All Things Summer

Embrace the Season: Discover Fresh Ideas and Inspiration in Our Summer Blog Posts! Dive into vibrant decor tips, DIY projects, and delightful summer recipes to make the most of this sunny season. Explore now and bring the essence of summer into your home!

1970 Kitchen Renovation

Explore insights, inspiring design ideas, and transformational tips as Marian breathes new life into her kitchen. From vintage charm to modern elegance, follow her blog posts to uncover the art of creating a timeless and functional culinary haven. Discover the beauty of every step, from selecting appliances and countertops to incorporating unique elements that make this renovation a true masterpiece.

Miss Mustard Seed Wrapping Paper

Add a personal touch to your gifts with Marian’s custom-designed wrapping paper, now available on Society6. Explore her exquisite collection of unique patterns and illustrations, crafted with love and creativity. Elevate your gift-giving experience and make each present truly special with this one-of-a-kind wrapping paper. Shop now and bring joy to your loved ones with artful and personalized packaging.

Find Inspiration & Encouragement

Welcome to the Miss Mustard Seed’s blog, where creativity, vintage charm, and farmhouse elegance come to life. Explore inspiring DIY projects, furniture makeovers, and curated vintage finds that infuse warmth and personality into your home. Discover budget-friendly ideas, painting techniques, and creative inspiration that will elevate your living spaces with love and creativity. Welcome to a haven of creative possibilities where you can create a home that tells your unique story.

to customize your house to feel like home

to nurture your creativity & artistic growth

to find new favorites & never stop growing 

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Most Recent Posts

classy rain gauge

classy rain gauge

Well, it happened and, perhaps, was inevitable.  I bought a rain gauge.  I was already gardening, birdwatching, seeing a cardiologist, and telling stories of the good old days, so I might as well...

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hiding termite bait stations in your yard

hiding termite bait stations in your yard

We've now owned two homes older than 50 years and two homes younger than 20 years.  Older homes are much more my style.  They are typically built with higher-quality materials and they offer story,...

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when plans change

when plans change

As you might conclude from over 4,000 blog posts, in addition to books and articles, I don't usually struggle with writer's block.  But, every once in a while, I sit down to write a blog post, and,...

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cooking with propane

cooking with propane

It's been just over a year since our kitchen renovation, so I thought it was a good time to share a few updates.  To fully bring my vision for this kitchen to life, we either had to have the gas...

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Feels Like Home

Marian’s new book on customizing your home is
now available!

Miss Mustard Seed’s YouTube

This channel shows a progression of my business from my early years of painting and refinishing furniture and dealing antiques to my current passions of art, painting, and design. I just love all things creative and I love encouraging and inspiring other to discover and use their creative gifts.

Free Art Classes

While most of the world was under stay-at-home orders in the Spring of 2020, I connected with my online community by offering live art classes every Friday for a few weeks.  It was such a pick-me-up for me each week!  I received wonderful feedback from the class participants who joined me live or have taken the classes since, so I decided to put them into an online course format and offer them for free.  Sign up and learn to paint with oils in nine classes that cover everything from making a color chart to painting a grazing cow…

Recipes, projects, and decorating ideas for Summer

Embrace the Season: Discover Fresh Ideas and Inspiration in Our Summer Blog Posts! Dive into vibrant decor tips, DIY projects, and delightful summer recipes to make the most of this sunny season. Explore now and bring the essence of summer into your home!

Marian’s Home Tours

Maryland Home
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Marian shares her journey of transforming her new 1970s Maryland home into a modern marvel. Discover inspiring renovations that marry vintage elegance with contemporary flair. Explore her latest blog posts, featuring DIY projects, interior design ideas, and budget-friendly tips that breathe new life into this charming abode. Delight in the art of renovation and witness the magic of infusing every corner with personality and timeless allure. Join Marian on this exciting chapter of her Maryland home transformation and uncover a treasure trove of creativity and inspiration.

Latest Posts by Topic

All Things Home
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classy rain gauge

classy rain gauge

Well, it happened and, perhaps, was inevitable.  I bought a rain gauge.  I was already gardening, birdwatching, seeing a cardiologist, and telling stories of the good old days, so I might as well surrender to middle age and start measuring the rainfall on my own to...

Artistic Endeavors
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antique French drawing box & other goodies

antique French drawing box & other goodies

If you can believe it, I added a few antique art supplies to my collection earlier this year (timely happy-birthday-to-me purchases) and I haven't shared them here on the blog!  I've been so busy with other things that I haven't written about them even though I took...

Creative Business
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Lucketts Spring Market 2023

Lucketts Spring Market 2023

I feel like I'm going home in a way!  The Lucketts Spring Market was a big event in my business for almost a decade and it's so fun to be back.  I'm just going as a shopper on VIP day, which is a lot less work than being a vendor!  In case you have never heard of...

Furniture Makeovers
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antique shoe cart reproduction & inspiration

antique shoe cart reproduction & inspiration

Over the years, I have bought and sold more antique "shoe carts" than I can properly remember.  These antique shelves on wheels are called shoe carts because they were often used in shoe factories to transport shoes around the factory.  I have found carts that are all...

Slice of Life
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a personal project, hungryroot review & discount code

a personal project, hungryroot review & discount code

Disclosure: I have partnered with Hungryroot to review their products on my Instagram grid and Stories.  This post is not a part of that partnership, but I wanted to share it with my blog audience as well.  Use code MISSMUSTARDSEED40 to get 40% off your first...

Tutorials

I love learning and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  Since 2009, I’ve been writing and filming tutorials on everything from furniture refinishing and slipcovers to woodworking and crochet.  What would you like to learn to do today?

Try Something New

Refinishing Furniture
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Fine Art
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Upholstery
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Knitting & Crochet
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Sewing
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