1. Mindie Cocos
    February 12, 2015 @ 10:55 pm

    Ok to tired to be witty, although you have enough for all of us! Anyway I love the first buffet,carra marble perfect! But I am also loving the blah back dresser. You love to hunt for the treasure. Find some flame mahogany door fronts and attach, even adding crystal knobs for a shiny side . Add columns and a pair of great clawed feet and you have a gorgeous, one of a kind,treasure hunt island! I will even keep my eyes open in The Lou and send you a picture if I find something. You and Paul need to hit the road and come to the mid west for some real barn picking estate sales!


  2. Priscilla
    February 12, 2015 @ 11:10 pm

    Am crying laughing thinking about the mortuary table. It’d be such a talking point!


  3. MaryMargaret
    February 13, 2015 @ 3:47 am

    If I were you, I would go hard into the bank table. Figure out the overall kitchen budget, recognize that Ikea boxes are about as good as other boxes, and there you have it. I’ll bet there is a teeny tiny market for the bank table and that you could definitely negotiate the price down. Your kitchen is about choices – get the one amazing thing you love (for me, a million sqft of encaustic tile) and be good, safe-ish and cheap on the rest. All set for re-sale, and you can take that bank table beauty when you go!


  4. Betty
    February 13, 2015 @ 6:43 am

    All you need are 18 people to send you a thousand dollars so you can buy the bank table with fancy feet.


    • judy
      February 13, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

      Or 180 people sending $100.00 Eureka! 1800 lovely winsome followers sending $10.00. This is doable VEB- Get a P.O. Box ASAP. That’s a challenge!


  5. Pat S
    February 13, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

    I think Paul is working on mastering the art of discouraging you in this venture. Cadaver table, indeed! 😀


  6. Lin
    February 14, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    OK–first post. and btw, LOVE your blog.

    I would be looking for a partner’s desk in addition to a fancy counter. And I shop at your same auction house and they just had a beautiful one last weekend. Fairly easy to find, and loads of fun drawers etc. a Partner’s desk is finished on both sides.

    To solve the issue of height–you can find antique fancy feet at Architectural Salvage spots to raise to a height you like. Or alternatively, get reproduction legs even.

    To solve the overhang–go to Long Island and get that marble. or buy a slab of granite.

    I got an antique table that a beautiful slab of granite had been added. and it is PERFECT for my kitchen.


  7. anonymous
    February 14, 2015 @ 8:02 pm

    What about a marbletop console or refectory table so that you can have potential legroom/seating? This particular example might not be the right style and it’s probably too short, but maybe something taller and more of a good bargain would do the trick.



  8. anonymous
    February 14, 2015 @ 9:09 pm

    p.s. I’m going to go against the tide and vote that you should keeping looking. None of these examples strike me as convenient or gorgeous enough to alternately spend $18,000 on or have to put in hard labor and additional funds to perfect. As they say with men, there are other fancy fish in the sea, and I have a hunch that your perfect match (the Paul equivalent of a kitchen island) is still out there waiting for you to find it. And, no Paul did not pay me to say that, but my husband is a lot as you describe Paul to be (alarmingly and inconveniently analytical minus the ability to use power tools and haul wall-sized mirrors, etc.) so, as you probably know, it’s important to pick your battles wisely. Wait for your true love countertop/island and then tell him you must have it!


    • anonymous
      February 17, 2015 @ 9:28 am

      p.p.s. They are auctioning off some 19th-century banking tables (no paw feetm sadly) on ebay. One of them is about $5,000 cheaper than the one at the salvage shop, but you’d have to ship all the way from California. You just seem to have such a good eye for a bargain that I think you will find something gorgeous that just feels right. Also, have you thought about lighting fixtures as a way of making your kitchen feel more glam? If you put in a crystal one, you might have rainbows dancing across the floor, which your cat would love!


  9. Amber
    February 14, 2015 @ 11:01 pm

    the first one gets my vote, as for the unfinished side, soooooo many ideas….. Wood cubby type shelving you could stain close enough to match, or paint a different color, plus, bonus storage, or cover it with those tin ceiling tiles, in distressed white, silver, or copper, or just a hammered copper panel, cover with wallpaper or a painted mural, or even those mural tiles, or add a mirror! Lol you love those anyway!!


  10. penny
    February 18, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    apologies! Hopeless late reply due to total renovation of chest due to iritating cancer diagnosis, but I digress, sorry. The Bank table, you can always get something else later, THE BANK TABLE IS UNIQUE, the bank table please, use the deposit slip spaces for little drawers, the bank table, the bank tabl………….


  11. Laurel
    February 19, 2015 @ 11:29 pm


  12. Crissy
    March 2, 2015 @ 9:21 am

    Victoria, have you seen this kitchen design from a 2012 House Beautiful issue? (I have the magazine at home so if you need which month I can check) It’s beautiful and seems to incorporate many of the things you want for your kitchen. Check out the open shelving, the lighting, the island with marble top and the armoire. Even the flooring is beautiful! It’s on my “would love to have” list for our kitchen remodel.
    http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/kitchens/advice/a771/designer-nicole-hough-interview-0412/ and http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/kitchens/g1204/family-kitchen-design-ideas-0412/

    If those links don’t work, google “house beautiful foursquare kitchen” and it’s Nicole Hough’s 1905 American foursquare. Good luck!


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