dog beds are decor

Marian ParsonsFamily Room, My House, Secret Weapons53 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

mixing painted pieces in a room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons15 Comments

I received an e-mail from one of my readers asking a question I get pretty frequently, so I thought I would write the answer in a post.  Here is the question… “How do you decide what color to paint various pieces of furniture in a room. Do you paint each piece a different color or all of them the same. … Read More

studio flooring options

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors, Secret Weapons22 Comments

In my post yesterday, I shared that we’ll be installing some new flooring in the studio.  Well, not in the entire studio, but a corner of it, so I can use that area for photo shoots.  The corner we’ll be installing it in is this one… You can see that the flooring is a bit of a mish-mash; some of … Read More

dear reader | to the one who keeps making the same decorating mistakes

Marian ParsonsDecorating, decorating dilemmas, Secret Weapons47 Comments

Dear Reader (to the one who keeps making the same decorating mistakes), We should start a club.  We’ll call it the “I have not learned my lesson” club or the “Oops, I did it again” club.  (Hey!  We have a theme song if we call it that.) We can have meetings and everything. “Hello.  My name is Marian.” Psst.  This … Read More

using old quilts every day

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care, Popular, Secret Weapons36 Comments

I definitely have a thing for old textiles.  I love table linens, fabric, clothing, embroidery, quilts…you name it.  I’m always drawn to the “linen lady’s booth” in antique stores.  I like to look through the stacks to see if anything catches my eye.  I’m usually looking for blue and white, of course, nubby linen, pretty monograms, crochet trim…things that will … Read More

styling tips | for home

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Popular, Secret Weapons28 Comments

A few days ago, I shared part one of the “styling tips” series – for retail.  Now, it’s time for part two – styling tips for the home. While styling for retail and photography is about making a space and individual items look beautiful or appealing without much regard to practicality, styling the home is about making the everyday beautiful. … Read More