vintage-style deck makeover

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Exterior, Gardening, My House, Room Makeovers23 Comments

I’ve always been what you call an “indoor girl” when it comes to home decor.  When we put our house on the market (and ended up not selling it) last spring, our realtor put an “I’m Beautiful Inside” sign above the “For Sale” sign.  That’s realtor code for “It looks better once you walk through the front door.” It’s not … Read More

aging terra cotta pots

Marian Parsonscrafts, Gardening, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials16 Comments

There are some people who like things shiny and new.  They want to be the first person to own something.  They like the smell of a car with 32 miles on it.  They want their furniture to be delivered, tags still attached. I am just not one of those people. Unless we’re talking about electronics, mattresses or toilets, I want things … Read More

the antique, hodgepodge potting bench

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, Favorite Finds, Gardening, My House33 Comments

Don’t you love it when projects come together perfectly? Such is the case with this hodgepodge of a potting bench. We just finished it today and it looks even better than I imagined.  It’s especially exciting, because we already had the workbench in the basement (it was free with the house) and I bought the chicken nesting box without a solid … Read More

how to make a chair cushion | deck chair makeover

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, Gardening, My House, Tutorials, upholstery25 Comments

I’ve been working on my deck off and on throughout the spring and summer and it’s finally starting to come together.  I know I’m not going to break any makeover speed records with this project, but that’s life, right?  Spaces take time to come together. So, there is still more to do, but last week I jumped a big hurtle – … Read More

beginnings of a potting bench

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Gardening, My House32 Comments

This has been the year when gardening finally clicked for me.  I’m not saying I’m great at it, but I’m trying.  I’m working at it…learning, wanting to get better, turning a black thumb to green.  Along with the interest in the garden and plants, I decided to spruce up our outdoor living space as well.  It’s not much…just a deck … Read More

a vintage watering can & the little things

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Gardening26 Comments

A while ago, I realized I needed a watering can, so I picked up a blue (of course blue) plastic watering can.  Of course, it worked just fine.  It waters plants just as it should.  But I realized that I find joys in the little details of my home.  I didn’t just want to use a watering can that would … Read More

potting bench inspiration

Marian ParsonsGardening17 Comments

As I’ve been sharing on my blog lately, I’m really starting to get into this gardening thing.  I wander around our garden beds most evenings, watering when needed, dead-heading the petunias, pulling out weeds.  I used to find that kind of maintenance annoying, but now I find it enjoyable.  I’m also learning how to tend to my indoor plants.  I’m … Read More