reupholstery tutorial | French wing chair | part 1

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House, Tutorials, upholstery15 Comments

It’s time for another upholstery series!  If you missed my last one, I showed how to upholster a wood-framed, French-style chair.  You can find it HERE.  If you’re scared of upholstery, you’re going to like the way I upholster and teach.  I’m a DIY, self-taught upholsterer, not a “professional.”  I started upholstering dining chair seat cushions and benches with a … Read More

how to gold leaf a frame

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Dining Room, My House, Tutorials22 Comments

 When I was out shopping for the upcoming Lucketts Spring Market last week, I was looking for artwork for my living room as well.  I was really hoping for a pair of charming paintings, but I didn’t have any luck.  I did find two vintage Currier & Ives prints, though.  They were sweet farmhouse scenes and I thought they would … Read More

Christmas decorating | the dining room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Holiday34 Comments

Decorating the house for Christmas this year has been so much fun for me.  I stayed home from the studio three days last week to blast some Christmas music and fill the house with fresh greens and Christmas decor.  The decorating is all very understated and simple, which I have really enjoyed.  The rooms look festive, but it’s not a … Read More

the sanded floors

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Dining Room, My House59 Comments

This weekend, we finally took the plunge and sanded down our floors.  I’ve been wanting to for a long time…well, and not wanting to at the same time.  It’s a total pain.  It’s messy and it’s really hard work, but I got it in my mind that I really wanted it done before decorating for Christmas and then closing out … Read More

a chandelier, watering live evergreens & blue checks

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Living Room, My House21 Comments

The living room is in the front of our house, which faces south.  Most of the day, the room gets beautiful light..streaming through the dining room and front windows in the morning and in long, golden beams through the west-facing windows in the afternoon.  At night, though, this room is dark.  That is because it has no overhead lighting.  The … Read More

joss & main #holidayhostess event!

Marian ParsonsDining Room, Guest Room, Holiday26 Comments

I know it’s not even Halloween, yet, but it’s about time to start thinking about the holidays and the parties, guests and decorating that comes along with it!  I’ve partnered with Joss & Main to kick off their Holiday Hostess events that will be running over the next few weeks.  It’s a great lineup of bloggers including the ladies from … Read More