the wasted space

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, My House17 Comments

I’ve always thought of the formal living room in our house as a bit of a waste. The original part of our home was built in 1948 and this little room, right when you walk in the front door was the only living area.  Though it’s small, it was very well designed.  It’s opened to the dining room with a … Read More

this home is not my world

Marian ParsonsMy House42 Comments

We spent last week split between visiting Jeff’s family in Raleigh and sneaking in some R&R at Myrtle Beach. It was nice to get away from the packing and to spend some time on the beach, by the pool, and playing board games with the boys.  I always look forward to getting home, though. There is no denying that I’m a … Read More

good & perfect time

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, My House97 Comments

Timing is an interesting thing. If you have read my blog for a while, you may remember that we put our house on the market almost exactly three years ago.  We had seen a local farm that was for sale and we were hot to buy it!  We got our house ready and listed it with high hopes of selling … Read More

Christmas tree 2.0, paper whites & a blue truck

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Family Room, Holiday, Living Room, My House64 Comments

This year, I really took my time selecting the Parsons’ family Christmas tree of 2016.  It was the perfect height, fluffy, and full…just like I wanted. I was practically giddy as I put on over 1200 lights, the garland, and ornaments.  It looked beautiful. Here is how my glorious, perfect tree looked yesterday morning… The tree was totally dried out and … Read More

Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom

Marian ParsonsBoy's Bedroom, Decorating, Holiday, My House24 Comments

I took some time a couple of weeks ago to put some finishing touches on Calvin’s room and, while I did that, I added a few Christmas decorations. I finally swapped out the brass curtain rod with this matte black single curtain rod from Birch Lane.  This one is pretty heavy duty just in case someone thinks it’s a good … Read More

a grain bin turned coffee table

Marian ParsonsAntiques, Before and Afters, Family Room, Favorite Finds, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House80 Comments

When I shared the industrial-style coffee table a few months ago, some of you called it.  It just didn’t work with my style.  While I like the table a lot and it was very functional, it was too large for the space and the longer I lived with it, the more it felt off with everything else in the room.  Great … Read More