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

kitchen layers & textures

Marian ParsonsKitchen57 Comments

Since we’ve been talking a lot about the kitchen and adjoining eating area, I thought I would share a bit more about the direction I’m heading. Right now, it’s all a little one-note, but that’s intentional.  When possible, I like to start with a foundation for a room that’s classic and will have longevity for me.  Longevity doesn’t necessarily mean … Read More

Living Room & Kitchen Fabrics

Marian ParsonsKitchen, Living Room43 Comments

I will say, I am very optimistic when it comes to my to-do list!  I already have a bolt of fabric hanging out in the master bedroom, ready to be made into curtains and pillows, as well as a French daybed that needs miles of custom double-welting sewn. not to mention the pillows for that. But, I still ordered fabric … Read More

the “factory table” update

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Kitchen, My House42 Comments

Since I’ve had a few people ask, I thought I would give an update on the “factory table” I purchased off of craigslist and stripped down several weeks ago.   Well, I had plans to paint and finish it right away, but with cold weather looming, I felt it was more urgent to paint the kitchen cabinets.  I needed to be … Read More

kitchen shelves & the butler’s pantry

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House55 Comments

Now that the cabinets are painted, I’m hoping to finish some other parts of the kitchen over the next few weeks.  The freshly painted cabinets and walls are a great backdrop, but the kitchen needs some more texture and warmth. I am on the hunt for fabric to make curtains for the eating area, family room, and a valance for … Read More

Painted Kitchen Cabinets | Reveal

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House74 Comments

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on painting my kitchen cabinets.  I must admit that it dragged out the process, but working on the cabinets in stages helped keep some order in the busiest room in our house. And now, they are done.  Whew! As a reminder, here is what the kitchen looked like shortly after we … Read More

counter & tile options & $30 shelves

Marian ParsonsKitchen, My House, Organizing34 Comments

Yesterday, I needed to run some errands and play some catch up, so I didn’t have a chance to start painting the kitchen island.  I must admit that it’s nice to have a break from cabinet painting, although I’m looking forward to having it done! While I was out, though, I picked up samples from Home Depot to “try them … Read More