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  1. Erin's Creative Energy
    July 10, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

    OMG, will you be my BFF? I am now very tempted to go to Home Depot and make them name a paint color after me, or my dog. I name my dogs after Jim Henson muppets. I currently have Animal and Doozer. I also had a dog named Gonzo once. He had a big nose.

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  2. Kelly
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    I too have made my own paint color! I thought I was the only one who had whipped out a wooden spoon and mixed the pathetic red outcast paints, with a little black paint intended for the shutters, to get the ultimate red door paint! I’m not kidding, two days after the door was finished, a strange lady knocked on the door to ask what that color was and where I got it. THEN, a year later, she bought the house from us. You’ve made me feel so normal 🙂

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  3. Lorin
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    OMG I am finally HOME in the nuthouse with everyone ELSE! Well, it’s not the nuthouse, WE are sane, it’s everyone else who is nuts. I have to have my husband read this blog so he realizes I am right. That a person does NEED more than 3 birdseye maple things. And don’t get me started on shiny things…….yeah shiny things……… Ummm where was I?
    Oh yes, I actually have a bedspread made from fabric that I saw used as curtains on The Rockford Files. Its really not as bad as it sounds. Black and tan and cream large print. Wish I had those drapes too. And fear of non buyers remorse is probably why I have 3 of all things leopard print but hey, leopard is the new shiny!
    If you do have a costume party count me in, I live outside Philly too.

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  4. D'Arcy H
    July 11, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    I’m so happy for you and your recent blognificence! You truly are destined for great things.

    I, too have seen something of my own on Mad Men–Don and Megan occasionally drink out of glasses with a pattern of gold leaves. We had those very glasses when I was a kid. The really lame thing is that I had to ask my husband what it was of mine that I saw on Mad Men! Apparently I am TOO OLD to remember my own past!!! Oh, and I once saw my Eastlake dresser on Bonanza … but that was probably before you were born. Don’t mind me … I’m just freaking out because I have a major birthday bearing down on me … meaning I am old enough to have LIVED through the Mad Men era (of course I was very young … haha). Wish I could travel back and appreciate it as an adult.

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  5. kyra
    July 11, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    You are awesome!! LOVE your blog

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  6. Danielle
    July 11, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    We’ve used Behr straight off the shelf white paint for years, but when I started blogging, I felt like I missed the DIY memo that I had to tint it. I’ve felt so much shame! What if people found out we didn’t color the white paint white?!! Thank you for continually validating my choices.

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  7. Becky
    July 11, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    Reading your posts makes me realize I write posts like a 4YO tells a story…

    And then this happened…

    And then I did this…

    And then this guy said…

    And then I glued this to my *#^% by accident….

    Seriously – don’t stop bringing the funny!!!

    Cheers,
    Becky

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  8. Leah
    July 11, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

    “If you were confused about that, I guess you didn’t read my blog front-to-back and attend to every detail. So you might want to get on that.”

    I did this over the weekend. You bumped my two year old out of first place on my list of “Reasons I Didn’t Get Anything Done Today…or yesterday…and likely tomorrow.”

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  9. gretchen
    July 11, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    You are a nut . And I love nuts! (Seriously. I’m a psychotherapist.) I’m so happy to have found your blog. What fun to read after a long day listening to seriousness.

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  10. Rosemary Watson
    July 12, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I can’t believe I didn’t find out about you sooner. I mean, I just can’t.

    You, my friend, are my home decor / renovation soul mate (second only to my actual soul mate- Ryan Gosling) and also seem to be the voice inside my head when my own husband spits out heaps and heaps of nonsense in opposition to my creative brilliance.

    I’ve put you in my Feedly and will now spend an entire road trip (during which I should be working ) reading your blog in its entirety beginning to current.

    Thank you. And now that I will be stalking you. I’m so excited!

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  11. Leslie
    July 12, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog and I love it. You are a great writer! My husband and I are kicking around the idea of moving to Philly and I was wondering what areas you would recommend looking at (for cute, old houses such as the Victorian you are in or the aforementioned Arts and Crafts bungalow). Sorry if this post sounds semi-stalkerish (yikes). I just have no idea where to start looking! Thanks!

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  12. The Diva
    July 12, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    I have just heinzed* my way through your entire blog. You. Are. Fantastic. I want to be a combination of your best friend, housesitter, and craigslist spotter. Your exploits deserve a book. A nice big, SHINY coffee table book. Because shiny. And awesome. And then it could sit on the Tufted Coffeetable of Fabulousness and make it MORE fabulous, if that’s even possible.

    *heinzing means “catching up.” Catch up = ketchup = heinz. Get it? I knew you would! 😀

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  13. Laura
    July 12, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    I’m new to your blog, and as a fellow CL addict, I love you. In a totally non-creepy way. And in have Eggnog on the walls in my kitchen. Color twinsies!

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  14. Siobhan
    July 13, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    You. Are. The. Best.

    That is all.

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  15. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    July 14, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    If only I knew I could name my custom paint at Home Depot. Last fall we had to match a cupboard from Home Goods that we incorporated into our kitchen counter. ( my husband built out around it) The guy who helped us was so nice and kept adding more grey, more grey.. for about 30 minutes. But he failed to tell us we could name it!!! How cool is that? I love your escapades, you are the Lucy of Millennium, do you have an Ethel? Love your blog!

    I always dream about blogging on another platform outside of my selling venue. But I am not a consistent writer, sometimes I don’t post for a month! Which is not acceptable to me if your are going to be a “Blogger”. So I write occasionally and I have intentions to write about our kitchen remodel and the Home Goods cabinet someday. You are my inspiration, all though I will never have your wit! You always make me laugh, which is very good!

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  16. Jen
    July 14, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Your blog is hilarious. I might have to kidnap your cat. Also, it took me a while to notice the disco balls on the table given all the mirrors, so two thumbs up on that, because more is always more. I like your Craigslist math too 🙂

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    • Jen
      July 14, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

      Oh, and apparently anything typed between brackets disappears. Because I totally had a Just Kidding after the kidnap your cat part. I’m not that creepy 🙂

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  17. Tsumik
    July 14, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

    My girlfriend and I have painted our bedroom in another mystical paint called Forde Abbey. It is no longer made and has to be custom made with Ralph Lauren paint at a sherwin Williams. I swear changes with the sunlight through windows enough that its one step away from opening a portal. I recommend you looking into it.

    And you should have a party! The world needs more reasons and places to wear tailcoats and ascots.

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  18. Alex @ northstory
    July 15, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    I leave for one week on vacation and here I am waving my “Can you see my comment??” flag. You’re bigger than…what was that guy John Lennon was talking that caused a lot of anger… hmmm

    I am amazed we’re friends considering I haven’t seen an episode of Mad Men since Season 1.

    Slowly backing away from the computer now….

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  19. dadlee
    July 15, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Hi from another new fan, fighting off addiction to your writing style. Way too cool.

    My addiction therapy choice is cooking, and though I sense you might not want to touch that subject till the kitchen re-do is done, I wonder if you’d mind my concocting a nutbar and naming it for you? Sort of like the paint-mixing deal, but not exactly.

    First step though, is I’d need a DNA sample . . . would you happen to have a stray lying about, such as on a splinter, that you could put in the mail? Teleporting it is OK too, and good practice for your future; I keep watch at the apartment window in case The Rapture starts unannounced and the elderly begin popping out for their upward glide.

    Oh, and if any of that DNA creeps into my writing you won’t have to sue — I’ll just confess and say admiration made me do it.

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  20. Siouxzie Q
    July 16, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    Is it possible for another human to be one’s spirit animal? Yes? Then I claim you.
    I discovered your blog while Google-ing “over-sized recessed medicine cabinet…” (Because that’s how I roll at 11:45 on a Monday night as I obsess about my own bathroom redo.) Your adventures in home remodeling sucked me in like a hammerhead in a Sharknado. I laughed to the point of snorting, line after line. (Whoa, that was unintentional cocaine imagery.) You are delightful, witty, and endlessly entertaining. An inspiration. I want to run out and fret over tile hues, troll Craigslist for things that MIGHT fit in my house, and endlessly talk my husband into doing the next-to-impossible. Wait, I already do that. Never mind. Mostly, you make me want to be funnier and sunnier, so much so that I’d send you my beloved Elvis bobble head (the schexy and glitzy one in the 50s gold lame suit) as a serious token of appreciation. My friend and decorating twin, Susan, and I are convinced you are our lost triplet and Paul is a missing branch to our husbands’ tree of woe. We love you, we love you…but we love your “over-sized recessed medicine cabinet” even more. And we don’t say that to just anyone.

    Clearly, you rock.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 18, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      “missing branch to our husbands’ tree of woe. ”

      Saving this in my “greatest comments ever” folder.
      xo

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