1. Ross
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    I am not collecting mirrors… I’m collecting GIANT CARVED ORNAMENTS FOR MY SOUL

    Love. It.


    • Emerald
      May 23, 2018 @ 10:21 am

      Moving the Mirrors to Hawaii sounds like an epic novel! I’m not sure if it’s a Thriller or SciFi or Romance but please put me on your beta reader list should you ever write it.


    • Funky Cold
      June 7, 2018 @ 6:12 pm

      My favourite (pretend) responses to “where do you get your protein?” are: “from where your protein gets its protein”, and “from the grocery store”. Not that I would actually say either of those things to anyone in those words, but I amuse myself by thinking about them.

      Anyway, I found you via your hood fan post (hear hear!). And now this fantastic post on your fabulous mirror AND veganing!?

      You are my spirit animal. That is all.


  2. Rachael
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:31 am

    I recently found my spirit animal here: https://i.imgur.com/yQRvsPF.gifv. But you are my spirit person. Thank you for sharing your kitchen and you GFTs. And I think the kitchen layout is SPECTACULAR!


  3. Allie
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:33 am

    I am with you. Giant fancy antique things are amazing. Everyone needs more of them not less. Especially if they are old.
    As to resale – you are putting less in the kitchen not more; I’d think that would be a selling point because it is cheaper to change if future owners want to. xAllie


  4. Karen in Santa FE
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:36 am

    Okay Victoria –
    Sounds great by me. Sorry you felt you had to justify your choices. I really don’t think anyone meant to be critical – we all just enjoy engaging with your creative processes and vicariously doing the renovations we’d like to do, IF we were as brave, wise and pioneering as you. AND had your fabulous taste and skilled in-house craftsman/husband. Carry on! And thanks for giving us a peek!


  5. Robin
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    I fully and happily endorse you doing whatever the hell you want to in your kitchen. Having been talked out of a few really kick-ass ideas (and resenting it OR paying to have it redone) I say stick yo your guns and carry on! You will NEVERregret it!

    Ps I own about 47 mirrors…from about 3” to roughly 5ft….next one is going to be BIG.


  6. Graham
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:42 am

    I admit I’m totally confused about the layout for the kitchen but I can’t read maps either. I think I’ll have to wait until it’s finished. However, I love your reason for staying alive- to keep others from touching your stuff. Best reason I’ve heard! Keep up the good work.


  7. TucsonPatty
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:43 am

    Victorious Saurious! It is a movie made for you. I’m “only” a vegetarian, but I get the same questions. I just tell them: “Do I look sick? I haven’t eaten meat for the last 32 years. You get enough protein from plants. I beat breast cancer – I’m HEALTHY!” Great trailer, where and when is the movie? P.S. Your kitchen will be fabulous!!


  8. Lisa A.
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:45 am

    Did not have my glasses on …. thought it said “KITTEN FAQ: weird windows, NO HOOD, cooktop in the island?” 🙁 …… I NEED A KITTEN FIX!


    • fixitchick
      May 22, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

      OMG, makes 2 of us


  9. mpv61
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:50 am

    The windows on that wall being different sizes never occurred to me as a problem.

    Your choices aren’t my choices aren’t the next person’s choices. It’s your kitchen and only you have to be happy, and you have to make sure Paul is not terribly unhappy. In the distant future, when someone else contemplates buying the house (maybe when you and Paul have passed away of very old age, in your sleep, surrounded by gorgeous GFTs), they might say, “We’ll have to add some counters on this wall, and more cupboards, and what the heck is with that mirror?” That’s okay. That gives them a project, like you’ve had projects.

    Apologies — my keyboard seems to only want to print left facing quotes.


  10. mpv61
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    Oh, and sure…the quotes in the comments are facing the way they should, to make me look crazy. Ugh.


  11. Jennifer
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    The only reason I like a hood is for the odors. I cannot stand smelling onions and garlic wafting thru the house and upstairs when I go to sleep….and I cook with a lot of garlic😉.

    I seem to accidentally collect antique gold framed mirrors..non as large as yours but one beau was not happy to hang one in the stairway!! I would love to have a giant mirror. You are the queen of giant mirrors!


  12. Linda D.
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:14 pm

    Hey, you don’t ever have to justify your decisions. The house is for you and Paul to live in and be deliriously happy. When there is a next guy, he or she will do whatever *they* like with the space.

    Having said that, I’m still confused. The shelving in the basement stairs is now closed off from the kitchen, right? Leaving the wall to the left of the doorway free for a counter run? I think I’m like that other commenter, needing to wait to see the final set up.

    Meantime, enjoy the ride. The induction cooktop in the piano island sounds divine. I even like saying that phrase: The Induction Cooktop In The Piano Island….sounds like something gloriously unique and wonderful!


  13. Sheila Voorheis
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:20 pm

    Moneymaking idea: reproduce the piano island hardware — I will buy at least 15! Then you can buy more GFT’s! Seriously, has anybody suggested this to you? I bet you could make a KILLING! I cannot find ANYTHING like them ANYWHERE and I LOVE THEM!!!!


  14. Mary
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    Have you watched The Magic Pill on Netflix? Great documentary on how our country eats. I think you would enjoy it. Of course, you probably already knew what it’s trying to tell us.


    • Bernie
      May 22, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

      Mary, The Magic Pill pushes the Keto diet, one high in fats (not just the “good” kind) and meat. I asked my cardiologist about it and he is definitely not a fan because it is too high in cholesterol.


  15. fixitchick
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

    Aside from the kitten confusion noted above, my thoughts are

    #1, wouldnt something like this look great under your island: https://www.google.com/search?q=philippine+inlay+chest&rlz=1C1CAFA_enUS612&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=qXXK5avJ4L0p5M%253A%252CUwXGXWwUB-__oM%252C_&usg=__8k0ucvPvu4REUnftss7bsM-WlxY%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwitkaep3JnbAhUKvlMKHfGlAdwQ9QEI8AEwBA#imgrc=qXXK5avJ4L0p5M:

    #2 Hulk Smash! if you traded Paul in for Mr. 35 seconds who would do your finish work? I can see him doing great demo, but not re-springing your fancy settee, let alone making you a piano island.

    #3 I love the sofa/tv in the kitchen. and I dont know why you’d be ashamed of anything. you are UNDER RENOVATION. My houses have looked like this since 1995. and my husband married me anyway


  16. S Roche
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

    Hi Victoria, I LOVE all of your GFT, and I especially love the way you repurpose everything….I mean, an antique piano for a kitchen island….Brilliant! I LOVE the giant mirror on the wall instead of boring cabinets….You should do exactly what makes your heart sing, regardless of what anyone says (not that there was any doubt that you would) …..But…..regarding the piano-island…..Please just picture this before adding the cooktop: You have guests over and everyone is drooling over your one of a kind amazing kitchen….sitting on the piano-island (and reflecting in the new kingdom mirror) is a gorgeous spread of beautiful foods, so pretty and appetizing…also, huge bouquets of flowers ……that island, especially now that everything will be doubled in the mirror, should be filled with the most beautiful, yummy eye candy….or maybe plants…whatever, it should be a platform for beautiful vignettes…..not a cooktop….Thank You for listening.


    • Meg
      May 22, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

      But the cook top will be inlaid and completely flat and it doesn’t get hot, so she could just put a tray of food or big vase of flowers on the cook top to hide it.

      I’m more curious about if they will still be able to use the drawers Paul installed in the piano with the cook top there.


  17. savannah
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

    I am happy you do what you do for YOU and no one else (OK, except maybe for Paul, sometimes.)! We decided that we were remodeling our house for us and not resale ROI. When we die, the kids can do whatever they want with the house, we will have enjoyed it! xo


  18. Catherine
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:42 pm

    Thank you for that Trailer link! I hadn’t heard of it, and am excited for it’s release. Thank you for being strong in who you are!

    A vegan that subscribed to your blog for home inspiration a million years ago, and got a wonderful surprise when you started posting about animal advocacy.


  19. Robin
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:45 pm

    This kitchen is going to be absolutely fabulous !!! I love it all !!! You can always help the offset the height difference in the two windows that flank the enormous stunning mirror by adding a small transom window above the shorter one or adding a decorative wood header of some sort above it and paint it the same as the window trim.. ??? or leave it as is ….. stunning !!


  20. Lesli Jenkins
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    First of all I adore your blog. I think I came in about the Kingdom Mirror or just before. It makes me happy to know that there are others passionate about things like this. Second, your blog gives me hope that one day I will be able to remodel my own kitchen in my own vision. A tall order as I want only one thing attached, the sink. I want to be able to rearrange my kitchen the same way I do any other room. My chef friend thinks I’m crazy. But as my own culinary skills are mostly used for baking, I don’t care. Thanks for being you!


  21. Gina
    May 22, 2018 @ 1:12 pm

    I think hood vents are important for people who like to cook/fry/saute MEAT. I think you will be fine without one.

    ~signed, a meat eater who has/uses/needs a hood vent

    p.s. Rock on with your bad self


    • Red Ellie
      May 22, 2018 @ 4:42 pm

      Good point Gina!


    • Jane
      May 23, 2018 @ 1:12 am

      Hood vents also help remove the steam and moisture from boiling/simmering things. Soups, pasta, canning.


  22. Jen
    May 22, 2018 @ 1:17 pm

    Have you seen the cooktop vents that can be installed behind the cooktop and “pop up” out of the counter with the push of a button? They are awesome and would be perfect for you Island cooktop!!


  23. Susanne
    May 22, 2018 @ 1:58 pm

    I love the kitchen design!
    I also love meat:) And animals may eat pesticide laden plants, but Vegans/Vegetarians are ALSO eating pesticide covered plants. And don’t get me started on Big Agri wiping out entire areas of natural vegetation by using fungicides, herbicides and pesticides and killing EVERYTHING in order to plant soy, corn, fruits, etc. Aren’t the bunnies, mice and other natural inhabitants JUST as important as cows and pigs?
    Anyway – love you but have to agree to disagree:)


  24. architectdesignblog
    May 22, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

    If someone someday (theoretically) doesn’t want to buy your house because your kitchen is too fabulous, that sounds like THEIR problem and not yours. Go for it, it’s your kitchen!!


  25. Christine
    May 22, 2018 @ 2:09 pm

    I once had an island cooktop with a ceiling fan over top. I loved it. Family and guests could stand around and visit while you cook and you can face them rather than a wall. And when nobody is around, you can pretend you have your own cooking show (heee). When I had cooking odors, I opened a window and turned on the fan. No problems with a stinky house.


  26. lori
    May 22, 2018 @ 2:31 pm

    Live in Paoli close by:) I’m in at least 20 homes a month doing color consultations and if I see one more white shaker cabinet-quartz that looks like carrara kitchen I will hurl. I too am knee deep in kitchen reno hell on our 1890 beauty/bane of my existence. Not going the trad route for resale (clearly I know what THAT is:) The number one thing I’ve learned doing homes before and after resale…no matter what you do the next owner will have a totally different vision and gut it. While it tears out my design soul on many jobs, it has also given me the permission I really didn’t need to do whatever TF I want for this space while it’s mine. You are doing fabulous unique self-gratifying things to this kitchen of yours – God-speed o guru of many mirrors, I salute you!


  27. Donna Gibson
    May 22, 2018 @ 2:37 pm

    You mentioned you were selling the kingdom mirror. DIBS!! I want it, just let know how much and when I can pick it up!


  28. Bernie
    May 22, 2018 @ 2:44 pm

    I have a crazy amount of family and friends that are eating “Keto”. They believe it is healthy….I do NOT! Another “good” movie that will make you want to go Vegan is “What the Health” , on Netflix. I watched both, “What the Health” and “The Magic Pill” (pro Keto) and I do not believe either one stressed the importance of exercise or moving (dancing?) in general. I still eat meat, but have cut way back.

    I dont worry about “resale” either. It’s my house, if you dont want it, dont buy it, or buy it and make it your own!
    I hate Vanilla!


  29. Melinda
    May 22, 2018 @ 3:11 pm

    If you are not having a vent hood, buy a Lampe Bergere or two. I have one of those “kind of” a vent hoods that are in the microwave and do not truly suck the fumes out of the house. I always use the Lampe Bergere when cooking salmon or over-cooking anything else!


  30. Brittney
    May 22, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

    I find the idea of catering what you do with your house to accommodate the taste of some future stranger who may not ever live in it to be the most infuriating thing people bring up when discussing homes. A house is literally the thing we spend the most money on IN OUR LIVES and we are afraid to make it what we want because a future stranger may not like it! It’s ABSURD! It’s your house that you spend much of your time in, when/if it is someone else’s house they can make it what they want.
    Carry on, fancy warrior.


    • Luna Rocket
      May 25, 2018 @ 10:18 am

      The “fix it up so a buyer will like” it drives me nuts, too, and I “get” what they’re saying, but unless you’re trying to sell it NOW, I think it’s a little crazy. If you watch all those house flipping shows, etc the new buyer rips it all out anyway. At least they seem to these days. When we bought our current home (with NO vent hood for 18 years now!) it never occurred to me to rip things out (except for the horrid peeling vinyl flooring and even that took 5 years before we did anything about it).

      And now we ARE selling our house, been on the market almost a year with no real nibbles. It’s got NOTHING to do with how the house looks, everyone seems to like it. What they don’t like is the surrounding cedar swamp or the 1/4 mile long driveway downhill (in winter it’s such fun!) and things we can’t do anything about like the fact the area never recovered from the market crash 18 years ago!

      So do what you want, I say, and screw the future buyers!!!


  31. NevadaNy
    May 22, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

    Have you ever been to Hawaii ?
    What island does Paul want to move to?

    The island of Oahu (the one with Waikiki Beach )
    has a very strong Victorian historical influence.
    There is a Hawaiian Palace-Hawaii had a Queen.
    Hawaiian Koa Furniture and Jewelry-has a strong Victorian look.
    All your Fancy Things would fit right in.
    And you can always tear out your Kitchen and your Furniture -and ship it to Hawaii.
    Not as hard or expensive as you would think.

    I think YOU would be very happy there. Check out Craig’s list -Oahu. Lots of Antiques.
    And there are Victorian Style Mu-mu’s. Victorian style, but very cool and comfortable.
    However buying a home is crazy expensive. But maybe not compared to Back East U.S.
    Do some online research.
    Glad you are keeping the Goddess Mirror. She looks like you.

    PS- I am a Vegetarian. Carry on!


  32. Dawn Grabow
    May 22, 2018 @ 5:02 pm

    YES to cooktop in the island! Every time I use our INDUCTION cooktop WITHOUT HOOD located in the ISLAND I am so grateful to not be facing a wall while I cook.

    Your kitchen is going to be AMAZING!


  33. Lori
    May 22, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

    Vegan all the way!!! You go, girl!


  34. Sherry S
    May 22, 2018 @ 5:55 pm

    I live in a very old home but it is not big like yours! My kitchen has FOUR doors!!! FOUR..count them!! And they all need to stay …doors. So the rest of the kitchen is sort of crammed into the non door spaces! I salute your use of the piano! Where will the oven go?? I can not live without an oven. Love your blog!!!


    • Erin
      May 23, 2018 @ 6:51 am

      We have 4 doors and two windows that drop below counter height in our kitchen. My condolences, it’s nice to know I’m not the only one struggling with so much wasted space!


  35. Peggy
    May 22, 2018 @ 6:17 pm

    Keep up this blog and I will be healthier for it just from laughing.

    PS…Paul is a Saint! You are my idol!


  36. Diana Deal
    May 22, 2018 @ 6:40 pm

    Do you read Joni Webb’s blog, Cote de Texas.” Her latest post made me think of you: a chateau in France with a kitchen similar to the direction you are going, although the Europeans seem to like a sleeker look than most of us would imagine.


  37. Catherine
    May 22, 2018 @ 7:15 pm

    VEB, you do with your kitchen however you want.
    What I’m curious about is how you’ll run electric to your stove? Will you run it through the leg of the piano?

    Your fan in Charlotte,

    P.S. I’ve been vegetarian for 33 years and I haven’t died. Though if bacon bits come on my salad at a restaurant or at a dinner party I don’t make a fuss. Frankly, I’m a little jubilant.
    I do miss bacon. And fois gras. (I know. Cruelty to animals. But fois gras is sublime.)


  38. Paula
    May 22, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

    Love following, and truly adore your humor and design style.
    I have owned a 140 year old house for 22 years. It too is wonky here and there.
    In several places I have had the opportunity to remedy the visual wonkiness with a drape. I could see a fabric valance or wood cornice over your windows, taken to the ceiling, to give balance to either side of the mirror.
    If the window heights don’t catch your eye and bug you, hey it’s one less thing to do on your project ; )


  39. Angela D.
    May 22, 2018 @ 7:41 pm

    Sigh. VEB!!! Because of you, I am now considering becoming vegan. I already think of you every time I eat bacon, which seems weird, so now I don’t eat bacon as often.

    Your kitchen is fabulous!
    ABH — I’m gonna hit my teens with this and feel superior when they don’t know what these letters represent.


  40. Debbie Young
    May 22, 2018 @ 8:24 pm

    I hate hoods too so I incorporated a downdraft in my kitchen! Also — thinking back to your posts about hiding/camouflaging your fridge)….have you thought about mounting your gorgeous GFT mirror on a panel that hides (but moves) to reveal your fridge?


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