Trend May Fayre

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Our next special event will be on Sunday 7th May at the May Fayre, hosted by Trend Magazine at the Doubletree by Hilton Treetops Hotel Aberdeen.  We’ll be taking our pop-up shop with the full range of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and Products, Aberdeen inspired illustrated Silk and Chiffon Scarves, Limited Edition Framed and Unframed Prints, Stationery, Small Hand Painted and Stencilled pieces of Furniture and our brand new collection of Soy Wax Scented Candles hand poured in small batches by us!!!!!

We are so excited to show you our expanding range of goodies! Hope to see you there!

Tracey X



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Furniture Painting Workshops


Attend one of our Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Workshops at our Aberdeen Studio.

We regularly run workshops for all levels of ability so whether you are completely new to furniture painting or a seasoned up cycler looking for inspiration we’ll have something for you.  Our workshops are fully demonstrated and all materials and refreshments are supplied.

Introduction to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Part 1

Transform your tired old furniture with a little paint and some insider tips and tricks! Learn creative painting techniques and finishes using Milk Paint.  In this introductory class you will learn step-by-step how to mix and apply Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint to achieve the perfectly finished or distressed look.  Whether its the shabby chic look or the smooth and sleek look you want to achieve, you will leave the class with the confidence and know how to tackle any piece of furniture you have at home!

2hrs £35 per person

Advanced Creative Painting and Finishing Techniques Part 2

Continue to explore the wonderful paint effects and finishes you can achieve using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint.  In this advanced class we will explore using colour more in depth, layering colours, mixing bespoke colours, different distressing techniques using wax and oils and the correct finishes for your projects.

2hrs £35 per person

Creative Painting and Finishing Techniques

Bring your own small project and learn how to prepare for painting in the finish of your choice whether it be shabby chic or smooth and sleek!

2hrs £35 per person

All workshop participants receive a 10% off Voucher for Paint & Products to use on the day and 10% off future Workshops.

Book through our eventbrite page

or contact us directly to discuss dates.


We can arrange a bespoke furniture painting workshop for you and your friends! Get creative with paint, learn some new skills and have lots of fun in the process, either in the comfort of your own home or a suitable venue. Participants receive a 10% off Voucher for Paint & Products to use on the day and 10% off future Workshops.


Host a Workshop from your own home! Host receives 20% Off and guests 10% Off Paint & Products on the day and 10% Off future Workshops.

We supply everything that is needed to show you how to mix and apply Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and through step by step instruction guide you through some creative painting and finishing techniques! You will pick up some handy tips and tricks to make your painted furniture really look authentic to then go home and tackle with confidence your own furniture painting projects.

All materials supplied. Full instruction given. Suitable for complete beginners and seasoned up-cyclers! All you need to bring is an apron and your smile!

For more details and to book email Tracey with details of the venue, how many people will be attending and proposed date. Full payment required in advance. Minimum of 6 people.


Designs for Life, Top Tips for Successful Interior Design Projects!

This is the first in a series of posts I will be sharing with you about ‘Designs for Life’ – Making your House a Home, looking at Interior Design tips and tricks for starting new projects, Colour advice,  Colour Trend forecasts and how keeping your house in order can contribute to your own happiness and wellbeing. Over the years I have redesigned the interiors and exteriors of the homes I’ve lived in – a country farmhouse, a Scottish Manse, an Aberdeen Townhouse and a Spanish Cortijo and commercial premises – my own Art Gallery. The aim at the heart of each residential redesign was to create a comfortable, functional and adaptable home, truly reflecting the personalities of us as a family, with the space being filled with the pieces of ceramics, glass work, textiles, furniture and art that had been carefully collected over time and through our travels.

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Aberdeen Townhouse, Master Bedroom: Repainted & Distressed Pine Chest of Drawers, painted fireplace and over mantle mirror, mirrored dressing table painted with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Marzipan.

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Painted pine bed, painted and distressed antique side tables. Painted and distressed antique Bergere chair and Lloyd Loom table.

Repainted Bergere Chair using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone.  Patchwork Linen and Liberty Fabric Cushions by Tracey Johnston
Homage to the Square:  Linen and Liberty Fabric Patchwork Cushion by Tracey Johnston.











My Top Tips Before starting any Interior Design Project:

  • Make Friends with Your Space! Sounds obvious but live in the space first before making any big design decisions. Get to know the feel of your home, this is really important. This is your personal space and you need to make it function for you. If you can, then also ignore preconceived, historical and previous uses of rooms and decide to live how you want and need to. If you need to work from home dedicate a space to that, likewise if you want a children’s playroom, re-shuffle other areas. Where do you spend most of your time?
  • Think About Your Look! What is it that you are trying to achieve? Do some research and look at Interior Design and Homes style magazines, search Pinterest and look up other social media channels. Find your style. Is it Mid Century Modern? Scandi Chic? Country? Clean Lines? Minimal? Urban? Dark and Delicious? Light and Airy? or Coastal? Collect pictures of everything you like and create a mood board for each room. This will help you have a clear idea of the direction you want to go in to create the perfect look and feel for you.
  • Work With What You Have! I’m a firm believer in this. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to the Interior Design of your home. Make the most of the space you already have. The first thing to do is de-clutter. If you are a bit of a hoarder like me and find it difficult to throw anything away then tackle small things to start with. Decide to clear out your wardrobe then a chest of drawers, tackle one room at a time. Give your unwanted things away to friends, family or to charity. Recycle! Some Recycling Depots also have designated places for good quality unwanted goods to be passed on to charities. Or put some extra pennies in your pocket and sell on Gum Tree or other social media sites. You really will feel a lot better with a good clear out. Now you can see what you have. Can anything be up-cycled or repainted and given a new lease of life? By just changing the colour of a piece of furniture or one wall you can give a whole new feel and mood to a room.

Next time I will be sharing my top tips for choosing the right colour in your home.

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Workshops and Products:  For more information and to book a place on our Furniture Painting Workshops visit

Paint and Products can be purchased at our Workshop and online at

Consultancy: To book an Interior Design, Styling or Colour Consultation contact Tracey at

Interior Colour Trends 2016


To great excitement in the design industry Pantone announced the Colour of the Year and its not one but two:  ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 153919

Following on from this announcement leading paint brands have released their 2016 colour forecasts.   We’ll have a look at what Fired Earth and Farrow & Ball are forecasting this year.




Fired Earth has released a lovely colour palette of three key colour trends as voted for by their in-house colour team.

Rose Gold – A pop of pink.

Left to right: Fired Earth paint colours in Orchard Pink, Amber Gris and Delia’s Secret.

Below: Corresponding Colours in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, left to right: Arabesque, Schloss and Miss Mustard Seed’s Yellow.


Moss – Dark and soothing layers.

Left to right: Ultramarine Ashes, Weald Green and Malachite.

Below: Corresponding Colours in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, left to right:  Layla’s Mint, Luckett’s Green and Boxwood.



New Monochrome – A fresh new twist.

Top to bottom: Charcoal, Skylon Grey and Mad King George.

Corresponding Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Colours, Left to right:  Shutter Gray, Trophy and Typewriter.

Farrow and Ball have introduced 9 new lovely colours to add to their already very popular range.

To see more paint colours from the Fired Earth and Farrow & Ball Brands please visit and
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