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

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

how to gold leaf a frame

Marian Parsonscrafts, Decorating, Dining Room, My House, Tutorials22 Comments

 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

Christmas decorating | the dining room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Holiday34 Comments

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