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  1. Jayne
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    You should start a business

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  2. fixitchick
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:21 am

    But won’t the Kingdom Mirror, and your other Mirrors of Magnificence be jealous? I would be.

    In fact I am. I went from 10.5′ ceilings to 8′ 3″ ceilings [nominal framing lumber was used when the house was built]. The loss of those 27″ is a painful thing. Painful I tell you. If we ever rob a bank, I would rebuild where we are, but a proper house. and I would buy the eyesore nextdoor, tear it down and put in a Garden of Delights.

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    • Joan Clanton
      September 28, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

      dear fix it chick–
      i DID buy that eyesore of a house next to mine and i DID tear it down! i now have a glorious yard with a fabulous deck but alas, the Garden of Delights is on hold until the grandchickies no longer need the lawn for their slip and slide and cartwheels. until then, another 10 years to plan will result in utter and absolute perfection.

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  3. fixitchick
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:24 am

    Replace the legs! add a fancy base, sell a kidney and go shopping here: http://www.vandykes.com/furniture-feet-legs/c/510/

    and whatever you do, DONT LOOK AT THE HARDWARE. After all, you are already down to one kidney, and what can you sell next?

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  4. Valery Shaw
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:26 am

    Beautiful Mirror find!! I have been looking for a Huge Antique one for a looong time. May I ask how much did this new one in this post cost?

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  5. Janine Markham
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:27 am

    Well shit on a stick. I’ll most likely be moving to the Philly area and I can already hear my wallet crying. She is not happy, but I’m about to be on another level of happiness with all of that beauty!

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  6. Dianne
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:27 am

    I am still waiting to see the completed kitchen or at least a progress report. Paul does have a halo doesn’t he?

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    • Lauren W.
      September 28, 2017 @ 11:37 am

      she wrote an update a few weeks ago.

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  7. Leslie
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:28 am

    You are all freaking nuts…I love you!

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    • Penny
      September 30, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

      They are, and I love them too!

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  8. Carolyn Mitchell
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:34 am

    That Mirror is Life!

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    • Kathleen McGillivray
      September 28, 2017 @ 11:38 am

      best comment ever

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  9. Sarah
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    Ok I LOVE the ribbon rack. I hope you are going to fill it with ribbon. I would. I have hundreds of rolls that I use for everything….. Inspiring!

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  10. Celina
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:36 am

    Gorgeous.

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  11. Kathleen McGillivray
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:37 am

    You are just the best writer, Victoria! motivational hoarding….hahahahaha! 🙂 keep on keeping on…:) with love, from Canada

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  12. Laura Laskey
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:38 am

    So what became of the lowly ribbon cabinet? 🙂

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  13. Katherine Howley
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    She’s back! I live for arguments with Self.

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  14. Amy
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:45 am

    I hate to break it to you but you need to stop looking at craigslist and start looking for a new house. This mirror needs it’s legs STAT-immediately-pronto-no time to waste! I would probably make a hole in the ceiling before I would allow it to stand without it’s sweet little legs and base. All of which is quite beautiful BTW. You’re peanut butter; I’m jelly… so jelly.

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  15. Tina
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:46 am

    I love the fact that you–the polar opposite of a soccer mom–own a minivan (to move GFTs!)

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  16. Waneta
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:47 am

    Would love to see a slideshow of your rooms. Your home looks so beautiful! I, too, wonder about the kitchen. Is it still not completed? Enjoy reading these! You are very entertaining!

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  17. Ginny
    September 28, 2017 @ 11:57 am

    Oh dear Elizabeth, you are in over your head! (I just couldn’t resist) But I can see your point, if is worth doing it is worth going all the way to the ceiling. Please keep up the good work and inspiring us to fill our homes with extra tall GFT’s. You seem to be back on the beam. Best wishes.

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  18. gretchen
    September 28, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

    Very familiar with Chestnut Hill, my old stomping grounds….amazing properties

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  19. Ann
    September 28, 2017 @ 12:11 pm

    Yes, it is sad that you are so needy. Nine foot ceilings? not even worth mentioning. A real house has 11.5 to 14 foot ceilings; de rigueur for the furniture you covet. Meanwhile, you selfishly deny the pieces the beautiful settings that they desire in which to live out their most fulfilled lives. I cringe when I see the console for the pier mirror so carelessly discarded to fit the lack of height.

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  20. Nancy Gharios
    September 28, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

    Victoria you and your husband are the cutest couple ever! I enjoy reading about all your adventures and your antique finds. Your house is beautiful and I live in a state of complete envy as my California house has a total absence of giant fancy things!!!

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  21. Debra Young
    September 28, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    It is always a treat to read your posts! I too love your adventures! BTW – since the antique ribbon cabinet doesn’t reach the ceiling, I will be glad to take it off your hands 🙂 …just let me know!!!

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  22. Tammi Velez
    September 28, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

    I stopped reading as soon as I saw you only have nine foot ceilings.

    Maybe I’ll go read the rest, we’ll see.

    What is important here is that Paul RAISE THE CEILINGS! IMMEDIATELY! THIS MUST BE DONE!

    You can’t make that gorgeous lady live without her feet!

    Honestly, VEB, have you taken your temperature or something? I think the SAD is getting to you.

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  23. mary
    September 28, 2017 @ 1:34 pm

    Love all your posts…any advice on how you clean marble? Certainly you have lots of experience!

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  24. Stephanie
    September 28, 2017 @ 1:46 pm

    I must say, to be so tiny you lift heavy, tall pieces with relative ease. I’m jealous.

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  25. Steven
    September 28, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

    We share an affliction, although mine doesn’t drift toward Renaissance Revival. No fault in that, I grew up in an area with French influence. And I’m always up for a whomped up Victorian whatever. I’ve been an occasional Craigslist user but have recently discovered OfferUp. Bonanza!! Check it out if you’re not aware. You may find another door that leads into a new section of heaven. Me, I can always manage to squeeze just one more thing in the rented storage spaces or the basement. I recently picked up a slightly off period (1820’s) French Empire fall front desk with original grey marble top and gilt bronze mounts for……drumroll……$50. I tried to not let the seller see me cry. He said the desk had belonged to his partner – they ended up on the outs – I got the impression this was a revenge sale. Oh, well…………..

    Keep sharing please – it helps to know I am not alone.

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  26. Charlotte
    September 28, 2017 @ 2:42 pm

    Hi Victoria – I didn’t know all those little videos existed, with such great music! They are SO entertaining! And you and Paul are strong people, carrying and moving and hauling all those pieces! Especially up to the second story! Wow! Enjoy all your finds and thanks for sharing such delightful posts.

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  27. Cenepk10
    September 28, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    Phooey ! Can’t make the thumbnails of the antique house work. Girl: You need a warehouse !!!!!

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  28. Katie
    September 28, 2017 @ 3:23 pm

    Love your writing! Talk about somebody loving your dream life 🙂 Side note: I believe it is disdain, not distain.

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  29. Flip Breskin
    September 28, 2017 @ 4:13 pm

    Glorious, glorious mirror!!!! Mazel Tov! Following the link reminded me that I haven’t seen the salvaged marble top on the piano island yet. Have plans changed? Dying to know!

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  30. Brenda
    September 28, 2017 @ 4:55 pm

    But Why? Oh, Why Do You Continue To Taunt Us With An Unfinished Kitchen? Why, I Ask?

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  31. Trisha
    September 28, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

    I have to ask, whatever happened to the kitchen. Did I miss the final pictures?

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  32. Karen
    September 28, 2017 @ 8:07 pm

    Another great find! Love your blog! You are such a talented writer! Here in Canada (eh!), we seldom find anything of that magnificence! I am super jealous! My husband and I go out on the weekends to hunt for treasures at garage sales and estate sales, and we recently started video taping our adventures. Just search “Bargain Barons” on Youtube! Just thought you might like to see what treasures we find up north. Plus, if you are ever in doubt about your tremendous acquisitions, it will confirm that your GFT’S are better then everyone elses!

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  33. Indigo
    October 3, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

    You should screw the base to the wall and use it as a shelf in the kitchen or bathroom or something.

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  34. Linda
    October 5, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

    You should know by now — the ribbon cabinet was just a gateway drug…

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  35. DianaV
    October 5, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

    Lol… you are awesome! You are so funny, original, assumed (as in responsible for your own thoughts and actions) and have exquisite taste.

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  36. Jessica
    October 6, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

    Woohoo good on you, that is an AMAZING find!!! I’d love it if you could share a post on your search parameters someday ;P SoCal doesn’t offer all the amazing antiques of Philly but it would still be awesome to see what I could come up within the price range & wording you commonly use.

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