When I think of homes with parlors, I think of some older homes I visited as a child. They were lovely. I also think about the book "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book deals with her future husband, Almanzo, and his growing up in upstate New York. His family was wealthy and their home had a wonderful parlor.
Once, Almanzo was blacking the stove and his older sister was nagging at him. He threw the blacking brush at her and it hit the wall on the other side. He thought he was in major trouble.
Fortunately, his sister realized it was her fault for picking at him and she found wallpaper scraps in the attic and patched the spot, so he wouldn't get in trouble.
People set great store by their parlors in those days.