My name is Lee.  I live in a historical little town called Port Perry with my amazing and supportive husband, two step-daughters and my beautiful daughter.  I also have an Aussiedoodle named Autumn who is super cuddly and sweet.  Summer is definitely my hobby!  I love to lie out in the sunshine, have BBQs….even paint furniture outside.  Our home backs onto a green space with a lot of trees, so we are very fortunate to see natures beauty – and a lot of birds!


I started out painting furniture 5 years ago.  I stumbled across a picture in a home decor magazine, and it was a dresser painted in MMS yellow.  The colour absolutely stunned me.  It was the perfect yellow, and I was immediately inspired.  I found a local retailer that carried the paint line, and was immediately hooked.  I have been painting ever since.  I also create a lot of farmhouse style signs – and that has been the base of my business for the last two years.  I finally took the leap into the brick and mortar world, and am focusing more of my energy towards restyling furniture again, which is where I can be the most creative.  Our brick and mortar is located in Uxbridge, Ontario Canada.


Taking the leap was a scary step.  For the last eighteen years, I had been an HR Professional in the Corporate world.  Even when I was running my creative business, I still had my HR gig to fall back on.  I realized a few years ago that my passion for HR had left.  The compliance and legislation that are now in place are overwhelming.  I refocused all of my energy into my creativity.  I am greatly inspired by my tribe of female entrepreneurs, who support and encourage me.  I am also greatly inspired by Marian Parsons and Joanna Gaines.  I love following their stories.  Lastly, my family inspires me everyday.  I especially want to show my daughter that with hard work and determination, anything can be achieved.

My favourite thing to collect (besides everything MMS….lol) would have to be my Rae Dunn collection.  It is fun to hunt for her different pieces of pottery to display in the house, and yes, we even use the pottery!  I also love to collect old pieces such as scales, window frames, doors, crates and mason jars.

Choosing a favourite colour for MMS is very difficult!  They are all so awesome!  But, I would have to say that Farmhouse White would have to be my favourite.  I paint A LOT of furniture in it.  I find it to be the perfect white.  Not too warm, yet not too cool. 

3 thoughts on “RETAILER SPOTLIGHT | Lee Hawn

  1. Eileen

    Lovely post. I hope all your dreams come true. I’ve followed Marian’s blog since the beginning and love it.

  2. Hazel

    My path crossed with Lee’s by lucky chance and in the years we have known each other I have inspired by her dedication to her craft and her love of sharing her skills with others. She helped me transform my kitchen, teaching me to “embrace the brushstrokes” and find my own artistic side. She is an inspiration to everyone around her and her “leap” into her brick and mortar shop has been beautiful to watch. I would highly recommend her shop and her workshops to anyone who loves this style as she has an incredible passion for what she does and easily helps others find that within themselves :). I am looking forward to trying MMS paint on my next project! Congratulations Lee!


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