the business brain & the human heart

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Balance, my business story, Popular, Running a Business103 Comments

Before I get into the thick of it, I have to say that you all overwhelm me so often!  The first installment of the Lucketts Leftover Sale went live today and pieces were selling before I could even get everything live on the site.  So, I’m “listening” to what you’re “saying” and I need to have more things for sale online … Read More

Summer 2015 Home Tour

Marian ParsonsMy House, Popular77 Comments

Welcome to my Pennsylvania home tour!  We worked hard on our home for almost eleven years and it was a true labor of love and DIY marathon.  We’ve painted, built, repaired, installed, sewed, upholstered, sanded, refinished, ripped out and remodeled just about every corner. Our goal was to balance the function we needed for our busy family with our (mostly … Read More

Dining Chair Slipcover Tutorial

Marian ParsonsDining Room, My House, Popular, Sewing, Tutorials47 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

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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

Master Bathroom Details & Reveal

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Master Bedroom, My House, Popular88 Comments

Yesterday, someone asked me about my master bathroom in a comment and I realized I have never shared the details on that makeover!  I finished the bathroom and immediately went on three trips in a row and then hopped right back into the school year routine.  Also, we haven’t finished it totally.  We did a lot of projects over the … Read More