Wallace Sleigh Bells

Marian ParsonsHoliday70 Comments

My Oma was an avid collector.  It was just in her nature and she didn’t fight it.  After she passed away, it was almost overwhelming dealing with all of the stuff.  Thousands of swizzle sticks and postcards, and five gallon buckets in a row, filled to the brim with seashells collected on the North Carolina shore over the years.  She … Read More

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Marian Parsonsa slice of life, clothing & style, Holiday289 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by RetailMeNot.  All opinions and experiences shared are, as always, honest and my own. It’s that time of year.  Along with the decorating and baking and parties, there is shopping.  (And wouldn’t it be nice to win an extra $250 VISA gift card to spend on some of those expenses?  Scroll down to enter the … Read More

Christmas porch

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday47 Comments

Again, I couldn’t help myself. Once our porch was stripped of the pumpkins that were past their prime and the frost-bitten topiaries, it looks a little sad.  And it certainly doesn’t help that we don’t have one evergreen plant or bush in the front gardens.  Everything is brown and leafless, just emphasizing the ugly side of winter and the lack … Read More

dining room christmas tree

Marian ParsonsDining Room, Holiday, My House39 Comments

I wasn’t sure if I was going to get a second tree this year.  It’s been a little hard to really dig into the holiday decorating with it being our first year in this house, but as Christmas crept closer, I just couldn’t resist.  I mean, I had acquired an antique goat cart this summer with the idea that it … Read More

Christmas foyer

Marian ParsonsHoliday38 Comments

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to have a staircase with pretty railings, bannisters, and a newel post.  Specific, I know, but I just have a thing for staircases.  Maybe that came from growing up in small, military apartments… Well, I finally get to live in a house with an awesome staircase and I was so excited … Read More

the 90’s called…

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday40 Comments

I usually don’t put up my tree before Thanksgiving, but this year, I had some Christmas posts I committed to and putting up a tree was a part of that.  I’m no stranger to setting up a tree at odd times, though.  And late November isn’t odd compared to some of the times I’ve had a tree up.  One year, … Read More

romantic homes & celebrating everyday life

Marian ParsonsHoliday33 Comments

Since Thanksgiving, a cough and cold has been kicking my rear!  Between that and my shoulder that is still sore, I have been loafing a lot more than usual.  So, while there is cleaning that could be done and decorating that I want to do and paint brushes that are calling my name, I have had to put all of … Read More