I don’t think I’ve made it a secret how much I love Farmhouses.
In fact, anything Farmhouse.
My online shop, Farmhouse Decor, is a testament to this love.
When it comes to Farmhouse Style, it would be hard to deny that this style
has seen a surge of interest because of blogging.
I grew up with the original “Farmhouse Style.”
I am a barefooted, sun-tanned, dirt under my nails gal through and through.
I’m surprised my Mama got me to wear a dress long enough to take this pic.
Farmhouse means a lot of different things to everyone.
When I think of Farmhouse, first and foremost I think of the home where I
was raised and blessed with the most wonderful childhood anyone could
ever wish for.
Farmhouse to me….was “home.” Maybe that is why I have such an affinity
for the style today. Especially in my kitchen, where I have such precious
memories of cooking and baking with my Mama.
When I think of Farmhouse in terms of blogging, I will have to say – one
particular person comes to mind more than anyone else.
Marian Parson, better known as Miss Mustard Seed
Marion has an iconic style, and has turned her family’s farmhouse into a
truly unique and endearing home. It is no wonder that she was asked to write
a book, where she featured some of her classic designs and the style that has
put her Bloggyworld’s map.
It is filled with page after page of inspirational photographs and projects.
Inspired You is one of those books that you go back to again and again…
and see something new each time.
I was thrilled when Marian agreed to do an interview with me. I sent
her some questions, and here are the answers she gave.
Ten Questions with Miss Mustard Seed
Question One: Most of us know that you really started blogging
on a whim, and a way to advertise your business, but did you ever
think it would grow to be one of the biggest DIY blogs there is?
Answer: No, I had no idea! I didn’t have any grand plans or big
expectations for my blog. I just did what I did and everything happened
in an organic way.
Question Two: What aspects of blogging do you appreciate the
most, and which aspects do you wish you did not have to deal
Answer: I love the community, and having an excuse to “play magazine”
and having a place to share. I’m also constantly amazed at the opportunities
that have come available to me through my blog and I’m really grateful for
those. As far as the downsides, I do get bogged down with e-mails and all
of the technical things that need to be done. I also hate the accounting,
taxes and legal stuff that comes with all of the “fun.”
Question Three: In 2012, you started a line of milk paints,
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, which has become hugely
successful. Where do you see this product line going in the
next few years, and do you have other plans to add more
Answer: What started as a very small idea has totally blown me
away and it’s a little overwhelming at times. Right now our focus is
on education and inspiration, so our customers know how to use milk
paint like a pro. We do have some other products on the horizon,
including new milk paint colors and some new paint products.
Question Four: How do you handle the aspects of being a business
owner, a blogger, a wife and mother, and life in general – all rolled
Answer: This is the area that I constantly have to work on…balance.
I might be rocking out some furniture, but my house is a mess. I might
spend a ton of time with my boys and then my e-mail inbox is overloaded.
I just take each day as it comes and make adjustments along the way.
I’m sure I’ll still be talking about my struggle with balance years from now!
Question Five: How does your husband and children feel about
your newfound fame?
Answer: My kids have grown up with me being “Miss Mustard Seed”,
so it isn’t strange to them. They have enjoyed the attention at the book
signings they’ve attended with me, though! My husband has been so
supportive through this crazy ride and is very proud of all I (we, really)
Question Six: Do you have plans to write another book?
Answer: I don’t have any firm plans at this point, just soft ideas. I
am so content with where I am that I don’t feel like I need to push to
make anything happen. I’m just going to wait until the timing is right.
I’m definitely open to it, though.
Question Seven: What is the favorite room in your home and why?
Answer: My favorite room to shoot in is my dining room, but I enjoy my
kitchen and family room the most. Those are the rooms where we really
live and relax.
Question Eight: What is the one piece of furniture you have
painted/refurbished and sold, and regret it and why?
Answer: I sold a French sofa a few years ago, before I knew how to
reupholster, and I wish I had kept it, so I could finish it properly.
I am sure I can find something else I like just as much, though. I don’t
really have regrets, because there is always great new stuff to be found
and given a makeover.
Question Nine: Why would you encourage anyone to start
Answer: I think it’s a great way to connect with other people who
have common interests. It doesn’t have to be professionally or as a
part of a business, but as an outlet. I think a lot of women, especially
those who feel a little lost in motherhood or their job, really need that.
It’s also just fun!
Question Ten: For someone new to blogging, what are three
pieces of advice you can offer them?
Answer: One – Be yourself. I know that sounds so cliché, but it is true.
Don’t try to copy someone else. Just do what you do. Two – Focus on
quality content and photographs. Three – Remember that everyone starts
somewhere. I started with three followers (myself, my sister-in-law and a
friend.) I didn’t hire a designer until my blog was over a year old.
Don’t feel like you need to compete with established blogs when you’re
first starting out. Just start and let things grow naturally.
Thank you, Marian. It was such fun asking you these questions and hearing
your responses. Thank you for your contributions to Farmhouse-Style, as
well as, your contributions to Bloggyland.
Did y’all enjoy that, too?
Well, like that wasn’t exciting enough – I have another surprise for you.
I am giving away not ONE of Miss Mustard Seed’s books, but TWO.
TWO lucky Everyday Home friends will receive a copy if Marian’s book,
Simply enter below using Rafflecopter, and the winners will be announced
next Thursday. Good luck, everyone!!!
Have a blessed and relaxing weekend!
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