My Favorite Decorating Books

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks

When Jeff and I were too poor to have cable, internet or dinner and a movie out, we would occasionally go to a book store and hang out for a couple of hours.  He would wander off and look at…I don’t really know what he looked at, but I would make a bee-line for the home & garden section and … Read More

resetting & trading up

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks

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

Sanding, staining, mixing & flooding

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miscellaneus, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Tips and Tricks

I had great plans for today.  I was going to get two furniture pieces finished and fit in e-mail and some photo shoots as paint dried.  The day was going as planned until about noon.  It’s been raining here for two full days.  Hard.  We’ve had a little bit of water seeping into our basement, just because the water table … Read More

cutting corners

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Tips and Tricks

About three years ago, I walked into my local paint store and noticed a display for a bright green painter’s tape – Frog Tape. I trust my guys at the paint store, so I asked, “Does this stuff really work?” I have never been a fan of painter’s tape. I always, ALWAYS had problems with bleeding and finally decided to … Read More


Marian ParsonsDecorating, Tips and Tricks

I get a lot of questions about wax and other topcoats. A furniture makeover happens peacefully until the polycrylic looks streaky or the wax is blotchy and won’t dry or the poly is yellowing. If you’ve been there, you know that agony of spending hours on a piece only to have to sand it and start over after a topcoat … Read More