Furniture Feature Friday | no. 4

Marian ParsonsFurniture Feature Friday9 Comments

My boys have a four day weekend, so I am feeling totally out of whack!  I didn’t want to miss FFF, though and, as always, I found so many inspiring posts!  It even has me tempted to dive into painting my butler’s pantry, but I have other things I need to work on first.   Anyway, if you want to … Read More

painting cabinets | why I’m not using milk paint…

Marian ParsonsPainting & Refinishing29 Comments

As I’ve been sharing the process of painting the cabinetry in my house, I’ve received the same question several times… “Why aren’t you using MMS Milk Paint on your cabinets?” As I mulled over how to best answer that question, my thoughts wandered to my art supplies.   I have oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels in my art cabinet.  Why do … Read More


Marian ParsonsMy House149 Comments

We sat at a table at the title company, signing papers while the boys were occupied with games on the iPads.  When we reached the end of the stack, we all stood up and shook hands. “Boys, we just bought our house!” We were all excited and eager to get over to the house.  A lot of work was ahead … Read More

The Retreat kitchen | before & after

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Room Makeovers14 Comments

I shared about our photo shoot in this 1799 manor house last week, in case you missed it.  I promised I would share more about the house and I’m fulfilling that now!  There was just way too much to cover in one post without allowing for an intermission or potty/snack break. Today, I want to share more about the kitchen.  It’s … Read More

furniture feature friday | favorites & link party

Marian ParsonsFurniture Feature Friday10 Comments

Good evening all.  Again, there were some great makeover this week!  I think the furniture makeovers are in full swing this time of year, so there are a lot of great things to choose from.  Here are my favorites from last week’s shindig. I think this butler’s pantry by Emily of Eleven Gables is such an amazing, luxurious space.  I … Read More

favorite home projects of 2018

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Favorite Things34 Comments

As I’ve been looking back over the past year and the projects we completed, I realized we have done a lot!  2017 was about getting settled, listening to our house, getting to know its style, and learning the way it functioned best.  It was also about tackling the immediate issues, like an aging water heater, broken garage doors, and turning … Read More