62 Comments

  1. Sandi
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:17 am

    Oh, I love the hardware. The piano-as-kitchen-island is brilliant in conception and execution.

    Glad your Spousal Unit won’t have to have an exploding head.

    And I wished I lived closer to New Hampshire. 🙂

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    • kristina Bailey
      May 24, 2016 @ 11:56 pm

      If you haven’t already- please try to connect with Matthew Mead when in NH. He is amazing. tell him Kristina Bailey his old paper girl demanded you reach out to him. You have many shared interests and I know would get along great. he was born and raised in NH and knows antique alley, and all the incredible little nooks tourists don’t know about.

      You can find him on facebook here.

      https://www.facebook.com/matthew.mead.37?fref=ts

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  2. Becki
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    Congratulations on your speaking engagement! LOVE that you put an old piano back to good use.

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  3. Stacey
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:21 am

    I love the island, it turned out magnificently!

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  4. Susan A
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    You’re waiting and searching has paid off. Those pulls are perfect!! LOVE your GFTs!

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  5. Gretels Treasures
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    The Island looks great! Your hubby seems to have professional carpentry skills!

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  6. Jenny Falcone
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Congratulations on finishing the piano island. The hardware you chose was worth the wait!

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  7. Leah Turner
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    Ok, that piano/kitchen island is FANTASTIC!

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  8. Suzeraine
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    “bland shell’??? Oh, I don’t think so!

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  9. Lynn
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:27 am

    Wow. That piano and its pulls are fantastic. Worth the wait to search for them. I’m inspired to go do something constructive in my own home this weekend now, like plant a flower in a pot or something. Wish I still lived in Boston and I’d be at that GFT Festival for sure!

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  10. Suzanne Forbes
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    They are exquisite! Worth every ebay notification!

    I once spent two years reading ebay notifications daily to find a pair of bottle green 1970s granny boots like the ones in “Nightbirds on Nantucket”, so….

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    • Tattycoram
      May 5, 2016 @ 11:27 am

      Oooh, oooh, you just inspired instant recall from one of my favorite Aiken books!

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  11. Christina in FL
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:32 am

    VEB, I can’t wait to see your gorgeous island with a top on it. 🙂

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  12. Kate Sparks
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    Great find!!! Take a look at the online estate sale… It made me think of all your craiglist searches and awesome finds…. What material are you going to top the piano with???

    https://www.ebth.com

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  13. Nikki Gwin
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    Perfection! How you continue to find the perfect thing is amazing and WAY out of my patience zone. I settle. Bleh…
    I think I will just hire YOU to find what is in my head for me. 🙂
    gwingal

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  14. Di Elliott
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    It looks brilliant, good things come to th ose who wait (or obsessively search without compromising their dreams) very proud and hugs to Elvis

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  15. Kate Sparks
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    Or search ebth on Facebook.

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  16. Elizabeth Speicher
    May 5, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    I agree with the others, the hardware was worth the wait. Your island piano is a masterpiece, surely your finished kitchen will be a monument to fanciness. Early October in New Hampshire, your event, plus antiques sounds like a wonderful weekend getaway to me.

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  17. Gerry Emery
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    Oh my gosh! The piano island is fantastic and will be spectacular when the marble is on! Can’t wait to see it all finished so please don’t make us wait too long!!!!

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  18. Garden, Home and Party
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    This island turned out even better than I had imagined. I’ve forgotten, will there be a hard surface on top?

    I’m so happy and relieved to hear that Elvis is hanging in there. Maybe she’s hoping to see the kitchen finished. 🙂
    Wish I could attend that event…it would be fun to actually meet you, and your necklace! 🙂
    xo,
    Karen

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  19. Amber
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    The piano island looks FABULOUS, you definitely did the right thing in waiting for just the right hardware to come along, they go so perfectly it was like they were originally there! I can’t wait to see the new windows at the end of the kitchen, and I’m so glad Elvis is still around and doing fairly well. I’m so excited for your speaking event! I wish I wasn’t clear across the country and could attend! I hope you find lots and lots of FTs in every shape and size! Have fun!

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  20. Jeanne
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Lovely drawer pulls!
    I am happy to hear that Elvis is doing so well.
    It is the person who spits out swear words that is bland – I mean just about everyone swears, so it doesn’t have any effect. It is the lady who can say with just the right look or non swear phrase her distain for something, that has truly mastered a skill – and is not bland. She is usually much more colorful than the one who uses “colorful” language:)

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    • fixitchick
      June 18, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

      ‘I dont spew profanities, I enunciate them clearly, like a lady’

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  21. ACWMH
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:25 am

    I love that the windows you chose seem to be taller than the room – you’re living my dream!

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  22. Kay
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:25 am

    Well, you have achieved perfection. Those pulls, on that island, could not be improved upon. Your refusal to settle for less (and a hearty ugh to those pulls on Amazon) has paid off. Congratulations!

    Perhaps I can persuade my husband that a weekend in New Hampshire would be just the thing. I would so love to see you in the flesh, and possibly meet you, if I could navigate through the admiring hordes.

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  23. Kiera
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    So excited to see the final result! The first blog you did about the kitchen island was the first post I found by you and I love everything about it. I also like in NH and will do everything I can to see you speak! That’s awesome!

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  24. Jamie
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    That hardware is perfect!
    And a special meow-out to Elvis. You hang in there! You can do it.

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  25. DARLENE
    May 5, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    Every time there is a post from you in my email box I get super excited! I enjoy your sense of humor and I always end up cackling inappropriately. Please check in more often. Love, love, love your use of GFT’s!

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  26. Jacqueline
    May 5, 2016 @ 12:02 pm

    Love, love, love it! The hardware is amazing. It was worth the wait.
    I will see you at Sage Farm Antiques in the fall.

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  27. Kris
    May 5, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

    Hi Victoria–I’m the one who asked if you’re an Aries because my 6 year old Aries daughter sounds like you–anyway I have 2 questions: what sign is your husband (I’ll need to keep this in mind when she brings home candidates someday!)? And, I live in the great state of NH (Live Free Or Die!!…where will you be speaking??!

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  28. Elke
    May 5, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    Love all your posts and great ideas. I love to re-purpose too!

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  29. Kiki
    May 5, 2016 @ 12:32 pm

    PERFECTION – I am truly in awe – this is really the top of the tops!
    And YES, Elvis is still alive AND Paul stays married to you – and you’ve managed to decide on the windows ….. so many exellent news!
    Congratulations and also congrats to you for speaking aboout all your fancy GTs…. Wish I would be able to be there – but France is just a tad too far to pop over! Should you ever fancy buying the Eiffel Tower; let me know – I’m sure we can arrange something 🙂

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  30. Marcia
    May 5, 2016 @ 1:46 pm

    These are indeed the perfect pulls. Good things happen to those who wait (and keep looking). So worth it!

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  31. Toni
    May 5, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

    The pulls were worth the wait!! So glad you didn’t settle on the nautical brass ones.
    It’s wonderful how you always find the perfect accoutrement, GFT, BFT, SFT, etc…! It is a skill and talent you’ve honed to perfection.

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  32. Susanne
    May 5, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

    You are anything BUT bland.
    I need for you to never, ever change.

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  33. Jane Keller
    May 5, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    I love it! What a wonderful idea!

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  34. Ethelsawpenny
    May 5, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

    OH MY GOD! I love you and your posts and your obsession with GFT’s. And NOW, I will actually get to meet you because I live only 10 minutes from Sage Farm in New Hampshire! I’m so excited! I can’t wait for fall! But I’ll be keeping up with your posts until then! YAY!

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  35. Diana
    May 5, 2016 @ 3:28 pm

    Love the hardware! So glad Elvis is hanging in there. You have a whole new career opening up as the official representative for United Hoarders of America. You will have even more money for all sorts of GFT’s, SFT’s, and all sorts of FT’s (fancy things) in general.

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  36. Colleen
    May 5, 2016 @ 3:29 pm

    Shut the front door! I LIVE in Rochester, NH! Not only am I thrilled that I’ll get to hear you speak but I had no idea this event was taking place. See you in October!

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  37. penny
    May 5, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

    You are some “bland shell!”

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  38. Becky @ Flipping the Flip
    May 5, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    I too have that constant nagging problem and I completely feel your pain — trying to create what’s in your imagination. Please do let me know if you ever figure out how to get that to work!

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  39. Suzen
    May 5, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    Here’s to Elvis! Just so you know, and so other people can do this…I put her name in one of my very often used passwords so that every time I sign in I send some healing love thoughts to Miss E. Mightn’t hurt if everyone else did it, too!

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  40. Lynne Hoover
    May 5, 2016 @ 6:31 pm

    Those pulls are PERFECTION.

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