Patio Makeover Reveal

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Exterior, Gardening, My House, Popular48 Comments

Disclosure: This patio makeover post is sponsored by Walmart.  As always, all opinions and words are honest and my own. Welcome to a typical suburban patio makeover!  These are scattered all over suburbia…the concrete pad just off the walk-out basement sliding door, shaded by the deck.  It’s the builder-grade default. We’ve seen our neighbors do some beautiful things with this … Read More

Edging & Painting the Concrete Patio

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Exterior, Gardening, home improvement, My House, Painting & Refinishing, Tutorials18 Comments

Last Thursday, the weather was lovely.  It was sunny, wasn’t too hot, and there was a light breeze.  It was the perfect day to get the patio under our deck painted.  Oh, this patio was so sad and neglected.  It felt so good to finally give it some attention! Before we could paint, we had to get it all cleaned … Read More

Christmas Porch 2018

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Exterior, Holiday, My House27 Comments

After a 3:00 am wake-up call and 9 hours of hopping onto three different planes, I arrived safely home from my excursion to Montana.  It was a great trip and I’ll be sharing all about it and the HGTV Dream Home soon. But today, I’m going to share the Christmas decorations I added to my porch this year.  It’s very similar … Read More

front garden reveal

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Exterior, Gardening, My House45 Comments

Other than letting everything grow, the front garden is all finished!  Well, for now.  I am still a novice gardener, but one thing I have learned is that gardens are dynamic and they are never done.  All of the plants are in the ground, though, and I love how much curb appeal it’s added to the house. The yard and … Read More

One of the top home investments you can make…

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Exterior112 Comments

This post is sponsored by James Hardie®.  All words and opinions are, as always, honest and my own. I’ve already shared that our new house in Minnesota has amazing bones.  It has a functional and intelligent floor plan, it has many brilliant features (like outlets in the soffits for Christmas lights and in-wall night lights that go up the staircase.)  … Read More

New House Tour | The Front Porch

Marian ParsonsExterior, My House121 Comments

Everyone knows that the best color to use to make a good first impression is the pale beige that has graced Band Aids for generations. Not really, but that’s what my front door is saying at the moment. I don’t know what is up with this color, but it’s blah and it’s going to change. I held up dozens of … Read More

vintage-style deck makeover

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Exterior, Gardening, My House, Room Makeovers23 Comments

I’ve always been what you call an “indoor girl” when it comes to home decor.  When we put our house on the market (and ended up not selling it) last spring, our realtor put an “I’m Beautiful Inside” sign above the “For Sale” sign.  That’s realtor code for “It looks better once you walk through the front door.” It’s not … Read More