1. Jessica
    July 2, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    You are hilarious. I spent like… oh….two hours reading though your blog as my hubby stared at me while I giggled to myself. I decided I had to bookmark it and follow your journey!! We are currently renting a large home that was built in 1920, and I love it. We have the option to buy it if we decide (we are renting from a friend) and we are currently thinking seriously about buying and remodeling – so this was the perfect blog to stumble upon. We are both IN LOVE with the home’s charm, GIANT front porch, original woodwork, and potential. I know it will be a lot of work, some of the “projects” the previous homeowner did (before my friends bought it) are MIND BLOWINGLY TERRIBLE, but it will be worth it in the end.
    I have to ask – what paint color did you use in your dining room?! I have been searching for the perfect cream/off white to use in my home, and I LOVE the one you used!
    Thank you for sharing your adventures!


  2. Anna
    July 4, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Love your blog so far. You are full of magic!

    I’m going through a similar experience now- except my house is little little and my father is the voice of practicality. He keeps saying things like- no you should not have ten different paint colors in the kitchen. But wwwwwhhhhhyyyyy? That’s the only way to attract unicorns!


  3. linda spiker
    July 8, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    I now believe I need a huge antique mirror even tho I have nowhere to hang one.


  4. Crazy for Craigslist. » Pretty. Quirky.
    July 8, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    […] week, someone on my Newsfeed posted a link to this blog and, in particular, this article about an amazing mirror this woman found on Craigslist. She must live in some Fairy Tale land where all dreams and wishes […]


  5. Stephen Andrew
    July 10, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    Hahaha Janet said you were nuts. It seems you are! I know a bit about having Liberace habits as well. 🙂 fabulous things just call my name!


  6. Kate
    July 11, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    What an amazing room! These colors remind me exactly of this jar. It really would look great in this room too as decoration! Thanks for sharing.


  7. Maureen
    July 12, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Victoria… that mirror… it’s like for $150 you bought gorgeous ’30s movie palaces and Myrna Loy and Gary Cooper and the Jazz Age… It’s absolutely stunning. You were so right to push for it!


  8. Kat
    August 8, 2013 @ 1:38 am

    I love this. I also love giant big sparkly things. thanks for the afternoon giggle, the world needs more of your writing please!!

    Kat, 22, Perth Western Australia 🙂


  9. rebecca@midcenturymodernremodel.com
    October 4, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I just wandered over here from Hooked on Houses. Bravo. You, my friend, are a very good and amusing writer. I will be by often.


  10. Suzy
    October 5, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    My sister Judy inherited from our mother a beautiful VERY antique gold-leafed French pier mirror with marble base. She has considered SELLING it to someone, but not GIVING it to me, her very own envious sister! Therefore, I think you might want to consider making the SHORT trip from Philly to Van Buren AR, to BUY this gorgeous thing (it has an eagle on top!) Now you will probably fall madly in love with the mirror, but dont let that get in the way of my plan. After Paul loads it on the truck (he will need a helper or two) you could decide that it just doesn’t suit you after all! So now the plan calls for you and Paul to make the REALLY short drive to Tulsa OK to GIVE said mirror to me, just because I so richly deserve it! After all, I did GIVE our mother’s huge set of Lenox china to Judy (because I already had a similar set. While you’re here, just don’t look at my mother’s other beautiful gold mirror, or my grandmother’s lovely ornate mirror. They are definitely not for SALE!


  11. Andie
    January 11, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

    No.. You cannot be Liberace with more flair because I am. It’s me. Not you.
    But? Can there be TWO Liberaces but with more flair? (Should I have capitalized those words?)
    I have a purpose here and it is this…

    I am sad because it will die today if I don’t save it.

    I am a sad Liberace. I had to share.



  12. stina
    November 11, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

    I totally understand what you mean about the ick factor of raw sewage running through your walls. How do you feel about dead bugs in your walls? Cause they’re there. Dead bugs. They’re in your walls right now.
    We had an infestation of carpenter ants and the bug guy came and drilled holes into the baseboards and sprayed some stuff in the holes and said “ok, done!” and now I have to live with the fact that there’s an entire colony of dead carpenter ants slowly mummifying right behind the thin walls of the baseboard next to my feet. It’s horrible to think about.
    Finally. “And that if you stood in the stairwell of the third-floor landing, you could feel the heat RUSHING by you… like a windtunnel. Hurrying out the roof, the windows, the walls, the holes… like the entire house was just a colander masquerading as livable space” is the best piece of writing you have done to date. That’s brilliantly evocative right there, that is.


  13. mary roan
    December 4, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    you are soooooooooooooo funny! and soooooooooooooooooooooooo much like me and my friends! I love to read your stuff! You hit the nail on the head every time! when will you publish your book? When will the movie be out? What about the 2015 Tour?
    Having said alll that, the only “con” i would offer is: taking the Lord’s name in vain is not good. Every blessing comes from Him, including the mirrors! taking the Lord’s name in vain is not a good idea.
    otherwise—-Will there be a 10k marathon named VEB Fan Club Marathon?????


  14. annel hill
    December 10, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    Hello VEB, I don`t usually reply to blogs, I just look and read, but I must say that, number one, I LOVE THE MIRROR`S! I have been looking for a full size one myself, number two,this particular post is a HOOT! I have bought several older homes that needed renovated and so I can RELATE to your dilemma, but… you GO GIRL, because it looks like you are FULFILLING YOUR DESTINY!! 😉


  15. Ashlee
    January 13, 2015 @ 8:01 am

    OMG its like you spoke from my soul…


  16. Brenda
    March 4, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

    It took this page to make me see my own gilt antique mirror obsession but I have only 1 pier mirror with lady’s head and gold dust, one small and one huge over mantel mirror, I’m behind you. Well, I do have a Venetian mirror.


  17. Early Victorian House In Jean
    October 7, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    […] Decorating our Victorian home via Craigslist! – Victoria, I love the mirror(s)! I can see them working beautifully in your house. In fact that is exactly what an 1890 Victorian deserves and needs. […]


  18. Stacey
    May 10, 2016 @ 2:33 pm

    I keep reading this post to encourage myself to go out there and acquire my own GFT. I am looking at a craigslist mirror tonight. I hope it is destiny (and that my husband isn’t mad). Wish me luck!


  19. Paul
    November 2, 2016 @ 9:24 am

    You are so awesome in so many ways. I love your style, writing, decorating, and living.


  20. The Nuclear War Of Fanciness... *video* - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:22 am

    […] He pointed at the gilded mantle mirror in the foyer. […]


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