Inspired by You! Book Review and Giveaway (now closed).

The blog world is an amazing and crazy big world. One could get lost in there.

The blog world is also a village,  maybe even just a street, filled with friends who love to sit at the kitchen table together, sip tea, talk paint and encourage each others new plans and projects.

I have been a part of this blog world for some years now, and some of my blog friends have become so dear to me that they are every bit as real to me as my IRL friends.

One of those blog friends is Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed.


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I began following Miss Mustard Seed early on. She was so awesome that she drew me in to her blog immediately and I never left. She wasn’t as big back then though. In fact, even though she has always been a much more known blogger then me, I still dared to offer her a guest post with painting tips! Yes, imagine that, little old me giving away painting tips on THE Miss Mustard Seed’s blog. Wouldn’t dare to dream of doing something like that now.

Miss Mustard Seed, – Marian – has become our own, dear Blogging Rock Star.


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I have been standing back in awe watching her star rise. And I have really cheered for her every bit of the way, because frankly if one person never needed any luck it was Marian. Wow can that woman work. The sheer number of projects she produces, – original, jaw-dropping projects – is amazing. She has a real life shop, she used to have an online shop, she has her own paint line now. And all the while she keeps speaking to us in her sweet, friendly and kind voice on her blog.

If only I had 10% of her energy and stamina…..


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And now she has a book. A real book. A home-decor-put-it-on-your-coffee-table book

Boy does she have a book!

It has risen to the number one of my favorite home decor books in a flash.

You might now that I have a thing for home decor books. I love them. I can never have enough of time (although My Love tends to disagree with that part). Home decor books are escapes, little vacations in a busy day. They give inspiration and add beauty to my life.


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But truth be told, sometimes those books can leave you feeling empty, unsatisfied and inadequate. With all the pretty, styled pictures in those books, it is easy to feel that your own home comes lacking. Lacking in class, finesse and style.

Or sometimes those books feel a bit empty, a bit light headed. They are filled with pretty pictures but the words have little meaning. You don’t even read the words anymore. Too many plain adjectives ‘pretty, rustic, vintage, quaint, charming’ etc. Those books are easily put aside and sometimes even easily forgotten.


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Not Marian’s book. This one has it all. There are the pretty pictures of Marian’s home. So many pretty pictures that you want to start decorating a pretty corner in your own home immediately.

But not only pretty pictures. There are also pictures showing you how to achieve certain effects. There are tutorials in there. You can learn from the master herself.


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And then there are the words.

Oh, the words!

I can almost hear Marian talking to me. As that friend at my kitchen table, looking at me over the steam of our hot tea. Telling me that it is okay to try and make my home beautiful. That it doesn’t have to happen all over night. That you can always do something, anything, that will make you start enjoying your home. That painting, or sewing, or decorating isn’t that difficult, that I can do it, and that she will help me.

Thank you so much sweet Miss Mustard Seed for Inspiring Me!


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Yes, Marian’s voice comes through loud and clear, and definitely loving and caring. This book is a home decor book in every way. It is also a book to carry around and read for its wisdom.


You got to have this book. Trust me on it.


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And to make that easier. I have two copies to give away. To anybody, anywhere in this big wide world. So come on enter this giveaway, you know you want to read this book next month under your beautiful Christmas tree.


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To have a chance at winning just leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite home decor book.

To enter another time, share this giveaway in your favorite social media hangout (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.) and then leave a second comment.


This Giveaway is Closed!
Giveaway winners are Lynn Ehrlich and Vivi. Congratulations ladies. I am sure you will enjoy the book as much as I did.


Good luck!!


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  1. says

    I love her blog (and yours) and can’t wait to read the book! I’m a book junkie, and some of my favorite authors of home decor are: Rachel Ashwell, Bunny Williams, Charles Faudree, Carolyne Roehme, etc…

  2. says

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I am so impressed by all the talent out there in blogs – like yours and Miss Mustard Seed’s. I have a few home decor books, but none that are real favourites.

    Wishing you a great weekend.

  3. Cristina says

    Oh…I would absolutely LOVE a copy of this book!!! :) I don’t have a fav book, but get super excited when my Country Living and Style at Home magazines arrive in the mail…I hope that counts! :)

  4. says

    I like Restoration Hardware and Better Homes and Gardens.I woild LOVE to win this book!!I have been wanting it,but am on a tight budget right now.Fingers crossed!Thanks you for hosting the giveaway!!

  5. says

    This is a lovely post, I’ve been following Miss Mustard Seed’s blog for awhile now. I’m addicted to all home decor books, I recently got one from Martha Stewart on organizing that I love. Thanks for making this “international” Great to be able to enter from Canada!

  6. says

    What a beautiful review! My favorite part…

    I can almost hear Marian talking to me. As that friend at my kitchen table, looking at me over the steam of our hot tea. Telling me that it is okay to try and make my home beautiful. That it doesn’t have to happen all over night. That you can always do something, anything, that will make you start enjoying your home. That painting, or sewing, or decorating isn’t that difficult, that I can do it, and that she will help me.

    Oh goodness… it’s as if you just handed the book to me and cracked it open, with the pages enticing me back. You are so right… it’s like she’s right there in the room.

    Well represented review! :)

  7. Debbie w says

    Would love to have this book….I get my decorating ideas from blogs….I need need at least one decorating book, don’t ya think!

  8. Michelle says

    Hi, it isn’t exactly a hode dec book, but I love ‘the small house’ book. They make great use of smaller spaces and give good storage ideas. I would love to win a copy of marian’s book as I really want to make some positive changes in my home, it is HIGH time 😉


  9. Theresa says

    Marian, Miss Mustard Seed inspired me to find a dining room set on craiglist and paint it following her instructions. Thanks to her I now have a dining room, that I love. I have been following her along time now, since back when she told us how she painted murals. I don’t think she ever sleeps. I am so happy for her – I am blown away at what she is always creating. She is so down to earth and would love love to have her book. No favorite home decor books, tons of mags and love Romantic Praire Style.

  10. carol jane says

    I love Miss Mustard Seed and her blog! I must say that I do not own any home decorating books, (isnt that sad)? I do however get my favorite magazines Better Homes and Gardens, and Country living by mail. I love both of them. I guess I will start my collection with Miss Mustards Seeds new book if I win!

  11. Twila Beachy says

    I really like Miss Mustard Seed and her blog is inspiring! I like to read a lot of magizines, Country Living, Mary Janes Farm, Junk Beatiful by Sue Whitney and Kimberly Melamed etc. I would love to receive a copy of Miss Mustard Seed new book!

  12. Gwen says

    If I’m fortunate enough to win, this will be the first decorating book I’ll own. I love Marian’s blog and I think I’ve found a new one to follow in yours. Thanks!

  13. Teri says

    I dont own any decorating books, but i do check them out in the library every week, i bring my book bag and stuff as many as i can carry in it lol, i just went to Barnes an Nobles to look at her book since my library doesnt carry it, when i asked them about the book they said WHO??, then i went and showed them MMS blog on the computer, i think Marian will have a few new subscribers Ha Ha, anyway im just starting to redo furniture and i use spary paint, but on my Xmas list is MMS paint, i want the tryclycle red and Luckketts green fo sure, thanks for the chance your giving us to win a book, keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Marilyn says

      Hi Teri, Some libraries take requests for getting new books, so you might talk to your librarian about that, too. I love to check them out from the library, too–and have found many at rummage sales and thrift stores!

  14. Christy says

    Thankyou for the opportunity to win such a beautiful book. I also love Sibella Court and Decor8. There are so many talented people out there.

  15. says

    Thank you so much for your review – it has certainly made me want to read the book. I have shared to my Pinterest pinboard as a reminder that I have so many projects on the back burner which need to be given time and love! I have to say though Marianne, that your blog was the one that welcomed in to this blogging community and also introduced me to Pinterest – for which I will be eternally grateful! I love it when I see a new notification from Songbird and I know I have an invitation to your beautiful, serene home and a new glimpse of something interesting and beautiful…

  16. Sherry says

    I”m another one that has a few decorating books but none are favorites.
    I do LOVE Country Living & Country Sampler magazines, though!!

  17. says

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I don’t own a lot of decorating books but I do draw inspiration from the Williamsburg ones that I own at Christmas time when I craft wreaths.

  18. monica says

    I don’t have a favorite decorating book either.This book looks amazing!I would love to read it.
    monk5 at charter dot net

  19. Kristin McNamara Freeman says

    I have followed the Mustard Seed blog for about a year now, loving her inspirational discoveries pin pieces she finds, takes down to their bones and recreates with new life. Her work is stirring in me a huge desire to ecplore her techniques. I would be over the moon to win a copy of her book.

  20. vivi says

    I like dacorating so much, but unfortunatelly I don’t own a book until this moment. I would be so happy if I could win that book! Greetings from Germany!

  21. Marilyn says

    Hi Marianne, Thanks for a fabulous giveaway. MMS’ book is on my Christmas list, so I’d love to win a copy. My two favorites are probably the Better Homes and Garden Books “Garden Style” and “Cottage Style.” And thanks, also, for making it international!

  22. Renee' says

    I own very few home decorating books and the ones that I do have are getting starting to get old. Also my decorating style and taste has changed over the years. One book that I still enjoy looking at is “Bedrooms – Private Worlds and Places to Dream”. I would love a new book that not only has pretty pictures but also includes project tutorials; a winning combination!

  23. Donnella says

    I’d love to win this book. Up to now, my favorite book for inspiration has been Alexandra Stoddard’s Living Beautifully.

  24. Debra says

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great book. I have been a subscriber to miss mustard seed for quite some time. I am a fairly neew subscriber to your blog. It ahs only been the last few weeks that I have had the time to really chack out more blogs. Thank you so much for your insite into your life, your photos are great.

  25. Sheryl says

    I have been a subscriber to Miss Mustard seed for awhile now. I love her blog for the simple reason her ideas are easy, with a very clean yet complicated look. She makes displays so that you go YES! I can do that. Or I can take this which I already own and make it into something else. Of course I would LOVE to WIN!!!! her book as I have not seen it yet at our local bookstore.

  26. says

    do you think I could win a second time off your site….could I be so lucky?????
    My favourite book apart from belle blanc which I won here is bowerbird by sibella Court.
    Bec x

  27. Laura B says

    I don’t own ant home decor books, but I am a magazine junkie, loving Architectural Digest, Veranda, and Style at Home. I am also now addicted to and pinterest since I have discovered them.

  28. says

    I don’t have a favorite decorating book, but I do love my Better Homes and Garden’s and Country Living Magazines. I would so love to win this book!

  29. Rhonda says

    I’ve just started following home decor blogs and am loving it. I love to look at/read home inspiration books, but don’t have a fav. Would love to have Miss Mustard Seed’s book!

  30. Ruth in NZ says

    “To anybody, anywhere in this big wide world.” What wonderful words for this girl from New Zealand to hear! Would love to see “Inspired You” in person here in New Zealand. I tend to read the blogs rather than get decorating books but I suspect, for all the reasons you mentioned, that this will be a keeper.