top 5 tips for decorating on a budget | part 1

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons35 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 Weapons62 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 Tricks0 Comments

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, Tutorials0 Comments

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

Trickery | Vaseline Resist Technique

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Painting & Refinishing, Secret Weapons, Tutorials0 Comments

Well, I received another oh-crap-call from Lucketts on Saturday.  The Painted Empire dresser sold the day after I brought it in.   I guess I wasn’t the only one in love with that finish!  Here’s how I did it… I’ve heard about using Vaseline (petroleum jelly) as a paint resist for a while, but I never tried it.  On this … Read More