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Our DIY bathroom design and old house renovation.

Victorian wrap around porch painting and restoration.

Old house kitchen remodel and DIY design.

My favorite flowers for a cottage garden, and shade, and how to grow cuttings.

How to make a bow, step by step DIY with wired ribbon.

Collecting antiques on Craigslist. My Victorian mirrors and Victorian wardrobe.


  1. Nancy
    December 13, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

    You are just cuter than a bugs ear. Love your blog.


  2. Claire @ A Little Claireification
    January 12, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

    Well I’ll admit my heart is a little broken that you aren’t stalking me back all over social media… but I subscribed to your email anyway. 😉 Love your posts. They have been known to make me snort coffee out of my nose so, while that isn’t my most attractive look, they are thus classified as funny and read-worthy in my book.


  3. et
    October 12, 2014 @ 4:23 am

    hubs just had a heart attack (they called it “the widow maker” of all things). lucky to be deep into cardiac rehab with him driving many miles 3X wk. Love the insanity of glittery balls! need to think about lifestyle absurdities! glad to meet you. You made me smile when life had become very serious.


  4. Mary Beth
    October 15, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    I am YOU. I, too, love Big Fancy Things to furnish our 1865 Italianate! But what I cannot figure out is WHY someone could sell that column. It’s totally beyond me. I gasped when I saw it. Thank goodness, you snagged it. I love love love the joy in your blog. Lots of gasping and smiles going on.


  5. Krys Prichard
    March 15, 2015 @ 7:46 am

    I absolutely love your posts, your photos, and the projects. I’m just wondering, what do you do for a real living that lets you afford all these cool ideas? And I do hope an agent has approached you to write a book. Oh, and one more thing, can you leave your husband to me in your will if you should die first? He’s a keeper!


  6. Shaune
    May 22, 2016 @ 8:41 pm

    Hi, could you share with me what the brand and color of your light blue exterior paint color is? We just purchased our own falling down rot house, as we lovingly call it. It is now a light blue and desperately needs repainting! I have looked at a zillion blues and just can’t decide. Please share your color 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 25, 2016 @ 8:18 am

      Behr, Cool Sky (home depot)… I looked at 87,349 samples, so I feel good about endorsing this shade. BUT, it has so much to do with light, color of surrounding area, etc! Definitely get a sample and paint a good sized swatch!


  7. kt
    October 31, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

    Just discovered your blog today via Design Mom. I love it! FYI, your “My Best” banner on this page is broken.


  8. Sara P.
    January 29, 2017 @ 12:31 pm

    I just discovered your blog, and I’m in love with it. This is exactly the type of Victorian house renovating relationship my husband and I have. I slow it all wayyyyyyy down. Way, way down. But I have come to embrace my role in this partnership. Because otherwise our house would be filled with the “decorative piece of wood” solutions that my just-get-it-done husband comes up with. We are renovating our first bathroom, and I found you via Pinterest while scouring images of Victorian bathrooms. We own a 1895 Victorian in Pittsburgh that needs a total overhaul. We are trying to do it with three children under 5 years old playing (well, crying) underfoot. We don’t like easy things.


  9. Michelle Harwood
    March 23, 2017 @ 9:45 am

    I am a an aspiring minimalist, getting rid of MANY things in my house. My son put lego “sculptures” on our mantle, so that it would not look so “plain” all the time. And while I have (truly) an aversion to the thought of aquiring Giant Fancy Things myself, I love reading your blog. It is hilarious, and I enjoy seeing what you are up to.


  10. Donna Pyburn
    April 9, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

    Donna Pyburn 4/9/2017
    I am wondering where you got the Gardening supplies,such as the heat mat and the metal block soil thing?


  11. Patrice Minor
    November 12, 2019 @ 2:28 pm

    I was surfacing the net looking for ideas for hiding my refrigerator, as I don’t want the popular paneled look. I love the pic of the mirrored refrigerator. Who did this customization for you?


  12. Josephine
    February 9, 2020 @ 10:31 pm

    I love this remodeling project Victoria. It’s interesting and fun. I like the innovative way you got the mirror upstairs. The cat jumped inside the room so quickly. Maybe to admire itself.LOL


  13. Kathryn Dotson Richmond
    April 28, 2020 @ 1:11 am

    Hi Victoria!. Wow. I have been mesmerized by your blog for the last 3 days (when I first accidentally found it somehow? looking at Victorian houses) . I have laughed until I cried and my husband keeps wondering what is wrong with me. ha ha. Little does he know I have met my (auction/marketplace/craigslist and all other places to obtain GFTs) soul sister. I am definitely a lover of GFTs, hoarder, procastinator and dictator. Just ask my husband. I have been wanting a Victorian but have been unable to convince him that I could free us so much space in our current house/2 carless garage/log cabin/ and 2 storage sheds if we had a Victorian I could move all the GFTs I have been collecting for the past 30 years and they would have a beautiful home. By the way, I live in Arkansas and I have never heard of West Fork. But, I sometimes do see GFTs on FB Marketplace that are in Philadelphia that I really, really want . I am having trouble finding your most current remodel posts. Do you have a chronology of them? Thanks so much and thanks for all the laughter !! you go girl !!!


  14. Candace ford
    November 8, 2021 @ 10:02 pm

    Hello Victoria,
    I live in rural western Oregon and followed your blog for several years when all of a sudden my Microsoft account ate all of my contacts and I have been working since to re contact them. You had me as a follower when you were rescuing kittens and finding homes for them (even tho we are mostly a dog household these days). Thanks for continuing. Candace
    PS when I put in my email where there is a numeral one it looks like either a capital letter I or a tiny little capital letter I.


  15. Candace Ford
    November 8, 2021 @ 10:09 pm

    I thought I did this but here it is again. After Microsoft ate my email account I have worked to recreate a new one and find all the folks and organizations I used to communicate with. I hope you have me on your radar screen. I know you used to do a TNR with a local vet. Did you know that there is a similar process in San Juan Puerto Rico. There is a beautiful book about those cats called Cobblestone Cats – Cats of Old San Juan. I hope you are still doing your good work for cats. We are currently a dog household but will have cats again when the time is right. Keep looking for large ornate objects!!!


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