1. Sunnie Mitchell
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    Too right, you tell him, VEB! A kitchen with cabinets from the cabinet store will never-ever-ever express your soul, and everyone knows the kitchen is the soul of the home, too!! On a practical (hahahahaha) note, WOW that red/white checkerboard floor is killer! I’m so showing that to my Paul (yes, that’s his real name. He’s talented but not in the ways your Paul is – I wield the circular saw in our house:) for our hopefully soon-to-be-found new house!


  2. Bunny
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    HAA! I love everything about this post! (Except I do like some cabinets – open storage is not for me.)


  3. Bleubook
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I know EXACTLY how you feel. We are just about to close (hopefully) on our first house, a Victorian in Ridley Park!

    My poor husband seems to understand that this decision is the one that will send us spiraling into poverty, but we will be rich in cornices and stained-glass.

    My contractors look at me like I’m “touched” when I describe my vision for the bathroom or kitchen. My husband however, just keeps repeating “whatever you want, babe.”


    • Angela C.
      June 5, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      Your husband won another argument early in the marriage, and will be paying forever, right? At least, that’s how I got mine aboard the good ship I Am Right About Everything Now, lol


    • tammigirl
      June 5, 2014 @ 10:44 am

      Lady, you married well!


  4. Angela C.
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    First of all, I am NOT siding with Paul. But…

    I’m confused. You deliberately chose NOT the most perfect tile ever in that bathroom because Tiny Grout Lines (something about cleaning hassle, I think?). So why is Easy to Clean not a priority in the kitchen, which at least in my house) needs to be cleaned roughly every hour?

    (As an aside, the blue kitchen? No. Unless that is your favoritest blue ever and there is no blue anywhere else in the house and nobody’s ever going to see your kitchen anyway.)

    My advice is to find a NEW cabinet place, one that is ridiculously expensive and does fabulous custom work. Then you insist that THIS is the cabinet place and begin perusing options. Wait for Paul to step in and insist that HE can make the cabinets and voila! Also, explain to him that there is no alternative for marble (unless, if I may be allowed to offer a suggestion, stainless steel countertops).

    Ooh, and there should be COPPER!

    Poor Paul… he’s just never going to get a kitchen.


    • HeyHeyMama
      June 5, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      V’s first bathroom had the tiny marble hex tile with a bazillion grout lines, so she went for easy-to-clean in the 2nd bathroom. Ergo, she needs TWO kitchens, design being inherently an iterative process. The first kitchen being the Versailles-with-servants…the second, the omg-the-servant-is-me design.


      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        June 5, 2014 @ 10:53 am

        greatest. comment. ever.


        • Kim Elizabeth
          June 5, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

          Victoria, I can hear your wheels turning now! Are you going to convince Paul that you must have two kitchens now? You can have one for everyday and one for company 🙂


  5. Bleubook
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    …Also, My husband is named Paul as well…is there something in the water at this blog?


  6. Kate S
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    Yes, I want the kitchen from Biltmore House… and the servants to man it!!


  7. Jodie
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    You are my spirit animal!!!! And I think we also may have been separated at birth.
    Looooove your posts! Keep them coming!
    there is nothing more horrifying than “routine” cabinets!


  8. Amy H.
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    After doing the kitchen in our Victorian, the only two pieces of advice I’d ever give anyone are
    1) Do what makes you insanely happy.
    2) Install an instant hot water faucet. It is life-changing, I swear.

    (Installing 3 chandeliers in it doesn’t hurt, either, though that sort of falls within #1).

    Here’s our kitchen and butler’s pantry! I can’t wait to see yours!


  9. Christina
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    I still want your portal to Narnia in your kitchen. Tear out the ceiling and walls and windows if you have to–it was meant to be!


  10. Susan
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    If only Paul had a blog….


  11. Cheapdiva
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    I wish I had a Paul, I have a Jeff, and Jeff’s have no skills (the man can’t even roll paint on a wall and yes, he’ll agree with that)! But, due to that factor, he also has no say in any decorating or design decisions.
    But what I REALLY want is VEB living next door to me. Let me know when your neighbors list their house!!


  12. Sandi
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall in your home on Design Discussion Days.

    Okay, maybe you don’t *have* flies on the wall. Maybe you have awesomely cool designer accents into which one can place tiny microphones from which one can spy. Maybe even webcams.

    You should do that. Have a live webcam in your kitchen. Or, maybe time-delayed. Make room for one. The servants can see to it. 🙂

    As for me? I like it rustic. With tons of counterspace and electric outlets galore. So, techno-hep rustic. Yes, that. Is that a style?


  13. Lorrie
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    While touring Versailles, one area we did not see was the kitchen. Perhaps a return visit is in order. I hope you will get the kitchen of your dreams.


  14. kerri
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:51 am

    No practical advice. Paul reads your blog right? Have you ever considered what will happen when you convert him to “utter madness?” It will be epic.


  15. Lora Cotton
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    Thanks Victoria, Can always count on your blog for a good rib ticklin! I guess I’m FINALLY blessed, in that my husband (the 3rd) and I are both so in tune with one another, that I never have to fight to get anything…usually, we agree wholeheartedly. On the rare occasion that we disagree, we talk it out, and so far it’s been fairly even on the give and take.


  16. tammigirl
    June 5, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    I have to agree with someone else’s disdain for the crazy-bright blue, but I’m already certain you did not choose that photo because you plan the color for your kitchen. While you are deciding on your kitchen why not bring Paul for a visit? You and I can visit and Paul can build me a house full of built-in shelves? What say ye?


  17. Janice S.
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    “Also, servants.”

    IF you have to sacrifice the $60,000 stove and have cabinet-store cabinets, keep the servants. Or I’ll trade you – let me have the servants in my measly cabineted galley kitchen. Please.

    Also, I love the blue pantry.


    • Linda @ a design snack
      June 16, 2014 @ 8:22 am

      Late to the part here but I agree, completely. There’s a lot to be said for a galley kitchen. And I love the blue pantry. Well maybe not that exact shade of blue.


  18. maggie b
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:02 am

    Just remember that in the end you have to clean all that ….stuff. Imagine trying to dust the top of a massive vent over the stove. Or keep all that copper bright and shiney. Imagine living in a house with an island of veneer and trying to keep dried pancake batter off of it. Factor in: ”
    How hard will it be to maintain”. You’re welcome


  19. maggie b
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    P.S. Who can be clean enough to let their dishes sit out in the open on glass shelves. You’d have to have servants to get it all done.


  20. Garden, Home and Party
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    I’m now officially disgusted with my remodeled kitchen after seeing these extravagant examples of over-achieving kitchens! Not really, I have no illusions of who would clean the huge spaces you’ve shared…it would me! What I want to know is how you even found these kitchens. I’ve been on pinterest and have never seen even one of these. Great job on originality.
    My favorite idea you’ve thrown out was to basically do an unstructured kitchen. Like furnishing any other room, just use great finds off craigslist and do not worry if the pieces match, you can make it work.
    So stop talking and get going, I can’t wait to see what you come up with…although you have set the bar pretty high.


  21. Mollie
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    I found you via Rage Against the Minivan and my life will never be the same. I cannot get over the craigslist post about the kingdom mirror.


  22. Karen
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    I have been dealing with some serious morning sickness this last month and some days your blog is the only thing that makes me smile. So thanks for sharing :).


  23. My Crappy House
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:27 am

    I sure hope you’re mad rich. I’ll be disappointed if you end up with a regular kitchen now…


  24. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    June 5, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    You are an original — ergo — you deserve the VERY best!! Practicality can fly out the window –you and your kitchen should scream YOU!!!


  25. judy
    June 5, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    I love all of those kitchens!! and I’m the fan who decried the excessive display of money spent, but wow$ golly$ imagine having toast and a cuppa in those kitchens. Of course with our budget the fridge would be empty, also the cupboards and no need for dishes since no food anywhere in sight. Very good for the waistline….though.. I do feel that you may have stumbled upon a way to keep both you and THE PAUL-happy since THE PAUL is not THE DONALD… and THE PAUL would like to adhere to a budget-you can find the definition of that term under logical reasoning in the google-you keep putting together elaborate plans for the KITCHEN$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and Paul can look interested and willing while hiding the Family Silver. You are the best Blogger ever!


  26. AmyEbbertHill
    June 5, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    You know, I don’t need any of those fancy kitchens. I would settle for the house around them.
    Love you, Miss V!


  27. Claire @ A Little Claireification
    June 5, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    “Also, we should have jesters”.

    Due to budget constraints, we have sadly had to release our jesters which would have been harder to swallow if I did not have your blog as a back up supply of utter amusement.

    Yes, you should have all of this and more. I have no practical advice except maybe this. Possibly a small eensy disclaimer before each post that reminds readers to NOT drink any beverage while reading?
    Because I almost spit my coffee all over my keyboard at the “Unexpected Liberace” comment. If the neighbors didn’t already think I was crazy photographing food, etc outside in my pajamas at all hours, they know now because I cackled. Loudly. I might have even snorted. The cat was less than amused.

    I’ll just wait here for the next post.


  28. Kry
    June 5, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    I think that top one just SCREAMS a “practical” version of Victoria since Paul is being so cruel and refusing the Portal to Narnia kitchen. The La Cornue is, obviously, required as compensation.


  29. mollie d
    June 5, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

    I need to see a current pic of you kitchen, maybe it’s not so bad? I’m sure it’s buried way back on the blog somewhere, but need some idea of the space to help see your vision? Either way, I like the last one, go with that


  30. Kim A
    June 5, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    Form a blockade between Paul and his current project until he caves to your (incredibly justified and reasonable) demands. You’ll need to compose a catchy tune to sing-yell at him, though…”somewhere beyond the cabinet store is the special kitchen just for me!”


  31. Terrie
    June 5, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    Why is it men always want to be “practical” about kitchens? My husband always wanted to be practical about my areas but his? How big does a TV really need to be. I never really needed a movie theater in my living room. And how many different, EXPENSIVE golf clubs does any one man need. You can only putt with one club at a time. And why does a postage stamp yard need a riding lawn mower. I want a kitchen that says “Terrie” when you walk into it. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is MY kitchen. Will anyone else like it? Don’t care. Is it practical? Don’t care. My kitchen my way and we won’t have “practical” conversations about TV’s, golf clubs, tools, garages, lawn mowers, etc.


  32. Xenia
    June 5, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

    Being single has it advantages. No husband, no problem. I get to decorate every room in my brownstone exactly the way that I want.


  33. Ocean State Home
    June 5, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    With apologies to the movie Jaws and the line “We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” I think you need to tell your husband “We’re gonna need a bigger house!”


  34. Lynne
    June 5, 2014 @ 2:15 pm

    I’ve been to Versailles–you don’t want their kitchen–I’m pretty sure it was outside. It wasn’t meant to be seen except for by the servants. 😉 But Paul should certainly understand you wanting to have your kitchen look like one of the fancy rooms, like the Hall of Mirrors. I mean, he knows you love BFTs and especially when they’re mirrors, right?


  35. Gillianne
    June 5, 2014 @ 2:24 pm

    What you need is a break from kitchen option overload. In fact, what you REALLY need is take a road trip to New Hampshire to fetch this bed for a 2nd bedroom 🙂 : http://burlington.craigslist.org/fuo/4505675458.html
    It’s Victorian. It’s tall. It fits a double bed. It has carving on the headboard and the footboard.
    [no, I’m not the seller; only in an adjoining state, where the seller posted this item as well]


  36. Sneza
    June 5, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    I love how the photos of kitchens go from crazy to crazier to craziest to full-on all-caps tits-out CRAY-CRAY-CRAYZYISSIMO.

    I need a drink at the end.


  37. Amanda Roberts
    June 5, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    I love love Love your blog! And you! I feel like we are twin sisters, separated at birth. Keep up the good work.


  38. AppleHillCottage
    June 5, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure there isn’t even a kitchen at Versailles. Didn’t they just order out for cake all the time?
    Probably Liberace didn’t have a kitchen either. Just ate out all the time too…
    There you go! Eat out all the time, and you can have that Palace of Venaria.


  39. Kiki
    June 5, 2014 @ 6:16 pm

    clearly, Paul does not……. (spend enough time on Pinterest kitchens….)

    This is more like you….. and I’ve seen the Château of Versailles and the Mirror Room and it DOES scream your name – just how did you know???

    I wouldn’t want such an extravagant kitchen; mainly because I couldn’t afford the cleaning staff (I can hardly afford the gardener who’s coming once per month for 5h to drive a path through the jungle of our garden) but also, since we are in our 3rd house in 16years (new country each time), my desires are no longer permitted to mingle too much with our possibilities and I ‘only’ look out for a generous granite top, a stainless steel sink OR if possible at reasonable cost for a ‘Belfast’ sink (my great love in the ‘sink’ department), first class equipment and a practical division of ranging space (I’m small, love cooking and have tons of equipment) – ‘outside beauty’ can be achieved with some hard thinking, imagination and search of materials at not exorbitant cost – but if you cook with lots of spices, herbs and condiments you need a double-ranged pull-out drawer nearby your cooker…. stuff like this, basics really.

    One day you will – no doubt – have the most beautiful, fancy, truly Victorian but 21st century Victorian style kitchen and we will all hurray you – until then you entertain us with countless brilliantly written morsels of your re-makes, including planting herbs in Belfast sinks, disco balls at Christmas and love affairs with cut-out cardboard stars. Thank you for the fun 🙂


  40. Toni
    June 5, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

    Oh yes, much better and actually more feasible in your Victorian. Le Grande Scullerie!
    Thank you for taking the time to explain and share great photos!


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