a goat bell for a horse

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Favorite Finds, Holiday, Living Room, My House27 Comments

When I was out shopping last week, I found a little goat bell.  It was inexpensive, I think $4.00, so I picked it up.  I initially envisioned using it as a Christmas decoration, with some evergreens, etc., making it into a small wreath. The leather was really dry, but a little Hemp Oil hydrated it and made it pliable again. … Read More

fall living room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday, Living Room, My House53 Comments

You’re all amazing.  I just need to say that.  All of your comments in reply to my “things have changed” post were like a huge hug to me.  I know that sounds cheesy, but they really were.  What’s interesting is that after I posted that, it was such a relief to me and it pushed me through that “stuck” feeling … Read More

trading horses again

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, Hand Painted Furniture, Holiday, Living Room, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint55 Comments

Remember my rocking horse?  The one I bought from Restoration Hardware and then painted with MMS Milk Paint to make it look chippy and old?   Well, in typical Marian fashion, I sold it. I wasn’t planning to, but a client asked if I could custom paint the same horse for her.  I agreed to the job and we tried to … Read More

living with raw wood floors

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Living Room, My House, Office43 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

evolution of my house | part 1 | the living room

Marian ParsonsLiving Room40 Comments

First of all, thank you so much for all of the sweet comments in response to the home tour I posted earlier this week.  It was fun for me to share the entire house (except one bathroom and Jeff’s office) all in the same post.  Looking over it, I realized how much work we’ve done in the (almost) nine years … Read More