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Marian ParsonsDining Room, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials32 Comments

I wrote a tutorial on making dining room chair slipcovers years (and several dining sets) ago when I was a contributor to Cottages & Bungalows magazine.    It’s so neat to see how far I’ve come in my sewing, photography, writing, styling.  I’ve really grown a lot.  Anyway, since I’ve improved in a few departments, I thought it was time … Read More

Dining Room Dishes & New Rug

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House73 Comments

A few weeks ago, I received an Anthropologie catalog in the mail.  I couldn’t resist flipping through it and I found these dishes… You know why they caught my eye…blue and white, yes.  I also loved the hand painted scrolled detail and little foxes on the bottom.  They were a nice bridge between classic and current and I loved them. … Read More

the old, new dining room table

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Dining Room, Furniture Makeovers, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House83 Comments

I’m reading the book Five Love Languages right now (which is a really awesome book, by the way) and I just finished a chapter on the phenomenon of being “in love.”  As I was reading it, I actually thought of how that same phenomenon happens in decorating.  Or, at least, it happens to me.  I make a change or buy … Read More

Painting the Dining Chairs

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Dining Room, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, My House58 Comments

I have been looking for a sturdy pair of oval back chairs to use in my dining room for years.  They were always too expensive or too rickety for practical, regular use.  So, I was ready to buy some from Restoration Hardware, but the day I was planning to press the “purchase” button, I found a set of four chairs … Read More

My Dining Room Today

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House54 Comments

I had a lot on the to-do list today and I didn’t even get to half of it, but one thing I did get done was a photo shoot with my new 24mm lens.  This new camera gear has been so fun!  And it’s made me slow down a bit on my shoots.  I don’t want to have this awesome … Read More