Which comes first | how to avoid decorating regret

Marian ParsonsDecorating, decorating dilemmas, Tips and Tricks

One of the projects I’ve been working on lately has me thinking a lot about the design process, specifically as it relates to putting a room together.  I’ve been pondering the order in which choices and purchases should be made and I’ve realized that most people, including myself at times, go about putting a room together entirely backwards. Think about it … Read More

dog beds are decor

Marian ParsonsFamily Room, My House, Tips and Tricks

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let my readers in the north east know that I’ll be in Palmyra, New York this Saturday (September 24, 2016) for The Purple Painted Lady 6th Annual Festival.  (Click the link for details.)  I’ll be teaching milk paint demos and answering Q&A’s at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  I hope to … Read More

mixing painted pieces in a room

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Tips and Tricks

I received an e-mail from one of my readers asking a question I get pretty frequently, so I thought I would write the answer in a post.  Here is the question… “How do you decide what color to paint various pieces of furniture in a room. Do you paint each piece a different color or all of them the same. … Read More

how tidy are your drawers?

Marian ParsonsPainting & Refinishing, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

Some of you have noticed and commented on the fact that I paint pieces while the drawers are still inside their recesses/cubbies.  (Drawer holes?)  And yes, I do leave the drawers in when I paint and I wanted to share the method to my madness. The habit of leaving the drawers in started due to a lack of space.  When … Read More

studio flooring options

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, Tips and Tricks

In my post yesterday, I shared that we’ll be installing some new flooring in the studio.  Well, not in the entire studio, but a corner of it, so I can use that area for photo shoots.  The corner we’ll be installing it in is this one… You can see that the flooring is a bit of a mish-mash; some of … Read More