…in the works


This is when blogging and doing everything else at the same time is hard.  I have a bunch of things in the works, but nothing ready for that beauty shot that makes the before and after posts so fun to share (and read, I'm sure!)  So, today I'm showing a few pieces that are in the works in the basement. I finished this 1800's dresser today in MMSMP Linen with a stained wood top... Cari prepped … [Read more...]

humble upholstery & an ornate frame


 This chair has been languishing in my basement for a while...almost a year, I think.  Sometimes I don't work on pieces because I'm stalling, busy, uninspired or it keeps falling to the bottom of the to-do list.  I think other times, providence plays a small role.  I wasn't really sure what fabric I was going to use on this piece and was just planning on defaulting to natural hemp.  Then, I found … [Read more...]

open road…


Over the past week, we have been finishing up projects in our home.  This week, Jeff used the power washer on the deck, my mom and I cleaned the basement and we had a handyman come out to fix a few things that were beyond our DIY abilities.  It feels amazing to have things done!  There are other projects on our wish list and I will always rearrange furniture and change paint colors, but things … [Read more...]

cleaning the basement & a stool for Lucketts


Today, my mom and I spent a few hours cleaning out the basement.  After all of the project-finishing, organizing, cleaning, shopping for Lucketts, shipping for the online shop, etc, the basement was a mess.  I can tolerate a messy basement for a while, because I can close the door and not look at it.  There comes a time, though, when I'm tripping over things and can't find things and it feels like … [Read more...]

Furniture Feature Friday – Link Party


Furniture Feature Friday sort of caught up on me today, but I didn't want to skip it altogether!  So, here's the party without the favorites.  I'm looking forward to getting a lot of inspiration from you... Here are the rules for our furniture get-together… 1.) Your post has to be about furniture. Please, please, please…just furniture. If you find your link has been deleted, it’s not … [Read more...]

the right lamp shade


A few months ago, I bought this pretty alabaster lamp at an antique store.  I loved the shape of it... It came with a shade, but I didn't think it fit the lamp very well.  I ended up hanging onto it without a shade in the basement for a while and finally moved it up to my desk when I was working on the family room.  One day my mom and I went out shopping and I was planning on hitting Target to … [Read more...]

stockings, skirts & stone paths


Today I started working on my Christmas freelance projects.  I know it's April, but this is a pretty normal time of year for me to be working on Christmas stuff, actually.  These projects are for Christmas 2014 and are launched in July for "Christmas in July" and will then be promoted again when everyone else is ramping up for the holidays.  So, I have to get them turned in early enough, so they … [Read more...]

Finishing Projects…


Over a year ago, we installed wood floors in our bedroom and family room.  We ripped out broken closet doors and baseboards.  Then, we got busy.  I mean, painting a piece of furniture or installing wood counters is a lot more exciting than priming a baseboard or putting in a threshold.  A few months later, I was hired to do some freelance projects that involved work in the master bedroom and bath. … [Read more...]

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0


Those who have followed my blog since I started in 2008 know how far my business has come.  Mustard Seed Interiors was born after a teary breakdown on my sofa and a strong push from my mom and was launched with hours of painting wooden ornaments at my kitchen counter to sell at a craft fair.  MSI has grown to a blog with over 1 million hits a month, a Milk Paint line sold in over 230 retail … [Read more...]

the present


  You probably know that I have a thing for white ironstone.  I've been collecting it for years and have a wide variety of pieces from brush boxes to sugar jars, tureens and pitchers to punch bowls and platters, casseroles, mugs, compotes and a huge slop jar. One piece I've always wanted was a cake pedestal.  I saw one in person in the home of an antique vendor a few years ago and it … [Read more...]