Author Archives: vkroo

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.

A Room Without a View..


I have always loved decorating “powder rooms”.   Against almost everybody’s better judgement, I like to do something WOW in small spaces.  In a previous house, I used red wallpaper that sported vintage bunches of posies; it was beautiful.  Most of … Continue reading

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Two Tales…


The first tale is about two Dads, Greg’s and mine respectively.  Greg’s Dad turned 90 on Saturday, April 4th.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, 15 of his family members, including his two children and their spouses, three grandchildren, and 5 … Continue reading

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Hello, Again!


Finally! I can take a breather and compose a new post.   Yep, there’s been a lot of “doing” around here, with the brain firmly parked in neutral, so as not to overthink any of the design decisions that have already … Continue reading

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I Dyed on Vacation (Again!)


Sorry for the delay between posts.  We were on vacation the last week in February, and upon returning home, I have been busy painting walls and cabinets in our basement apartment. (That process will be chronicled in future blog entries.) … Continue reading

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Howdy, Neighbor!


Have you ever heard of Brian Patrick Flynn?  Well I hadn’t, until one Sunday about a year ago.  For some reason, on that particular morning, I felt the need to read the AJC (Atlanta Journal & Constitution). So we drove … Continue reading

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Deer Me!


Greg and I will be married for 27 years on Friday, February 13th.  As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving blog, it seems like just a few short years ago that we exchanged our vows, but the calendar says otherwise.  At … Continue reading

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Getting it Done on a Shoestring!


Silence for over several weeks.  Must be thinking…”what’s with this woman? Either she posts daily, or she goes silent for days”!  Well, my excuse is that for a change, I’ve been doing more than I’ve been thinking.  In fact, yesterday, … Continue reading

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Post-Holiday Ruminations


I “filly-fart” around a lot.  There are several reasons for this phenomenon.  First, my medical condition has exacerbated my ADHD tendencies.  Second, because I am relegated to a wheelchair most of the time, I sit down a lot, and that … Continue reading

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Enough With the Water, Already!!! (Part 2)


January 8, 2015 We woke up this morning to 7 degree temps (wind chill was -2 degrees)!  And…(drumroll, please!) the downstairs pipes froze AGAIN!  Despite Harold’s reworking the pipe layout under the kitchen sink last year, and in spite of … Continue reading

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Enough With the Water, Already!!!


January 7, 2015 For those of you faithful readers of this blog from its infancy, you will remember all of the plumbing problems we had when we moved into the mountain house. They were so bad that I dubbed this … Continue reading

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