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  1. Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    April 9, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Sorry I am (fashionably) late! I had to try on about 500 outfits before I found the right one to go with the right costume jewelry and cocktail rings I’ve been dying to wear. Anyway, umm… Oh. My Gawd. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I’m incredibly jealous of your Downton Abbey portal. Of the fancy pieces. And the sheer magnitude and splendor it exudes. It totally puts my favorite things to shame (i.e. books, art and owls). But I didn’t want to be a party pooper!

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  2. Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    April 9, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    PS – I love the change you made to your header.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

      THANK you for noticing my header!! I’m totally bummed that only three people took note… it’s the little things! Like cocktail rings and shoes!!

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  3. Becky
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    Amazing find and amazing patience to get it back to your house. Have fun exploring Downton through your magic portal. 🙂

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  4. Barbara
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    It is gorgeous, fantastic, fabulous! You must go into that room one hundred times a day just to look at it, touch it, maybe zone out and slip through the portals for an hour or two . But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that your most amazing find ever, hands down, without a doubt, is PAUL!!!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      Sigh… SO true. Paul IS the best find. Also, I try to tell him that this is what the universe WANTED for him… otherwise it wouldn’t have paired us up!! He seems kind of skeptical on that, but I think it’s perfectly logical.

      And yes, I totally just stand in front of it and chant—mine, mine, mine…

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  5. A City Girl
    April 10, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    I love Craigs list also but it is a dice throw on the deals. Some priced right, some too low, and some wayyyyy overpriced. You found yourself a beautiful piece. I really love it and darn that it did not fit in the kitchen. That would have been perfect but it also looks good where it is now. It does make an impact and I am all about impact. I have to say that it is a good thing you got the dolls from Brian before this trip or uhhhhh You might have been outta luck LOL. I know you are going to think this is weird BUT I am a treasure hunter and I was wondering did you explore that paper in the wall and make sure there was not a bunch of old penny stocks or old money tucked up in there? LOL

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

      LOL… true, Brian got more than he bargained for on this trip. He did WANT to come with us… but that was before we knew it was going to be an expedition to new lands.

      It did not even occur to us to even LOOK for anything… we should have, would have been a good hiding place. By the time we left, we were tired, and dirty, and really not thinking clearly!!!

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  6. Tiffany
    April 10, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    That is simply gorgeous…what an amazing find…very jealous!!

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  7. mandy
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    OMG!! i’m late!!! i hope i havent missed the party. You see my sister is getting married and we have been SOOOOO busy…..crazy busy. Apologies!

    This post is the BEST! my fav post of yours thus far. Free rock to good home has been a personal fav for a while, but this is GOLD. The writing, the content, the photos!! Hilarious and magnificent all at the same time!

    You are so much like me with a find….there’s no time to waste, don’t ask questions, shut up and get in the car! 🙂

    Your cupboard is beautiful. Even if it hasn’t ended up in the location you first pictures, it looks stunning in the lounge. I don’t think it’s too big at all. I think a room can have one oversized piece and still feel roomy as long as the other pieces in the room fit the scale of the room. Well done. I love it.

    My fav finds looks insignificant in comparison 🙁 http://redagapeblog.com/2013/04/06/exciting-vintage-finds/

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

      Are you saying a wedding is a more important party than this??? Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!

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  8. Patina and Company
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    ” What is THAT about?
    YOU people know what I want to do with this. And you more or less JUST met me.
    My husband, on the other hand, apparently doesn’t even live on my planet.

    Did I not show him Pilar Guzman’s kitchen, seven hundred times? Do I strike you as the sort of person who would fail to communicate my heart’s desire?”

    –Same questions I keep asking myself! Of COURSE you will do it again! What a find! Obviously a dream come true!

    Measure first? Make a budget? All these tedious obstacles in the way of a perfectly great “vision” all the time! It looks great where you have it (in fact, your home looks gorgeous). Now I hope Paul won’t be annoyed, but . . . can the kitchen ceiling be raised?

    I don’t have a photo but how does a solid concrete garden table and pair of benches strike you for a Craigslist find? Not the most completely unusual treasure but a real husband challenge in terms of moving!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

      Anything that irritates the husbands is probably a good sign… right? I don’t know why it isn’t more OBVIOUS to him that this was NECESSARY. I mean, clearly I’ve never needed anything more!!!

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  9. vaughn
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Brilliant!

    Just discovered you, via your comment regarding the gigantic mantel on AT, and am now stalking you here on your very own page… also enjoying your Pinterest page (that I finally caved and joined).

    Your commentary is fabulous and hilarious. I am now very careful about drinking anything while reading… my keyboard is appreciative.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      Your comment absolutely made my day!! Going in my “best of” folder that I refer to whenever I wonder why I spend all my free time on the internet…

      If I could get another million stalkers, I could push Young House Love right out of the top spot!!

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  10. Ann Franks
    April 10, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Your husband is much more patient than mine! Glad to know there is a gateway to Downton when I need it!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      I’ve been wondering where it was for a while now, so I’m glad I found it!! I’m not sure patient is the right word… maybe long-suffering.

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  11. Kari
    April 10, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    That was a fantastic post! I was reading on the train ride home from work laughing hysterically while getting dirty looks! I showed Sam as soon as I got home and he was like, “thats you, and me, bahhhh…. not so funny for Paul…. or me!” What an amazing find, your right, the rest doesn’t matter, it’s beautiful.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      Laughing… I told Paul– hey! Everyone on the internet thinks you’re so great for getting this!!! He was like, good, next time they can be the ones to go with you.

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  12. Gaenor
    April 11, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    I had to share this post with my husband!! Just yesterday I was explaining to him that helping my 7 year old son with his holiday project was really frustrating because he is just too ambitious and has no sense of reality. My husband just looked at me. I think he thinks there is heredity involved here.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

      I wish “laugh out loud” wasn’t so overused, because I’m stuck thinking of something more creative here… I guess discarding reality isn’t ALWAYS bad. (Especially if you can force your husband to do most of the work.)

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  13. Elizabeth
    April 11, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Ha ha! Hilarious post. Portal to Downton Abbey – obviously. Or have you considered Dr Who’s TARDIS? I admire you for thinking big. Me, I work hard to focus on only modestly sized second-hand chairs and tables.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

      I’m not knocking the tables and chairs… we have our share of them too… our entire dining room is mix-and-match Craigslist! But yes, this is the find to rule them all…

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  14. Sarah
    April 11, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Eek! Love it. My sister has a similar built-in in her Philly rental–although it’s quite shabby compared to this beauty.

    I keep stumbling across your site via my various, obsessive Google image-searches–and after reading this post, I’m going to find my way here on purpose from now on. Why is it that husbands never understand when something is absolutely perfect, no time to explain, MUST BE MINE RIGHT NOW??? I am actually on the hunt for one of those Craigslist “overpriced oak hutches from 1980” at the moment (except curvier, not oak, and NOT 80s . . . but the hutch part is right), and can’t even get my husband to commit to looking at one that lives 5 minutes from us and is within $20 of our price-range . . .

    I showed him this post to say, “See! See what I could be asking you to do? I just want one lousy china cabinet to paint.” He said, “I’m sure it always starts with ‘one lousy china cabinet to paint.'” Maybe I need to aim higher and then “settle” for the china cabinet . . .

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      Yes!! You’re overlooking the convenient tool of bait and switch… only more like—horrify, then switch. Start showing him stuff in NYC and Lancaster… the stuff in Philly will magically become more appealing.

      Or start talking about plans to make your own and make a shopping list for Home Depot…

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  15. Christina | Little Victorian
    April 11, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    This cracked me up so much that I made my husband read it. He cracked up as well of course. And then he said “I like Paul.”

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  16. Tammy
    April 14, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Love the list and have even pointed out things on there that my other half should buy me for Christmas.

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  17. the misfit
    April 18, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I am positive you can make this into your kitchen. You just need to mull it over for a week or two.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 19, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      At this point, it seems only a question of whether we cut it or not. My inner-hoarder REALLY doesn’t want to do that.

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  18. annie@l o v e l y t h i n g s
    April 22, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    You are hilarious! I’m so ADD that I never finish reading a post this long, but I HAD to see what you did with this gorgeous piece!! You’re like my other sister…my twin and I have conversations like this all the time!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 23, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

      For some reason, I am utterly incapable of writing anything brief… In this case, I think we can agree it was especially unavoidable.

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  19. Sara
    April 23, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    SHUT UP that thing is AMAZING. OMG! I want to stare at the picture of it in your living room for… like, an eternity. Yes. Screw the rest of the living room, that is a focal piece and you will work around it!!! 🙂

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  20. Julie
    April 25, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Wow. That was just a fascinating saga – I couldn’t stop reading!

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