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  1. Toni F
    January 7, 2014 @ 10:52 pm

    This is for you and your husband! Enjoy!


  2. Joy
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:26 pm

    Your photograph of the abandoned Parisian apartment reminded me of this post with 38 gorgeous abandoned places and spaces. Don’t you just want to go explore?! The castle, the opera house, the subway station … sigh.


  3. Kristen
    January 7, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

    What does it say about me that I immediately knew that was the abandoned Paris apartment when I saw the thumbnail beside your post in my reader? Oh, I know. That I spend too much time on the Internet.

    Movie…being winter & just after Christmas I have to rec The Holiday. That cottage! And Jude. Law.


    • Lor
      January 8, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

      And that coat CamDi wears running to the cottage and also that yummy outfit at the end when they all celebrate together. DARN it, I want new schtuff. 🙂


  4. Violet
    January 8, 2014 @ 6:47 am

    This is one of my favorites:

    The author posts photo tours of old mansions in NY and surrounding states. Totally addictive!


  5. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    January 8, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    I second Corinne’s link… the story of Huguette Clark is fascinating. Here’s a link to a bunch of the stories and photos that has dug up:


  6. Alex
    January 8, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    So this means we share the same computer because the moment I clicked on your page, my computer and google shut down. It’s infiltrating and talking to mine via osmosis. No really ours sounds like a jet engine who was processing a hangover. I owe you an overdue email. Because like you I have no idea what day it is. And I’d love to link something here but all I can think of are good whisky recipes.


  7. Lor
    January 8, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    Wondering if whatever got hauled upstairs would fit in this?

    Sorta like… it bigger than a breadbox?


  8. Michelle
    January 9, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    Here’s my favorite:

    Huge. Brick. Supposedly haunted. Would take millions to buy and more millions to restore.

    Don’t care. If I ever win the lottery… IT’S MINE.


  9. Violet
    January 11, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Oh my goodness. I just discovered you from Miss Mustard Seeds blog. I went through several of your posts. And as a friend once said to me, and I can now say this to you whole-heartedly:

    YOU SLAY ME!!!!!!!!! I must come back for more.

    picking myself off the floor now,
    ~ Violet


  10. JC
    January 11, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    My contribution is a YouTube video in the same vein as that awesome video you posted. This one features the restoration of Stoke Rochford Hall in the UK after a devastating fire in 2005.


  11. Valerie
    January 14, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    Even the little things hidden in an old home can be a fascinating connection to the original owners. I love the images on these post cards, and I love what she’s done already with the remodel.


  12. LaurieC
    January 14, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

    Well my dear… you have certainly done it now. I’ve oft commented that I love reading your blog – for the reason that you actually provide words to read – and now your request for links has given me way too many more things to read. Thank goodness I will be on vacation next week and can come back and enjoy ALL of the great things shared in these replies! A group “thank you!” to all who replied and shared!


  13. Yvonne Angus
    January 15, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    “Hi! Are you are selling something broken? I am interested!”
    Like you and your huge mirror, some of my best finds are curbside. But craigslist is also full of potential. It’s not really a bargain unless it needs to be fixed!


  14. Gregory Hubbard
    November 11, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    May I recommend the facebook entry for the estate and mansion The Point, in Staatsburg, New York. It’s a really wonderful story of the rescue of a spectacular mid-Victorian house and estate.

    The house was built for Lydig Hoyt to designs of Calvert Vaux. Vaux was an English émigré architect who came tot he United States and became a partner to the very influential Andrew Jackson Downing. After Downing’s tragic early death – a very Victorian death – he became the Senior partner with Fredrick Law Olmstead in the design of New York’s Central Park and it’s dazzling collection of remarkable Victorian park structures. Most remarkable about the park was their the conversion of a relatively small parcel of land into what seemed like a much larger park. They accomplished this by separating foot traffic and carriage traffic (Now auto traffic) to avoid conflicts while twisting the paths and drives to take advantage of cleverly selected vistas.

    The Point was designed before Vaux began work on the park, so its landscape is the ideal record of his ideas at that time. The approach to the mansion, which was sited on a bluff overlooking the Hudson, cleverly loops back and forth, borrowing land from the edge of his in-law’s adjacent estate. The result is again a design that made the Hoyt estate seem much larger than it actually is.

    The house is a spectacular Tudor-Gothic revival design that served, in my opinion, as the model for many of the examples offered in Vaux’s influential book ‘Villas and Cottages.’

    Both the house and grounds were in ruinous condition as a result of the actions and non-actions of the state of New York. I and many others pushed the state into making repairs, only to have neglect do terrible damage again.
    After literally decades of neglect and indifference, the state was pushed into beginning a spectacular restoration.

    The facebook page launched by the Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance, who are responsible for the restoration, is wonderful. A fine combination of the truly remarkable restoration of the house and concern for other endangered landmarks of the Hudson River Valley.

    Again, a visit to the site is inspiring. Please consider supporting their efforts in saving this nationally important house.
    Greg Hubbard


  15. Kim
    August 14, 2015 @ 12:30 am

    A bit late to the party, but I’ve been reading from the beginning. Victoria, you must read about Chateau Gudanes . Be sure to go through all the About pages to see the pics. Talk about Giant Fancy Things!


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