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  1. Allyson
    September 10, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    Okay, so just came back from checking out your link to the Enchanted House… I think I got through two rooms before I had to shut it down. It’s a lie, I tell you! That can’t possibly be a house that someone lives in… there are too many things for kids or cats or clumsy husbands to knock over. And too much space. The kitchen island??? Sweet mama jama! There is no way that is functional! One would have to climb across the counter tops to reach anything in the middle. And I’ll bet it echoes… how can you have a proper conversation with echoing??? Nope… I prefer your house… chaos and beautiful things… that’s a house!


    • Tess
      September 10, 2013 @ 11:55 am

      It was the “I’ve only ‘done’ one room” comment that killed me the most about The Enchanted House! What does that even mean?!?!?


      • tammigirl
        September 10, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

        I could have spent all day trying to figure out which room it is.

        I’m pretty sure that’s the Gilmore house. But where are Richard and Emily?


  2. Erin
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    Say Yes to the Dress may be the best mind-numbing, binge watching there is. It is like a cool compress when you have a headache…but you also get to say things like, “I’d never do that to MY daughter” which enable you to feel slightly superior – good thing when one is overwhelmed and the laundry is ankle deep in every room but the kitchen.


  3. Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    As always your posts (crisis and all) put a smile on my face! I do wonder though why people feel the need to live in such massive homes? Oh, never mind, I know… they do not have to live “real” life and clean those massive homes themselves. Cat puked, pfft, no worries. “Oh Garçon, please go buy a new rug the cat puked”, except it wouldn’t be puked, more like, “Oh, Garçon, would you be a lovely boy and go purchase a new million dollar throw rug, the Chat-on has spewed”. How unfortunate. Oh well, back to hum-drum! xo


  4. donnal
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    The reason we follow you is because you are real and not perfect. What you are is what will be round you. We are around you because we understand your logic and adventures, as we too have been where you are; the cell is my favorite, because it validates other people do the same things I do . . .


  5. Siouxzie Q
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Oh, Hey Victoria, thanks SO MUCH (insert appropriate level of sarcasm) for posting the link to the The Enchanted Home’s house tour and all its eye-watering, drool-worthy magnificence. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner slitting my throat.


  6. Scribbler
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Years ago, I thought I was going to die if I didn’t get one of those LaCanche or LaCornue or LaWhatever stoves. Now, that I am practically in my dotage, I realize that I would be forced to cook on it every day till I drop dead if I had done.

    I won some plates on The Enchanted Home (which I was very happy about) but I had to quit showing photos of her house to my husband because it pissed him off. He thought I was making unfair comparisons…

    Hope your crises have resolved and you get back to entertaining the rest of us soon.


    • Tracey
      September 11, 2013 @ 1:42 am

      I agree about the LaWhatever stove, I just had to have a lovely Italian stove and cooktop and have spent the last decade coming to the rather sad realisation that my beautiful, to-die-for-kitchen (the real estate agents wording not mine) was always going to make my cooking look and taste rather ordinary by comparison.

      One of my friends describes my culinary skills as more acquainted to ‘re-heating’ than actual cooking – and that’s a good thing – trust me. My actual attempts at cooking make re-heating remarkably attractive by comparison.
      I can cook a jolly good roast however – in fact in my whizz-bang enormous oven I can cook two at once! So it’s not a complete waste of fab technology (and it looks good)!


  7. Laurie
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I have a very real fear of living in Gray Gardens. My standard isn’t designer home, it is dog/cat barf/poop-less living. I think that is a pretty good goal and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

    I’m sorry about your crises. If Say Yes to the Dress is soothing, it must be a terrible crises indeed. I was in an earthquake once and the only thing I wanted to do after that was watch reruns of 70s sitcoms. That was the level of stimulation I could take so I can see you are facing a similar dilemma.

    Hang in there. You’ll dig yourself out. Just focus on only one small problem at a time. If you try to tackle the whole thing, you’ll find that you now can only watch Celebrity Poker.


  8. Jenny Loomans
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Okay, I just looked at the Enchanted Home blog, and at first my kid and I were like, “wow, I totally wouldn’t have paired that urn with that table and painting, but it’s a cool table and a cool painting,” and stuff like that. And then we began to notice things like there’s a burned-out lightbulb in one of the chandeliers, and we began to realize this really IS a home, and we began to respect her as a person. And then we decided that she is really Envious of your Mirror. And we were okay with it all.


  9. Lisa
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    If it only took you three years to get a project done by your husband…give him a HUGE hug! I had the guest bathroom torn up (down to the studs!) for six years! All that worked was the toilet.

    Sorry to hear you have/had a crisis, they do upend your life! Smile and enjoy your show, we all need something that allows us to “detox”. When I get so overwhelmed…I make a list, put it on the fridge and then ignore it for a couple of days. LOL

    I enjoy your blog and hope your week gets better. Find something small to tackle and give it your all! 😀


    • Andrea G
      September 10, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

      Lisa: I read your comment [as we were told to do!] and I thought you said you would write a list and put it IN the fridge. All I could think of was “COOL” !


  10. Gaenor
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    The Enchanted house kitchen is hysterical! I can’t believe one person prepares meals in there alone (unless they have a miniature train which runs around the kitchen to get to all the cupboards. Hmm, interesting idea…) Suddenly I feel grateful for my slightly smallish kitchen, where the freezer lives in the hall.


  11. SSdGJ
    September 10, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    I L O V E D the Gray Garden’s documentary…. the real one, not the movie version… the real one… because it was weird… and sad… and painful… and real… and I LOVED IT.. that’s all


  12. Erin
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    The Enchanted Home and some of the other over the top house blogs make me feel like I’m watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous the that creepster Robin Leach is going to pop out of the pantry in something inappropriate at any moment. Looked, Saw, Unliked. I’m a fan of the real homes that bloggers put their beauty sticks on and create magic. Not the Dr. Hubby gave me an unlimited credit card and my best friend is Tory Spelling’s anorexic decora-TOR blogs. Like yours. Cat (though I prefer dog) puke and all.


  13. Valerie
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Wow, love the way the cat in the upper left totally photobombed the pic.


  14. Nicole
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    I didn’t know about the Enchanted Home either, so now you’ve done me in. What’s your favorite room? The loggia. THE LOGGIA? Oh. Me too. Except that is called my apartment balcony and I air out my musty luggage on it. Ha! ::crying in shame::


  15. Valerie
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    I don’t remember seeing that kitchen in Duck Dynasty. Oh no, perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned another highly addictive, mind numbing reality TV show. La, la la – forget I said anything.


  16. Jenna
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    Thank you for the Grey Gardens post link. Seriously, I hadn’t heard of this house or the women until your notes today. (I know, I live under a rock!) But that image of Little Edie in her glorious kitchen above totally drew me in. Amazing squalor! It showed me that it really doesn’t matter what kind of house you have, it’s all the same if you are crazy.


  17. CFH
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    I can’t deal with that ridiculous Enchanted Home blog. It’s not a home, it’s an airplane hanger with lots of really nice, really expensive stuff strategically placed in it. Fun to look at, but would you want to hang out and kick off your shoes there? Seems totally overwhelming. And her self indulgent comments…ugh, just the worst!!!!


    • Jenny Loomans
      September 10, 2013 @ 11:06 pm

      My daughter and I were really catty, looking through it. The part that she liked best was on “the Loggia” (we used to call that a porch), one of the drinking glasses on the dining table was on its side, and the price tag was on the bottom.


  18. Dawn Mershon
    September 10, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    Please remove my name from your email posts…have been unsuccessful in getting the “unfollow” option to work. Thank you.


  19. Garden, Home and Party
    September 10, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Oh my! Here I was thinking you hadn’t emailed lately because you were busy buying kitchen stuff for the newly remodeled room. I hope the crisis has passed and that you have seen all episodes of Say Yes to the Dress. I watched it when our son was getting married and thanked the heavens that no one in our family was as crazy controlling as some of the people in the series.

    The Enchanted Home is pretty amazing, but like one of your other readers, I don’t think I’d want a house the size of a small castle.
    Hope the week ends up being better than the last.


  20. Judy
    September 10, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    You should write a book!


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