customizing a house | painting interior doors

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Painting & Refinishing, Popular, Room Makeovers, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks59 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  It’s not outdated, it’s not ugly, it’s not run-down, it’s not in poor taste…  In fact, it’s a beautiful home.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

Cleaning behind the stove

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Kitchen, Tips and Tricks60 Comments

Every time I move something from where it’s been sitting for a long time, I realize just how gross my family (myself included) is!  You know what I’m saying?  All of those spills and crumbs and dust-bunnies that haven’t seen the light of day and then they are exposed?  Even the cleanest, tidiest house has a few dirty secrets.  And … Read More

but first, toilets

Marian ParsonsMaster Bedroom, Tips and Tricks214 Comments

Warning: This post contains pictures of toilets that some readers may find disturbing.  Reader discretion is advised.   If you know me at all, you know I am bursting to break out some paint in this new house!  But I’ve learned from a few moves that a place feels more like home once the toilets are cleaned to my satisfaction. … Read More

Leigha’s Bedroom Update

Marian ParsonsDecorating, decorating dilemmas, Tips and Tricks39 Comments

Do you remember Leigha’s decorating delimma?  She was the one with the room that looked heavy and dark.  I put a plan together with some ideas for her space, based on what she told me she liked… Here’s how the room looked before… Here is how it looked after a reset and she painted the walls in a creamy white (she’s still … Read More