designing a product

Marian ParsonsMustard Seed Studio, my business story29 Comments

A year and a half ago, I was offered the opportunity to design home decor products.  It’s something I had considered. and even hoped for, for a long time, but it just never came together.  I was such a hands-on creator that I struggled with trying to communicate my vision to someone else.  I also had to learn how to … Read More

new house tour | the guest room

Marian ParsonsGuest Room, My House28 Comments

Today,  I’m sharing the last room that’s in the basement – the guest room. You can click these links to see the playroom and the family room/TV room. Now, there is a little guest room upstairs that is my sewing room, but I set the French daybed up there, so we could accommodate another person, if need be. The guest … Read More

gaining space & resourcefulness

Marian ParsonsArt, Mustard Seed Studio54 Comments

I said I was going to hang the postal sorter on the wall to gain some space on the table, so I did just that!  Well, I say “I”, but Jeff actually did it for me.  I did take everything down, tell him where I wanted it hung, and then put everything back, so I was a participant!  He’s just … Read More

through the lens of a camera…

Marian ParsonsKitchen, Photography65 Comments

I did a proper photo shoot in my kitchen last week and there was something therapeutic about it.  It was my first “real photoshoot” where I styled everything (removed the unsightly stuff like the toaster), used a tripod, tethered the camera, etc.  There is something about taking a picture of something that makes me love it more.  Well, maybe it’s … Read More

new house tour | the basement family room

Marian ParsonsFamily Room, My House49 Comments

I showed pictures of our empty basement last week when I shared plans for the boys’ playroom.  I finally got down there with my camera and took some pictures of how the spaces look now. We’ll start in the main room of the basement – the family room.  (Not to be confused with the living room upstairs.  We decided to … Read More

hang your head in shame, faucet

Marian Parsonshome improvement, Kitchen62 Comments

The kitchen has come a long way since we moved in and, while it looks like a big overhaul, it’s really just involved paint, changing out the lights over the island, and hanging the pot rack.  The one big change we made was converting the electric stove to gas and replacing it with a beefy commercial-style range, which has been … Read More

the basement playroom

Marian ParsonsRoom Makeovers37 Comments

In my post reviewing our progress on the new home in 2017, I shared that there are rooms I haven’t showed here, yet.  In fact, I haven’t showed the entire basement!  In addition to the utility room and some storage, there is a family room, a playroom, bathroom, and a guest room down there.  It’s a walk-out basement, so even … Read More

studio tweaks

Marian ParsonsArt, Mustard Seed Studio, Organizing27 Comments

When I moved everything into the studio, I knew that they might not stay that way.  I had an idea of how I would use the space, but that was based on the idea that the drafting table would be my primary work surface. Since I’ve been doing more painting than watercolors and drawing, I’ve been working mostly at my … Read More