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Our DIY bathroom design and old house renovation.

Victorian wrap around porch painting and restoration.

Old house kitchen remodel and DIY design.

My favorite flowers for a cottage garden, and shade, and how to grow cuttings.

How to make a bow, step by step DIY with wired ribbon.

Collecting antiques on Craigslist.  My Victorian mirrors and Victorian wardrobe.

I love Mad Men.  Betty Draper costume.  Best friend.


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  1. Nancy

    You are just cuter than a bugs ear. Love your blog.


  2. Claire @ A Little Claireification

    Well I’ll admit my heart is a little broken that you aren’t stalking me back all over social media… but I subscribed to your email anyway. 😉 Love your posts. They have been known to make me snort coffee out of my nose so, while that isn’t my most attractive look, they are thus classified as funny and read-worthy in my book.


  3. et

    hubs just had a heart attack (they called it “the widow maker” of all things). lucky to be deep into cardiac rehab with him driving many miles 3X wk. Love the insanity of glittery balls! need to think about lifestyle absurdities! glad to meet you. You made me smile when life had become very serious.


  4. Mary Beth

    I am YOU. I, too, love Big Fancy Things to furnish our 1865 Italianate! But what I cannot figure out is WHY someone could sell that column. It’s totally beyond me. I gasped when I saw it. Thank goodness, you snagged it. I love love love the joy in your blog. Lots of gasping and smiles going on.


  5. Krys Prichard

    I absolutely love your posts, your photos, and the projects. I’m just wondering, what do you do for a real living that lets you afford all these cool ideas? And I do hope an agent has approached you to write a book. Oh, and one more thing, can you leave your husband to me in your will if you should die first? He’s a keeper!


  6. Shaune

    Hi, could you share with me what the brand and color of your light blue exterior paint color is? We just purchased our own falling down rot house, as we lovingly call it. It is now a light blue and desperately needs repainting! I have looked at a zillion blues and just can’t decide. Please share your color :)


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

      Behr, Cool Sky (home depot)… I looked at 87,349 samples, so I feel good about endorsing this shade. BUT, it has so much to do with light, color of surrounding area, etc! Definitely get a sample and paint a good sized swatch!


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