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  1. Suzeraine
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    What? No comments? That can’t be…

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  2. liz
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    Woo Hoooo – Self is back!!!!!! I absolutely love the mirror and can’t wait to see it installed. Paul is so lucky to have you, just think how boring his life would be without you and big, fancy things!!!

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  3. Dorothy
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    ELVIS AND a beautiful new GFT!!! Wonderful! Oh — and of course there are no rules! 🙂

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  4. Laura
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    Yay Elvis the stunt cat steals the show!

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  5. Sarah
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Extra fance. Always extra fancy!

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  6. Juls
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    May I vote? Extra fancy. Or even extra extra fancy. To thine own self be true. And it is true love. He built a custom ladder to haul that beauty upstairs.

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  7. Ellen
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    I can’t tell you how much I look forward to reading each of your posts. I wish my husband would go along with all of my ideas (or “super plans” as I like to call them).

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    • Crystal in Texas
      October 28, 2015 @ 4:30 pm

      Super Plans! Oh, I like that!

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  8. Brenda
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Great mirror and perfect for that room. How do you find this stuff?

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  9. tammigirl
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    The shimmy at 0:36 is my favorite! Please make a gif of it for me! PleasepleasepleasepleasePLEEEEASE!

    Also, it’s about time you realized there are no rules. I had to laugh/howl about the conversational styles. I’ve contemplated turning those tables more than a few times myself; but I can not, in good conscience, pretend I don’t remember things. I feel like this must be what they were REALLY teaching the boys in 5th grade. You know, when we were learning about fallopian tubes, etc.

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    • applehillcottage
      October 28, 2015 @ 3:36 pm

      Oh hahahaha. I am the only person who can remember exact conversations in our household, and I can’t possibly give up that power. Although it sounds much better when you call it good conscience. 🙂

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  10. Mary W.
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Or….you could take plastic casts of the two bottom decorative bits, and use the to make custom corbels that are mirror images of what’s on the mirror….just sayin’.

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    • Suzeraine
      October 28, 2015 @ 10:45 am

      I was also attracted by the bottom bits and that’s a great idea! We already know they can do the molding bit and what’s another project for Victoria? Besides – winter is coming. What else would she have to occupy her time?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am

      thank you for saving me from the horror of overlooking the obvious!!!!!!! that is the perfect solution!!!

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  11. Elizabeth Speicher
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    Wonderful – the mirror, the flower garden, the husband, the dancing! And best of all the Elvis’ graceful leap.

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  12. Nikki
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    Will you decorate my house?

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  13. SilvanaJoanne
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    I love your videos! Elvis is the best and the mirror is beautiful… totally worth it all!!

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  14. Suzeraine
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:38 am

    Now I understand the corbels. And you paint the mounting board and the corbels white to coordinate with the trim. You could have painted it to match the wall in the hopes it would blend in but instead you are making a feature out of the practical (and necessary) board. Interesting. The corbels ramp up the fancy quotient.

    This mirror is white (or off white). Is this your first one that’s not gold-tone or actually gilded? Will that affect how you deal with the board and corbels? Will you match the mirror frame or the trim? I’m worried an off- white mirror and white trim won’t harmonize. Maybe paint the board and corbels gold? Just an idea…

    I tried to open the link to extra fancy corbels but it just takes me to Amazon and asks me to sign in. Bummer! I was looking forward to spying extra fancy…?

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  15. Joy
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    Whenever I read about “Self” I am reminded of the movie “The Trouble With Angels” starring Hayley Mills. The line she speaks whenever she has a great idea, in her wonderful British accent of course … “I’ve got the most scathingly brilliant idea.”

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  16. Beubook
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    You are a lunatic. So are your peonies…how did you get them to bloom in October? Magic peonies??? 😉

    Again, I have the perfect spot for this in my home in case it doesn’t work out….just sayin.

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  17. maureen
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    I have decided we must become friends….:) (Not in a stalkerish way, no worries) Your posts kill me…..(in a good way, no worries) Keep the adventures coming. (my deepest apologies to Paul)

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  18. JeanFB
    October 28, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Oooooh I love it! And I’ll cast my vote for the “extra fancy”! Can’t wait to see it in place!

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  19. Lisa S.
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:00 am

    So unfair 🙁 Why can’t my Craigslist wanderings ever yield such pieces of glorious awesomeness? Your new acquisition is beautiful! I can’t wait to see it with the corbels, though I think only extra fancy ones will suffice.

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    • Linda Faulconer
      October 28, 2015 @ 11:10 am

      Because the universe loves HER more than other people! It’s just that simple.

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  20. Kate S.
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    “This post is sponsored by Paul’s patience. All opinions are my own.” I die. Seriously. Before I go, thank you for the adorable Elvis cameo appearance to end the film. It made my morning.

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  21. Kay
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    Great video! Thanks for including sweet Elvis. Glad to see he can still leap.

    On another note, I get these horrible pop up ads that stay on the page even when you tell them to go away. They actually cover part of your content. Is this something you can control (as in specifying that ads cannot cover content), or is it something I can deal with by some means I know nothing about? It happens on very few sites, yours being one of them.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 28, 2015 @ 11:19 am

      UGH!! THANK YOU for telling me!! I’m forwarding your comment to the company that handles my ads… NOTHING is supposed to pop up or play noise or otherwise be obnoxious, but sometimes they have tech issues with blocking stuff and not everyone SEES the same ads, so I do not even know what other people see… I’d like to have NO ads, but it costs me a surprising amount of money for hosting fees.

      IF you have time, and could tell me what you are seeing an ad for (or a screenshot, if you are tech-savvy) it would be greatly appreciated!!

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    • Kelly
      October 29, 2015 @ 8:50 am

      Adblock Plus is my BFF: https://adblockplus.org/

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  22. Di
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:19 am

    Victoria, you are one of the few designers where is Less is Definitely not More:

    The phrase Less is More, is often associated with the architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969), one of the founders of modern architecture and a proponent of simplicity of style.

    Ludwig obviously had not met you! Go xtra xtra fanciful!

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  23. Lisa
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    I am respectfully requesting a small sample of Paul’s DNA for cloning purposes. I seriously need a man like that in my life.

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  24. Terrie
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    With that mirror only extra fancy will do!

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  25. Julie
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    Not criticizing, just curious – how many mirrors do you have in this house?!

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    • cathy wright
      October 28, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

      Not enough! You can never have too many mirrors!

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  26. Jennifer
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    Maybe you could put a want ad on Craig’s List and ask all those within a certain radius of you to contact you when they have Big Beautiful Old things to get rid of. Then it all comes to you, like gifts! You never turn down Big Beautiful Old Gifts, esp. if they are perfect- for your vision of your home/life. Paul is a very lucky man to have you keeping his life so full of beauty and excitement, not to mention exercise is good for you/him too. 😉 Stunning mirror! (Do you think it was originally gold under that paint?)

    I used to love big things. But then my hubby had open heart surgery. He’s not to be straining over big things any more and now that my son’s are old enough to move big things they have made it clear that they don’t like to move big things. There was the time I brought home a fab workbench with solid steel legs and a cool heavy wood work surface and the coolest tiny drawers down one side- it was the drawers I fell in love with. Took four people to get it up to my studio. As things evolved, I had to remove it but took it apart so it wasn’t so traumatic taking it out- keeping the cool bit with the drawers. I LOVE DRAWERS! I am taking my studio apart again to rearrange it and even now my son talks about that workbench. Poor thing. He may need therapy.
    Now I just stack smaller things to create big things, full of interest, and drawers of course.
    Keep up the good work! You brighten our lives and inspire us all.
    Has Hollywood called? Or PBS, because your Big Beautiful Things are mostly historic and that would suit those PBS folks. A “reality show” be a real hit! Of course you would have to find MORE awesome things and perhaps Paul wouldn’t want the world to watch him hauling stuff through a window every week.

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  27. Garden, Home and Party
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    I love the mirror and think you had to have that. I’m happy Paul figured out how to get it upstairs. Elvis is looking pretty healthy. I hope she is healthy and spry for many years to come.
    xo.
    Karen

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  28. Kristin
    October 28, 2015 @ 11:56 am

    This mirror makes me sad. Sad that it isn’t mine. You remain my hero of all things fancy and magnificent.

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  29. kristn
    October 28, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

    do you think you could clone Paul. I really, really need a Paul to help with all my treasure moving. I would even be will to just rent Clone Paul by the day, so you could share him with everyone else here. You’d probably make more than enough to pay for anther new mirror.. Oh I mean kitchen.

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  30. cathy wright
    October 28, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    Definitely the EXTRA fany corbels!!!!!!

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  31. shar9n
    October 28, 2015 @ 12:22 pm

    Miss Barnes, once again your AUDIENCE comments are the BEST!!! Loving elvis. And those MIRRORS!

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  32. Amber
    October 28, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

    Definitely the extra fancy!!!

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  33. Melinda
    October 28, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

    When you win, you win big! Love the way you are building your house on the inside with these lovelies that need a good home…

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  34. Cyn
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

    You continue to be invaluable to my mental health. Thank you from the bottom of my hesrt.

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  35. judy
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

    Oh…this was nigh on perfect except for the dancing….way too little…and while you’re at it could you do different styles of dance..I know you two know all that ballroom dancing stuff.

    I always see you and Paul in Spanish costumes,masked and in red and black-he as the robber in that poem that always made me cry,memory fails but I think its The Highway Man? AnyHoo you have one of those flamenco dancer get ups and you do that thing with your hip you do in your Wedding Video. Does this suggest that I’m way too old and with way too little to do? Too Too True…Sob.
    The mirror is un-plucking-believable and Elvis flies again. Thank the Kitty Kat Gods. This is way TMI but geeze Louize the flowers!!! The House!! Paul your own resident genius…and much more malleable than you let on…………Beautiful..

    I just pretend you lead the perfect life and it makes me happy… If you don’t ? keep it to yourselves I need some illusions/delusions? right now cause mine is literally in total melt down. But here’s hoping for the………………………………………………. “Sun’ll Come out tomorrow.” Best Blogger ever!!

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  36. Siouxzie Q
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

    Total crazy pants…and my hero.

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  37. Nancy
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    You brighten my day in the fanciest of ways! I hope, hope, hope you are saving all these stories in a big fancy antique trunk with gilded edges that you will soon deliver to an astute publisher of fine books. You, Self, Paul and Elvis will then spread your unique giggle glitter all over the world. It was meant to be.

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  38. Melissa
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:41 pm

    You are delightfully hilarious. I so enjoy your posts, and your thought processes!

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  39. Sharon
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

    Victoria:

    Re: Corbels—Go extra fancy or go home.

    So glad to see Elvis being spry.

    The adventures of Victoria, Paul and SELF are endlessly entertaining, and your home will be a showstopper once you are done. Needed the giggle. Thanks.

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  40. Betsy Roush
    October 28, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

    Oooooh, I love your ‘get it to the second story’ method better than mine! I usually wrap the item in moving blankets, tie it up with rope and haul the item up. The mirror is gorgeous. You and Craigslist keep me motivated…thanks! And when are you going on Dancing with the Stars?

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