One Room at a Time: Kitchen Upgrade

Month: December 2014

One Room at a Time: Kitchen Upgrade

This may be my favorite project so far–it is the mother of all projects at Casa Gropp–and I didn’t lift a finger! Well, I did a tiny bit of painting as an afterthought (of course), but the majority of this one was hired out. It’s possible I could have DIY’d a tile backsplash, but honestly, I don’t trust my skill set to believe I would have ended up with level or evenly spaced tiles that may or may not have fallen off the wall an hour after bedtime. And then I’d be miserable. So as much as I prefer to do things myself, I

Continue Reading

Gratitude Jar: That for which I am thankful

Last Thanksgiving–November 28, 2013–I took this photo and committed to writing out the things for which I was thankful throughout the year and dropping them into my gratitude jar. I pulled out all the little notes this Thanksgiving (2014) to see what made me happy over the past year. True to Kelly form, I forgot to write a lot of them. I’m chalking it up to me being busy, being happy, or living in the moment and not always thinking to put pen to paper. I know some of these notes were written a week after the fact. Oh well, it’s the

Continue Reading

Bookcase Gets a Pop of Color

So I have this bookcase. It was a display model from Pier I several years ago, and it has served me well, but the monochrome black has been falling a little flat. I felt some color in the background would showcase the books, photos, and tchotchke much better. I considered painting the inside of the bookcase, but although the frame and shelves are solid wood, the back is that cardboard-covered-with-contact-paper mess which would likely bubble if painted. I thought about wallpaper, but it was an idea that had to percolate for a while…until I took that little tour at Spoonflower a

Continue Reading

Book Review: “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet”

“The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz is a research-driven, anthropologic, narrative history on how we have come to be entrenched in our misguided belief about fat, our diet, and our health. Although Teicholz references studies and clinical trials, and meticulously shows the reader the actual results and not just the pieces that have been lifted and manipulated, this book reads like a novel. There is a protagonist (the health of the entire U.S. population), antagonists, plot, and drama. It is sad that this is a true story—one which we do not yet know the final outcome. Unbeknownst to us,

Continue Reading