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  1. Kinga
    July 30, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Well, I just found you and your blog and love it. I even love the comments your readers left. I’ve been reading design/renovation blogs for about 5 years and I have to agree with what you’re saying. Almost none of the blogs ever say how stressful, time consuming and dirty renovations are. I renovated a large condo and just bough a Victorian and will be starting renovation in the fall…and guess what, I am thinking about blogging about it too. But from what I learnt and having two small kids now, I will be hiring a contractor this time around.

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  2. Jennifer
    August 1, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Wow…just wow. Your commenters are as insightful as you! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. People followed,in hopes of being followed back. Pathetic. I’ll try it.
    And in case you wondered, which I’m sure you did, fashion blogs are rife with the same sycophantic crap as home blogs. Sadly they’re doing it with their clothes and it creates a lot of goofy looking women.

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  3. Jean
    August 17, 2013 @ 2:03 am

    I am over from “Southern Hospitality” who recommended your blog. I love your writing and signed up for updates. If you had left comments and links on any blogs that I had read I would have found you well before this. But I am glad I got here. 🙂

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  4. Mom in High Heels
    November 18, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Dear heavens, I adore you and this post. BTW, I found you in Pinterest! That alone says you are famous. You have made it. Jealous. I have never had a post from my blog pinned. Of course that could be because Google+ ate 5 !@#$ing years of my photos some time in the early part of last year, or the fact that I haven’t blogged since January. That was one of my posts about our cruise last year (Italy, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece), so that MUST be pin worthy, right? Also, I’m freaking hilarious. True story. After Google+ (curse you Google+ <-said in the voice of Dr. Doffenschmirtz from Phineas and Ferb-go ahead try it, it's much funnier that way) ate 5 years of photos (the cruise photos are there though), I kind of lost my blogging mojo. Also James Bond (not his real name) was in Afghanistan for a year, and I just couldn't bring myself to be peppy and awesome (though I am as a general rule) on the interwebs. Plus, I was busy homeschooling Indy (also not his real name) , chasing Han Solo (seriously, I did not name my kid Han Solo, no matter how hard Indy lobbied for it) around the house, and traveling Europe (we lived there at the time) to post my gorgeous home (just typing that makes me laugh) and all the fabulous Pinterest inspired projects I completed with absolutely no mess and not one cuss word. FYI, I did do most of it (though not the sands of Egypt or the Acropolis) in heels (usually 3"+). Cause that's how I roll. Booyah!
    Seriously though, your blog is awesome and hilarious and real, which is much more inspiring than all those perfect bogs that set up unrealistic expectations that only make people feel bad that their house isn't show quality at all time. With an 11 year old and a 2 year old, that is just never happening in my house.
    Oh, wait, I just realized, I write fan fiction (so far only for a Sci Fi show-despite the heels I'm a bit geeky) and get loads of reviews and comments there. Suck it photo eating Google+! I'm semi-famous on fan fiction.net.
    BTW, I'm sad that the cut off for bloggy fame is 32. I turned 40 this year. Boo. Still, I'm rocking 40. Ah well, since my main goals in life have always been to be well coifed and well shod, I guess I'm not doing too bad. Is it too early to drink wine? Yeah, 11 am. Damn.

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  5. Mom in High Heels
    November 18, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Oh, I forgot to add, that I actually do have a collection of vintage suitcases, including 2 that were used by a young Jewish couple to flee the Nazi’s in 1939.

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  6. SSdGJ
    November 21, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    I know this post was from 2012, but in the spirit of stimulating my holiday senses, I saved it to read it again every close to the holidays season… you know… kind of like watching ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE or A CHRISTMAS STORY

    so thank you for this post, the disco balls, the glitter, the mirrors, your wedding video and pics

    and to all a good night

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  7. Lauren Z
    November 21, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Victoria! You are famous to ME, girl! I tell anyone who will listen about your blog. I swear I feel like I live *RIGHT* inside your psyche- I am a hoarder, too (of vintage-only, to add a obscure-factor of ten) Christmas decorations… and then, to add insult to injury, I compulsively organize them into vintage cookie tins. At least you took yours out in a timely fashion. I may never find mine again underneath the piles of camping gear and my typewriter collection. Funny thing- I actually KNOW how to make a bow, buts that’s because I worked under the thumb of a tyrannical flower shop owner in my young days. Every other craft? Is lost to me five minutes in. I get exhausted just thinking about where I’ve stashed the glue gun. And yet – and yet, for this is the dark side of this hoarding/impatience disease- I am the most frugal woman in the world and won’t PAY for a completed craft. Like, if I see a centerpiece smartly designed out of a dried log with sprinklings of fake leaves and paper mache mushrooms and maybe some moss? I’ll sneer at it and huff “I can MAKE that. Why would I pay for it?” And so I don’t buy it. But do I come home and make it? No. (see previous bit about being exhausted about the IDEA of rustling up the supplies.) And so my table goes undecorated one more year. Kudos to you for your follow through. And for your superb writing. I am a HUGE fan.

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  8. laura
    November 26, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    I love your writing! You always make me laugh and keep it real. Don’t ever stop! You are famous in this house!

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  9. Deb
    November 26, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Ha ha, I came here **right after** catching up on Velvet and Linen! 🙂 Seriously. You are right up there in the ranks. Love Slim Paley too. One can dream! I did a post a few years ago about grout width. It is really important! Lots of people visit it too. I thought I was really anal while writing that post but thankfully by no means not the only one. I LOVE LOVE this mass of disco balls! Must get some. The lights on the walls should keep my cats entertained! Geez even reading your blog makes me think in short thoughts and jump from thing to thing here. Uh, that’s a compliment.

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  10. Rosalind
    November 26, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    I love you. I love you.
    Don’t leave!!!!!

    From your winter out there, to my summer down here in New Zealand….I will follow you! (You know the song … don’t you ….there isn’t a mountain tooooo high, a river so deeeeeep” etc. )

    So here I am sweltering in 26* degrees C (can’t find the degree thingy on the keyboard) laughing my head off at your TOTALLY AMAZING blog!

    WE have bar-b-cue for Christmas dinner down here …at the beach! It’s gorgeous! Six weeks holiday, lying in the sun, swimming, jet skiing … all in a bikini. (well that part’s not actually true of me, 61 year old bod … but it is the season for wishes and please Santa … just another 10 pounds off before the day!!!)

    So Victoria, ANY time you are in NZ, my home is yours.
    Rozi

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  11. Sue Scully
    November 29, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    I just found your blog from pinterest and I love, love, love it. You crack me up!! When I grow up, I would like to be able write like you, but alas, I am grown up, but I will keep trying my hand at writing. I have thought about blogging, but it would be about my gardening and pest control. If anyone wants to know how to get rid of ants, gophers and voles, I am your girl.

    I will definitely be following you on your journey. Thanks for taking the time to write and to entertain us at the same time.

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  12. Laura
    December 2, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Love this to death. But not in a creepy way.

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  13. Heather
    December 2, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    I always read your blog, but today I somehow ended up on this post and thought … I need disco balls for my front porch. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  14. m. k. wilkie
    December 9, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Geez. I can’t believe I got through the whole thing…. ;}

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  15. L. K. Mask
    December 9, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    I’m so jealous that I didn’t think of the disco balls…wait…I’m also jealous that I don’t have a front porch! Near NYC and front porches aren’t that common! Looks great. I just make my own wreath with left over tree branch from our xmas tree. I put gold glitter on pine cones to make it sparkle…might have to do disco balls next year! Thanks…and keep on blogging.

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  16. Pam
    December 9, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    I waited and waited to decorate my front porch. I knew you would have the end-all design but I had a deadline so I did it over the weekend. I am now on the lookout for disco balls on the after-Christmas clearance rack. Although, they would be pretty spectacular for New Years, right?

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  17. Just Me
    December 9, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Your post is a birthday gift to me today. Happy birthday to me, one of your more mature (in age) readers and fans. Never will be mature in my brain, which works much like yours even after all this time. I get crazy thoughts about projects and what I can accomplish, despite having had to abandon many of those in the past. Everyone is telling me now to let go of my “stuff” because we’ve downsized. I am having a really hard time with that…..left brain says yes, right brain screams no, no!
    Your blog could also be categorized under mental health counseling.
    I will be happy to throw you a ticker tape parade or whatever you want.
    This is the best gift for today. Thank you, VEB!

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  18. Corinne
    December 9, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    I have three things to say to you

    1. I believe every single thing you say except that you don’t wax your brows! I don’t wax mine often but they are light and scruffy and look unkept where as yours are perfect! How do you do it? Maybe you could do a tutorial? Or start another blog on fashion and beauty?
    2. Have you ever gone on ESTATE SALES.NET ? YOu put in your zip it it lists all the estate sales nearby. I spent my day yesterday forgetting the fact that I have 4 kids who are expecting Christmas in 2 weeks at an estate sale oogling over overpriced teacups.
    3. You are the Bunny Williams of Disco Balls. You should definately write a book about your house like she did!

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  19. Laurie
    December 9, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Victoria, you are officially my idol. If I weren’t afraid of blinding the firefighters who use my street as a cut-through on a regular basis, I would hang disco balls on the porch of my 1922 Bungalow in a hot minute. LOVE THEM, but public safety comes first. Alas.

    In the interest of full disclosure, though? If I didn’t have my eyebrows waxed, I’d look like Frida Kahlo inside of two weeks. Please don’t judge.

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2014! Merry Christmas to you and yours, including Elvis.

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    December 9, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    […] of hope, joy, and light. While I’ve been drooling over Victoria Elizabeth Barnes’ delicious discotheque of a front porch, I haven’t the budget, time, or taste to recreate […]

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