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Marian ParsonsDecorating, Tips and Tricks

Thanks so much for all of your prayers and well-wishes as I heal from having my wisdom teeth removed.  I am just now starting to feel a bit more like myself.  The surgery went well, but my two bottom teeth were impacted and, apparently, a little difficult to remove.  I was on a bunch of medication for pain, swelling and to … Read More

learning to garden | tips for beginners like me

Marian ParsonsDecorating, My House, Tips and Tricks

Let me start off by saying that I have never been a gardener.  I would look with envy at beautiful yards, edged, green, blossoming, arranged in wild perfection.  I never “got” gardening.  It was too unpredictable and high maintenance and required too much patience for me. When you drove up to our house, it was pretty evident that we were “inside … Read More

improve your photography…

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

I’ve been planning on writing this post for a while and I kept forgetting about it in favor of sharing a furniture makeover or some progress we’re making in the studio, but I was reminded of it as I was shooting pictures of a home for Cottages & Bungalows last Thursday.  I’ve had “real camera crews” come shoot rooms in … Read More


Marian ParsonsDecorating, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed a lot of furniture and accessories coming and going.  You may watch that and think something like, “Well, of course she can do that!  She’s an antiques dealer and a blogger and all of that is a part of her business, but what am I supposed to … Read More