1. TKraft Art & Interiors
    August 7, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    Again you got me rolling with laughter… I’m digging the the pillars as you say, maybe incorporating then into the kitchen plans but instead of making them part of the island repurpose them into architectural details tucked into the corners on the two side walls where the two roof lines meet. Have you ever considered taking down the wall behind the refrigerator and making in a even bigger open floor plan. We just did this on a clients job site, we had a structural beam made with a steel plate between the two beams, brought it through an opening we made in the side of the house, lifted it with a rented scissor jack, tied it into the ceiling rafters, extended it into the two side walls bolted to adjustable lolly columns. Yea is wasn’t cheap but it wasn’t overly expensive either, it was cost effective. It opened the whole flow of the house without changing the exterior footprint of the home. It would be much cheaper than reconfiguring the entry mud room, walls, roof section of the back part of the kitchen. And you can sit in one of those Craigslist chairs and direct the project from you thrown!


  2. WMM
    August 7, 2013 @ 5:03 am

    You had me at raccoon..

    It is so easy to miss the elegancy in do many things, isn’t it? I think your towers are fantastic and you can tell Paul you will be able to offset the cost by renting them every two years to the IOC for them to use them to hold the Olympic flame, and really, is there anyone more civic-minded than you?

    Love your blog!


  3. Helen
    August 7, 2013 @ 5:14 am

    Posh Spice and David Beckham could have used those chairs for their wedding


  4. mrscarmichael
    August 7, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    OMG are you moving your affections from Don to Liberace??????? I am assuming you have seen Beyond the Candelabra (brilliant), Actually I think I saw THOSE exact same columns in his LA bathroom.

    What, oh what would you use them for, M’Dear?

    And, of course, I’m terrified of your answer but still wait with baited Mrs Carmichael breath.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      August 7, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      Behind the Candelabra could only have been better with full-frontal Matt Damon. Why they left that out, is beyond me.

      Who knows what I would do with the pillars. Earrings?


  5. SSdGJ
    August 7, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    I would very much appreciate your next BLOG to include photos of your wonderful husband retrieving THE ELEGANCY of these items for YOU… thank you… I love them!!!!!!!!! I think last time I saw something like it it was during Sadam’s reign at one of his palaces.. I LOVE THEM ANYWAY!!!!


  6. Andrea
    August 7, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    Waiting with bated breath to see whether you use Elegancy to name your first pet. Ooooh, or firstborn, why not? Go big or go home! Now that I think of it, what a missed opportunity wrt the Royal Baby!


  7. Tara
    August 8, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Omg -just found your blog (via Brooklyn limestone) and I live it! I live in an 1890 Victorian in old town alexandria VA and also adore shiny gold mirrors – the bigger the better – but so far I only have 3 of them I have managed to get them to my house from Florida and NJ! And I do not have a husband who is supportive of my craigslist shenanigans.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      August 9, 2013 @ 9:24 am

      I will reference the FL to NJ trek, next time I need to shame Paul into moving something less than 8 states…


  8. Laura
    August 9, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    A fellow craigslister here, thought of your raccoon when I laid eyes on this one.


    Gold? Check. Too large for a room? Check. TRIPLE mirror. Oh yes.


  9. Lynne Rutter
    August 11, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    A major problem with that kitchen being “fine” is how long “fine” suffices. Unable to bear the thought of an ugly dining room chandelier I had a “perfectly fine” bare bulb hanging from the ceiling FOR TEN YEARS. Until the right fixture appeared it was like a post-post-modern absurdist joke… and spawned a huge collection of candlesticks


  10. Domestic Diva
    August 16, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    I’m pretty sure we were separated at birth.


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    August 16, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    […] sure I would find something that perfect again.  If you read Victoria’s blog, you know about the raccoon in her head that tells her to buy things (especially awesome things from Craigslist).  I’m pretty sure I […]


  12. Victoria
    August 19, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    I found your blog through Rhoda at Southern Hospitality and love it! You’re so funny and I think we all relate to you on some level:) Last month my MIL and I were in a used furniture store and I saw a huge cherub lamp that had originally been a table, it could have been made back into a table again with some work…I wanted it OH so badly! But it was $75 (I know, I know…chump change to most but a lot to us!) so I got talked out of it. I’ve never forgotten it though and wished I’d really pushed for it, I know I could have made it pretty!


  13. Sian Reid
    August 24, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    All right Victoria. Back to the kitchen. Seriously. I am about to suck you into a world of fascinating kitchen possibilities. You have a Victorian home. You need a tin ceiling. All Victorian homes need a least a little bit of tin ceiling.

    Here is the time waster, fascinating possibility part:
    or google Brian Greer tin ceilings. They have an interactive design your own tin ceiling tool. Hundreds and hundreds of possible combinations! What’s not to like? And they ship! Affordably! To you…!


  14. Rebecca
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

    Hilarious! I recently discovered you, and you are keeping me up past my bedtime!


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