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Rug Design Challenge Winners: Spotlight on Marian Parsons

Rug Design Challenge Winners: Spotlight on Marian Parsons

In the wake of the very exciting Rug Design Challenge this summer, we’re profiling each winner so you can learn more about them and their rug designs! Last month we profiled design blogger Layla Palmer and this month, we’re sharing a bit about Marian Parsons, the author behind the home and DIY blog Miss Mustard Seed.

Rug Design Challenge Winners: Spotlight on Marian Parsons

Marian is a pastor’s wife, mother of two little boys, paint & textile enthusiast, and lover of all things home. She started her business, Mustard Seed Interiors in 2008, as a way to earn extra money for groceries. What started as a local decorative painting and mural business has grown into a blog, Miss Mustard Seed, an antiques and home décor business, and a paint line that is sold worldwide, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. Marian’s work has been featured in Country Living, Flea Market Style, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Fresh Style, Make It Over, Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, Farmhouse Style, Cottages & Bungalows, Fox News, NBC, CBS and on the Nate Berkus Show.


We reached out to Marian with a few questions about her rug designs:


What was the inspiration behind your rug designs?

Both of these designs are recreations of beautiful antique coverlet I found at an antique mall a couple of years ago.  Sadly, it had some pretty substantial holes and wear, so I loved the idea of giving this pattern a new lease on life.    Both rug designs are variations on the same coverlet.


How do you see your rugs being used? In what sort of spaces?

I don’t think there is a room where these rugs wouldn’t work!  Obviously, they would be right at home with antiques, but I think it would provide interesting juxtaposition in a more modern space.  In my home, I think I would put it in my office or our family room.


Tell us about the color palette you focused on. How did you choose the hues for your rug?

Blue and white has been my favorite color palette for decades, so that was a no-brainer for me.  It’s also classic and has universal appeal.


How did Annie Selke’s designs play an influential role in your winning rug design?

My favorite Annie Selke’s designs are the ones that are influenced by antique textiles, so I felt like that direction would be a good fit.  She also features lots of blue and white rugs!


Any other thoughts on the design process or rug challenge?

I think it’s amazing that Annie Selke offered this challenge, not only to outside designers, but to the general public to vote for their favorites.  It was fun to see all of the designs that were submitted and watch as Instagram followers picked the ones they liked the best.  It will be exciting to see how they all turned out and how they sell in the retail marketplace!


In case you missed them, here are Marian’s winning designs:

Rug Design Challenge Winners: Spotlight on Marian Parsons

Rug Design Challenge Winners: Spotlight on Marian Parsons


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Nancy Bennett February 20, 2018 at 5:13 pm

When will Marian Parson’s rug designs be available? I cannot wait to buy several!

Nicole February 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

These rugs will be available Fall 2018!


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