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  1. Julie
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    HAHAHA! Morlock Chic!!! That man’s just about as classic as you!
    I can see you are honing into your desired look- my evidence?
    Less inspiration pics!
    I KNOW your kitchen will be larger than ‘life’ AND available nowhere else- I expect nothing less of you!

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  2. Laurie
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I’m not sure what Paul objects to. You are being very clear. You want rustic, vintage, elegant, whimsy. Simple.

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  3. Beverly
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    How could I possibly not leave you a comment when you promise to love me more? And, I will share. I promise. Girl Scouts honor and all. (Don’t bother that I was never a Girl Scout. I was, however, a Brownie.)

    I do love your steampunk inspiration, and I strongly suspect you could pull it off with great style.

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    • Helena Handbasket
      September 4, 2013 @ 11:57 am

      Great. Now I want brownies.

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      • Valerie
        September 4, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

        Do the girl scouts sell brownies?

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        • Kathie up in Canada
          September 4, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

          no, but they should! 🙂

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    • Fayelle
      September 5, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

      Wouldn’t girl scouts selling brownies be some sort of child cannabalism?

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  4. Julie
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    yep… of course you have set very high expectations here now… do you feel the pressure?
    Relax and meet our every whim as you fulfill yours! HAHA

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  5. ArchitectDesign
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Thank you – golf is SO ridiculous!

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  6. Anne @ Planting Sequoias
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Those lights? in that that third picture? are FANTASTIC. They would probably look like a giant spider on my ceiling but that doesn’t stop me from wanting them. This is bad.

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  7. badkitty
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    The reason you want white or similar (like the stainless) is because it looks CLEAN. That’s why you liked that in your bathroom: because bathrooms are icky, and a white one looks clean (and the tile you chose is easy to clean). The problem you’re going to run into with some of that other stuff is that it’s a pain to clean (exposed brick? I live with it, but YOU DON’T HAVE TO) and will never look or FEEL clean.

    I cannot stress this enough: you want your kitchen to appear clean all the time no matter what, and to be easy to bring to that state. I swear.

    Find one thing that you can actually buy. Buy it. Let that one thing be the inspiration for the whole room, no matter how ridiculous and impractical it may seem to design an entire breakfast room and therefore the surrounding rooms around a lamp you found on craigslist.

    Not that I did that exact thing.

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    • Anja
      September 9, 2013 @ 5:58 am

      I second this!

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  8. Lisa
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I so enjoy your posts. You write like I think and make me laugh. Keep posting and hey Morlock chic could be a whole new design trend.
    P.S. Golf is indeed ridiculous.

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  9. linda spiker
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    I too love a white kitchen! I pinned like a crazy women. PS: I shared you on my blog under my “Favorite Things in August Post” hope you don’t mind:)

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  10. Robinson Interiors
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    LOVE that toaster! I like toast.

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  11. Nancy Cox
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I am new to blogland. Only been following a short while. Wondered where blogland actually was? Is it Smalltown, USA? Is it close to Hollywood because you’re so famous (hehe)? Maybe right on the Canadia/US border? Heck I don’t know!!! But I think it is somewhere close to where I live because your life is so like your followers. I adore, love, can’t wait for a new blog from your site. You are so refreshing! I would like to buy a box of those gourmet coal granules however. Thanks for inspiring and always making me smile and sometimes lol.
    Nancy

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    • Carollynn
      September 4, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

      Oh I so agree with you. I found vicotria Site one day when I was very depressed. My best friend is very ill. I fell in love with someone I’ll never meet. You talk like I think you express what I feel. Love (not meeting) you. keep the posts coming. I intend to vacation in blog land more often. It’s my budget.

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    • Kathie up in Canada
      September 4, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

      Canadia? Love it! That’s where I live too! 🙂

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  12. bfwebster
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Love the “Brown Gourmet Coal Granules”. Actually, loved all the photos — kitchens are my weakness. The last house we rented in DC, we walked into the living room/kitchen area. I saw (a) a gas Viking stove, (b) a rack for hanging pots and pans over the kitchen island, and (c) a working neon lettering (switch controlled) on the side of the beam above the kitchen island saying, “Let’s eat”. I turned to my wife and said, “Unless the rest of the house sucks, we’re renting this one.” It didn’t, and we did, living there for four years. Still probably my favorite kitchen of all time.

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  13. Nicky Ovitt
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    great progress, Victoria! i do think the dark kitchen will be a wonderful contrast to your all white sanctuary. and won’t show food stains, and dirt. you need at least one place in your home like that. did you know a mirror over the stove will bring you $? maybe you should put that up now… and my best tip would be for Martha Stewart. she needs to hire you to be the next Gen of home mavens. you should have regular appearances on her show. or magazine. or both. go get it!

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    • Irene
      September 4, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

      Why would I want a mirror over the stove?

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    • Kathie up in Canada
      September 4, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

      double thimbs up to your ideas for Miss Victoria!

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  14. Nicky Ovitt
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    sorry for link above. how? what? would delete but don’t see a way to edit. apologies.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      September 4, 2013 @ 11:05 am

      No apologies! It’s the plugin “comment luv”… I literally just did an update on it, so it may now be automatic.

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  15. Gina Badalaty
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    We have similar taste, I love this stuff! Would chat more, but unfortunately you linked to “Steampunk Kitchen Appliances” so I’m off to waste away my morning by browsing…

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  16. tammigirl
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    If only you could do a kitchen full of disco balls and mirrors. Such a shame we have to keep those things away from grease.

    I have lived with my own kitchen for a year and a half and I still do not know what I am going to do with it. Just designing the island and deciding on a backsplash is making me crazy.

    But I’m sure your kitchen is going to be fabulous. I just know it.

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  17. Kathryn
    September 4, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    Perhaps it is my recent outing to the renaissance faire, but I find myself needing that toaster. My toaster is boring, there’s no steam, no drama. It doesn’t even threaten to explode.

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  18. Heather
    September 4, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    Laughing at this post! My husband thinks you’re hilarious because he totally gets the husband point-of-view in your other posts and the one on Houzz–we have remodeled a few homes, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Sian Reid
    September 4, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    All right, I’m glad you’ve caught onto the whole idea of tin ceilings. They are marvellous, I can give you an affordable source for them, and your amazingly talented husband will have them up for you in no time. I can only assume that given you have cited vintage industrial / steampunk as an inspiration, that you have already been ALL OVER Restoration Hardware. Not much of it is designed for the kitchen, but they have a lot of amazing bathroom stuff that can be repurposed if you just think outside the box. You don’t seem to have a problem with that part. Also, on Ruby Lane, there is a store called Preservation Station that often has great vintage light fixtures. Keep grinding… you’ll get there (and we’ll all sit back and enjoy the trip!)

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  20. Deb
    September 4, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I love to read your blog because like a Lisa said you write like I think. I thought I was just crazy but apparently there are more of us out there :). BADKITTY is right, white and stainless steel is CLEAN and that seems your style. The industrial look seems to have more rugged textures, hence hard to clean. Concrete and marble surfaces can be industrial-ish and easy to clean. When I saw your first image I instantly thought COMMERCIAL. I also see the same type of tile you’ve used in your bathroom but here we see a darker grout??? I think the long mirror on the wall is interesting, to perhaps open up the space?

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    • Julie
      September 4, 2013 @ 11:39 am

      Deb, if you are talking about the long mirrow that is hung high up on the wall and tilted down, it is used in cooking classes so that those students who cant get close enough to the counter to see can look up into the mirror and see it all.

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