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a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

a balance, a baby quilt & a pair of chairs

Christmas in April

Christmas in April

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

Finds, Bread Boards & Mittens

FURNITURE FEATURE FRIDAY | favorites & link pary


two most FAQs

Eulalie Gallery

The two things I'm asked the most about are my blue & white curtains and my cow painting (Eulalie.)  First, the curtains. I made them a couple of years ago out of Sun-n-Shade fabric by Waverly called Tucker Resist Chambray with $5 white twin sheets as lining.  Confession - I've never hemmed them and I'm at peace with that.  In fact, I have a bad habit of not hemming my drapes.  Anyway, I … [Read more...]

French Cane Chairs

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I will admit it.  I am a total sucker for French cane chairs.  I get all fluttery over them, they're very hard for me to sell.  That's why I have a plethora of them in my house and I will shuffle furniture around to make room for another cane chair.  It's getting a little out of hand. I, Marian Parsons, promise I will start selling the French cane chairs I buy like a good antique's … [Read more...]

shop & shop for inspiration


I know that Lucketts isn't a chain store, so unless you live within a comfortable driving distance of the DC metro area, you probably weren't able to make it to the October Design House.  Well, if not, you can check out some of the items featured in that beautifully decorated farmhouse at Shop Lucketts.  I have only bought a few small things from the Design House, but I go in for a look anytime I … [Read more...]

Milk Painted Wardrobe Reveal

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Here it is...   This is the piece I've been walking you through as I paint and finish it.  You can check out the first post about painting it HERE and the second post about distressing and waxing it HERE.  I purchased this wardrobe from an antique furniture store and it was beautiful to begin with, but it felt very dark and heavy.  The wood was also not in the greatest condition, so I … [Read more...]

The Vintage Pearl $50 giveaway(s)


  I love inspiring business stories and women who found their inner-entrepreneur at their kitchen counter while caring for little ones.  It always encourages me to see their success. Erin of The Vintage Pearl is one of those success stories. What started out as a creative endeavor, turned into a small business selling on E-bay and has blossomed into a thriving company with their own … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – A Link Party


Well, time got away from me today, so I didn't have a chance to pick favorites (it's after 9:00 pm and I'm just now making dinner!)  Sorry about that, but I hope you'll still link up and mingle... Here are the rules for our furniture get-together... 1.) Your post has to be about furniture. Please, please, please...just furniture. If you find your link has been deleted, it's not because I'm … [Read more...]

wardrobe progress…

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Sorry for the suspense, but I didn't show the reveal of the wardrobe in yesterday's post about working with Milk Paint because it wasn't finished, yet.  I worked on it more today and I'll take reveal pictures tomorrow before I haul it down to Lucketts.  Since you last saw it, I applied a second coat of Shutter Gray Milk Paint and painted the door panels and side panels in Grain Sack.  It doesn't … [Read more...]

If Milk Paint freaks you out…

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...this post may help prevent that.  Hopefully. Let me start by saying that I love Milk Paint and I'm currently selling Milk Paint under my own brand.  That doesn't mean that I think everyone else will love Milk Paint as much as I do or that I think it's perfect for every painting situation.  I love it, but I can love it realistically.  So, when people tell me they are scared to try it, I … [Read more...]

the 1840′s hutch

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Alright, alright!  I kept it.  I did!!  I just wasn't sure I wanted to sell it, yet, so I sold some other things instead.  I may just need to love this piece for a while and then I'll be ready to let it go or I may never be ready.    We'll see.  I love the warm wood of the piece...   ...and this glass.  Oh my word.  It's the original glass and the bubbles and waves are amazing. … [Read more...]

True Value Gift Card Giveaway!

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 It's been such a great experience to be a part of the True Value DIY Blog Squad for a second year.  Last year, I was able to paint my kitchen cabinets as one of my big projects...    ...and it made a huge difference in my home.   ('s hard to remember when my cabinets looked like that!)   I also replaced all of the hardware, which completed the … [Read more...]

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