The wonderful and gracious Mari Parsons, a fabulous local interior designer let me try my hand at photographing some areas of her beautiful home and she also gave me an informative interview below.
Mari Parsons of Mari Parsons Interiors
How would you define your style: Casual Eclectic
Greatest Inspiration: Finding ways to mix in family heirlooms with contemporary touches. I like seeing a sense of history in the house mixed in with the personalities of the people who live in that house. The old things in my house carry a history and a purpose.
What do friends say about your home: They feel comfortable in every room, serenity and peace, and they don’t have to be careful where they set their wine glass.
Favorite element of your home: Each room lends itself to the number of people I have, each space is appropriate to the number of people that will be using that space.
What is your home’s biggest embarrassment: My bathrooms…they are too small
What DIY project are you most proud of: My artwork… whenever I need a big piece I just make it myself.
- Don’t be afraid of color
- Anytime you want a fun change, change the wall color
- Change your décor for the seasons, to keep your spaces looking fresh (you can finagle pieces from other rooms)
- Go to junk stores and mix in pieces as they are
- Buy what you love, even if it is funky
- If your style is modern, don’t be afraid to mix in family or older pieces
- If you have collections, group them together, in a vignette or as a centerpiece
- Change your photos around
- Put things on the wall that don’t necessarily belong on the wall
- Look at something and deconstruct it find new uses, be with placement or color
- Think of continuity, make sure there is a flow, but don’t ever go “matchy matchy”
- Don’t ever make excuses for your house, it is your home
- If you can’t afford big artwork, make it yourself (a big piece of canvas can always be repainted)
- If your rug is too small, layer it with a larger inexpensive rug
- Don’t be afraid to mix different colors of wood
- Using family photos as artwork: they should only be used in the bedroom, hallways, or very limited use in the grand scheme of your art décor
- Matching coffee tables and side tables
- Pictures that are hung to high or too small for the wall
- Store bought slipcovers
- Boring lamps (no excuse)
- A closed mind (in the design realm)
- Fake plants
- Do unexpected things like covering an ottoman with a dhurrie (you put your feet on it after all)
- Don’t make any room in your house feel like someone can’t come in and put their feet up (and have a glass of wine)
- Use fresh flowers anytime you can (3 for $10 @ Publix….work it into your budget)