1. Carole @ Emu Joy
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    Elvis did an extremely admirable job supervising on your behalf.


    • Kate
      June 3, 2016 @ 1:19 am

      I agree. His face says it all.


      • Kate
        June 3, 2016 @ 1:19 am

        wow, I mean her.


    • Fiamma
      June 21, 2016 @ 3:58 pm

      Yes, that kitty face is just perfect.


  2. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    Dear Paul,

    Why, you ask, must everything be special? Simple: because YOU decided on this life. You married a special woman, whose whippy outlook and zest for details can only be contained in really large urns and giant closet-things that clearly open to magical lands but don’t actually fit anywhere. You, Paul, made this choice for yourself, with full knowledge of who she was.

    Frankly, we’re all a little disappointed that it’s taking you so long to get with the program.


    Fans of Elvis


  3. AnnMarie
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    Those windows are a decided improvement over the half bath!


  4. Susan
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    Spectacular! Now tell me that orange paint will be gone soon.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 1, 2016 @ 10:46 am

      Yes! We’re planning to paint walls this weekend. And hopefully get the trim up and painted.


  5. Shanan Pictou
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:48 am

    VEB – I didn’t think there was anymore reason to love you more, but your passion for animal welfare makes you that more special to me!
    Keep up the good work!


  6. Ann
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    Those doors are beautiful! I now have door envy. Not that I have anywhere I could put such a thing. But hey, I read your blog religiously, so I’m obviously not rational.

    Good luck in your quest to find hardware.


  7. Lindsey
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    OMG! That hardware is amazing!!!! I don’t even need hardware but I feel compelled to buy it.


  8. Jayne Z
    June 1, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    First, “Inspector Clouseau — I mean Elvis” is adorable! Love the new wall of windows and love even more the fact that the height of all the windows from wall to wall and even the french doors are the same height! So many times windows are installed lower which makes it hard to install window treatments. I also like that you used 2 over 2 for the new windows to match the old ones. A lot of people don’t pay attention to those details. Great job – but of course that’s what we would expect from Paul (and you)!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 1, 2016 @ 11:02 am

      getting the window size “right” was NOT the fun part!! I do best when I can actually SEE what I’m working with, and trying to visualize based on taped-out shapes was hard to feel confident.

      I’m really pleased with the end ratio though! (I guess I should have put this in the post… feeling very dull today.)


      • Jayne Z
        June 1, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

        I’m a visual person too so I understand. For feeling very dull, you are still very sharp! Hope you get back to your full strength soon – maybe you just need a day at the spa.


  9. Suzanne Forbes
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    “The Hardware Quest”, a novel of the bildungsroman genre wherein we see the protagonist travel from hopeful youth to desolate yet patinated later youth. I just installed knobs I’d been hoarding for almost ten years in my semi-finished semi-dream kitchen here in Berlin, so I feel you.


  10. Amber
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    The new windows and doors look FABULOUS! I love all the natural light in the room now!!


  11. Garden, Home and Party
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    The room is looking great. I love the ceiling! My favorite picture is of Elvis, looking truly superiorly on the operation. Thank goodness he’s supervising!
    Can’t wait to see which hardware you decide on.


  12. Toni
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:36 am

    Have you looked at this site for hardware? http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/OnlineCatalog.aspx?id=e192d838

    I thought it was pretty amazing when I was looking for something.
    Those windows totally change the space…..wonderful addition. Thanks for the update!


  13. judy
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:39 am

    Wowzer!!!!!! Love those windows and the whole affect is lovely. I can just see the flower gardens that will enhance that view. Keep searching for the right hardware because the handles you tracked down for the piano island are sublime. You and “the right GFT” have a magical Karma that align on a mysterious path that brings these pretties to you and only you. And that’s as it should be. So sayeth we all…………Picture Gilda Radner in a large rocking chair opining…And that’s the truth!


  14. michele adams
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    I’m envious of the husband who seems to be capable of anything! Also, I am happy to see that Elvis is doing well.


  15. caroline
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    I wasn’t convinced you should have gotten rid of the half bath but now I am. The windows make the room entirely different and you did a great job getting the size “right” (your comment above) can’t wait to see it painted!

    I wish you would post more, even if it’s just photos of Elvis!


  16. Carol Maher
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    Elvis as supervisor–priceless. I hesitate to share my secret place of all things amazing and previously not found. However, in the interest of making your life even more fabulous (not to mention safe and secure) do not pass go, do not collect $100 and go directly to Finkel’s in Lamberville if you have never been. Never on a weekend. Prepare a list of every single crazy little thing you can never find and they will have it. It is a magical place–and you are all about the discovery. Tout de suite. This post will self destruct in 4 hours so people won’t find my covert clandestine crazy corner of awesomeness.


  17. Susan Davis
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:49 am

    This company in Cullman, Alabama works all over the country and might be able to help you with hardware. It’s a big place and not everything is on their web site. Maybe call them & describe what you need. Good luck!


  18. Debbie Johnston
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    I love reading your emails. With regards to your quest for period hardware have you looked on the Lee Valley website? Just Google “Lee Valley”. I live in Toronto and shop at my local store in Vaughan, Ontario. I think it is worth a look! Happy posting!


  19. Toni
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    The broken hardware is a placeholder. Like the piano pulls, it takes time to find the perfect solution. I have faith. The window sizes an placement are perfection. Elvis is a rock star. Post her on IG and you’ll get lots of love. ’nuff said. Sometimes there’s just nothing more to say!


  20. Liz Thomas
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:35 pm

    Buy the old, broken one that you LOVE and frame in with a gorgeous ornate frame……and just keep looking for knobs to replace the functional but ugly $12.99 ones at the big box store that you have to buy to look up your house with.


  21. Wanda in NC
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Everybody knows bathrooms don’t belong in kitchens, except whoever built that one. I wonder if they read your blog. How amazed they’d be at how beautiful their old kitchen could have been.


  22. HM Welch
    June 1, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

    I am enjoying your blog.
    Do you have any feelings about slate countertops. I am messy and want low maintenance. And figure you have done real research.
    Off topic but appreciate any thoughts.


  23. Pianoforte
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

    I laughed myself right out of the chair when I read “Paul is on vacation…” Didn’t even have to finish the sentence. I mean honestly, we all know what that man does on “vacation” – he hauls GFT’s around East Jabib and takes apart BOT’s (Beautious Old Things) so they can fit in the car/hallway/up the stairs. Enjoy it Paul. It will all be worth it in the end…whenever that may be.

    PS Still lookin’ good Elvis.


  24. Katie
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    First, Elvis is adorable and so clearly appropriately named. Well done. And second – the windows look really, really nice. I am a huge fan of light 🙂 Also love the many different angles in the ceiling. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Bravo on your work for animal rights!



  25. Rosa Pellerey
    June 1, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

    ¡Felicitaciones! Ahora tu cocina tiene una espectacular vista hacia el jardín.


  26. Lynne Hoover
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

    Those windows are wonderful. Garden view. (Yay!) Keep looking for the perfect hardware. It will appear.


  27. Elizabeth Speicher
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:08 pm

    Beautiful! Placement and size of windows diminish the oddity of the ceiling line created by the diagonal door placement. Well done!


  28. Margi
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

    I applaud your disgust at the circus prisons and their deplorable conditions, not to mention just the idea of them. I’ve felt this way since I was a very young youth. My mother could not understand my fervor for protesting being forced to attend field trips to the circus. I was pretty much dragged as a non-violent protestor, in a uniform, by my Catholic school nuns. I digress….

    In order to contain my upset and feelings for such large scale issues, I have created what I call the “Polar Bear Bucket”. It’s not a real bucket, not made by or out of polar bears. But I figuratively, I place my tumultuous feelings for the grandiose problems of the world, of which I have no control, “into” it. When I have a platform, or ability to make a difference for my “issues” in my bucket, I do. But instead of trying to live in a constant state of turmoil, I have to take the emotion out of it. If I had t figured out how to do that, I was going to end up in Alaska saving drowning polar bears. Or in Darfur. Or in a Rainforest. Or saving “ALL the ANIMALS”.

    Latest sweatshirt? “Never underestimate a woman who loves polar bears”. Truth.


  29. Cyn
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

    Holy cow! What a difference a window makes! You must be soooo happy!


  30. Mary Alvarez
    June 1, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

    Can I just say that your Paul and my Honey would totally get along! They both married women who are a tad OCD and understand the same concept of “IF I see it and I want it then IT’S MINE! Make’s total sense to me! So it’s broken? It can be fixed! Paul can do it! Honey can do it! This is why God brought us together as a couple! God understood the concept! VEB I think your fantastic girl.


  31. Mary
    June 1, 2016 @ 3:20 pm

    I just love everything. I even like the way you run out of words. All of it is great. The Windows are SO GREAT. That is all.


  32. Beth
    June 1, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

    This post contains multiple reasons as to why you are utterly fantastic; from GFTs and hardware obsessions to circus anger and kitty surveyors. Love your blog!


  33. Karen
    June 1, 2016 @ 6:19 pm

    I’m with you on the circus thing. My parents took me when I was a teenager, and I was old enough to realize what was being done for my entertainment.

    My children have never been to a circus, and they understand why.

    Rock on, sis!


  34. Truus Maria Birza
    June 1, 2016 @ 7:02 pm

    Love the windows, but please tell me that Paul put in a huge header/beam above them and king studs on the sides. It’s not clear in the pics. Knowing (knowing?) Paul, he probably did, but my worry wort ways can’t help but picture the whole thing falling down until you put my mind at rest.


  35. Melanie
    June 1, 2016 @ 7:14 pm

    Wow! Looks fantastic!!! Paul did an amazing job, and while on “vacation” too!!! 🙂


  36. Jen
    June 1, 2016 @ 9:23 pm

    Love the pic of Miss Elvis

    Also, you probably already know this, but try google image search for some of these random 1 off things you find. It might help!

    Also, both Portland and Settle have some great vintage fixture/ house parts stores. We are not as old as PA but we were way into recycling and reusing and not throwing GFT or TFT away before it became popular. maybe call them or email with a pic of the knob-like thing you want multiples of?


  37. Lisa W.
    June 2, 2016 @ 1:40 am

    Love your windows , love your Elvis…. and thanks for letting everyone know the truth about the mistreatment of circus animals.


  38. Diane
    June 2, 2016 @ 9:04 am

    The original floor plan just looked so wrong. It felt very tense, wrong. They squeezed a bathroom in where there should not have been one. Now looking at the new space it just feels right. Calming, relaxing. It will be beautiful when done. It already is beautiful!


  39. Kathy
    June 2, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

    I was with you on the bathroom demo, but the windows are over the top wonderful. The room cried to be an open and light-filled space and you have accomplished that. Can’t wait to see the hanging light fixture you select!

    Now for some over the top garage doors…….happy hunting!


  40. penny
    June 2, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

    Yay!!!! clap, clap, clap, clap!!!!! Just Right!!!!!!!


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