customizing a house | painting interior doors

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Painting & Refinishing, Popular, Room Makeovers, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks52 Comments

I’ve been contemplating a way to describe my current house and the changes I’m making.  It’s not outdated, it’s not ugly, it’s not run-down, it’s not in poor taste…  In fact, it’s a beautiful home.  So, how do I explain why I view this perfectly nice suburban home as one that is ripe for a makeover? Then, it hit me.  … Read More

hostess kit | free mrs. meyers

Marian ParsonsSecret Weapons9 Comments

I introduced you to Grove Collaborative just a few months ago and I wanted to share that they are running another FREE Mrs. Meyers Kit promo for new customers!  If you missed it last time, now is a good time to join. I’ll admit that when I was first introduced to Grove Collaborative, I was a little hesitant to sign up to receive … Read More

top 5 tips for decorating on a budget | part 1

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons36 Comments

When I was in New Hampshire, speaking at the Sage Farm Antiques Market, I gave a presentation on decorating on a budget.  As I prepped for that and then as I was teaching, I was reminded how passionate I am about the subject. Yes, it’s nice to have a generous budget when you’re decorating and yes, there are things that are … Read More

Which comes first | how to avoid decorating regret

Marian ParsonsDecorating, decorating dilemmas, Secret Weapons22 Comments

One of the projects I’ve been working on lately has me thinking a lot about the design process, specifically as it relates to putting a room together.  I’ve been pondering the order in which choices and purchases should be made and I’ve realized that most people, including myself at times, go about putting a room together entirely backwards. Think about it … Read More

dog beds are decor

Marian ParsonsFamily Room, My House, Secret Weapons52 Comments

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let my readers in the north east know that I’ll be in Palmyra, New York this Saturday (September 24, 2016) for The Purple Painted Lady 6th Annual Festival.  (Click the link for details.)  I’ll be teaching milk paint demos and answering Q&A’s at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  I hope to … Read More