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“I’m beautiful inside”


This all started a few months ago when Jeff and I started talking about getting more space for Mustard Seed Interiors.  It started with frustrating declarations from me as I tripped over a piece of furniture in the basement or had a pile of inventory sitting in my living room.  “I need more space to work!!”  It developed into the desire to host workshops, events and sales.  It progressed into the serious conversation that this business is growing and the workspace in our home is bursting at the seams because of it.  Ideas are limited and put on the back burner because of it.  It’s time.

So, Jeff and I started looking into commercial spaces.  We were just testing…sticking our toes in…to see what was out there.  That turned into the struggle – rent a commercial space or move to a home with property and outbuildings that can accommodate our growing business?  Neither of us really wanted to move, but neither of us really wanted to pay rent.

So, we began to marinate on it.

 A few weeks later, Jeff came in, computer in hand, to show me some properties that could meet our needs.  I’m usually the one who would be prodding us to get a realtor and ask to see a place in person, but it was all him.  He was serious and wanted to go for it.  Who am I to argue with that?

 We found some really good possibilities that we’re excited about, so a couple of weeks ago, we put our house on the market.  Stuck an “I’m beautiful inside” sign in the yard and everything.  Eeee!  I know!  Stressful, crazy and a little surreal.  Maybe even insane with everything else that’s on our plates!

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 Remember that getting-things-finished post I wrote?  That’s what those projects were about.  (A few of you seemed to pick up on that, smart girls!)  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about it on my blog at first, but my home and my blog are so tightly linked that it feels right to share it.  And who knows…one of my readers might even be in the market!

 Our home is for sale in the Gettysburg, PA area.  It’s rural, but many people we know commute to York, Harrisburg, Chambersburg, Hanover and into Maryland (Westminster, Hagerstown, Frederick, etc.)  We even know some crazy people who commute to the DC Metro area.  Our home is in a very safe, tiny downtown area (with two stoplights) and is surrounded by orchards and rolling hills.

 The house itself is on a nice street (a few homes have pools and/or tennis courts), is on 1/3 of an acre and we have very sweet neighbors.  It was built in 1948 and had an addition put on in 2003, so the home has the original 1940’s charm with a huge kitchen open to a family room and a master suite.  There are 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a total of about 2300 square feet.  And, if you read my blog, you know we’ve done a lot of work to it and have a killer basement workshop.


 I have switched out some of my antique light fixtures, because I want to take them with me, but the famous living/dining room curtains will convey as well as, obviously, all of the amazing built-ins Jeff has done.  All of the appliances also convey.



 This home wasn’t love at first site.  It was a little tired, some rooms were awkward, the master bath was underwhelming and many things were fine, but just not my taste.  We have given this house a lot of DIY attention and through all of those projects, I have fallen in love with it.  I wish I could pack up my kitchen and master bath and taken them with me!  Seriously.  I love every inch of them.

Here are a few things we’ve done to the house.  The less fun, but important things are having the boiler chimney relined, replacing the hot water heater, paving the driveway, installing lights and painting the floors & walls in the basement, building a storage shed and updating some of the old plumbing.


Some of the fun stuff involved painting every wall and ceiling and piece of trim, new kitchen floor, painted kitchen cabinets, custom range hood, butcher block counter tops, engineered hardwood floors in the family room and master bedroom, fully renovated master bath with marble floors, subway marble bath tile, custom antique vanity, updated tub, custom built-ins and cornice, and a skylight tube, a fully renovated ½ bath with marble hex tile floors, bead board walls, custom built-ins and radiator cover, a built-in home office with crown molding, family room wainscoting, and a planked ceiling in the master suite.

Our home has been featured in many publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Romantic Homes, Cottages & Bungalows, Flea Market Style, Fresh Style, Romantic Country and more.

If you’re interested in purchasing our home, you can contact our realtor, Terri, at 301-874-0436 or you can send me an e-mail ([email protected]) and I’ll provide the link to the listing.

 As far as where we’ll be heading once our house sells…well, we don’t exactly know, yet.  There are some places we’re interested in, but this is a big step of faith on our part.  We’re just trusting that God will provide the perfect place where we can live and work in His good time.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on preparing a home to sell.  We’re not sure how long it will take to sell, but we hope it won’t take long.  We want to be patient, but we’re excited about the next step.

Fun things are on the horizon…

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PS – The ironstone collection does not convey!

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  1. Mary Crrabtree says:

    Hi, Marian! I’m sure there is a woman (maybe several women) out there hyperventilating right now. Several years ago we were planning an out of state move and spent months searching online for a home that would work for us. Suddenly, one day, when we were negotiating for a home that “would do”, a new listing popped up. It was a 1979 home in a great neighborhood–and every square inch of that home had been updated and looked like it was right out of a magazine! That was in the afternoon. By 9:00 that night the house was ours! You and Jeff can be assured that your efforts to beautify and update your home will absolutely THRILL some fortunate buyer. God bless you in your search for just the right place!

  2. How exciting! I’ll miss seeing you in your current home but I’m so excited for all that is in store for you! I’m sure it will be a blessing.

  3. Congratulations on such a huge decision. Doesn’t it feel great to have the deciding phase behind you? Woohoo! I’m downsizing from a home your size to about 1700 sq ft, and I’m so looking forward to simplifying my life and belongings. I’m a recent widow, and I need to make my own “nest” so that I can learn to live on my own. So although we’re moving in different “directions,” I look forward to reading your posts about selling, buying, and moving. Good luck and Godspeed, sweet friend!

  4. Susan Mallios says:

    Congratulations!! And good luck!!

  5. First, let me say congratulations on the success of your business! Success always requires changes. You are off to start another chapter in your life! Yea!
    I know this is not relevant to your move, however, I wanted to tell you I was raised in Western Maryland and for anyone who is wondering, the Gettysburg area is a slice of heaven. I just moved to FL three years ago. I know every town you named. I lived in Frederick. So for all you girls out there that may be in that general area, you could not want anywhere more desirable for your family.

  6. Jeanne Bell says:

    Congratulations, I have followed your journey and am so happy for you. I am looking forward to what you can do in another house.

  7. Good luck with the sale, move, and new home. We did this last year, and it was the most stressful time of my life. I don’t know how some people move constantly!

  8. Dixie says:

    How exciting… Being a Navy brat myself, I never really minded moving… Except for the packing part… For you, I imagine long lines of fans all vying for an opportunity to own your lovely home! Good luck! I can hardly wait to see what you do in your new home!

  9. Sarah Lahrman says:

    I am one of those hyperventilating women! If only your house was in my neck of the woods….I am certain your home will sell quickly ~ all that character and charm, a girl’s dream! Excited for your family and the all the adventures this next chapter brings. Thanks for sharing a piece of it with all of us! 😉

  10. It would be a DREAM to buy your house….all finished and decorated! The LORD will provide and continue to bless your business! It’s a long commute to FL ….so we’ll have to pass. We look forward to following y’all on your house hunt….

  11. Barbara in CT says:

    Two weeks max! Your head will be spinning. Gettysburg is a lovely place and more than one person will think it is the perfect place for them.

    Congratulations on taking the next step.

  12. Wow! Congratulations! I was kinda wondering if this was coming too.Of kind we are also putting our house on the market, (in Iowa) only we are downsizing, but kinda looking for something with an outbuilding also. Our house is 4000 sq ft and over an acre with a grove and creek, we also had it custom built so it is VERY hard to leave, but life has its changes and we just don’t want to spend so much time and $$ on a home, we are not kids anymore after all. It will be a big change and we still have not found a property we like in the place we want it. ANYWAY…..much luck and I look forward to your coming blogs as we will be sharing the same woes I’m sure.

  13. I’ve sold three houses and I did the same thing every time…I put an apple pie in the oven before it was shown. Your beautiful and serene home and the aroma of an apple pie baking, well, you might as well start packing.

  14. Laura Van Scott says:

    I guess it’s time for new inspiration for yourself and your readers! I’ve really enjoyed the creativity/ inspiration that you are willing to share. It’s extra special knowing that you love Jesus and it all comes from Him! :) Your blog and others have encouraged me to have more of an “eye” in my home to decorate, to bless my family, and those that enter into our little nest. I look forward to seeing new stuff!

  15. Conchy says:

    Marian, I would buy your house in a second…but it would have to be here in Puerto Rico where we live. I LOVE your house!!! I know you will sell it before you know it. Good luck amd many blessings on your new endeavor.

  16. Vivian says:

    Bet it will sell in as New York minute.

  17. A brave move, one I need to do just to have a little more living space in my home but finding a replacement is not so easy. Your home is gorgeous and will be beautifully presented, all the hard work has been done and potential buyers will see this. I think the added bonus of the house being in magazines will draw a lot of attention.

    I do wish you well with your sale and pray that God will bring you something wonderful to move into. I think a home with a work from home area, or maybe outbuildings would be a great choice.


  18. Alison says:

    Having lived in the eastern panhandle of WV which is a short distance from Gettysburg, Hagerstown MD, DC and Virginia I can attest to the beauty of the area. It is also rich in history with Harpers Ferry, the museums in DC, Gettysburg Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield and quaint little villages like Shepardstown, WV. Isn’t life exciting Marian?!

  19. Kimberly says:

    Wow, I had a “feeling” something was up with the push to get the lingering things fixed up! Someone is going to snap your house up pretty quick, I’d bet on it. Good luck finding a new home that you can love as much as you love this one!

  20. Wow, that’s big news. I hope this starts a new chapter in your life that is even more exciting and rewarding. I bet your house will sell in a snap ;-).

  21. Wow! That’s big news, Marian! I would be sad to leave all those personalized spaces if I were in your shoes.

    I am sure you will get a buyer very quickly, but where will you and your family go if the buyer wants to move in quickly? :-)
    On the other hand, that might be a good problem to have…

    Best wishes for the new chapter in your life!

  22. What an exciting season of growth and change for you! Something tells me your home won’t be on the market long :) Looking forward to following along on your newest adventure!


  23. So very excited for you, Marian. We moved last May and I was nervous and worried – I don’t do well with the unknown, but really you know when it is time to move and our new house is amazing and I’m loving transforming it. I know you house will sell quickly and that you’ll find your dream home with loads of space for creating! x

  24. Hi Marian! How very exciting! I’ve always admired your ability to balance everything you do and the efficiency at which you do it. You are inspiring to us all! Best of luck finding a property that fits your needs perfectly and offers you room for all the further growth that you desire!

  25. Alicia says:

    I have two dear friends who moved to your side of the United States from California and it would be wonderful to be within driving distance of them…but alas…I’m a native-born Californian and think I’d be too home sick if I ventured out…but I’m oh so tempted. At this very moment I’m in the process of putting my house up for sale and California money would probably translate beautifully in your neck of the woods. I’ve never lived with snow in the winter on my door step and think that must be the “cherry on the cake” during the festive holidays. I agree with the other MMS followers that your home will be snatched up in a New York minute. God will make a way for you into your new home and we MMS followers will also be blessed watching what your new house become your new HOME! You and your family are an inspiration!

  26. Sue Pagels says:

    How wonderful and exciting Marian! It is so heartwarming to read of all your success due to all your hard work! I do not think you will have any trouble what so ever selling your beautiful home. I am a bit envious of this new chapter in your life, but yet I have been there and done that and envy you, yet don’t envy you if that makes sense. It is so much fun to read all your wonderful posts and see your beautiful projects. Good luck and I look forward to your new digs!

  27. Seriously exciting! You won’t have any trouble selling hat georgeousness! I can’t wait to see the new place and all the fun things you will be doing. You are such an inspiration to me!!!

  28. What an exciting time! I have no doubt your home will sell quickly (the bath is gorgeous as is the office) and that God will find the perfect place for your family and your business.

    I just purchased a beautifully redone townhome last year after looking for a while. I had been looking for a ranch home since my son is in a wheelchair and very severely disabled. I couldn’t seem to find the right home but kept praying that I’d find the right home for us. When I was saving money, I’d see a home that I’d like and when I shared it with my friends, they’d tell me they’d pray that I’d get that home and I’d always correct them and ask them to pray that we find the right house for us. Well, I found just that. It was absolutely perfect for us…it had a gorgeous room for my son with French doors that were not only pretty but wide enough to get his wheelchair in, an open floor plan, a gorgeous bath with travertine tile (couldn’t have picked a prettier bathroom if I designed it myself), handscraped birch floors, granite countertops and all new windows, etc. Just gorgeous. . I always say it’s functional for him and pretty for me. I knew when I bought it that it was the perfect home for us. Ironically, it had been on the market a while before I bought it. I always say that God had it waiting for us and I believe that. Anyway, I know you will find the perfect home for your family. Your current home is very picturesque and a new buyer will love that they get all of that old world charm with all of the modern updates.

    Best of luck, Marian. It couldn’t happen to a nicer lady or nicer family.

  29. Good luck! As a military wife, we have bought & sold many homes. It all comes down to God’s timing. When we thought we had a better plan, he proved us wrong.

    Although, I hope it sells the first week for you. ;-). Good luck with the search…it is always my favorite part. It makes it a little easier to say goodbye to a beloved home, when you have found a new one that you love.

  30. Good luck with everything and I look forward to seeing the new home!!!! :)

  31. Marian, I hope that you find the home of your dreams. or build the one that you have probably sketched in your mind…I can see you in a “new farmhouse”…with a barn for your workshop and the space to provide “classes”… Good luck!…I know your home will sell quickly!

  32. This is sooo exciting—and a bit sad too. I’m sure the change of moving to a new place won’t be easy and it will be bitter-sweet, but what an exciting adventure too. Can’t wait to follow along to see where God leads you!


  33. Meghan says:

    I just found your blog and have been transfixed and encouraged as I devoured post after post for the past two days. I laughed out loud when I found this post about the sale of your house. I am so letting our good friends in Gettysburg know!

    Two questions:
    1. Where did you find your leather sofa (if you don’t mind)? We just parted with our beloved one similar in shade to yours. I like the feet and arms of your better.

    2. When do you refrain from painting a piece? I am wondering if you check into the value of a piece before you decide to alter it, or are all pieces up for makeovers at your house? I am thinking of the lovely piano stool I saw in an old post.

    Many thanks and blessings on your upcoming transition!

  34. It’s hard…the waiting time. I know all about it…in the UK the market has been very slow and we have been trying to sell for a long time. This will be our 4th year! Patience is hard…in fact, it really sucks sometimes. All in God’s perfect timing though – that’s what we want. I felt encouraged reading your post, and I am sure you will not be waiting as long as we have been. xxx

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