{about the business}

Mustard Seed Interiors LLC is a small business that was born out of a love for antiques, decorating on a budget, and giving old pieces of furniture new life.  The initial expectation was to earn $200/month to help with purchasing groceries and diapers.  What started out as a one-woman-show decorative painting and mural business, evolved into an antiques business that tripped into a blog and blossomed into a entire brand.   In 2012, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line was launched and is now carried in over 300 retail locations in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia.

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{about the blog}

 Miss Mustard Seed was first published in 2009 on a whim.  I wanted to advertise my business, but I also wished to connect with other DIY/Home bloggers.  The decision was made early on to make this blog a valuable resource, filled with tutorials, practical advice, encouragement and a dose of reality.  Some of the blog series cover making slipcovers, starting a creative business, painting furniture, before & after inspiration and decorating tips & tricks.  Since that first post, Miss Mustard Seed has grown to over 23,000 subscribers and over 600,000 page views each month.

{about me}

I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed.  A pastor’s wife, mother of two boys, a lover of all things home, and a paint enthusiast.  I am a business owner, though I have never thought of myself as an entrepreneur.  I am a self-taught designer and full-out amateur photographer.  I am a writer who totally abuses commas and relies heavily on spell check.  Despite all of those things, here I am.  A business that was started in the hopes of contributing to the family income has grown beyond anything I ever imagined or hoped for.  I am now passionate about sharing what I have learned in the hopes of encouraging others.

I am always in paint splattered clothes.  My sweet family tolerates the constant furniture rearranging.  I’ve never worked harder in my life.  And I love every minute of it.

I currently live in Rochester, MN with my husband and two sons.

In addition to running my business and authoring this blog, I am a freelance writer, photographer & stylist for Cottages & Bungalows magazine and have contributed articles to HGTV.com, CountryLiving.com, Cottages & Bungalows magazine (DIY Essentials Column 2010-2012), American Farmhouse Style (Spring 2014), French Style (Fall 2014) and Romantic Country (cover, fall 2014).  I’m honored to have my work featured in Romantic Homes (January 2011), Flea Market Style (Spring 2011), Flea Market Finds with Matthew Mead (Spring 2012), Flea Market Style (Winter 2012), Women’s Day (Nov 2012), Better Homes & Gardens Decorating Ideas (Winter 2012), Cabin Life (Dec 2012), Romantic Country (Spring 2013), Make It Over (Spring 2014), Fresh Style (Spring 2014) and online at bobvila.com, Houzz, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, About.com and many DIY/Home Decorating sites.  In television, I’ve been featured on NBC (WGAL Harrisburg), Fox News, The Nate Berkus Show, Canada AM and more.

I’m also the author of three books –  The Home Design Doodle Book, published by (Broadstreet Publishing, May 2017), Inspired You (Thomas Nelson, Nov 2012), and The Barn Quilt Coloring Book (Broadstreet Publishing, March 2017).

Some fun facts…  I am an army brat, my high school job was dancing in the parades at Disney and my degree is in Musical Theatre.  I have a soft spot for Clementine IZZE soda and dark chocolate.

Interested in advertising and giveaway rates?  Send an e-mail to marian@missmustardseed.com.

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  7. I was wondering…do you ever get tired or bored of the blue and white color scheme? I seem to have trouble staying with 1 color set-up. I usually change EVERYTHING from season to season, but don’t seem to get to enjoy the colors before I feel urge to switch out again. How can I settle on a nice “base” color scheme, the add in pops for the seasons?

  8. Hi Marian! I hope that you are getting some well deservered rest after this last weekend and all of the hard work that went into preparing for the Lucketts show. I have been watching your posts and I dream of making the trip to one of your events soon.

    I have two questions. Did the hand painted mora dresser sell and if not, is it for sale now? I LOVE that piece !! And, in the pictures of the Lucketts event, on the primitive hutch painted in shutter grey, second shelf, there are 4 pieces of ironstone that are very similar. They look like large sugar bowls. I would really like to know what they are called so that I can shop e-bay and etsy in hopes of purchasing one. Unless by some small blessing you came home with one??

    Anyway, thanks for your time and great big thanks for sharing your talent and vision with everyone. You are truly inspiring!!


    Trina Williams

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  12. Have you published the plans for your dyi pottery barn coffee table yet? My husband and I have gotten into making our own furniture including a farm dining room table, benches, and shoe rack, and now we are looking at making a coffee table. I just love tgis design and your paints b technique.

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  15. Hi Miss Mustard Seed…
    I came across your site while
    reading Created to be Creative (YouVersion 5 day reading plan)
    I’m 71 love crafting; making wreaths…. just recently started trying to sketch, draw simple things. I get to do that on the art journal group I’m in. Anyway I would like to get more inspiration from your blog. Thank you.

  16. Carolyn Johnson
    05.12.2017 AT 3:41 PM
    Hi Miss Mustard Seed…
    I came across your site while
    reading Created to be Creative (YouVersion 5 day reading plan)
    I’m 71 love crafting; making wreaths…. just recently started trying to sketch, draw simple things. I get to do that on the art journal group I’m in. Anyway I would like to get more inspiration from your blog. Thank you.

  17. I’m confused. Do you actually have a shop at the Berryville Fairgrounds or do you have “events” at certain times?

  18. I’m struggling to find a tutorial or video on using Miss Mustard Seed milk paint on kitchen cabinets. I’ve read through the blogs and watched the videos but still confused on whether to use a bonding agent or not, what to seal with….please help. My husband is on a “renovation role” and I have to keep the momentum moving!!! My cabinets are a dark color and clearly have a gloss of some sort because they always look like finger print heaven!

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