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  1. Carol
    September 4, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

    I am a new follower and fan. My best friend and I moved to Maine from Ohio in her yellow beetle with 3 1/2 crates of albums in the back seat. I could totally relate to your best friend post. But I digress. I think you should use the built in cabinet thing you bought that you said was too big for the kitchen.
    Cut it down to fit or hire a cabinet maker to make it work. That was your original inspiration and a skilled craftsman can do anything. Then things will fall into place from there.


    • Stephenie
      September 5, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

      Maybe not the whole thing… what ever happened to the middle part with the sink?


  2. JulieR
    September 4, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

    That toaster is awesome.


  3. JulieR
    September 4, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

    Also, you should see if you can dig up footage from the second season of Dynasty. (No joke.) The kitchen was amazing.


  4. donnal
    September 4, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    There is a reason you prefer white, pearls and classics; timeless.

    You will tire of that kitchen, it is awful, will collect grease, tarnish, and is not 1/10 compatible with your standards.

    The reason you are choosing white is becasue you are attracted to white. As you said last week; your favorite coping skill; avoidance. Stop avoiding what you are attracted to, and begin to do your kitchen.


  5. Danielle @Storypiece
    September 4, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Wow… all of these are so gorgeous too! You are in such trouble.


  6. Laura
    September 4, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    “I could show him photos of elephants and gesture at them and say—see? Elephants.” Yes. Exactly.


  7. cheryl savage
    September 4, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I agree with Bad Kitty and Deb. Pick one or 2 things out that you love in your theme and work around them. Love the look of brick but you can’t clean it unless you have professionals come in $$$. I await eagerly for your blog as it keeps me from going crazy decorating my own house and yes i’m addicted to craigs list.


  8. Catherine
    September 4, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I really want to know more about the little tin next to the toaster in the last photo that says “Gourmet Coal Granules.”


  9. D'Arcy H
    September 4, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    You can combine your love of clean white AND your attraction to the dark side! I think I know what the fascination is: Victorian houses can have a mysterious, slightly sinister appeal (sounds bad but I mean this in a good way). A basically white kitchen with a dark, heavy wood and marble-topped island lit with Edison pendants … tin ceiling … and, as many have suggested, that special “something” piece that only you will sniff out on Craigslist to set the mood! Oh, this will be so fun!!


  10. Kathie up in Canada
    September 4, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    “out-of-my-price-range industrial” – oh, Victoria, you are too funny! 🙂


  11. Patricia
    September 4, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    So you’re throwing “industrial and victorian had a baby and it is steampunk” into the “we thought we knew what you like in your kitchen” mix? Holy curve ball! Just buy yourself a corset apron to wear while you cook in your charcoal grey and white kitchen with subway tiles and call it a day.
    Nah, I wouldn’t either. But I still want a secret room to hide all the good chocolate in. Trap doors and secret rooms are kind of steampunk … or Hogwarts. I’m not sure which…


  12. Patricia
    September 4, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    And blackboards … everybody needs blackboards in their kitchen. Great fun at parties. You could post fantasy menus and tell your friends that was LAST night’s party. “Tonight we’re having meatloaf.”
    Totally mess with their minds…


  13. Kiki
    September 5, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    🙂 this nearly busted my lungs; I was holding the breathing in as long as I could (but not yet long enough to read those other 99’000 kitchen ideas on pinterest)….but now the steam is off and the toast burnt to dusty morsels…
    JUST got my internet connection back after nearly a week’s suspension; shall read all those comments illico presto AND check out the rest of not yet digested ‘other ideas’ 🙂 Good night my hero-ess…. (is that an English word and if not, do you still understand what I mean???)
    hugs, and sighs


  14. the misfit
    September 5, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    I take it you’ve seen this?

    I ballpark it at just under 9′ tall. Sure, it’s $10,000, and it may already have sold, but then again, it may not have. If “comes apart in six pieces” means what I think it means, then I think you could fit one major part of it along one wall, and then, I don’t know, eliminate a window for the other half. Or, make it into a super-easy room divider with the adjacent sitting room. I guess then, like Pilar, all your serious counter space would have to be island, but that’s not so bad. Oh, and there might not be room for a fridge and an oven. Whatever. Clearly you need to buy this thing.


  15. Stephenie
    September 5, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    What I’m most noticing in your kitchens is light and openness. Lots and lots of light. Light colors, window light, great lighting and all balanced with a good contrast of dark. Dark wood beams, or dark islands or dark cabinets against light walls. Also, glass fronts. Many, many of your pins have a glass fronted cabinet in the mix somewhere. So, based on your pins, you could tell Paul, I want it to be light and dark and open and have glass. And a touch of whimsy! But with class.

    Seriously though, if you enjoy Steampunk, you should check out the laundry room redo ( at


  16. liz
    September 5, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    I think it’s time to start hitting the architectural salvage shops!

    Also, you need a Waterstone Gantry Faucet. Sure it’s the cost of a new computer, but it totally fits the Morlock Chic vibe.


  17. Louise
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  18. gretchen
    September 5, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    I love everything you write…but these kitchens kinda creep me out! The kitchens on your Pinterest board are gorgeous though!


  19. nancy
    September 6, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I came to you from Rhoda (thank you Rhoda!) and would love to read your blog from the beginning. Is there any easy way to get to the first post?


    • Nancy
      September 6, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

      Never mind. Finally found the archives button.


  20. Mona
    September 6, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    We bought a home built in 1906 four years ago and are just finishing the kitchen remodel. Like you, I searched and searched for just the right thing. I must have seen every one of the million plus pictures on In the end, I decided (yes, a decision! yeah!) on white cabinets & trim, black granite countertops, stainless appliances and “mannered gold” paint. The floor is reclaimed chestnut. It might sound bland, except for the gold, but by changing out accessories, this combination enables totally new looks as the winds of inspiration blow through my mind and pocketbook. No regrets with white. Good luck! Enjoy the ride!


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