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 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

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

bolster pillow cover

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, My House, upholstery13 Comments

I said in my last post that I was going to be sewing up a storm and I definitely did.  I finished four accent pillows and two pillow cases and glued the welting on the second bergere chair.  A photo shoot is happening in my house next week and I’m using it as an excuse to get things finished that … Read More

living room pillows | welting vs. gimp

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, My House, upholstery24 Comments

In case you missed it, Kriste and I are heading to Wisconsin tomorrow!  We’re going to be in Milwaukee and Sun Prairie, on Friday and Saturday respectively, to teach workshops, demos and just hang out with blog readers, milk paint lovers and friends-we’ve-yet-to-meet.  You can find all of the details of our trip HERE. Between the long weekend and our trip, … Read More