installation of the new kitchen counters

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, My House44 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HanStone.  All opinions and words are honest and my own. Monday was the day and it was like counting down the days to Christmas.  I think HanStone needs to make an advent calendar to countdown to counter install day.  Filled with dark chocolates and bite-sized samples of coordinating backsplash tile. Anyway, before the install … Read More

new kitchen sink

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House35 Comments

The measurements were taken for our new counters last week and they are currently being fabricated.  I am just about bursting to see them installed.  I know it’s going to make a big difference in the look of our kitchen and it’ll be exciting to see such a large piece of my design plan finally in place. As with many … Read More

counter selection | compromising nothing & gaining everything

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Decorating, Kitchen, My House, Room Makeovers69 Comments

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HanStone Quartz.  All words and opinions expressed in this post are, as always, honest and my own. As I’ve shared before, replacing the countertops was on our to-do list for this house before we even bought it.  These are nice granite counters and they really don’t look bad at all, but they aren’t my … Read More

through the lens of a camera…

Marian ParsonsKitchen, Photography69 Comments

I did a proper photo shoot in my kitchen last week and there was something therapeutic about it.  It was my first “real photoshoot” where I styled everything (removed the unsightly stuff like the toaster), used a tripod, tethered the camera, etc.  There is something about taking a picture of something that makes me love it more.  Well, maybe it’s … Read More

hang your head in shame, faucet

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Kitchen62 Comments

The kitchen has come a long way since we moved in and, while it looks like a big overhaul, it’s really just involved paint, changing out the lights over the island, and hanging the pot rack.  The one big change we made was converting the electric stove to gas and replacing it with a beefy commercial-style range, which has been … Read More

open kitchen shelving

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Kitchen, Organizing81 Comments

This week, I have felt even more motivated than usual to knock things off of my to-do list.  I was slowed down a little over the past couple of months with the holidays, an injured shoulder, and a chest cold.  The new year is underway, though, and I am feeling that energy that spurs us to collectively organize and plan.  … Read More

the slow evolution

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Kitchen, My House39 Comments

I’m sure you would agree that our society as a whole suffers from “instant-itis”.  We want it all now, fast, and simple. And the expectation for a room makeover has been altered ever since Trading Spaces.  A room can be completely (debatably) finished from top to bottom in 2 days.  And, while some transformations can be quick, like changing the … Read More