the mustard seed studio

Marian ParsonsArtistic Endeavors140 Comments

I signed the lease and got the keys for my very own studio yesterday.  I’ve been talking and dreaming about one for at least two years.  My business has always been spread throughout our house, wherever it will fit.  It’s in the upstairs hall closet, the downstairs office, the entire basement, a corner of the family room and usually the living and dining rooms.  It’s basically taking over.  So, I absolutely cannot wait to get everything moved out of my house and into the studio, so I can start using it.

Here’s how it looks from the outside…

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This is my view across the street…

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You had better believe I’m going to do a photo shoot or two over there!

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And here is the inside of my studio…

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Like I said…it’s just a big open space.  White walls, wood floors, big windows and really a wonderful blank slate for photo shoots, videos, workshops and yes, even some sales here and there.  It’s not going to be a shop.  I have too many other things going on to tie myself down to hours and keeping a store stocked, but I would like to have sales a few times a year and I will be open by appointment and I will have things available to sell when I teach workshops.

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Obviously, I’m going to teach milk paint workshops, but I’ll also teach on slipcovers, upholstery, starting/running a creative business and maybe even styling and photography.  I’ll probably try some different things and see what is popular.  I am going to limit workshops to 12 (for now), so it can be a small, intimate group.

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The light in the studio is pretty amazing, which is really what sold me on the space.  I looked into a few other commercial spaces for rent, but the light didn’t look good.  As I was snapping pictures of the space yesterday, I couldn’t help but take a picture of a chair, just to test it out…

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Just pinch me.  And did I mention it’s about a mile from my house?!

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Since it is one big open space, we have plans to build some rolling walls that will section off a “back room”.  We can then use those rolling walls as backdrops for different photo shoots.  Kriste and I have already had so much fun brainstorming about the backdrops we want to make.

The maintenance/handy guys who take care of the property are going to hang some chandeliers for me and replace the small bathroom sink with a utility sink, which I’m excited about as well.

We’re moving everything in on Monday, so I’ll be sharing more next week as I figure out the space and get settled.

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140 Comments on “the mustard seed studio”

  1. Eeeeeeeee! It’s so awesome! And I’m so excited that I’m within driving distance to do a workshop at your new place someday.

  2. How exciting! I grew up in B- ville and recognized that building right away! I grew up there in the 60s and loved it. I’ve been following you off and on through the years, I even ask you once if you needed a camerawoman for your videos before you were famous ha ha! Will have to get over and take one of your classes sometime and meet the famous Miss Mustard Seed from my hometown.

  3. Marian!!!! I am sooooo excited for you!!! I so wish I lived closer!!! I would definitely come visit, shop, and learn! I’m like 3000 miles away! Happy moving in day tomorrow!!! : ) I’ll be thinking of you!

  4. Wowie Zowie! I could LIVE there!! Well done!!! I know you will have all the fun and success that makes your blog such a delight to read.


  5. Wow! it’s an amazing space! the possibilities are endless. I love the building across the street too. the best part is that your business will no longer take over your house and it’s only 1 mile away. all in divine order. can’t wait to see how your new space will evolve.

  6. yes, i had to wait a long time to get a real studio, and now i have one! so i know how you feel, and am excited for you! i can visualize what you can do with such a blank slate — so big and open and light filled. and yes, across the street is inspiring! thanks for sharing. all the best to you, karen

  7. Sooo excited for you! The windows are awesome and the floors beautiful. Chandeliers will be amazing! After following your blog for over a year and a half (your blog is the first I ever read and followed, and I still read daily), I finally jumped in, bought an antique dresser for my daughter and painted it. Still trying to find the right pulls (the holes are 3 1/2 inches apart, on a serpentine dresser, in the concave), but it turned out great! I also painted a built in shelving unit in a bedroom and it turned out well too. I’m hooked! Thanks for all of your inspiration, tutorials, and being real! You inspire so many and this new space is a great new chapter for you! Blessings!
    PS any leads on pulls that have 3 1/2 in spaced screw holes? 🙂

  8. Wow, nice!!! Congratulations. And it’s white with good light and wood floors with character. How perfect. There’s a little village near us with a lot of homes from the 1800s in a little downtown area – this inspires me to swing by and see if there’s any spaces for rent!

  9. How perfect! Literally. I’m so very happy for this new leg of your journey and the fact that so many get to follow you on this part of your journey. Take it slow and enjoy and savor every second. I pray you the very best.
    Blessings to all, Hope

  10. How exciting, I bet when you put out your light at bedtime and settle down for a good nights sleep your brain comes alive and charges away at twenty-to-the-dozen filling your eyes with wonderful images and the great ideas you are excited to implement . Very well done for finding this place and only a mile from your home with such an amazing building opposite I can see many photo shoots there too. Many, many happy, prosperous & productive years there, Mary

  11. How exciting for you! You must be thrilled. The place looks absolutely lovely and screams that it belongs to you.

  12. Looks like a perfect fit for you. Congratulations!
    Looking forward to hearing about your workshops when you are ready for them down the road

  13. Congratulations!! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to see what you get up to in this wonderful new space. Oh, the possibilities!

  14. The space is fantastic! Congratulations!!!! I have followed you journey over the last couple years & I must say it is completely inspiring to think about the first day you mustered up the courage to walk into a shop to sell your wares & now how far you have come! Amazing!!! Congratulations & best of luck!

  15. CONGRATS!! So very excited and happy for you! The new space looks amazing – wishing you great things with it 😀 PS – love the place across the street !

  16. Marian! Congratulations big time on the new space. My mind would be racing at night with plans for the space. The building/view across the street is worthy of becoming a print to sell. I can see it as a 6″ square in either black and white or sepia tone, with a large white mat and square black frame. Maybe even just sections of the building or…
    Enjoy the new space!

  17. God is soooooooooooooo good!!! His plans for us are so much better than our own. God bless you as you move.

  18. CONGRATULATIONS☆☆☆♡☆☆♡☆☆!

    What a reward worth waiting for! I can wait to hear more and dont forget my offer…it still holds true!
    In the meantime I’ll be one of many folks, I’m sure, watching and waiting to get on you first class list!
    Cheers to you and this fabulous new adventure! – Sharon

  19. Congratulations! Beautiful space! Have loved watching this all evolve over the years I’ve followed your blog!

  20. Congratulations, Marian!!! What an awesome, inviting space! I’m soooo happy for you! Can’t wait to see what you’ll dream up in this studio!

  21. Congratulations, Marian! What an awesome and inviting space! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see what you’ll dream up in your new studio!!!

  22. You Go Gurl!! What a great place!! I’m including a link to the site in Norway called Tilda’s World which shows some great pics of how they created ‘fake walls’ in their studio for photo shoots, displays and studio work. Just thought it was fun to see and may spark some ideas for you (as if you don’t already have 8 million running around in your head for your new wonderful space already)!! Enjoy creating in your new space, will be so anxious to see how it all comes together!

  23. Don’t suppose they would let you switch out the drop ceiling tiles for something more fun? The stamped metal looking ones, maybe?

  24. Oh my gosh!!! It’s a beautiful space! The light is incredible. and I love all the white with the beautiful wood floors. It’s a blank canvas! Soooo inspiring. and that building across the street is a work of art. Wow…
    It all makes me so excited for you…


  25. That is an absolutely breathtaking space with a wonderful view across the street! Love and adore the floors too! How perfect for you – Good luck but I know it will be amazing, so you don’t really “need” the good luck, because you already have it 🙂

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