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About vkroo

I am passionate about writing, as well as design/DIY/decorating. I decided to combine these skills in a blog, that describes the joys and challenges of transforming a shaggy, baggy elephant of a mountian house into a stunning home.

Peace, please?


I don’t talk about myself very much, because I value my privacy very much. But this post is very personal.  I decided to share my story because I believe that a lot of you are feeling the same unease that I … Continue reading

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“Ketchup” Time


Isn’t this the truth? Well, this is a “ketchup” blog post. Even to me, it seems like forever since my last entry. One of the reasons for the delay is that Greg and I were on vacation the week of … Continue reading

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Living Room Re-Do, The Reveal


First things first: Bear was demoted on Friday night. We went out to dinner at a new (to us) farm-to-table restaurant in Jasper (a town that’s about 16 miles south of Ellijay). Our pup sometimes gets very “put out” when … Continue reading

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Living Room Re-Do, The Process


OK…Before I start rolling on this newest post, I must make a major organizational announcement. (Drum roll, please!) Bear’s position has been elevated from HDE (House Destruction Expert) to CDC (Chief Design Consultant)! He is very full of his bad … Continue reading

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Sitting Pretty!


My apologies to my readers (if I have any left!). The post below was written on June 30th, and I flat forgot to publish it!  The total living room reveal will be disclosed this weekend (unless I forget to write … Continue reading

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Serious Stuff, & Then “Whatever”…


First, I must ask for your prayers for my dear friend LeeAnn. She learned on Father’s Day (which was also her husband Mark’s birthday), that her daughter, Christin, had been shot and killed in Virginia..  The circumstances of how this … Continue reading

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Tray Chic!


Betcha think I’ve been lolling around on a chaise, popping bon-bons in my mouth!  Not a chance.  I have been very busy, but by the lack of blog posts, you would never know it. Now that the rain has stopped … Continue reading

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The Definition of Success


A woman I have known for many years lost her Father on Monday. It was his birthday, and he was 88 years old. A mutual friend delivered the news, along with a copy of a beautiful tribute her nephew wrote … Continue reading

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To Your Continued Health


I promised myself that this blog would be totally apolitical, and contain only breezy, newsy articles about our mountain life, and a few of the projects that I start and actually finish!  ;>)  But that was before I was diagnosed … Continue reading

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Must Have Been Thinkin’ ‘Bout Drinkin’


Hey, folks!  It just occurred to me that on May 17th, we will celebrate our 4-year anniversary of mountain home ownership! The time has flown by, and so have the changes.  So…I thought it might be fun to do before … Continue reading

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