Kay
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    I think your embrace of functionality gives you an excellent solution. How many of us have struggled with the looming presence of a refrigerator in our kitchens? We made some structural changes in our renovation that permitted a wall of cabinets encasing the refrigerator, with pullout pantry drawers on either side, and that works well for us, but I put money into a Lacanche stove, custom cabinetry (necessary to fit the kitchen) and marble counters and did without a panel ready refrigerator. And I don’t have a Paul. If you can manage a DIY version of that beautiful mirrored door (who knew such options existed?), you will have united beauty and functionality.

    By the way, something has happened and your blog is nearly impossible to read on an IPad. The same thing happened on Maria Killam’s blog, and she had it fixed. The scroll function doesn’t work, content refuses to load, and you can’t type a comment and read what you’re typing, so you get crazy stuff, and when you try to correct it, the backspace button goes on automatic and wipes out what you’ve written. I had to go to my computer to read your post properly and write this comment.

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  4. Toni
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

    Just a hopefully helpful thought……I LOVE the mirrored refrigerator doors! Had never seen that. One thought, I have to wipe my refrigerator doors at least once and twice a day to keep them presentable (I have a black fridge). If you are a clean freak, doing mirrored doors that often would be challenging. Just for consideration. Sounds like your “kitchen remodeling” is gaining momentum once again! Yippee!

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  5. savannah
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

    OMG! How cool are those fridges? I’ve been following your remodel and wishing we still lived in an old house, but right now we’re stuck in our 1994 southern subdivision ranch model! Plus, after 48 years of marriage I KNOW I’m not married to a Paul, so I am just going to have to be diligent about tearsheets, color cards, appliance dimensions, flooring and tile samples, and THEN hope that we find the right contractor!

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  6. Rachel
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

    Please don’t think I’m weird. But armoire fridge just made me alllmooosssttt text my husband with pictures, and the words “This…*this* is what will earn you certain intimate favors you really want, and are on my ‘aw, helllllllzzzz naw’ list…”

    I’m not. Cause we’re broke, not in the middle of a beauteous kitchen remodel, and simply put, I don’t have a “Paul”(may his name be praised….lol). I do have five children, an elderly indoor corgi (rescue), and a husband who likes stability and lots of large scale cooking (he made 7#s of Mexican beef this weekend… delicious, but 7#??).

    Thank you for adding to the mental image of the “when we win the lottery kitchen redo”…

    And hugs, for Elvis…🐱💓

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  7. Gerry
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    Your ideas are brilliant! Something is bothering me though, what happened to marble slabs you were going to use on the top of the piano island?

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  8. Patti Buser
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

    Love you and your hilarious ramblings! 😹 High fives to you for your choice of a husband! 👌🏻

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  9. DawnV
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

    Wait, so I don’t understand the mechanics of the plan. Here is what I have understood. There used to be a doorway in this spot, so now there will be a fridge, and it will be flush with the wall. I am left to conclude that you cut a hole where the door used to be and stick the fridge through it so it sticks out into the yard? From the angle of the outside photo, it seems that there is a living room window there? Do you have to get rid of/cover up the window for the scheme to work? How do you make the outside non-hideous? Are you going to like the visual of a fridge-sized box sticking out on the side of your house?

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  10. Becky Schneider
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    I love love love your blog. Thank you. You make me laugh out loud. My father (now gone over 6 years) would have been a “Paul” if my mother had been a you- she didn’t have your inherent design qualities. Daddy would have made anything work, would have figured out it. My husband (love him!) is NOT a Paul, either. I *think* you really do realize what a gem you have there…keep appreciating him…that’s special. I love love love all these ideas and things are looking so great! I was at the nearby antique mall on Saturday and saw a couple of thread cases… Very pricey! Lovely though. I bought a 6-drawer library card catalog cabinet 3 years ago- I had just had surgery and under the influence of narcotics- told myself I wouldn’t go over $50 and got it for $103. 🙂 AND I STILL HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING WITH IT!

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  11. Wendy Molinaroli
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    Which bookcase was sold? I love the Craigslist finds, and I adore bookcases. And that armoire fridge, where in the world did you find that?? I want it! My husband is a Paul. They could be brothers. He feels Paul’s pain We just renovated a 1940’s craftsman bungalow, and our own, modest ranch is next.

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  12. Sue Fiorentini
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:01 pm

    My husband is really glad that I wasn’t following you when we first designed our kitchen. It’s a not done yet either. Why are kitchens so fraught with problems? I went with white cabinets , matte black pulls, white farmhouse sink, and I wanted soap stone countertops ( ended up with silestone matte black- after looking several weeks on Craigs list for a couple of slate pool tables-NADA ). The appliances are GE slate and I really like them. The wall the refrigerator ended up on has to be rebuilt—-long story.
    I shed a tear for you and your Elvis ( Paul is a keeper) , we are owned by a too smart black cat named Squeeks who is 15 and we consider him our four legged son. I can’t imagine life without him.

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  13. Joyce Winge
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

    Loved these fridges. The last 4 photos showed me fridges I never even knew existed, I’m grateful. …I don’t know what to do with the information but I love them.

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  14. Stefanie
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

    I am so out of touch with reality. We have two kitchens, one in our primary residence and the other in our Mexican home. And yet somehow I neglected to become familiar with what a “panel ready” refrigerator is. You have now corrected that deficiency in my vocabulary, if not my lifestyle. I also do not share your need for symmetry since I am a painter and symmetry is anathema to interesting compositions. Symmetry = bo-r-r-r-ing. But I am ecstatic that there is your blog so I can vicariously own and buy all those gorgeous old Victorian antiques that I would love to have but have no where to put them and my practical side will not allow.

    Elvis lives indeed. 🐈 (sorry there’s no black kitty emoji.)

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  15. Carlee O.
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:33 pm

    The part about renting a bulldozer, or burning the house down had me laughing out loud. I love you.

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  16. Roberta Sain
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

    When I read your last post my first thought was to use the old stairwell space! My sister turned her same space into a pantry. She too has a second access to her basement.

    I think it’s the perfect solution for your frig! And I LOVE the armoire idea!!

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  17. Abby Bean
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

    I have never before in my life seen such beautiful fridges as those you posted at the end; please, please, please do something like that! Elvis <3

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  18. Patricia
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    I do not have food pretty enough to deserve any of those drop dead beautiful fridges. And I most certainly couldn’t afford both a dazzlingly beautiful fridge and Pinterest photo ready food to place in said fridge. While I’m not sure what you’re going to ACTUALLY do with or to the fridge to meet your high standards, I look forward to seeing the finished reveal. Because this may be the slowest reveal in blog history….

    But well worth the wait, no doubt.

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  19. Joann
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

    Just a thought….in the build out to accommodate the amazing refrigerator I know that you’ll pick, how about a window seat under the window in the area of the frig/future thing of beauty? I can’t really say without seeing more pics of the space but I think it would work out and keep instyle with the house and it is also an opportunity for great molding and pillows and prettiness.

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  20. Dever
    October 30, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    You are adorable and hilarious! I am not in an old house, but a home that is begging for updating!! The light fixtures have become entertainment for my friends – my lack of grace and fixture demise (probably a dusting accident) if my husband doesn’t get on board soon…

    Loving your foster kitties. You have a sweet husband – and I would have ugly cried as well. I have a feeling Elvis II will catch your heart very soon.

    Thank you for your glorious posts!

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  21. Princess Buttercup
    October 30, 2017 @ 4:37 pm

    Paul is a treasure. Bless him. Long live Elvis. <3

    I wasn't prepared for how utterly gorgeous those cabinets-cum-fridges are. I'm swooning!

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  22. Marianne in Mo.
    October 30, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

    Oh we all wish we had a Paul! He’s a saint for sure! It will be a relatively simple thing for him to build out this space, cover it with a shed style roof and siding, and run the electric for the fridge. What a brilliant idea!
    I feel your sadness over Elvis’ anniversary; I still mourn my buddy Westie, aka Wesley McTavish. He has been gone longer than he lived, but I think of him always. My daughter has a kitty (Tux) who is now 16 yrs. old, diabetic, and only weighs 7lbs. now, just skin and bones. But he won’t give up, and neither will she, as long as he doesn’t show pain or misery. Every time I see him, when we leave, I say a “final” goodbye to him, just in case. That has been happening now for four years, since he got his diabetic diagnosis. But he gets his shots and keeps on going, I think for my daughter and not for himself. They just aren’t ready to give up on each other!

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  23. Tammy
    October 30, 2017 @ 5:52 pm

    I thought my life was fulfilled…until I saw that armoire refrigerator and flung myself on the floor.

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    • Nancy Ann Page
      October 30, 2017 @ 10:02 pm

      That was really funny, Tammy – I laughed out loud.

      Nancy Ann

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  24. Barbara Jean Gravlee
    October 30, 2017 @ 5:54 pm

    Have you looked at that work triangle you’re creating with moving the refrig? Looks like you will be walking around that island all day! That would make me crazy, so I sincerely hope I’m wrong 🙂

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  25. Kathleen
    October 30, 2017 @ 6:08 pm

    To each his own on layout but I would have kept the fridge where it was, moved stove to where where is with no window and put sink under window. Alternately move sink to where refer was, move stove to where sink was and refer now where window is. I love the “L” with my my island as a base for operations.

    And I love space between. appliances. The refer could go where you want it, as it is accessable to others without coming into your work area. And you have to please YOU.

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  26. judy
    October 30, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

    The Portal to Narnia-enchanting-portals to existential voids, beware. I think I have my own personal void because I keep falling into the same hole I’ve been digging for the last 5 decades and it’s becoming damned annoying. AnyHoo as usual you have cheered me up and for some small moments helped me to forget that my country is facing its own peculiar void-that is,anybody with any intelligence or common sense at the helm of our great ship of state? But as the song proclaims “the sun’ll come out tomorrow- so here’s hoping! Love you,love your blog.

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  27. Kat
    October 30, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

    INTEGRATED APPLIANCE FRIDGE DOOR SLIDE FIXING KITCHEN UNIT DOOR

    Have you seen these? They were on a fridge door at a place I just stayed at, in Germany.

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  28. Linda Hill
    October 30, 2017 @ 8:06 pm

    Totally mystified about where the frig is going! I have done hundreds of kitchen layouts on paper and even took course from a cabinet manufacturer so can draw a blueprint etc blah blah blah————-but I just don’t get what you are doing? But still love your blog!

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  29. Debbie Young
    October 30, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

    OMGoodnessOMGoodness…. an armoire refrigerator… who knew! Absolutely gorgeous! And the mirrored doors are just as awesome… now my kitchen is NOT complete anymore. Booooo-hooooo. I love your blog and your hubby is a treasure of all times.#elvislives <3

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  30. Penny Mason
    October 30, 2017 @ 9:55 pm

    OH!!! I am soooo glad you are back in the kitchen, I love the idea of placing the frig on a porch add on, and of course, you need a hinged part to access the outside basement stairs, Yes!! Keep it coming lady, we cannot really live without your fancy posts!!!

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  31. ct
    October 30, 2017 @ 10:05 pm

    Beautiful refrigerators, but only a woman as trim and fit as you would say, “I am someone who likes a glass-front fridge! “

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  32. Cyn
    October 30, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

    My kitchen and family room are an extension of each other. This made me want to make my look as little like a kitchen as possible while being a fully functional kitchen. I’ve pulled it off to a certain degree, but have lost interest. But I am enjoying watching your process. You go girl. You are my kitchen design hero.

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  33. fixitchick
    October 31, 2017 @ 10:02 am

    So I saw this list of husbands/boyfriends who set the bar too high [for other, sot as thoughtful, men] on George Takei yesterday, and wondered why Paul wasnt in the #1 spot.

    I am sure he can make an armoire fridge for you somehow. Even if he has to move the kitchen window over the bilco doors and put the fridge where the window is now, and build a bump out for an ultra shallow armoire so it only protrudes into your walking area by 12″ or less [like this one: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/40/01/49/400149005aa60910a7e481369294fb37–antique-armoire-cornices.jpg%5D even if there is no way to affix those doors to the fridge and you have to use a second set of doors to get to the fridge, because it is SO WORTH IT.

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  34. Nancy M Uhran
    October 31, 2017 @ 10:45 am

    I love you. In a totally non creepy way, of course. You are my alter ego. When you pontificate, my soul says, “Yes. That is true.” All furniture must reach the ceiling, refrigerators should be hidden, my life will not be complete with that new piece of furniture. Please keep up the good work. I love reading about someone almost as crazy as I am.

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  35. Laurilyn Fortner
    October 31, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

    I love your writing, ideas, and am crushing on Paul. Keep up the good work.

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  36. Gail
    October 31, 2017 @ 7:28 pm

    That last fridge looks alot like the entrance to Narnia LOL

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  37. Gail
    October 31, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

    That last fridge looked like the entrance to Narnia.

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  38. Jules
    October 31, 2017 @ 7:41 pm

    Hey Victoria, I’ve been quietly reading your blog for years. Let me just say you are fabulous!!! I’ve loved following you on your adventure of buying your home and remodeling it and the love of all creatures furry (miss seeing Elvis as well :() I myself am a mother of four boys. We dream about starting our own adventure too. Would you mind sharing our funding page? I’m not very internet savvy, don’t do social media, Facebook ect. Would appreciate it!

    https://www.freefunder.com/campaign/please-help-realize-our-dream

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  39. Melanie
    October 31, 2017 @ 11:40 pm

    Yes, great spot to put the refrigerator! I don’t think it will intrude on the dining room window. And the wonderful glass doors and the armoir. I now have something to desire. Now you can redesign the range wall for symmetry and fanciness.

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  40. Nancy
    November 1, 2017 @ 12:32 am

    You are the best!.. So enjoy you’re posts.. always so well written!

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