design pivot & the entire family room

Let's talk about those moments when design plans don't work.  You buy something, order something, you put it in place, and then you realize it's not going to work the way you envisioned.  You can...

my first completed sketchbook

For all of the talk I do about journaling and sketchbooks, can you believe that I have never fully completed a sketchbook?!  Well, not until a few weeks ago.  I have filled plenty of pages in plenty...

how I maximize productivity

I am often asked how I do everything that I do, so I'm going to attempt to answer that in this post and to offer some of the ways I maximize productivity.  The reason why I say I'm going to attempt...

tips on styling a hutch

Yesterday afternoon, after doing some computer work then some not-fun organizing in the basement, I decided I needed to do something in my house that was just for fun.  I didn't have very much time,...

design plan for the family room

As I've been thinking about the basement family room, I've had this image sitting on my desk.  It was on the cover of a Serena & Lily catalog I received in the mail and it immediately became my...
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how I maximize productivity

how I maximize productivity

I am often asked how I do everything that I do, so I'm going to attempt to answer that in this post and to offer some of the ways I maximize productivity.  The reason why I say I'm going to attempt...

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tips on styling a hutch

tips on styling a hutch

Yesterday afternoon, after doing some computer work then some not-fun organizing in the basement, I decided I needed to do something in my house that was just for fun.  I didn't have very much time,...

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may 2021 favorites

may 2021 favorites

I can't believe it's June already!  In just a few short weeks, 2021 will be half over.  I remember a friend saying years ago, as I held an infant Marshall in my arms, that I just pressed the...

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My Favorite Jute Rugs

My Favorite Jute Rugs

I've shared about the jute rugs I use in my home in various posts, but not all in one place.  Since rugs are a tricky part of decorating a room (for me, at least), I thought I would share some of my...

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tips on shelling

tips on shelling

As I've shared before, my favorite thing to do at the beach is to hunt for shells.  I've been shelling since I was a little girl, helping my Oma hunt for olive shells at Long Beach, NC.  When we...

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some of my favorite frames for art

some of my favorite frames for art

In recent weeks and months, I've been asked a few times about framing original art, so I thought I would share some of my favorite frames in a blog post. Let me kick this off by saying I don't think...

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little bits from ponder & purchase

little bits from ponder & purchase

The Kitchin Sketchbooks I bought from Julia of Ponder & Purchase have proven to be just the beginning.  Since the two of us first started talking about the sketchbooks, a friendship has been...

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Marian Parsons - Miss Mustard Seed

I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, freelance writer & photographer.  READ MORE to learn more about me, my blog and my business…

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