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  1. Tattycoram
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    Aaagh! I’m supposed to be working for a deadline today!

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  2. Melinda
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    Thank you for this! Hope you find that fabric:)

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  3. Kiki
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    My love, you DO spend a bit too much time on sites you shouldn’t…. Having said that, more than one sigh escaped my parched lips and certainly more than 6 times, a ‘Oooohhhh my Gosh’ found its way into the room I should be writing Christmas cards instead of visiting you!

    ALL of this is absolutely ÜBER-beautiful and totally ”must have” and the main reason why I no longer even consider sneaking a look at other people’s interior decos, is that I then find my own kitchen (to be renovated once I should have the pots of money for it) SO lacking in everything I really (also) SHOULD have. And just so that you know: I DO live in a French home from 1920, in a French kitchen with many stunning features and (even more) horrible ‘upgradings’ such as the aforement. kitchen – aaah go back to your cards, Kiki.
    Thank you so much for this moment of respite 🙂

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    • Kiki
      December 10, 2015 @ 4:23 am

      When I wanted to put a big THUMB UP for the super cute video yesterday, the (oldish) computer stuck out its tongue (figuratively spoken) and got stuck. And then I didn’t have time to restart the beast. So here, with great delay: Thank you for Dirty Dancing Two (3, 4?)…. it’s fabulous and I love it. Love the film too, so much as that although I saw it several times in the cinema, still had to buy it as a DVD. You’re such a well-matched couple; both excellent dancers, both willing to have loads of fun (it takes 2… – to dance and for all the rest of it too), you hand out the jobs and your Hero can do them! I am truly in awe. Much love

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  4. Alexis
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Zzzzz too many words, too many pictures of crap no one cares about…

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    • Sandra
      December 9, 2015 @ 10:34 am

      If you’re not here for the words, you are missing the point.

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      • Erin
        December 9, 2015 @ 10:48 am

        Right Sandra?! It’s how Victoria caused all of us to fall in love with her!

        Although… not going to lie… I enjoyed every picture too.

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      • Christine
        December 9, 2015 @ 10:57 am

        Agree with Sandra – seriously? how did you get to this blog? VEB is hysterical – her words are just as if she were talking out loud – and she is ever so much more personable than your average jo (or us mere mortals ;-), that is the beauty of it.

        These kitchens are absolutely insane, so I see why they’re drool worthy. You’re pulling from magazines that I don’t even know exist! wow. I have no clue where they actually store the food – other than the displayed mini-tarts (another Americanism). Perhaps the remaining non-visual sustenance is delivered by friendly (but debonair) staff. Or they just order Chinese.
        🙂

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      • Rachel
        December 9, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

        words r hard! can u plz use only emojis??

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    • judy
      December 9, 2015 @ 10:58 am

      Sorry……..A very Merry Christmas to you and yours and a less Grinchy New Year but I Loved all of this-the dancing-both…I love the – all I want for Christmas song- because I love the corny film Love Actually and I love to see a married couple with different temperaments who obviously love one another and still enjoy each other. ” Magic” in this world of divorce and unhappy couples married in expensive splendor and miserable in the eventual reality of couplehood .

      Most of all as biting as Victoria’s wit her basic core is Positive and realistic. We all know we can’t have all the goodies out there but we can admire them without envy and in a happy spirit of good will that some family is enjoying them and that’s a good thing. I’ve got a smile on my 75 year old face and I just might dance the old Man out to our modest but pretty Kitchen and make him a nice ham sandwich. Love to you all ………….

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    • Carol
      December 9, 2015 @ 11:38 pm

      Welcome to our world! You must have missed the introductory instructions on civility, but don’t be discouraged from growing in the polite direction ?

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  5. Marcia Skiver
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    Did you notice that the antique pommel is for sale, as is everything thing else in the house?

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  6. Katherine
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:31 am

    I think this is the funniest, and truest, post you have ever written. So, so painfully true. We have a ‘vintage’ kitchen, but not entirely by choice. Maybe it’s finally ‘in’!

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  7. Nikki
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    I have a cabinet just like that one in the first picture. Now. I need it moved to my kitchen/dining area.
    And a wall removed.
    And some beams put up.
    And a column added under the beam.

    And I want the counter/island cabinet in the picture to go with my cabinet.

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  8. Diane Amick
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    You are truly a crazed woman…a kitchen is the one room in a home that has to have function above all else. Look at all of the stunning photos again – not one looks like a real, functioning kitchen. You need a staff in the hidden confines bringing you those scones and tartlets while you sip your coffee and gaze at the beauty all around you. No pots or pans. No dirty glasses or appliances. Only display space. For all of the stunning china and accessory pieces, you also require sinks and stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers, and somewhere to stash that compost bucket. You must join the real world….at least in the kitchen…or hire staff, hidden in the basement, to do the real kitchen work. I have to side with Paul in this room. So sorry to switch sides on you.

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  9. Miriam
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    They really need to throw in free shipping with that faucet. Thank you for verbalizing exactly what is wrong with my life. That in itself is a delightful Christmas gift!

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  10. Jackie
    December 9, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    Victoria, you speak to my soul. I, like you, am not satisfied with the lack of SOUL that
    permeates American kitchens. I search the refined, am not articulate in what I seek…
    You are the sister in my head, and wish you were the neighbor down the street.
    Thank you.

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  11. becky up a hill
    December 9, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    And just one cup of coffee, instead of drinking the whole pot and then being jittery and irritable but still mysteriously unenergetic.
    Best line ever. To bad it’s so long. It needs to be a sign.

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  12. becky up a hill
    December 9, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    p.s. I watched Fixer Uppers last night and wanted to light a match to my house. Logic prevailed, as I realized I needed to make sure my fire insurance is great and also move all the stuff I love out first. Today, I too am mysteriously unenergetic, so will have to be postponed.

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    • Eat Drink & be Mary
      December 14, 2015 @ 9:51 am

      I think the same thoughts after I watch Fixer Upper! I suppose a rash of fires after a Fixer Upper marathon would be suspicious.

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  13. Jayne Z
    December 9, 2015 @ 11:41 am

    Victoria — I think what I like the most about your design approach is your free spirit. You think outside the box which is refreshing and inspirational. I actually think your kitchen will be better than any of those you posed when it’s all said and done! (PS — ignore that “B” above — must live a very sorry life.)

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  14. Kay
    December 9, 2015 @ 11:49 am

    Agree with Diane, except not the crazed woman part. Those kitchens cry out to the world, “I have staff!” Probably cooking in functional basement kitchens, because cooking smells would disturb the refinement of that rarified world. I have a beautiful renovated kitchen, but it looks like someone cooks in it, which I do. The task in a real kitchen to be used by an ordinary person is to figure out how to accommodate the homely necessities in an attractive way. Not necessarily an easy task, but very satisfying to achieve.

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  15. maggie
    December 9, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

    Then I had to scour the internet for the imaginary pattern that lives in my head

    Spoonflower where the imaginary patterns come true. http://www.spoonflower.com

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  16. Traci
    December 9, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    Never change! I love your blog. I love your words – the more the better. I love your pictures. But I really, really love your cat. Keep being you!

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  17. Lorrie
    December 9, 2015 @ 12:28 pm

    Victoria, in looking through all of the wonderful photographs, I have come to the conclusion what you really want is a fabulous butler’s pantry, not a kitchen. It’s all about display and storage, not cooking. I am in total agreement!

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  18. Jude Jackson
    December 9, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    You are hilarious. I sometimes find myself cackling. (NOT an attractive trait in an older woman.) But still, what a gift you have. I enjoy it very much.

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  19. Gerry
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:16 pm

    Victoria, please NEVER stop blogging! Life would never be the same again without your hilarious posts! You are truly a great talent when it comes to writing. You have completely changed how I look at everything in life. You should publish a book!

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  20. Emily
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh, Victoria, fear not. Your kitchen will be drool-worthy when it’s done. It couldn’t possibly NOT be! And best of all, it will be full of stories!!

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  21. Kerri
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    The cabinets in the first kitchen remains me of the old bakery cabinets that were u.in my dads grocery store. Same style, doors, height. Just a darker finish. Now you will be combing craigslist for those, I guess? And I want to see you and Paul dance the whole song to Dirty Dancing – it was great!

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  22. Penny
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    You are truly evil. I have now gone down the CL rabbit hole and am contemplating driving 2 hrs away to pick up a $600 antique display cabinet to replace the Hoosier in my kitchen.

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  23. sharon
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    GAWD…..how I LOVE LOVE LOVE your audience COMMENTS!!! except of COURSE sad sad Alexis…poor thing.

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  24. Garden, Home and Party
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

    I need to improve my ‘search’ skills. These kitchens are great and I’ve never seen them before. I don’t think I could have a lot of glass fronts – I need order and I can only guess how quickly my cupboards would be terribly disorganized.
    Karen

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  25. Darling Lily
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    None of then have the door to Narnia, though.

    Or Elvis.

    Or Paul!

    They deserve our sympathy.

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  26. Mary
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    Oh dear – you’ve just ruined my day. Now I will spend the rest of the afternoon clicking through to all of those links and kitchens…..which will make me most sad and uninspired. My kitchen doesn’t look anything like any of those………

    ………and I can’t dance either.

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  27. Anna quackenbush
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    Good luck on the fabric….it honestly took me two years the find what I was looking for…and of course that included the wrong! Fabric at least twice. But when I found the right one, the angels sang.

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  28. Edith
    December 9, 2015 @ 3:22 pm

    DANG…..now that’s some fine holiday swing moves. Is there anything sexier than a dancing cowboy!?

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  29. Sharon
    December 9, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

    Victoria:

    Love your blog because it’s funny and so positive. Good luck with finding the fabric. Your kitchen will be a glorious beacon on a hill for us mere mortals, with hilarious, fun-filled stories and memories to boot.

    To the sour and dour who seem to want to invade this space with their negativism, take a time out and come back when you can be more positive. Misery may love company, but you won’t find it here.

    Merry Christmas to you and Paul, and an abundance of love to Elvis.

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  30. kmkat
    December 9, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    Ok, I clicked over to Martha Stewart’s website (mistake the first). Then I clicked through the collection of photos showing decorating with color (mistake the second). When I read “…[t]his room in Martha’s home at Lily Pond Lane was inspired by the colors of her collection of stuffed tarpon fish” I knew I had to leave that site NOW before I threw up.

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  31. BeBe
    December 9, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    VEB, My Southern heart literally skips a beat when I see a new email from you! You and that dreamboat of a husband have done a splendid restoration of your house. I live in a small, but charming Sears kit house c. 1928. Along with an addition, I redid my kitchen 10 years ago. I am certain you know that form follows function, especially in a room where you will be working! Your space must work for you. The best thing I did was use big drawers instead of cabinets. Because I do not share your great height, far from it at 4’10”, I reclaimed pantry space added two roll out windows and eliminated overhead cabinets. I LOVE my big drawers. Also, have you seen Christopher Peacock’s kitchen designs? He does some mighty fancy, over the top spaces! Thank you for your great blog. Warmly and Merry, Merry Christmas to you.

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  32. Alexandria
    December 9, 2015 @ 6:53 pm

    The good news is…for the low, low price of $2000 THIS VERY GYM HORSE can by yours!!!

    http://alexmacarthur.co.uk/catalogue_detail.asp?nShopProd_ID={9DE7934F-B97C-4FEE-BA38-AE2032631631}&src=catalogue_list%2Easp%3FnShopProdCat_ID%3D%7BAEAA2CAB-F769-4C6B-AA62-141A097F86AE%7D%26nPageNo%3D1%26src%3Dcollection%2Easp

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  33. Liz Thomas
    December 9, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

    Victoria, another stellar post!!! OMG, I had heart palpitations looking through Alex MacArthur’s website……I truly was born in the wrong time and place……I wanted to go and live in his house…..but I’m stuck in my nice little 1972 home. I live vicariously through your blog! haha. Keep up the good work and have a blessed Christmas season AND keep searching Craig’s List!! 🙂

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  34. Lenora
    December 9, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    They are utilizing wall space with mirror backed cabinetry rather then a mirror that takes up space. It’s okay to experiment…you haven’t committed yet? Liking this path you are on better!
    Lenora ; )

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  35. Carrie
    December 9, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    Check out http://www.blackdogsalvage.com/ for the antique pummel horse. They had one last time I checked

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  36. Melissa Love
    December 9, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

    Aargh! Why doesn’t my kitchen have a library ladder? Nevermind that I can touch the ceiling…

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  37. Bambi Mayer
    December 10, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    I knew that the Alex MacArthur house was a little dark and spooky for my taste. Then I got to the pics of the third floor–the rope, chain and socks at the end of the bed just Creeped. Me. Out!!!

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    • judy
      December 10, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

      the rope is a necessary fire escape tool-the only thing that will get you out cause the stairway to a 3rd floor is a chimney with the fire rushing up to it-the socks I would opine are a frost bite preventative for the freezing floors on the 3rd floor of an old mansion…remember these were servants quarters and their tootsies being warm was not a priority. And the chain? to place on the bottom of rope to give it weight and less tendency to swing? I doubt the third guess but thought I’d throw it in as a possible. Wonder if I’m right…

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  38. Patricia
    December 10, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    You should put up a disclaimer over the link to these posts “Abandon all pretense of reality and enter with a whimsical heart”. It looks to me like those drool worthy “kitchens” have 13 ft ceilings. And an unlimited taste for baked goods. And room service because they’re surely not doing anything so sordid as cooking !

    But they are yummy eye candy. I don’t think the faucet it too industrial; combined with your victorian house and giant fancy things, it would come off as “Steam Punk”. I totally think you could rock that vibe.

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  39. Sue
    December 10, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    I truly look forward to each new blog post, thank you.
    I have always loved the types of things, GFT, that you do so your posts make me drool, and lust after each item. Alas, I have had to come to terms with the fact that my home will have to remain ho hum uninspired. Keep up the good work of encouraging us to dream.

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  40. Sarah Y
    December 10, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

    As if you need GFT encouragement or another $4500 flowing out of your bank account… http://mobile.craigslist.org/atq/5321995934.html

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