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  1. Brad J. Mead
    April 7, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

    You’re a great writer, and I laughed a lot reading this, except for the parts where I cried, which was all of it, because this is what happens to me EVERY SINGLE FRIGGIN’ WEEKEND, because clearly my wife is your long-lost twin. The only way I can try to one-up Paul is to admit I even worked at my wife’s vintage store. I have taken uncomfortable naps from utter exhaustion at approximately 7, 345, 218 antique shows since I met my wife. We even have storage units for our storage units.

    I ask this out of complete love and respect for both of you, but what the heck is going on inside your heads?!?! WAIT!! I don’t want to know. I am scared I might find out. I feel better being naive.

    P.S.: does Paul have a blog? Because THAT I think I could relate to.


    • Linda D.
      April 8, 2017 @ 8:18 pm

      Without a doubt, one of the best responses I have seen. *MY* husband could not stop laughing. In between his snurffles (a cross between laughter and a snort) he kept muttering, “Poor bast***s.”

      Of course, this was before I dragged him off to see my latest Craigslist find…


  2. Jeanette
    April 11, 2017 @ 12:08 pm

    You and I are soul sisters married to soulful brothers! I relate to every single word of this post. My most recent escapade involved dangling a 3,000 pound (or so it felt) antique oak Murphy bed over an equally antique railing and lowering it from the second floor of the most beautiful round staircase (which is why they couldn’t just carry it down the stairs) without dropping it and damaging the most incredible floor tile, made of the iridescent inside of shells, I’ve ever seen. My husband and three sons made me their personal slave for a month after that one.
    Said bed resides in the middle of my living room floor now because we are still finishing the room it will live in, but I’m one seriously happy girl.


  3. Angelia Gillespie
    June 22, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY loooove you & all your fancy finds….
    I think we are the same person….


  4. Lee
    August 5, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

    OMG I love your blog and writing style. I stumbled across this post and laughed so hard at your recount of finding this piece. First, hats off to your husband! I am married to a Master Carpenter with 30 years commercial and residential construction; he we said no if I asked him to go get this type of piece. Second, love this piece is the portal to Downtown Abby and Narnia! Yay to your brother for pointing out Narnia. I have signed up for your email list and can’t what else you find. I am decorating our house Farm House Chic. It started with a solid wood island that came from my childhood 1870 farm house.
    xo, Lee


  5. Megan Knapp
    September 3, 2017 @ 4:20 am

    Oh my goodness!! You make me wish I had all the time in the world to live on Craigslist and all the money in the world to stock my house with all the amazing things I know I would find on there!!! I LOVE antique, Victorian, historic, vintage, etc etc and my husband (like your Paul) rolls his eyes and uses words like obsolete. I’m such a mess, but I can’t help it. I think it’s in my DNA…


  6. Brenda
    January 7, 2018 @ 10:42 pm

    I LOVE your article on the piece in your living room! My recent Craigslist find was a upright grand piano with fancy carving for FREE!! I say it is true love to have a husband who is willing to move these terrific items. I haven’t scared my hubby off yet after 30 years of finds. Our carpenter friend took over a year to make it into a magnificent piano desk which did cost us but he is an extremely talented cabinet maker. It is the prettiest piece in my house. We most recently drove 2 hours to get a very ornate detailed pump organ which I am considering how to repurpose. LOVED YOUR ARTICLE!! Can totally relate. Some day soon I will post my piano desk on Pinterest. Your post made my day.


  7. Andria Thomas
    January 11, 2018 @ 1:22 am

    I love you. I think you are my long lost sister. I followed my husband around today quoting “Isn’t this Hoosier a small price to pay for my everlasting happiness?” To which he kept replying you cannot have it. Where will you put it? And other such completely irrelevant commentary. Eventually his no turned to a yes. I started laughing. He looked at me in confusion. I had your “sucker” comment reverberating silently in my head. Could not stop laughing!!!!!


  8. Aida
    March 19, 2018 @ 1:04 am

    Hi! I live in an old victorian townhouse apartment and my bedroom has a very similar wardrobe built in (minus the mirror). The trimmings of the floor and windows, the wood on the floor, and the doors (there’s two) themselves are all super dark. I’m not allowed to paint it and I also have extra wardrobes for clothes because the built in one doesn’t hold much. I love light and bright rooms and unfortunately this one is super dark, especially since the windows face a direction that the sun never reaches. I’m not sure what to do and I was hoping you could give me some advice. Thank you!


  9. Gina Peebles
    April 9, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

    When I find a piece that I must have,I act just like you. That’s a compliment, BTW. Our house is full,including the basement and the attic. My husband tends to swear when I need his help on one of my goose chases. Now he has decided that he would like to retire some day. After 36 years together, he decided to mention that to me, now. I wish yu the very best of luck,furnishing your Victorian home. If you decide to share the pictures of your project, I would love to see them all!! The very best of luck finding the perfect piece of furniture that you absolutely have to have.
    Gina Peebles


  10. Rachel Feldberg
    May 3, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

    Love it.

    And I agree Victorian furniture inspires this kind of passion, devotion, and sometimes craziness. One of our customers cut a hole in her drywall of her ceiling to accommodate a Victorian dresser with mirror. You can read that article here at

    It’s like that question, do red cars make people aggressive drivers or were they aggressive to begin with? 🙂


  11. Terri Dooley
    May 7, 2018 @ 9:41 pm

    I think it looks beautiful. I also think you need your own show on HGTV or DIY so you can share your adventures.


  12. jackie holland
    May 15, 2018 @ 1:56 pm

    Congrats Victoria! I just about fell out of my chair laughing reading your story! I too found a very similar absolutely fabulous antique mahogany wardrobe…only I didn’t say a word to my husband …until it was delivered! He says things sure is big, or are you sure it’s not haunted lol. Thanks for sharing yours..wish this would allow me to share photos of mine!


  13. Jeannemara
    May 18, 2018 @ 10:20 pm

    Love this. But I hope you found a place for the “original master bath commode.” You know, the central part. Those are the things I love. Other than, of course, the biggest, fanciest, fancy stuff. I don’t understand people who want “dainty” jewelry. Or people like my sister who think one painting per wall is too much. I’m still considering hanging some on the ceiling with chains. I live in the south and it is almost impossible to find the deals I see again and again in the northern states. I just found your blog and my husband hasn’t seen me laugh and giggle and nod my head so much in years. Thank you for the lifeline of decor.


  14. Carol Hendricks
    June 12, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    Love your stories & the awesome results!!


  15. Lorna Burns
    July 15, 2018 @ 7:06 pm

    I came across your post while researching info on an antique Murphy bed. It’s so hilarious and I’ve read it a number of times already! You made my day!


  16. =Tamar
    March 28, 2019 @ 11:53 am

    Happened across this post while wandering about the net… What I can’t believe is that there was a false wall built and no secret compartment!


  17. Jules
    December 5, 2019 @ 7:14 pm

    This might be the most magnificent thing I’ve ever seen!

    Portal to Downton Abbey? Definitely.

    Too big? No way.

    Thank you for all of the delicious ideas you are giving me. My husband will probably take my computer away.

    And I will still find treasures!


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