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

the winner of the debate

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Living Room54 Comments

If you’re up to speed on my living room, you know that I have been pondering taking down the curtains in the living and dining room.  Yesterday, after this photo shoot, I took them down… The sunlight poured in and it was so bright and wonderful.  I was convinced that I would go drape-free.   I continued removing the curtains … Read More

blooming & bringing an umbrella

Marian ParsonsDining Room101 Comments

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  I’m sure you know what I mean.  Sometimes you just plow through life and other times you stop and take stock.  Lately, I’ve been examining things a bit harder. What am I pushing towards?  How do I want to spend my time?  What do I really feel fulfilled doing?  What things bog … Read More

Photo Shoot Pics

Marian ParsonsDining Room21 Comments

Thanks so much for all of the prayers and well wishes.  I am feeling sooooo much better today.  I was back in bed yesterday, but felt like myself today.  I still have to stop speaking when my eye twitches and a sneeze is building up and I’m going through tissues at a pretty impressive rate, but I feel better.  My … Read More

missmustardseed-42 (640×352)

Marian ParsonsDining Room, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials32 Comments

I wrote a tutorial on making dining room chair slipcovers years (and several dining sets) ago when I was a contributor to Cottages & Bungalows magazine.    It’s so neat to see how far I’ve come in my sewing, photography, writing, styling.  I’ve really grown a lot.  Anyway, since I’ve improved in a few departments, I thought it was time … Read More