reupholstery tutorial | French wing chair | part 1

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House, Tutorials, upholstery

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

how to gold leaf a frame

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Dining Room, My House, Tutorials

 When I was out shopping for the upcoming Lucketts Spring Market last week, I was looking for artwork for my living room as well.  I was really hoping for a pair of charming paintings, but I didn’t have any luck.  I did find two vintage Currier & Ives prints, though.  They were sweet farmhouse scenes and I thought they would … Read More

swapping chairs

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Decorating, Dining Room, Living Room, My House, upholstery

Sooo…I’ve been know to rearrange, trade and swap furniture in my house.  I’ve always done that, but it’s so much more tempting (and easier) when I have a steady stream of awesome furniture coming into my possession as I’m getting ready for an upcoming antique market.  Sometimes I need to love a piece for a while before I send it … Read More

Christmas decorating | the dining room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Holiday

Decorating the house for Christmas this year has been so much fun for me.  I stayed home from the studio three days last week to blast some Christmas music and fill the house with fresh greens and Christmas decor.  The decorating is all very understated and simple, which I have really enjoyed.  The rooms look festive, but it’s not a … Read More

tips on sanding floors

Marian ParsonsDining Room, home improvement, Living Room, My House, Tutorials

This is my second time refinishing floors and I learned a lot through my errors the first go-around.   Since scooting around on diaper boxes to wipe up excess stain (you can read about those antics HERE), I have learned a lot about finishing wood and have done a lot of reading on sanding and finishing floors specifically.  There are … Read More

the sanded floors

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Dining Room, My House

This weekend, we finally took the plunge and sanded down our floors.  I’ve been wanting to for a long time…well, and not wanting to at the same time.  It’s a total pain.  It’s messy and it’s really hard work, but I got it in my mind that I really wanted it done before decorating for Christmas and then closing out … Read More