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  1. Denise
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    LOL on the pictures of you in the bed, and the kitty. Thanks for having a sense of humor.

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  2. Deb
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    You go girl! I was shocked by some of the negative comments concerning the bed also. I love it, and I whole heartedly agree with your attitude!! Let them get their own bed and modify however they please! Yours is fabulous as is!!!

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  3. tammigirl
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    NO WONDER you chastised me for saying that thing about he-who-shall-not-be-named (because I can’t remember the old dude’s name right now, even if his face is right in front of me) You are watching the whole season at once. Have no fear – it was left-over feelings from last season anyway. No characters had done pretty much anything this season when I made my ‘suit’ statement.

    I love the ‘undedited’ version of your video. Elvis is not amused, though.

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  4. Marion
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    NEVER EVER APOLOGIZE FOR BIG FANCY THINGS! It’s life’s biggest lottery and when an awesome item comes up, you’ve got to grab it. You must check out “Second Chance” in Baltimore. Lots of awesome architectural salvage from old homes in the area. It’s located close to Ravens Stadium. I thought of you and you BFT fettish awhile back when I saw a dark wood bar with columns and carved heads.. It was all sorts of gloriousness that I thought could be retrofitted into a kitchen. The longer an item sits at Second Chance, the lower the price goes. Check out the website to see if the inventory interests you.

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  5. Gerry
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    I think the bed looks fantastic. Who cares if the mattress doesn’t fit perfectly. Who’s looking at the foot of the bed when it’s obvious they should be looking at that spectacular headboard!!!!

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  6. Patricia
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Me, I’d pick Elvis over Don Draper as a bed snuggle anyday…

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  7. Laurie
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Everybody knows that the finest judges of quality and comfort are kitties and Elvis clearly has given her stamp of approval.

    That’s all I need.

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  8. Patricia
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Besides a bed isn’t properly made until your cat has climbed in. Mine used to scootch between the sheets while we were making the bed just to be the first one in.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 24, 2014 @ 10:46 am

      Like this?
      elvisbed

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      • Patricia
        April 24, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

        Patricia
        APR 24, 2014 @ 15:47
        Yup, fresh sheets and just a cat tail hanging out. That’s a properly made bed. The only thing that saves us nowadays is that our current cat is too fat to jump as high as a bed…

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      • Yvonne Angus
        April 24, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

        Love it! Ha Ha, Elvis has left the…no, wait…there he is! Had a thought about those awesome finials on the bed. Wouldn’t they look great adorned with huge, ornate tassels? ELVIS would love them!

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        • Yvonne Angus
          April 24, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

          Oh, and I forgot…my mom used to iron the sheets while they were ON the bed!

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        • Yvonne Angus
          April 24, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

          Oops…Elvis is a GIRL??? Lol!

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  9. Jan
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Love the grandeur of the headboard; not to mention the amusing way you describe the obsessive missions to acquire such treasures. I won’t even extoll the virtues of your husband- just clone him. please-
    But, who needs the end of the bed anyway? A new metal frame with center supports is less wonky & provides a better foundation for the bed. But, if I were you, I would not consider unsolicited advice from someone storing an antique brass & marble in the backyard as well as a cottage Vctorian bed in the garage.

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    • Patricia
      April 24, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

      Yup, fresh sheets and just a cat tail hanging out. That’s a properly made bed. The only thing that saves us nowadays is that our current cat is too fat to jump as high as a bed…

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  10. Tina
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    You have the honor of being the only blog that 1) I share with my family and 2) they run over to read and/or view pictures/videos over my shoulder. And my daughter loved the name Elvis. Until she discovered it was a girl. That rocked her world just a little too much.

    Coming to Exton anytime soon? 🙂

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 24, 2014 @ 11:01 am

      If Paul would agree to another cat, I would get a boy and name him Cher… You know, just to round things out.
      xoxo

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      • Di Elliott
        April 24, 2014 @ 11:06 am

        Paul has a choice? I have 3 cats myself and he had no say with the adoption of any of them lol, cats are great for amusement, btw have you seen the cat diary on you tube lol phenomenal lol

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          April 27, 2014 @ 10:11 am

          I had to pause Sad Cat Diary at least three times because I was laughing so hard I could not breathe.
          thank you for that.

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  11. Kate
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Is it only me who finds your choice of throw pillows giggle-inducing? I can’t be the ONLY reader with a mind like a 4th-grader, can I?

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    • cathy z
      April 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

      I’m totally with you Kate – boobs!! Ha!!

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  12. Melissa @ HOUSEography
    April 24, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Your blog is my favorite right now! Home design and hilarity all in one? Sign me up!! You need a TV show – seriously!! And I think my husband would join any support group your husband might want to start.

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  13. Judy
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Elvis winking on cue! You have him trained almost as well as Paul!

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  14. Di Elliott
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Ahhh Victoria how ever did I fill my days before you. Thank you so much. Your Hubby is still awesome and Elvis a cutie, the bed is magnificent. Next project please lol no pressure of course lol.

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  15. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    I swear people take themselves too seriously — I love your blog. You make life fun and I’m sure Paul never knows what to expect. It is very important to keep them on their toes 🙂

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  16. Corinne
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    I love your style your home and your husband. If Bravo put you on for 1 hour each week I would watch you guys!

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  17. Garden, Home and Party
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    My favorite accessory on the bed is Elvis, that is the best thing about cats. They only sleep on wonderful furniture that is worthy of their presence.
    xo,
    Karen

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  18. Joanne
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    as for the length of the bed, I can not overstate how impressed I am with your solution to banging an ankle/shin every time one rounds a footboard too closely. You did not just “make do” with the mattress, you created a much needed bruise free turning radius! Kudos.
    please continue to make me laugh out loud…especially when I recognize my own insanity in your musings.

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    • Linnea
      June 3, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

      I TOTALLY agree with you, Joanne. My Mom has a cute French Provincial Bed. It is gorgeous. It is fancy. It has corner posts at the foot of the bed that drape gracefully OUTWARD toward your unsuspecting shin. It looks so beautiful – almost as beautiful as the giant, colorful bruise adorning your shin the next day! We have all been bitten by the thing. We have all yelled awful things about sawing the stupid posts off. 45 years later, there they remain in all their glory, waiting to bite again…

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  19. Diana C.
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    I merely exist at all other times, because I LIVE for this blog! Twins separated at birth, you capture the pure essence of my yard/garage/estate sale obsession… except I take my sister in-law with me to help cram stuff into the SUV. So not only is the inside completely packed, we strap items on top and down the sides as well!

    Many an unsuspecting motorist has run off the road at the sight of my dear, beautiful, strong sister in-law clutching an oversized iron coffee table, iron garden trellis/bench, poker table, solid walnut dresser, etc. hanging off some portion of the OUTSIDE of my vehicle as I fly through busy Saturday afternoon traffic with a maniacal grin of ultimate acquisition victory plastered across my face. Yup! Paul would be downright proud of her.

    I once unloaded an entire big, monstrously heavy, bedroom suit out of and off of the car and into the house all by myself, such was the adrenaline dump coursing through my veins. It can be done! Forget single handedly lifting a car off a loved one smashed underneath; I could easily do the same for a long sought-after treasure or “find” under a cement truck!

    You go girl! And know that your (slightly heavier) identical twin is admiring you from a distance… though I think I can actually see Pennsylvania from my front door. I’m off now to peruse Craigslist until Saturday morning’s next round through the mean streets and back alleys of Kentucky suburbia!

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  20. Kathy
    April 24, 2014 @ 11:37 am

    First of all I think you are so delightful. Your blog feeds my soul as I sit at home recovering from knee replacement surgery.
    I want to encourage you in 2 areas-
    #1 Your husband sounds like a keeper. I hope you love, cherish, appreciate him every day.
    #2 Nothing in life is perfect. Mattresses don’t always fit lovely antique bed frames, scratches, dings and brokenness come with life. I think you have a got hold on this. Sometimes when I am entertaining I leave something undone-don’t vacuum, leave of pile of papers somewhere, just so people will see I don’t have it all together and nothing in life is perfect.

    So keep it up Victoria Elizabeth. You are delighting and encouraging hundreds thousands??? of people around the the country. klv

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