using old quilts every day

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care, Popular, Tips and Tricks

I definitely have a thing for old textiles.  I love table linens, fabric, clothing, embroidery, quilts…you name it.  I’m always drawn to the “linen lady’s booth” in antique stores.  I like to look through the stacks to see if anything catches my eye.  I’m usually looking for blue and white, of course, nubby linen, pretty monograms, crochet trim…things that will … Read More

styling tips | for home

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Popular, Tips and Tricks

A few days ago, I shared part one of the “styling tips” series – for retail.  Now, it’s time for part two – styling tips for the home. While styling for retail and photography is about making a space and individual items look beautiful or appealing without much regard to practicality, styling the home is about making the everyday beautiful. … Read More

indigo dyed napkins

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

A few of you spotted (and asked about) the blue napkins I used in my table arrangement last week… …so, this post is all about them. These napkins are actually antique linen napkins from my Oma.  They look quite lovely in the picture below, but they were actually a very yellowy-cream that I never cared for… The color was so … Read More

why I use my silver everyday

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Cleaning & care, My House, Tips and Tricks

I’ve talked about this before, but it’s worth talking about again. When I shared pictures of my new drawer organizers, I received a few comments and questions about my flatware.  The most common one was, “Do you really use your silver everyday?” The answer is yes, I really do.  Even with two young boys, I do.  Even with a husband … Read More

dressing a chandelier with fresh greenery

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

Some of you noticed the greenery hanging from my chandelier in the pictures I shared of my teacup & pedestal advent wreath and asked to see more and for me to share how I do it.  So, that’s what I’m doing today! Here’s a better look at the chandelier in the dining room… I’ve been dressing my chandeliers for Christmas like … Read More