1. Rita C
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    Here’s one for you Victoria…..”Smellcome to Manhood”, Old Spice’s 2014 commercial. Surprised they didn’t save this one for Super Bowl – it’s hilarious.


    • DMD
      January 7, 2014 @ 10:57 am

      This is one of the best ever. I was going to send it myself! I thought it was Super bowl material when I first saw it too.


    • Rebecca
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:33 am

      Oh, that’s so creepy.


    • Andie
      January 15, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

      Wait? Was that Meatloaf?


  2. Celeste
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    This is one of my favorites. It’s in Vancouver, BC. The home was built in the 1930s by liquor smugglers during prohibition. What I love most about it? The original murals by Disney artists. I would love to see Dopey’s room!



    • Yvonne
      September 30, 2014 @ 9:51 am

      Absolutely amazing! Some general observations: The marble and green bath must be for a man. The seat is up. Also, with such a luxurious bathroom, couldn’t they spring for a medicine cabinet, or another form of storage for the products sitting out in open view? Lol!

      Lastly, I would LOVE to have a dining room that seats ten people! Think of all the projects I could do on that massive table!!! Glitter, anyone?


  3. Kelly
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    Speaking of things untouched….

    A Victorian kitchen untouched for 60 years: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2037644/Victorian-kitchen-remained-untouched-60-years.html

    “Also found were pastry cutters and antique fire extinguishers.” : )


  4. tammigirl
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    This will make your day.


  5. Jude
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    Apologies for lowering the tone but not sure if this hilarious discussion made it overseas. If not – read, weep, enjoy and start conjuring up designs for ‘penis beakers’.



    • tammigirl
      January 7, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

      Dirty! And wasted a good bit of my day! 🙂


    • Laura
      January 7, 2014 @ 2:05 pm



    • Teri
      January 7, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

      I laughed so hard at this thread of discussion…I am so ashamed!!! LOL


  6. Pam
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    You may have missed this web site….New York Social Diary…they have a section called “house”, many of the homes are from the Victorian Age, most are being redone, right up your alley! also some gorgeous apartments and condominiums in NYC….


  7. Janice S.
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Did you see the disco ball backsplash? Perfect for your new kitchen!


  8. Sharon
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    Hey there, I dont have cable tv so I can only catch freebie shows online or on Youtube, I love watching the Bronson Pinchot Project about his 1840 Greek Revival Home. Have you seen it? They only have one episode on the site, booo, Ive caught a few other clips of others on Youtube but I love it! I could watch shows like this all day.



  9. Linda
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    Victoria, my girl, I knew not to believe you when you implied that this post would be without your usual wit. Of course, this had witty remarks. You can’t help yourself.


  10. Ayan
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    May I humbly submit: 6 castles that cost less than an apartment in NYC



    • Joy
      January 7, 2014 @ 11:15 pm

      This is fantastic!


  11. My Crappy House
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Here’s my contribution. This makes me smile every time.


  12. tammigirl
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:00 am


  13. tammigirl
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Love the jellyfish – kill the speakers. Unfortunately, the general public can be loud. And their kids squeal, which is also loud.



  14. Margaret
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    …The thing about houses, he continued, “is they can always be fixed. It’s just a matter of money.”

    Perhaps you could bribe Paul to give you the disco ball backsplash by offering him one of these: http://www.billiardrestoration.com/antique-pool-tables.htm


  15. Michelle
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I follow a photographer on Facebook who goes into abandoned homes and buildings. Check out these untouched treasure troves!


    • Keanna
      January 8, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

      We need to form an army and go there and save her!


    • Janice S.
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

      I spent hours on this site – just gorgeous and wasteful and timeless. It was mesmerizing and sad. Thank you for sharing it.


  16. Patricia Kassiday
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    OK, so this is not quite your Victorian thing, but the amount of creativity and inspiration is definitely there. When I lived in Santa Barbara, we called this the Keebler house. When I went to go look for photos for you, I found out that they’re now calling it the Whale House. (I still think it looks like the Keebler tree) No disco balls, but plenty of interesting wow. Thought I’d steer you somewhere non-typical… http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/999-Andante-Rd-Santa-Barbara-CA-93105/15885544_zpid/
    Happy New Year! and Yes, I’m pondering the simpler life, and may donate half of my house contents to charity later this month to clear it out.


  17. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    Hi Victoria,
    Thanks for starting this topic, I will be sharing some of these great story posts on My Facebook page. I had shared the Paris Time Warp Apt. story a couple of years ago and it was one of my most commented and seen/ shared posts ever! I would love to see that in person!

    One of my favorite movies for the clothes (1930’s), the scenery and setting( Villas, Italy, the Amalfi coast) and story, it is based on an Oscar Wilde play. A Good Woman with Scarlett Johannson and Helen Hunt. It’s like reading a good story. On Netflix, http://nflx.it/1ht9vCs

    Have you ever read the “Living In” series on Design Sponge? http://www.designsponge.com/category/living-in
    I have been waiting to see them take on this movie, I think you will enjoy this blog series as well.


  18. H0bbKat
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    This is my favorite thing on the internet.


  19. Karen
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:03 pm


  20. Karen V
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    I am head over heels in love with this 19th Century French Farm table. Even the enormous crack in it takes my breath away. I have planned an entire basement reno around it, I want a French Wine Tasting Room down there. Let me know if you need this table for your kitchen, it came from a house on the Mainline. Oh, no, I don’t own it. Yet. (and as far as the computer issue, I feel your pain…my macbook got splashed with some chicken soup yesterday, darn this cold weather, and now the touchpad has a mind of its own)



  21. Heather H
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    This one is cool for the adventurist in all of us, not sure I have the guts to take this trek though – scary!


  22. maggie b
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    I like this idea. I wanted to add an island to house a dishwasher so I didn’t have to cut the built-in-place cabinets in the old kitchen on which I’m working. I also didn’t want to break the bank with a custom made piece. Using this idea I’ll put two stock cabinets on either end, the dishwasher in the center then top it with the table assembly. I’ll hide the stock cabinets’ back and sides with finished plywood or perhaps even a veneer. The top can be wood, granite or even stainless. I’ll paint it all an accent color and call it good. I should be able to do it on a shoe string budget that way. Perhaps I can find an old bit of furniture to modify for cabinet use – time will tell. http://www.houzz.com/photos/6734981/The-Aynsley-traditional-kitchen-new-york


    • maggie b
      January 7, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

      PS I’ve seen this idea done with old barn wood for the back and sides and square pieces of barn wood for the legs. Very rustic looking


  23. Katherine
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:39 pm


  24. Amy @ Life on Hill St
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    For when I really want to waste a day. It’s like Pinterest but without all of the annoying workout inspiration.

    Enjoy! 😉


  25. Dianne
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    This is my current “I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW.”


  26. Auntie Kate
    January 7, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    I love this site… if for no other reason than my brain needs topping up. Great writing inspiration, too. http://unkno.com/


    • Janice S.
      January 7, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

      “A giraffe can lick it’s own ears.” What fun! So much useless info – I love it!


  27. Garden, Home and Party
    January 7, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    I am sitting on pins and needles wondering what craigslist wonderfulness you’ve found for $20! Don’t keep us waiting too long. The vacuuming didn’t have anything to do with the miles of live garland did it? 🙂
    I have revisited this link several times. Full disclosure…the bachelor #1 is my dear Mr. B. in his younger days before he was fortunate enough to meet and marry me!

    *I had to send the link to you via facebook private message because I couldn’t figure out how to insert the link into this comment block (my tech skills continue to amaze me).


  28. Cheryl
    January 7, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    Got this for Christmas. As a native Twin Citian, and house junkie, this was the only gift I needed. Talk about the gilded age!



  29. The Lady
    January 7, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    Belcourt Castle was recently purchased by the owner of Alex and Ani. She also purchase a wine vineyard around the same time. I’m just happy she’s keeping her money and her business in Rhode Island.


  30. Carol
    January 7, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    I like this. I want a big one! (T-Rex that is).


  31. Kit Odom
    January 7, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Disco balls & backsplash=pretty, pretty, pretty! Cleaning them, not so much. I must, nevertheless, have the oven at least. It is obviously necessary.


  32. Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife
    January 7, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    I can’t help but laugh every time I read these:



  33. Teri
    January 7, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    I’m sure that with your “Victorian” fetish, you are a “Downton Abbey” fan!! Did you get to see the 2 hour premiere of this season? Previous to it there was a 1 hour documentary on Highclair Castle, the place where “Downton Abbey” is filmed! It was fantastic!! If you have not seen it, it is a must for us V fetish people!!!


  34. Corinne
    January 7, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    I read the article about the apartment. That apartment is like King Tuts Tomb for me. This is another untouched home. My maiden name was Clark so we must be related somehow!


    • Bridget from Refined Vintage
      January 12, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

      This is such an interesting story too! Thanks for sharing this, I want to read the book now. I love stories about eccentrics millionaires or not, amazing!


  35. Linda
    January 7, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Stop, people! Victoria will not have time to post anything for us if she clicks on all those links She will sink into the underworld of the internet, and perhaps not have the strength to dig her way out and return to us…..and to Paul. And Elvis will miss her. Cease and desist, for a while anyway. I’m begging you.


  36. Tracey
    January 7, 2014 @ 5:04 pm


    I don’t know what kind of computer you have, but if you’re in the market for a new one – consider getting a Mac! No I don’t work for Apple – I’m just one of the many people who have what is known among marking and advertising types (see nod to Mad Men there) as ‘Loyalty beyond reason’. If your current computer is a Mac then I’m extremely disappointed that it’s misbehaving in such an un-Mac-like fashion. A Mac should be part of your family – we have several, Frank (who is the grandpa of our Mac’s because he’s quite old but still very reliable), then there’s Max, Eddie and my new addition Polly (named after my grandmother – hope she doesn’t mind having an iMac named after her!) They have a few iPad and iPod friends around the house, but my children haven’t got around to naming them yet. Needless to say after 29 years of being a Mac fan, I am beyond rational – but I love how easy they are to use and not having to deal with (many) viruses (I have had 2 minor Mac viruses since 1984 but none since 1997!)

    Cheers Tracey


    • LaurieC
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

      Thank you for sharing this… I’ve been considering getting a new computer with my tax refund, and I’m going to check into getting a Mac!


  37. Patina and Company
    January 7, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    I am definitely in the post-holiday zone. When do I have have to come out?

    Gorgeous pictures of those old homes–stop enticing and egging me on; I am trying to quit.


  38. anne
    January 7, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    DOWNTON ABBEY. Do I even need to link.

    Also craigslist post soon? To chase away the post holiday blues? 🙂


  39. Toni
    January 7, 2014 @ 8:10 pm


  40. Amanda
    January 7, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    Here is my favorite house currently for sale in my area. http://www.sibcycline.com/listing/CIN/1282970


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