eating area updates

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, My House35 Comments

Once we were unpacked and settled form back-to-back trips, I was ready to start working on the house again.  I am waiting to get into the summer rhythm before I tackle larger projects, like the butler’s pantry and painting the kitchen island, but I want to get smaller things done when time allows.  Organization of cabinets and closets is definitely … Read More


Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Gardening27 Comments

Well, we’re finally home for the summer.  We got all of our trips done back to back and I won’t have to pack a suitcase again until I go to France and Italy in the fall.  It’s so good to be home, although I loved visiting family and then unplugging (quite literally) with our church’s pastors and their families at … Read More

the gift

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques25 Comments

When I was in North Carolina, Jeff’s mom surprised me with a gift.  We were sitting on the sofa one afternoon, chatting, and she leaned forward to get out of her chair.  “Come with me.  I have a gift for you.  It’s a thank you for helping Jeff finish his Masters degree.”  I followed her into her bedroom and she … Read More

Braided Jute Kitchen Rug

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Kitchen, My House, Room Makeovers15 Comments

One of the questions I’m asked most when I share my kitchen on social media is, “Where did you get the rug?” The answer is, it’s a braided jute I purchased from Joss & Main a few years ago.  It has worn really well and has even been hosed down a couple of times to remove stains and an unfortunate … Read More

dining chair upholstery tutorial

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Furniture Makeovers, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery12 Comments

I almost completely forgot that I left this chair makeover tutorial hanging after I shared how to make the slipcover for the seat!  I was traveling and visiting family and wasn’t reminded about part two until someone mentioned it on Instagram.  Anyway, I dusted off the video footage and got everything edited, so I could share how to strip and … Read More

new kitchen wall color

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, Room Makeovers74 Comments

Well, we were home for less than two days and I already started painting the kitchen walls.  I had the paint (purchased for the hall and foyer), so it was easy to impulsively start painting.  It began as an oh-I’ll-just-paint-a-test-swatch and turned into painting half of the kitchen and eating area. The color really needed to be changed.  It was … Read More

May 2018 Favorites

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things44 Comments

We are finally back home!  After 10 days of driving across the country and visiting our family on the east coast, it’s so good to be back home.  I was planning on hitting the ground running and getting right back into my normal work routine, but the backlog of mail, laundry, cleaning, and things that needed to be done was … Read More