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  1. Carla
    October 30, 2017 @ 12:34 pm

    Well those fridges behind the awesome armoire and glass fronted doors are spectacular. I never even knew that was a possibility. I guess you can’t DIY due to the refrigerator needing to “breathe” all that hot air somewhere? Wouldn’t that be cool with the piano island.


  2. Lauren W.
    October 30, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    I wasn’t prepared for ELVIS. Ugly cry is right.


  3. Kay
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

    I think your embrace of functionality gives you an excellent solution. How many of us have struggled with the looming presence of a refrigerator in our kitchens? We made some structural changes in our renovation that permitted a wall of cabinets encasing the refrigerator, with pullout pantry drawers on either side, and that works well for us, but I put money into a Lacanche stove, custom cabinetry (necessary to fit the kitchen) and marble counters and did without a panel ready refrigerator. And I don’t have a Paul. If you can manage a DIY version of that beautiful mirrored door (who knew such options existed?), you will have united beauty and functionality.

    By the way, something has happened and your blog is nearly impossible to read on an IPad. The same thing happened on Maria Killam’s blog, and she had it fixed. The scroll function doesn’t work, content refuses to load, and you can’t type a comment and read what you’re typing, so you get crazy stuff, and when you try to correct it, the backspace button goes on automatic and wipes out what you’ve written. I had to go to my computer to read your post properly and write this comment.


  4. Toni
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

    Just a hopefully helpful thought……I LOVE the mirrored refrigerator doors! Had never seen that. One thought, I have to wipe my refrigerator doors at least once and twice a day to keep them presentable (I have a black fridge). If you are a clean freak, doing mirrored doors that often would be challenging. Just for consideration. Sounds like your “kitchen remodeling” is gaining momentum once again! Yippee!


  5. savannah
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:14 pm

    OMG! How cool are those fridges? I’ve been following your remodel and wishing we still lived in an old house, but right now we’re stuck in our 1994 southern subdivision ranch model! Plus, after 48 years of marriage I KNOW I’m not married to a Paul, so I am just going to have to be diligent about tearsheets, color cards, appliance dimensions, flooring and tile samples, and THEN hope that we find the right contractor!


  6. Rachel
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:29 pm

    Please don’t think I’m weird. But armoire fridge just made me alllmooosssttt text my husband with pictures, and the words “This…*this* is what will earn you certain intimate favors you really want, and are on my ‘aw, helllllllzzzz naw’ list…”

    I’m not. Cause we’re broke, not in the middle of a beauteous kitchen remodel, and simply put, I don’t have a “Paul”(may his name be praised….lol). I do have five children, an elderly indoor corgi (rescue), and a husband who likes stability and lots of large scale cooking (he made 7#s of Mexican beef this weekend… delicious, but 7#??).

    Thank you for adding to the mental image of the “when we win the lottery kitchen redo”…

    And hugs, for Elvis…🐱💓


  7. Gerry
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    Your ideas are brilliant! Something is bothering me though, what happened to marble slabs you were going to use on the top of the piano island?


  8. Patti Buser
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:42 pm

    Love you and your hilarious ramblings! 😹 High fives to you for your choice of a husband! 👌🏻


  9. DawnV
    October 30, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

    Wait, so I don’t understand the mechanics of the plan. Here is what I have understood. There used to be a doorway in this spot, so now there will be a fridge, and it will be flush with the wall. I am left to conclude that you cut a hole where the door used to be and stick the fridge through it so it sticks out into the yard? From the angle of the outside photo, it seems that there is a living room window there? Do you have to get rid of/cover up the window for the scheme to work? How do you make the outside non-hideous? Are you going to like the visual of a fridge-sized box sticking out on the side of your house?


  10. Becky Schneider
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    I love love love your blog. Thank you. You make me laugh out loud. My father (now gone over 6 years) would have been a “Paul” if my mother had been a you- she didn’t have your inherent design qualities. Daddy would have made anything work, would have figured out it. My husband (love him!) is NOT a Paul, either. I *think* you really do realize what a gem you have there…keep appreciating him…that’s special. I love love love all these ideas and things are looking so great! I was at the nearby antique mall on Saturday and saw a couple of thread cases… Very pricey! Lovely though. I bought a 6-drawer library card catalog cabinet 3 years ago- I had just had surgery and under the influence of narcotics- told myself I wouldn’t go over $50 and got it for $103. 🙂 AND I STILL HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING WITH IT!


  11. Wendy Molinaroli
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

    Which bookcase was sold? I love the Craigslist finds, and I adore bookcases. And that armoire fridge, where in the world did you find that?? I want it! My husband is a Paul. They could be brothers. He feels Paul’s pain We just renovated a 1940’s craftsman bungalow, and our own, modest ranch is next.


  12. Sue Fiorentini
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:01 pm

    My husband is really glad that I wasn’t following you when we first designed our kitchen. It’s a not done yet either. Why are kitchens so fraught with problems? I went with white cabinets , matte black pulls, white farmhouse sink, and I wanted soap stone countertops ( ended up with silestone matte black- after looking several weeks on Craigs list for a couple of slate pool tables-NADA ). The appliances are GE slate and I really like them. The wall the refrigerator ended up on has to be rebuilt—-long story.
    I shed a tear for you and your Elvis ( Paul is a keeper) , we are owned by a too smart black cat named Squeeks who is 15 and we consider him our four legged son. I can’t imagine life without him.


  13. Joyce Winge
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

    Loved these fridges. The last 4 photos showed me fridges I never even knew existed, I’m grateful. …I don’t know what to do with the information but I love them.


  14. Stefanie
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:26 pm

    I am so out of touch with reality. We have two kitchens, one in our primary residence and the other in our Mexican home. And yet somehow I neglected to become familiar with what a “panel ready” refrigerator is. You have now corrected that deficiency in my vocabulary, if not my lifestyle. I also do not share your need for symmetry since I am a painter and symmetry is anathema to interesting compositions. Symmetry = bo-r-r-r-ing. But I am ecstatic that there is your blog so I can vicariously own and buy all those gorgeous old Victorian antiques that I would love to have but have no where to put them and my practical side will not allow.

    Elvis lives indeed. 🐈 (sorry there’s no black kitty emoji.)


    • KaththeeT
      July 16, 2019 @ 4:08 pm

      Like you I get annoyed when people humble brag about their love and need for symmetry. They don’t know they just confessed to possessing only one skill set. Balance creates interest whereas symmetry lets the eye rest. Meanwhile I am worried her fridge is adequately insulated sticking out like that especially if she has a water dispenser copper pipe which could freeze and burst. Still it looks great and maybe she lives where the weather is mild.

      I don’t understand the Elvis worship at all though. Elvis treated women like dirt and he raped his wife as well as innocent 14 year old virgins. Of course that is only “statutory rape” and “marital rape” which doesn’t really count as real “rape rape” (to quote Whoppy Goldberg on Polanski) as long as the stain is cleansed by the bleach of talent, fame and money. The public is so wonderfully forgiving. I am pretty sure the fat bloated constipated King of Rock & Roll is dead. His corpse is safely rotting in the ground, while his disease soul is roasting on a spit in Hell.


      • TJF
        June 1, 2020 @ 3:04 am

        Victoria had a precious cat named Elvis. That she ADORED. Like her child. In fact, was her child. If you read her blog from the beginning ~ You’ll see the magic of Elvis. and regardless……positivity is on short supply in this world. Try.


  15. Carlee O.
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:33 pm

    The part about renting a bulldozer, or burning the house down had me laughing out loud. I love you.


  16. Roberta Sain
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

    When I read your last post my first thought was to use the old stairwell space! My sister turned her same space into a pantry. She too has a second access to her basement.

    I think it’s the perfect solution for your frig! And I LOVE the armoire idea!!


  17. Abby Bean
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:41 pm

    I have never before in my life seen such beautiful fridges as those you posted at the end; please, please, please do something like that! Elvis <3


  18. Patricia
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

    I do not have food pretty enough to deserve any of those drop dead beautiful fridges. And I most certainly couldn’t afford both a dazzlingly beautiful fridge and Pinterest photo ready food to place in said fridge. While I’m not sure what you’re going to ACTUALLY do with or to the fridge to meet your high standards, I look forward to seeing the finished reveal. Because this may be the slowest reveal in blog history….

    But well worth the wait, no doubt.


  19. Joann
    October 30, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

    Just a thought….in the build out to accommodate the amazing refrigerator I know that you’ll pick, how about a window seat under the window in the area of the frig/future thing of beauty? I can’t really say without seeing more pics of the space but I think it would work out and keep instyle with the house and it is also an opportunity for great molding and pillows and prettiness.


  20. Dever
    October 30, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    You are adorable and hilarious! I am not in an old house, but a home that is begging for updating!! The light fixtures have become entertainment for my friends – my lack of grace and fixture demise (probably a dusting accident) if my husband doesn’t get on board soon…

    Loving your foster kitties. You have a sweet husband – and I would have ugly cried as well. I have a feeling Elvis II will catch your heart very soon.

    Thank you for your glorious posts!


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