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  1. Kerri
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    The cabinets in the first kitchen remains me of the old bakery cabinets that were my dads grocery store. Same style, doors, height. Just a darker finish. Now you will be combing craigslist for those, I guess? And I want to see you and Paul dance the whole song to Dirty Dancing – it was great!


  2. Penny
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:39 pm

    You are truly evil. I have now gone down the CL rabbit hole and am contemplating driving 2 hrs away to pick up a $600 antique display cabinet to replace the Hoosier in my kitchen.


  3. sharon
    December 9, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

    GAWD… I LOVE LOVE LOVE your audience COMMENTS!!! except of COURSE sad sad Alexis…poor thing.


  4. Garden, Home and Party
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

    I need to improve my ‘search’ skills. These kitchens are great and I’ve never seen them before. I don’t think I could have a lot of glass fronts – I need order and I can only guess how quickly my cupboards would be terribly disorganized.


  5. Darling Lily
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

    None of then have the door to Narnia, though.

    Or Elvis.

    Or Paul!

    They deserve our sympathy.


  6. Mary
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    Oh dear – you’ve just ruined my day. Now I will spend the rest of the afternoon clicking through to all of those links and kitchens…..which will make me most sad and uninspired. My kitchen doesn’t look anything like any of those………

    ………and I can’t dance either.


  7. Anna quackenbush
    December 9, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    Good luck on the fabric….it honestly took me two years the find what I was looking for…and of course that included the wrong! Fabric at least twice. But when I found the right one, the angels sang.


  8. Edith
    December 9, 2015 @ 3:22 pm

    DANG… that’s some fine holiday swing moves. Is there anything sexier than a dancing cowboy!?


  9. Sharon
    December 9, 2015 @ 3:33 pm


    Love your blog because it’s funny and so positive. Good luck with finding the fabric. Your kitchen will be a glorious beacon on a hill for us mere mortals, with hilarious, fun-filled stories and memories to boot.

    To the sour and dour who seem to want to invade this space with their negativism, take a time out and come back when you can be more positive. Misery may love company, but you won’t find it here.

    Merry Christmas to you and Paul, and an abundance of love to Elvis.


  10. kmkat
    December 9, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

    Ok, I clicked over to Martha Stewart’s website (mistake the first). Then I clicked through the collection of photos showing decorating with color (mistake the second). When I read “…[t]his room in Martha’s home at Lily Pond Lane was inspired by the colors of her collection of stuffed tarpon fish” I knew I had to leave that site NOW before I threw up.


  11. BeBe
    December 9, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    VEB, My Southern heart literally skips a beat when I see a new email from you! You and that dreamboat of a husband have done a splendid restoration of your house. I live in a small, but charming Sears kit house c. 1928. Along with an addition, I redid my kitchen 10 years ago. I am certain you know that form follows function, especially in a room where you will be working! Your space must work for you. The best thing I did was use big drawers instead of cabinets. Because I do not share your great height, far from it at 4’10”, I reclaimed pantry space added two roll out windows and eliminated overhead cabinets. I LOVE my big drawers. Also, have you seen Christopher Peacock’s kitchen designs? He does some mighty fancy, over the top spaces! Thank you for your great blog. Warmly and Merry, Merry Christmas to you.


  12. Alexandria
    December 9, 2015 @ 6:53 pm

    The good news is…for the low, low price of $2000 THIS VERY GYM HORSE can by yours!!!{9DE7934F-B97C-4FEE-BA38-AE2032631631}&src=catalogue_list%2Easp%3FnShopProdCat_ID%3D%7BAEAA2CAB-F769-4C6B-AA62-141A097F86AE%7D%26nPageNo%3D1%26src%3Dcollection%2Easp


  13. Liz Thomas
    December 9, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

    Victoria, another stellar post!!! OMG, I had heart palpitations looking through Alex MacArthur’s website……I truly was born in the wrong time and place……I wanted to go and live in his house…..but I’m stuck in my nice little 1972 home. I live vicariously through your blog! haha. Keep up the good work and have a blessed Christmas season AND keep searching Craig’s List!! 🙂


  14. Lenora
    December 9, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

    They are utilizing wall space with mirror backed cabinetry rather then a mirror that takes up space. It’s okay to experiment…you haven’t committed yet? Liking this path you are on better!
    Lenora ; )


  15. Carrie
    December 9, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    Check out for the antique pummel horse. They had one last time I checked


  16. Melissa Love
    December 9, 2015 @ 11:25 pm

    Aargh! Why doesn’t my kitchen have a library ladder? Nevermind that I can touch the ceiling…


  17. Bambi Mayer
    December 10, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    I knew that the Alex MacArthur house was a little dark and spooky for my taste. Then I got to the pics of the third floor–the rope, chain and socks at the end of the bed just Creeped. Me. Out!!!


    • judy
      December 10, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

      the rope is a necessary fire escape tool-the only thing that will get you out cause the stairway to a 3rd floor is a chimney with the fire rushing up to it-the socks I would opine are a frost bite preventative for the freezing floors on the 3rd floor of an old mansion…remember these were servants quarters and their tootsies being warm was not a priority. And the chain? to place on the bottom of rope to give it weight and less tendency to swing? I doubt the third guess but thought I’d throw it in as a possible. Wonder if I’m right…


  18. Patricia
    December 10, 2015 @ 9:39 am

    You should put up a disclaimer over the link to these posts “Abandon all pretense of reality and enter with a whimsical heart”. It looks to me like those drool worthy “kitchens” have 13 ft ceilings. And an unlimited taste for baked goods. And room service because they’re surely not doing anything so sordid as cooking !

    But they are yummy eye candy. I don’t think the faucet it too industrial; combined with your victorian house and giant fancy things, it would come off as “Steam Punk”. I totally think you could rock that vibe.


  19. Sue
    December 10, 2015 @ 11:58 am

    I truly look forward to each new blog post, thank you.
    I have always loved the types of things, GFT, that you do so your posts make me drool, and lust after each item. Alas, I have had to come to terms with the fact that my home will have to remain ho hum uninspired. Keep up the good work of encouraging us to dream.


  20. Sarah Y
    December 10, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

    As if you need GFT encouragement or another $4500 flowing out of your bank account…


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