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Decorating
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Miss Mustard Seed's Decorating
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Miss Mustard Seed Before & After Furniture Makeover
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Antiques
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Home Resources

Links to books, fabrics, paints, furniture & accessories to bring Marian’s style into your home.

Decorating, projects, and recipes for fall

collecting & pressing leaves & flowers

collecting & pressing leaves & flowers

Over the past few days, I have become acutely aware of autumn's waning beauty and how it will all soon be covered in snow.  We've had some unusually warm weather in our neck of the woods, so I've...

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simple fall simmer pot

simple fall simmer pot

This week, the temps started to drop and we only recently had our first frost here in Minnesota.  It's actually come pretty late this year and we haven't even seen a flake of snow, yet!  But, I am...

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Marian’s Home Tour

This is a typical four-square suburban home built-in 2004. It is well-built and has a wonderful layout, but was a sea of beige and builder-grade finishes! See how this home has been customized to suit Marian’s blend of European and American antiques in a fresh palette of blue, green, and white.

 

Furniture Tutorials

I have lost dog syndrome for old furniture, so I turned it into a business.  For over 10 years, I bought, repaired, and sold vintage and antique furniture, and I documented the makeover process of hundreds of those pieces here on this blog.  Find tutorials and inspiration for painting, refinishing, repairing, reinventing, upholstering, slipcovering, and more…

 

Latest Home Endeavors

a winter break

a winter break

Last year, when Shaunna and I were interviewing Jena Holliday for the Creative Exponent podcast, Jena mentioned she took the month of January off.  Not off in the sense that she didn't work at all,...

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the Christmas victrola

the Christmas victrola

A few of you noticed my early Christmas present in the Holiday Home Tour I shared a couple of weeks ago.  If you were with me when I lived back in PA, you may remember that I owned a Victrola.  I...

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parker house rolls

parker house rolls

Have you tried the "Parker House Rolls" recipe by Half Baked Harvest?  You can find the printable recipe and all of the details HERE.  I made them last year for the first time and they were so...

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Recent Recipes

parker house rolls

parker house rolls

Have you tried the "Parker House Rolls" recipe by Half Baked Harvest?  You can find the printable recipe and all of the details HERE.  I made them last year for the first time and they were so...

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Organization Tips

Get some organizing inspiration for your living & work spaces…

 

Sewing Tutorials

Sewing is one of the best DIY-skills to have when it comes to customizing your home.  Learn to make curtains, slipcovers, pillows, and more…

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