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  1. Ross
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:28 am

    I am not collecting mirrors… I’m collecting GIANT CARVED ORNAMENTS FOR MY SOUL

    Love. It.


    • Emerald
      May 23, 2018 @ 10:21 am

      Moving the Mirrors to Hawaii sounds like an epic novel! I’m not sure if it’s a Thriller or SciFi or Romance but please put me on your beta reader list should you ever write it.


    • Funky Cold
      June 7, 2018 @ 6:12 pm

      My favourite (pretend) responses to “where do you get your protein?” are: “from where your protein gets its protein”, and “from the grocery store”. Not that I would actually say either of those things to anyone in those words, but I amuse myself by thinking about them.

      Anyway, I found you via your hood fan post (hear hear!). And now this fantastic post on your fabulous mirror AND veganing!?

      You are my spirit animal. That is all.


  2. Rachael
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:31 am

    I recently found my spirit animal here: But you are my spirit person. Thank you for sharing your kitchen and you GFTs. And I think the kitchen layout is SPECTACULAR!


  3. Allie
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:33 am

    I am with you. Giant fancy antique things are amazing. Everyone needs more of them not less. Especially if they are old.
    As to resale – you are putting less in the kitchen not more; I’d think that would be a selling point because it is cheaper to change if future owners want to. xAllie


  4. Karen in Santa FE
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:36 am

    Okay Victoria –
    Sounds great by me. Sorry you felt you had to justify your choices. I really don’t think anyone meant to be critical – we all just enjoy engaging with your creative processes and vicariously doing the renovations we’d like to do, IF we were as brave, wise and pioneering as you. AND had your fabulous taste and skilled in-house craftsman/husband. Carry on! And thanks for giving us a peek!


  5. Robin
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:40 am

    I fully and happily endorse you doing whatever the hell you want to in your kitchen. Having been talked out of a few really kick-ass ideas (and resenting it OR paying to have it redone) I say stick yo your guns and carry on! You will NEVERregret it!

    Ps I own about 47 mirrors…from about 3” to roughly 5ft….next one is going to be BIG.


  6. Graham
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:42 am

    I admit I’m totally confused about the layout for the kitchen but I can’t read maps either. I think I’ll have to wait until it’s finished. However, I love your reason for staying alive- to keep others from touching your stuff. Best reason I’ve heard! Keep up the good work.


  7. TucsonPatty
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:43 am

    Victorious Saurious! It is a movie made for you. I’m “only” a vegetarian, but I get the same questions. I just tell them: “Do I look sick? I haven’t eaten meat for the last 32 years. You get enough protein from plants. I beat breast cancer – I’m HEALTHY!” Great trailer, where and when is the movie? P.S. Your kitchen will be fabulous!!


  8. Lisa A.
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:45 am

    Did not have my glasses on …. thought it said “KITTEN FAQ: weird windows, NO HOOD, cooktop in the island?” 🙁 …… I NEED A KITTEN FIX!


    • fixitchick
      May 22, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

      OMG, makes 2 of us


  9. mpv61
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:50 am

    The windows on that wall being different sizes never occurred to me as a problem.

    Your choices aren’t my choices aren’t the next person’s choices. It’s your kitchen and only you have to be happy, and you have to make sure Paul is not terribly unhappy. In the distant future, when someone else contemplates buying the house (maybe when you and Paul have passed away of very old age, in your sleep, surrounded by gorgeous GFTs), they might say, “We’ll have to add some counters on this wall, and more cupboards, and what the heck is with that mirror?” That’s okay. That gives them a project, like you’ve had projects.

    Apologies — my keyboard seems to only want to print left facing quotes.


  10. mpv61
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    Oh, and sure…the quotes in the comments are facing the way they should, to make me look crazy. Ugh.


  11. Jennifer
    May 22, 2018 @ 11:53 am

    The only reason I like a hood is for the odors. I cannot stand smelling onions and garlic wafting thru the house and upstairs when I go to sleep….and I cook with a lot of garlic😉.

    I seem to accidentally collect antique gold framed mirrors..non as large as yours but one beau was not happy to hang one in the stairway!! I would love to have a giant mirror. You are the queen of giant mirrors!


  12. Linda D.
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:14 pm

    Hey, you don’t ever have to justify your decisions. The house is for you and Paul to live in and be deliriously happy. When there is a next guy, he or she will do whatever *they* like with the space.

    Having said that, I’m still confused. The shelving in the basement stairs is now closed off from the kitchen, right? Leaving the wall to the left of the doorway free for a counter run? I think I’m like that other commenter, needing to wait to see the final set up.

    Meantime, enjoy the ride. The induction cooktop in the piano island sounds divine. I even like saying that phrase: The Induction Cooktop In The Piano Island….sounds like something gloriously unique and wonderful!


  13. Sheila Voorheis
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:20 pm

    Moneymaking idea: reproduce the piano island hardware — I will buy at least 15! Then you can buy more GFT’s! Seriously, has anybody suggested this to you? I bet you could make a KILLING! I cannot find ANYTHING like them ANYWHERE and I LOVE THEM!!!!


  14. Mary
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    Have you watched The Magic Pill on Netflix? Great documentary on how our country eats. I think you would enjoy it. Of course, you probably already knew what it’s trying to tell us.


    • Bernie
      May 22, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

      Mary, The Magic Pill pushes the Keto diet, one high in fats (not just the “good” kind) and meat. I asked my cardiologist about it and he is definitely not a fan because it is too high in cholesterol.


  15. fixitchick
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

    Aside from the kitten confusion noted above, my thoughts are

    #1, wouldnt something like this look great under your island:

    #2 Hulk Smash! if you traded Paul in for Mr. 35 seconds who would do your finish work? I can see him doing great demo, but not re-springing your fancy settee, let alone making you a piano island.

    #3 I love the sofa/tv in the kitchen. and I dont know why you’d be ashamed of anything. you are UNDER RENOVATION. My houses have looked like this since 1995. and my husband married me anyway


  16. S Roche
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:23 pm

    Hi Victoria, I LOVE all of your GFT, and I especially love the way you repurpose everything….I mean, an antique piano for a kitchen island….Brilliant! I LOVE the giant mirror on the wall instead of boring cabinets….You should do exactly what makes your heart sing, regardless of what anyone says (not that there was any doubt that you would) …..But…..regarding the piano-island…..Please just picture this before adding the cooktop: You have guests over and everyone is drooling over your one of a kind amazing kitchen….sitting on the piano-island (and reflecting in the new kingdom mirror) is a gorgeous spread of beautiful foods, so pretty and appetizing…also, huge bouquets of flowers ……that island, especially now that everything will be doubled in the mirror, should be filled with the most beautiful, yummy eye candy….or maybe plants…whatever, it should be a platform for beautiful vignettes…..not a cooktop….Thank You for listening.


    • Meg
      May 22, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

      But the cook top will be inlaid and completely flat and it doesn’t get hot, so she could just put a tray of food or big vase of flowers on the cook top to hide it.

      I’m more curious about if they will still be able to use the drawers Paul installed in the piano with the cook top there.


  17. savannah
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

    I am happy you do what you do for YOU and no one else (OK, except maybe for Paul, sometimes.)! We decided that we were remodeling our house for us and not resale ROI. When we die, the kids can do whatever they want with the house, we will have enjoyed it! xo


  18. Catherine
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:42 pm

    Thank you for that Trailer link! I hadn’t heard of it, and am excited for it’s release. Thank you for being strong in who you are!

    A vegan that subscribed to your blog for home inspiration a million years ago, and got a wonderful surprise when you started posting about animal advocacy.


  19. Robin
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:45 pm

    This kitchen is going to be absolutely fabulous !!! I love it all !!! You can always help the offset the height difference in the two windows that flank the enormous stunning mirror by adding a small transom window above the shorter one or adding a decorative wood header of some sort above it and paint it the same as the window trim.. ??? or leave it as is ….. stunning !!


  20. Lesli Jenkins
    May 22, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    First of all I adore your blog. I think I came in about the Kingdom Mirror or just before. It makes me happy to know that there are others passionate about things like this. Second, your blog gives me hope that one day I will be able to remodel my own kitchen in my own vision. A tall order as I want only one thing attached, the sink. I want to be able to rearrange my kitchen the same way I do any other room. My chef friend thinks I’m crazy. But as my own culinary skills are mostly used for baking, I don’t care. Thanks for being you!


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