the two gifts

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Favorite Finds38 Comments

First off, thank you so much for all of the beautiful comments on my last post.  Your stories and words were an encouragement to me.  There are definitely drawbacks to the online world, but there is also a lot of good to be found and this community of kindred spirits definitely falls on the good side. Today, I’m sharing two … Read More

The Mercantile in Knightdale

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Running a Business18 Comments

I spent Thanksgiving in Raleigh, NC, visiting Jeff’s family.  The days were mostly filled with relaxing and visiting, but I did take advantage of my close proximity to one of my MMS Milk Paint retailers (In Sweet Time at The Mercantile in Knightdale, NC) and I spent an evening teaching a milk paint demo and signing books. The evening itself was … Read More

out and about

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Favorite Finds36 Comments

Last week, I needed to step away from my computer and get out of the house for the day.  I actually had some supplies I needed to get for my upcoming freelance projects, but I also just needed to get out.  In addition to the necessary errands, I stopped by a couple of my favorite local stores – Churn Dash … Read More

what I bought in Lucca

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Favorite Finds43 Comments

Yesterday, I shared about our shopping trip to Lucca and today I am showing all of the goodies I bought, carefully wrapped, strategically packed, and brought home in my suitcase.  Well, and I borrowed some space in my mom’s suitcase, too! If you remember back to my post about shopping at the flea market in Paris, I shared how much I … Read More

flea market in Lucca

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Antiques32 Comments

I’ve been thinking about the highlights of my time in Tuscany and have concluded that it would be impossible to pick a singular favorite thing.  The places and experiences that were amazing, magical, awe-inspiring, and memorable are just too numerous.  If I was forced to pick one, though, our excursion to shop at a flea market in the walled city … Read More

thrifting in tuscany

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques37 Comments

On our way home from lunch at a local vineyard, Dana asked if we would like to stop by a thrift store to do a bit of shopping.  Was this even a valid question to ask of a bus full of antique lovers?   The answer, of course, was an enthusiastic yes. Our bus pulled up to the thrift store, Ti … Read More

hutch makeover in tuscany

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint34 Comments

I must admit, when we got on a plane headed to Florence, Italy, I wasn’t ready to leave Paris, yet.  I loved our time there and it was tough to pack up our belongings and leave that apartment.  I was excited about Italy, but Paris would be hard to top. Well, Tuscany was not going to be upstaged or underestimated.  … Read More