hostess kit | free mrs. meyers

Marian ParsonsSecret Weapons9 Comments

I introduced you to Grove Collaborative just a few months ago and I wanted to share that they are running another FREE Mrs. Meyers Kit promo for new customers!  If you missed it last time, now is a good time to join. I’ll admit that when I was first introduced to Grove Collaborative, I was a little hesitant to sign up to receive … Read More

top 5 tips for decorating on a budget | part 1

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons36 Comments

When I was in New Hampshire, speaking at the Sage Farm Antiques Market, I gave a presentation on decorating on a budget.  As I prepped for that and then as I was teaching, I was reminded how passionate I am about the subject. Yes, it’s nice to have a generous budget when you’re decorating and yes, there are things that are … Read More

Hanging Plates on the Wall

Marian ParsonsDecorating, My House, Secret Weapons63 Comments

Many of you have noticed the plates hanging on my walls throughout my home.  If you haven’t noticed, plates, platters and lids are pretty much my go-to wall art.  It all started because I could find plates at yard sales and thrift stores…sometimes for as low as 10 cents a piece.  I ended up with enough plates to feed a … Read More

resetting & trading up

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons, Tips and TricksLeave a Comment

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed a lot of furniture and accessories coming and going.  You may watch that and think something like, “Well, of course she can do that!  She’s an antiques dealer and a blogger and all of that is a part of her business, but what am I supposed to … Read More

Wax Puck Tutorial

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miscellaneus, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Painting & Refinishing, Secret Weapons, TutorialsLeave a Comment

I’m just getting in from enjoying the beautiful Collegiate Peaks in Colorado, so I’ve asked our MMS Milk Paint Primary Educator, Abbe Doll, to share a tutorial with you.  I haven’t had a chance to shoot or write a tutorial on using Wax Pucks, one of our new products, so Abbe, who is a machine, made one for me!  Enjoy! … Read More

Better than Drop Cloths…

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Furniture Makeovers, Miscellaneus, My House, Secret Weapons, Sewing, Tutorials, upholstery95 Comments

My family room has been undergoing some changes over the past few months…years, really.  It’s been one of those slow makeovers that has happened (and is still happening) as the money and time are available.  It started a couple of years ago when I painted the walls and cabinetry and made new curtains.  In January of this year, we installed … Read More