real simple interview & craigslist tips

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Shopping Tips5 Comments

A few months ago, I was interviewed for an article for Real Simple about buying furniture secondhand on a variety of online marketplaces.  That issue is now available on newsstands (July 2019) if you’d like to grab a copy. While we’re on the topic, I thought I would share my tips and tricks when it comes to shopping for furniture … Read More

two years ago today…

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, My House25 Comments

Two years ago today, we moved from Biglerville, PA to our current home in Rochester, MN.  Can you believe it’s been two years?!  In some ways, it feels like we’ve been here longer than that and, in other ways, it seems like we just got here. There are certainly things I miss about PA.  I miss living close to my … Read More

Hand Painted Mora Dresser | Part 2

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Popular, Tutorials49 Comments

In case you missed part one of this dresser makeover, you can check it out HERE. At the end of yesterday’s post, I said I would show how the dresser turned out as well as how I distressed and finished it, so this post is fulfilling that promise. And here it is… I did a light distressing with 120 grit … Read More

Hand Painted Mora Dresser | Part 1

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials23 Comments

Last week, I finally got around to painting a dresser that’s been hanging out in my garage since October!  I put it off originally because the winter weather set in, but then this spring has been busy and it’s been out of sight, out of mind.  Jeff cleaned out the garage a few weeks ago and I promised I would … Read More

quartz counters one year later

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Kitchen, My House, Popular51 Comments

Last May, we had Hanstone Quartz countertops (in the pattern Monterey) installed in our kitchen and I thought I would give an update now that we’ve been using them for over a year.  Of course, a review after 1o years or 20 years would hold more weight, but well…I don’t have a time machine, so you’re getting a one year … Read More

office shutters

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, My House, Office21 Comments

I was combing through some photos taken earlier this year while I was working on cleaning up my hard drive and making backups and I realized I had pictures of a project that I never shared!  I took the picture right before my mom visited in March, so there were more exciting things to write about, like the guest room … Read More