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  1. Lynne Hoover
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Well, I LOVE that island.

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  2. Patricia
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    Exciting news! You’re doing your kitchen island in early Versailles? Or just giant, fancy and gold? Am holding breath for more news/ instagram pics.
    Umm, on the whole instagram thing; I don’t know how to sign up to be a follower (do I have to have a smart phone or at least one with the I.Q. higher than a rotary dial?). (Cause that’s not happening). I can always just click over from your webpage. And from what I’ve seen others do, you can just photograph your food or Elvis (so ready for her close-up) and make wry witty comments. I’d follow that. If I knew how to follow.
    P.S. I did the microwave in the basement eating off paper plates thing. It gets VERY DEPRESSING FAST. Wish I’d just ordered out for pizza.

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    • Patricia
      April 8, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

      I keep checking Instagram (now that you’re part of the hip totally in crowd) but so far, NO ELVIS!. This can not be tolerated. We will not stand for Elvis neglect of this magnitude. Sure, you’re busy with a job, a marriage, a blog and a kitchen remodel but you agreed to the rules of Blogdom. We need our Elvix fix. Naked photos of Jon Hamm (or at least shirts off please) can be substituted.

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  3. Shaz
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    God bless and God speed the renovation. Having done two kichen renovations in 10 years I hope yours is more like our latter (quick and painless) than former – which dragged on for 6 months and included litigation!

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    • Katie C.
      April 7, 2015 @ 12:55 pm

      When we finally completely gutted the kitchen, I used the microwave on a REALLY long extension cord and an electric skillet like my mama had. You could make just about anything in it. What I actually missed most was the sink. I was reduced to washing stuff in the tub. We had a piece of board across the tub where we perched the dish drain board. It was all VERY hard on the knee caps!

      I’m glad you are not mentioning ceramic tile or anything that hard for the floor. In the long run, it does a number on your feet, knees and hips.

      Also, why are you using your disposal? You should be composting! It’s free!!

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      • Katie C.
        April 7, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

        Ok. I’m a klutz. That post was supposed to go under Patricia’s.

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        • Patricia
          April 7, 2015 @ 3:49 pm

          I’ll consider it as a reply to mine anyway. We were “lucky”. We had a laundry sink in another corner of our dark depressing basement (since remodeled decades later). A board on your kneecaps, yikes!
          Still wishing I’d opted for pizza…

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          • Katie C.
            April 7, 2015 @ 5:16 pm

            Um, the board was across the tub with the drain board on it. The dish tub was in the bathtub and I was on my knees on the tile floor washing the non-paper plate bits and bobs. It got old really fast. Two or three weeks? I prefer not to remember.

            P.s. The two kitties thought it was great fun to fish into the wall holes up to their armpits if cats have such a thing. How are you keeping Elvis out?

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  4. Maaike
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    So, that Instagram photo. I guessing your island is mirrored??

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  5. Luci
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Burning question here. Is that a door behind the fridge space? I must know the story on this secret passage way.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 7, 2015 @ 10:25 am

      it’s the space for the refrigerator. It looks like a secret passageway but is just the steps to the basement. The door is how you access the stairway… the refrigerator is going back there.

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      • danielle
        April 7, 2015 @ 5:08 pm

        so you see the back of the fridge when going down the stairs? interesting.

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      • Louise
        November 24, 2015 @ 7:48 pm

        Ok now I know there’s access from the hall I’m CONVINCED you need to put a room for a lavatory behind the kitchen using the small window, so you have a downstairs toilet. Move the whole kitchen down a bit. What if you’re frying something and the urge takes you…and you have to dash all the way upstairs….

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    • tammigirl
      April 7, 2015 @ 10:27 am

      Yes, I need the answer to this, too.

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      • Deb Andrada
        April 14, 2015 @ 11:13 am

        Yes, I too am curious 🙂

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  6. tammigirl
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    Handbag! DUH! You have to show your handbag on instagram.

    Also, it is THE place for your fancy-pants necklaces.

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  7. Kelly
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Yay! It’s about time – your kitchen has actually been keeping ME up at night ; ) Can’t wait to see the glorious island!

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  8. Kathy
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Hey Victoria,
    Good luck with your kitchen remodel. I’m sure it will be lovely. When doing our kitchen remodel my husband harvested flooring from the attic. Perfect match and in good condition. Just a thought.

    My bathroom is finished. I love it. I’d post a photo if I could.
    Kathy

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  9. Cherie
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Well, Victoria, you’ve beaten me to the Instagram thing, so you’re not totally the last person to arrive in that particular sandbox. In fact, I’m so NOT cool I don’t even have an iPad, iPhone or anything I can even install Instagram on. Sad, I know. My 12 year old daughter tells me how great it all is, as she is of this cool generation, and I’m officially old.

    I can relate to the construction debacle. Lived there, done that, and am currently doing it with the family bath. So I feel your pain.

    Can’t wait to see your Versailles island! I’m sure it will be spectacular.

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    • Jenny
      April 7, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

      I am barred from that sandbox too, though this past month I started wishing I had a smart phone just for the GPS. I’m betting Cheri will get something that has Instagram before I will.

      In other news, I am not married to a man like Paul. My husband HAS the abilities, but not the attention span. So our kitchen remodel (which only involved painting the walls, a cabinetry update, and new countertops) stalled before the countertops. I microwaved on the dining table and washed dishes in a sink that was literally propped up on 2x4s because there was no counter on which to hang it in place. For three weeks. The counters I have now… I’d rather not talk about it. It involves particle board and black paint. Which was not permitted to dry properly between coats, and so is even now (three years later) tacky. [sigh.]

      I am so thrilled you finally found your island, so jealous that it was free, and looking forward to seeing something besides a teaser in the near future. You make my day, every time I see a post on the various social media to which I DO subscribe.

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  10. Kathy
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    PS I like the angled door. I know patios are in right now, but stepping away from that idea might help. A deck over those massive steps at whatever height you want would be a solution. You could “flow” into your landscape, rather than jump down into it. Replacing the industrial strength handrails would also help. Foundation plantings would soften the steps.

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  11. Yolanda Lockhart-Howe
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    Instagram requirement: Mugs of coffee, preferably with manicured hand wrapped around and possible accented with a bangled wrist. This should be posted a minimum of weekly. If possible, daily.

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  12. Kiki
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    ha ha; count me in for the stone-age (not yet) Instagrammers…… I COULD look you up though; and I do have a smartphone and I do take photos and I even have a flickr account (which I proudly & in lack of anything else call my website!) and I spit all over my screen seeing your Versailles kitchen center piece – you are so PRICELESS 🙂
    Shall follow the next steps with baited breath and am glad to have learned where that secret door is leading to! Yeah, why not a fridge…. a bit of a letdown but I guess everybody needs one.
    Good luck Queen of all Great Things.
    Kiki in France

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  13. Angela
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    I’m dying over here! I don’t have Instagram and all of the teasers about the Versailles island are killing me! So excited for you to finally get the remodel going and to see the progress <3

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    • Kiki
      April 7, 2015 @ 10:57 am

      Angela; you can still click on her link – you only can’t comment…. You can SEE her Versailles island, lol

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    • Cherie
      April 7, 2015 @ 10:58 am

      Angela, I may not know much, but I can tell you that you can LOOK at Instagram without an account. Just click on the link in the post, and it’ll take you to the pics.

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  14. Kiki
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:55 am

    Forgot to say that although I absolutely and fully understand your problems with the original floor boards, I still love them…. Had/Have the same situation in our house (1920, stone house) and ‘saved’ some of the original floors by sanding/oiling/sanding/oiling…. etc them several times and finally giving in and just putting very simple woven carpets (style ‘beach mats’ – don’t know the English expression for them) – looks stunning, is cheap, practical (hoover over them). This just in case you want to invest your money elsewhere (e.g. the Versailles version – I’ve visited Versailles several times, you def need a handful of omni-present cleaners, like 150 peeps or so!)

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 11, 2015 @ 6:45 pm

      Sisal rugs?

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  15. maggie b
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    I vote I like you!

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  16. teri
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:07 am

    I wrote a comment on instagram, but it spat me out, not of the smart phone set.
    What’s with the scribble around the palace?

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    • Jennifer Marlowe
      April 7, 2015 @ 11:32 am

      Look closer. It’s a Craigslist ad. She’s covered up the description and pic with an actual pic of Versailles and squiggles. All we can glean is that it was FREE. *shakes fist*

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  17. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    Congrats on moving forward, to get the dream kitchen underway must feel marvelous! I look forward to seeing the progress and enjoying your take on the whole process.
    LOL, you hit the mark with your comment about instagram pics, that is exactly what I see too. I recently joined instagram and I don’t post regularly. Since I am such a visual person, I thought it would be great fun, but I am not that great of a photographer so I struggle. I wish I could offer some tips. Oh,re; requirements, you missed Flowers artfully arranged and pictures of food that you plan on eating.

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  18. Sharifa
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    I am your 201st follower on Instagram. 🙂 NOW, I’m going to read about your kitchen island! 😉

    P.S. I’m really old! I only post pictures of my gorgeous grandchildren and my handsome husband!

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  19. Jenn Ochman
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    I can’t wait to see how it all comes out! We are also contemplating a remodel of our 1890s kitchen, so I feel your pain. I’m just anxious to get started. We put in an early 1900s bathroom & despite the fact it almost killed our marriage, it came out better than my wildest dreams. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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  20. Sharon
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    Exciting news indeed! Congrats on getting your kitchen island. Can’t wait to see it for real.

    Sadly, I am not among the Cool Kids, and do not Instagram–I know my limitations. For me, Instagram, Pinterest and the like would lead me to Procrastination City instead of the Emerald City, so I must exercise restraint for now and remain a voyeur living vicariously through others. Actually, my photography skills kind of suck so I need to maintain what dignity I have left.

    Looking forward to seeing your vision of awesomeness become a reality.

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  21. Joanna
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    I can’t wait to live through every agonizing decision with you! I’m not even being sarcastic, I seriously can’t wait!

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  22. Dee
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    I got on Instagram because my blog template had an icon for it and I didn’t know how to get rid of it. I’m an Instagram fail because the only time I remember I have an Instagram account is when I’m eating. Add half-eaten plates of food to your repertoire. It opens up all new photo ops when you are unmanicured, unbangled, dressed in yoga pants, and need a haircut.

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  23. Jayne Z
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    Have you thought about adding a large deck off the french doors so you wouldn’t have to go up or down stairs to barbecue or entertain, etc. It looks like it would be more than wide enough if you took it to the edge of the original house for a table, lounge chairs or chaises. I would wrap it around the other wall part way and use that space for the barbecue station. If you did this, you could cover up the brick step. You could do smaller blue stone patio below. If you added the deck, could square off the room without any demolition (might have to add a little more concrete or support for squared off portion of walls. Whatever you decide I know it will be wonderful!

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  24. shirley trevo
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    I love seeing other peoples’ mess.
    Btw; just a co-inkydink, I just followed you yesterday on Instagram.
    I reactivated mine to do #the100dayproject

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  25. Lynn
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    Of COURSE you’d get your island! Duh. Like anyone who knows you would ever think you wouldn’t get it! Maybe it just took being on instagram? Also, if you’re seeing bangles and bad manis, you’re following the wrong people.

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  26. CanadianMango
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:55 am

    I love the roof line and I envy you the high ceiling. However, I do hope the sunflower yellow walls will get evicted, too.

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  27. Kristin
    April 7, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    You nailed it with what you need to post on Instagram. But, do not forget the cat. Ohhh, the mighty cat pictures on Instagram. Ohhh, AND, check out tagsforlikes.com so you can get a handle on which hashtags are best.

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  28. Vancouvervixen
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    As a fellow owner of ancient and gorgeous Douglas Fir floors which squeak more than the myriad ghost mice living in my basement and are also prone to poking holes in my socks with nails that have suddenly given up the ghost, I spit my morning tea all over my iPad in a sudden burst of hilarity reading your description of the floor boards. You inspire me.

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  29. Kate
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    You forgot “floppy boho hat” and maybe “statement red lipstick”, I think? I’m *supposed* to be a photographer “on the side” and I’m not even on Instagram… ! (?) Maybe I’ll take the plunge again now that I know I can follow you! haha. Love your blog and can’t wait to see more kitchen updates!

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  30. Garden, Home and Party
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

    This is exciting news on so many levels. First and foremost, it means you’ll be post more often since you’ll have great subject matter and second, I know it (your new kitchen) will be fabulous!
    xo,
    Karen

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  31. Marielle
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    Macrons! Sheesh. If you can’t take photos do Macrons and your feet at least twice a week, don’t bother. Like blogging, it also helps if you’re LDS.

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  32. Karol
    April 7, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

    Well I’m just gobsmacked that you didn’t like the picture of my feet in ironically hideous footwear!!! But seriously, I’m thrilled that your now on instagram and I’m following you.

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  33. janet
    April 7, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

    How exciting. Since I am another decade and a half older than you that makes me officially a sloppy recluse with no plans to join pinterest or twitter or instagram. FaceBook already eats up enough precious time to live my own life, but I’m glad that I can click over and see your island photo anyway.

    Enjoy the process! I just leafed through the blog I did of our kitchen remodel 10 years ago. It took six months and we two managed pretty well with the laundry sink, camp stove, toaster oven and electric fry pan. I still have recipes I want to try in that thing, like pineapple upside down cake! Hope you can salvage some of those gorgeous floor boards for another place. I’m still sorry to hear the 1/2 bathroom is getting evicted, maybe since I don’t know how far your outdoor guests will have to go from your bbq deck party to use the facilities. No doubt you’ve got that wired into your master plan. LOL! I’m still trying to figure out how to ADD a half-bath close to the guest bedroom so friends don’t have to tromp through the whole house to get to it.

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  34. Amber
    April 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

    so excited to see your island and the kitchen re-do! also, that is the most accurate summary of Instagram ever! LOL

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  35. Amy
    April 7, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    Make sure to follow lots of accounts including cats. It makes having to scroll past the thigh gaps worth it.

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  36. Kay
    April 7, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

    It’s the bending over to wash dishes in a tub that I couldn’t handle. Too hard on the knees and back. We had a double laundry sink to do dishes in. I made real meals in the basement using a commercial induction cooker I had spent $400 on so I could temper chocolate for dipping truffles. (Crazy, I know, but cheaper than the cheapest home tempering machine, and more versatile.) I used my cast iron pan to make steaks and fish and all kinds of things, and the microwave to cook vegetables and the occasional baked potato. We ate sitting at our old kitchen table and stored our cook and tableware in our old kitchen cabinets, which we had our contractor move down and hang in various places, thus giving us basement storage we had never had. We even saved the counter with a run of lowers so I had a prep location. Oh, and we put our old refrigerator in the garage, so all I had to do was open the door connecting the basement and garage, and the fridge door was right there I was rather proud of our makeshift kitchen and had fun cooking down there–for a while. Even such a good setup gets old when your kitchen reno goes on for months. I used to muse on how a third world family would think they had died and gone to heaven if they could live in our basement (which is heated and also has a large bedroom and full bath), when it was set up to cook and eat in. And we live in a modest house–nothing fancy about our basement.

    Speaking of fancy, the Versailles pic has me panting with eagerness to see your acquisition. Don’t make us wait too long!

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  37. Kate S.
    April 7, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

    ” . . . awkwardly position thigh gap.”

    Thank you for that. I thought I was the only person who noticed (and, obviously, ADMIRED) such things.

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  38. Donna Andal
    April 7, 2015 @ 7:22 pm

    Yours is the 1st blog I’ve felt compelled to comment on. New and different – I’m excited to see your island and the kitchen. In fact your whole house! I very much enjoy your blog, your humour and your decorating adventures. 🙂 you go girl!!!!

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  39. Sally
    April 7, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

    I hope you don’t stp using your blog. I can’t wait to see what you have come up with….but I don’t do Instagram or all this Tech stuff. It ticks me off that you have to sign up, become a member, get an ID just to say hello, or someone did a really great job! Maybe I’m an old fart….don’t care about that either….but I do, do my nails if that counts….

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  40. Carri Gicker
    April 7, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

    You guys are not getting to the right places on Instagram. There are so many cool, not silly fashion, people to follow. I’m a grandma and totally addicted.
    Love the Versailles, I’m sure it will be fabulous!

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