a slip turned into a slip

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, Sewing17 Comments

I found a pretty antique petticoat a few months ago at an antique store and decided it would make a pretty pillow cover.  I would turn a slip into a pillow slip!  Two, actually. Since the ruffle was only on one side, I made it like a slip-on pillow case instead of a traditional decorative bolster cover.  It worked out … Read More

a chandelier, watering live evergreens & blue checks

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Living Room, My House21 Comments

The living room is in the front of our house, which faces south.  Most of the day, the room gets beautiful light..streaming through the dining room and front windows in the morning and in long, golden beams through the west-facing windows in the afternoon.  At night, though, this room is dark.  That is because it has no overhead lighting.  The … Read More

a girl can change her mind (and often does)

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Family Room, Living Room, My House43 Comments

Soooo…the curtain saga continues.  I’ve confessed that rugs are my nemesis, but now that I’ve switched to sisal and jute blends, I’ve made peace with rugs.  It seems like curtains might be my new nemesis.  I think the struggle I have with curtains is that it’s not a design choice that’s easily (or inexpensively) changed.  In a room with one … Read More

blue spruce in a bucket

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Holiday, Living Room, My House23 Comments

I have mentioned it a couple of times already…I am really excited to decorate for Christmas this year!  It’s just like old times when the countdown would begin leading up to the day after Thanksgiving and I could finally haul out the bins and put the Christmas music on.  For the past few years, I’ve been burned out on Christmas decorating. … Read More

the winner of the debate

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Dining Room, Living Room54 Comments

If you’re up to speed on my living room, you know that I have been pondering taking down the curtains in the living and dining room.  Yesterday, after this photo shoot, I took them down… The sunlight poured in and it was so bright and wonderful.  I was convinced that I would go drape-free.   I continued removing the curtains … Read More

updating the living room

Marian ParsonsLiving Room, My House83 Comments

It’s been a tough week to get into a groove for me.  On Monday, we took the boys to Hershey Park to squeeze some fun into the last days of summer.  The boys were home on Tuesday, which was a day filled with cleaning, laundry, packing book bags and getting ready to start the school year on the right foot. … Read More