idea overload & glass glitter banner kits

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, german glass glitter, Holiday, My House, Secret Weapons32 Comments

This weekend, I’m presenting at the Holiday Expo at McLean Bible Church, just outside of DC.  (I shared the details HERE, if you’re interested in attending.)  With a sick kid, I was a little behind with getting my presentation together, but I’m going to the set up and rehearsal tomorrow, so I needed to get myself in gear today! As … Read More

living with raw wood floors

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Living Room, My House49 Comments

Back in November of last year, I had finally worked up the DIY gumption to sand down the oak hardwood floors in the front of our house. The polyurethane finish I had applied only a few years earlier was peeling off, taking the dark stain along with it.  I could literally peel it up in sheets with my fingers…like cheap nail … Read More

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