Feels Like Home | Work Spaces Chapter Preview

by | Jul 6, 2021 | All Things Home, Decorating | 19 comments

I’ve shared that the process of writing my new book, Feels Like Home, was an easy one.  I mean, it was a lot of work, but it was one of those projects that felt life-giving.  It was exciting and fulfilling.  The words came easily and I was practically giddy during the photoshoots.  It was good work and maybe some of my best work.

The hardest part of this process has been the waiting; waiting for September 7, 2021, to finally arrive so the book can be out in the world.  It’s a long breath of anticipation that happens between the creative work and getting to experience the results – to physically hold the book and to receive feedback from more than just a handful of select people who have seen it digitally.

But, the official book launch is just eight weeks away, which will be here before we all know it.  Until then, I’m keeping myself busy with other projects (like painting, working on our basement, and being a hobby historian) and also preparing for the birth of this book.  There’s been a lot to do from creating bonus content to meeting with my marketing & PR team to lining up some pretty amazing giveaways.

Despite being busy, my team at Hachette Nashville/Worthy Publishing and I are so eager to get this book out into the world that we are going to offer a free preview of an entire chapter!  We’re offering it for a few reasons…

Number one – We are all very proud of this book and, when you’re really proud of something, you want to share it with others.

Number two – For those who preordered the book, eight weeks is a long time to wait to get to see the book you bought!  This chapter preview will give you a chance to read some of Feels Like Home until your physical copy arrives.

Number three – For those who like to get a sense of a book, through reviews or previews, before you buy, an entire chapter will give you a good feel for the content in this book as well as the tone in which it was written.

Feels Like Home Book | Work Spaces | Marian Parsons

This isn’t a stuffy decorating book filled with high-end designs, custom homes, historic residences that dreams are made of, and rooms decorated by a team of professional designers.  This book features real suburban homes – ranchers, split-levels, colonials, and salt-boxes, that have all been transformed by the homeowners.  It’s down-to-earth, doable, and encouraging.  It balances beauty and function, budget-friendly ideas and splurges, inspiration and practical encouragement.  It’s for people who are setting up house for the first time and for those who are ready for a refresh or a total overhaul.

But I don’t just want to tell you all of that.  I want to show you…

The chapter we are making available to you for free is one of my favorite – Work Spaces.

Feels Like Home Book | Work Spaces | Marian Parsons

As someone who runs a business out of my home (and expects a lot of from the spaces I use for work), this was a chapter I was excited to write.  I also know that so many people are working from home in this day and age and might need some inspiration and ideas for setting up their own workspaces to look and feel conducive to creativity, focus, and productivity.

Feels Like Home Book | Work Spaces | Marian Parsons

You can download a copy of the chapter on Creative & Work Spaces HERE

(If you have trouble with the download, just send me an e-mail at marian@missmustardseed.com and I’ll make sure you can access the free chapter.)

And you can preorder Feels Like Home from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM!, and Worthy Publishing.

Feels Like Home Book | Miss Mustard Seed | #feelslikehomebook


  1. Carole Prisk

    Chapter 7 is informative, beautifully photographed and a pleasure to read. Your new book looks fabulous.

  2. Mary Ellen Eckels

    Looks beautiful! Can’t wait to be able to order it. Congrats! A labor of love 🙂

  3. Debbie Hibbert

    Wonderful!! Absolutely WONDERFUL!! I’m counting down the days until your book release. Thank you for sharing this sneak peak, Marion.🙂

  4. Karen B.

    Congratulations on your soon-to-be-released book. I’m happy to preview it this way.
    Thank you,

  5. Carol

    Wow! A great read, thanks so much for giving us a peek!

  6. sandi m

    I pre-ordered it over the weekend (along with other AMZ purchases).
    Look foward to reading the chapter. Thank you!!

  7. Lisa P

    I’m so looking forward to receiving my preordered copy of your beautiful book!

  8. Debbie w

    Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed reading this chapter! Great job, Marian!

  9. Cheryl

    Already ordered!

  10. Rita

    Can’t wait to read the rest. Beautiful pics and great info as expected. Thanks for the sneak peek.

  11. Trista Ybarra

    My husband knows I’ve been following you for a while and he pre-ordered your book for me! I am thrilled to get my hands on it soon. Any chance you’d do a book signing or two?

  12. Judeth

    Wow! This is wonderful. I like the step by step instructions. The photography is beautiful.
    Already pre-ordered.

  13. Sally Nygren

    Hi Marion,
    I ordered your book off Amazon a few month ago. I can hardly wait for it to arrive! I will savor it and enjoy it in the evenings after dinner!

  14. Antonia

    So disappointed that the download didn’t work for me. Now there is an error message because my email was previously entered. Help!

    • Marian Parsons

      I’m working with my publisher on a solution! We’ll make sure you can get the preview, Antonia. Thanks for letting me know of the issue and I hope we’ll get it resolved.

  15. Lora Gay

    I absolutely can not wait for this book! Beautiful work! I’m so excited to see renovation/design from a down to earth, can-do perspective. The HGTV diet any home enthusiast consumes (myself included!) can get overwhelming, homogenized, and so high-end that you never feel like your home is good enough. Or ever will be. Thank you for doing the work to bring your book, and a much-needed perspective to the world! It’s going to be awesome!

  16. Kathleen

    Just preordered my copy and I’m SO looking forward to getting my hands on it!!!

  17. Vicki Elish

    Pre-ordered today. I enjoyed so much the chapter that you shared. Such thoughtful, realistic, and beautiful ideas for creating work and creative spaces. Your photographs are beautiful and so artfully composed–works of art and inspiration all on their own. Well done! It will be hard to wait for the book now that I have had a taste of it!

  18. Charlotte

    Just read the preview and can’t wait for my copy to arrive!!!! I preordered it the first day (first time ever for me)…It’ll be a perfect fall read with a cup of coffee and my favorite blanket…. I’m so excited!


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