We’re sharing another installment of our Miss Mustard Seed Monday mini-series, as we count down to Marian’s new book, Feels Like Home.
It’s been so much fun to be a part of the Feels Like Home book launch team these past few weeks. I can hardly believe we’re one week away from launch day!
Even though I read through an advance copy of the book, I still find myself going back over it just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
It’s really good!
The book truly feels like a love letter to the family, friends, fans, and blog readers who have enjoyed learning from Marian through her blog, on social media, and via her YouTube channel since she first began in 2009.
She’s been a constant source of inspiration for me, and I know she has been for so many of you as well!
Here are 7 things I’ve learned from Miss Mustard Seed over the years…
Listen To Your Home Before You Begin Infusing Your Personality…
When we first moved into this island cottage, I immediately started decorating in a shabby chic meets coastal theme. I’ll just give you the short version, it was a complete disaster and didn’t feel right at all.
Over the years, I’ve learned to practice patience and take a more layered approach when it comes to decorating the house.
It’s not always easy but the end result is always worth it.
Find Ways to Add Character Through DIY Projects…
I’ve been one of those people that see the potential in everything for as long as I can remember. My family would say I’m an idealist which I completely own, as an INFJ Meyers-Briggs Personality Type.
I also have a practical side and knew I didn’t have the skills to complete intensive room makeovers as you see on HGTV without a lot of extra help.
Thankfully, I wasn’t afraid to start small and work my way up, one transformation at a time.
While I’ve been blessed to work alongside my parents, and bestie S through many DIY projects over the years, it was taking the chance on a single piece of furniture that started the journey of The Crowned Goat and in the process turned our home into a place we truly love.
Decorating on a Budget Will Stretch Your Creativity in The Best Possible Way…
One of my favorite things about Miss Mustard Seed projects and ideas, is they’re mostly budget-friendly.
Over the years, Marian has spoken extensively about starting out with little to no money to decorate her home. Despite frequently shopping at yard sales, she would still angst a bit over a $3 side table because things were that tight.
Without a doubt, this was one of the things about her blog that drew me in and kept me coming back for more. Especially, since I first discovered her while I was in graduate school living off fish sticks and pop tarts.
While our decorating budget has changed a lot since those early days, I still treasure the skills and creativity I learned from reading the Miss Mustard Seed blog during that time.
Take a Break When You Feel Stuck…
Seeing a room transformed from start to finish is one of my favorite luxuries in life. I love the planning, the troubleshooting, the shopping, the installation, the reveal – it’s so much fun.
The flipside to all that fun is constantly having to make decisions because, after a while, the decision fatigue can really start taking a toll.
Marian shares more about this in the book, but one of the biggest takeaways I’ve learned from her is to take a decorating break when you feel stuck.
Forcing an idea can lead to mistakes, disappointment, and even regret once the project is finished. It’s best to take a breath, walk away, honor your feelings, and regroup so give yourself permission to do just that!
Use the Good Stuff Everyday…
When I was a young girl, my Granny hosted a candlelit Christmas dinner and let our entire family eat off a set of antique china she brought home from Germany in the 1950s.
It was the most magical thing I’d experienced up to that point because I had never seen the dishes out of her china cabinet, ever.
That night on the way home, I promised myself if I ever had a set of pretty dishes, I would use them on a regular basis and I love that Miss Mustard Seed encourages her family and her readers to do the same.
Shop Antique Stores, Estate Sales, Flea Markets, Yard Sales and Outdoor Events for Unique Finds, Budget Friendly Décor Items, and Decorating Secret Weapons…
There’s nothing like spending the day treasure hunting for vintage and antique goodies. I swear you just never know what you’re going to find from one trip to the next.
My love of ironstone definitely started from the first day I started reading Marian’s blog. It’s not easy to find in our area which makes finding a piece, extra special.
While we’ve frequently shopped antique stores, estate sales, flea markets, yard sales, and outdoor events for unique or one-of-a-kind items, I never thought about shopping for those go-to decorating items we repeatedly use in our homes from small vignettes to complete room makeovers.
Marian shares an entire secret weapons list in the book, and it has changed the way I shop these events. It’s really good!
Stay True to What You Love…
I’m sure we’ve all been distracted at times by the latest trends on social media, Pinterest, print magazines, and decorating books too.
It can definitely be hard to stay the course when you’re transforming the spaces in your home bit by bit, and your original vision no longer seems popular or cool anymore.
I’m absolutely raising my hand on this one too.
While our taste and design preference may change over the years, the overall feel of how we go about making a home warm and inviting for our friends and family doesn’t have to.
Stay true to what you love by taking note of the pieces you choose over and over again in your home. It might be a specific decorating detail, a color palette, a pattern, fabric, a piece of art, or even a collection.
Those pieces will help guide your signature style.
They’ll help you stay the course when shiny object syndrome threatens to take hold and lead you back to the classic pieces that steal your heart and take your breath away.
I hope these 7 Things I’ve Learned from Miss Mustard Seed have helped!Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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