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More of the guest room…


Before I show you more pictures of the guest room makeover, I have to share some exciting news.  A few weeks ago, we took our house off the market and decided to stay in our current home for a few more years.  We were still left with the fact that our business needed space beyond our basement (and every part of the house it takes over), so we started looking for a commercial space.  Well, I just paid a deposit on a 2,500 square foot, white-walled, wood-floored, big-windowed commercial space about a mile from my home.  Is God so good or what?  Talk about an answer to prayer.  They’re working on a few things to get the space ready for me and then we’ll be moving in!  I’ll share pictures and more soon.  I’m about to burst to get in there…  Eeek!


So, now to the guest room…  It is decorated very loosely for Christmas, hence the boxwood garland at the end of the bed.

boxwood garland | miss mustard seed


I also added a bench painted in a custom mixed blue MMSMP.  It’s a nice place for a suitcase and some folded towels.  (The basket won’t usually be there, so guests can actually use it!)


boxwood garland | miss mustard seed


I moved the beautiful wood 1800’s dresser (found on Craig’s List for $100) back in front of the closet.  It’s a small closet and I only have a couple of things in there (I’ve been serious about purging), so I decided to hide it.  The furniture feels better in this arrangement.  The tall mirror hides the closet completely.


guest room | miss mustard seed

guest room | miss mustard seed


Since the room is small, I’m using an antique stool as a side table.  Again, I’ll remove the accessories, so guests can use it for a phone, glasses, glass of water, etc.

guest room | miss mustard seed

guest room | miss mustard seed


I painted a small step stool in a custom blue MMSMP as well, in order to coordinate with the other blues in the room.  I wish I had written the recipe down, because I love the color!  The new bed is really high, so the step stool is functional in addition to being decorative.

guest room | miss mustard seed


…and it can be used as an ottoman for the grain sack chair as well.


guest room | miss mustard seed

guest room | miss mustard seed

guest room | miss mustard seed

The sweet nest painting above the chair is by Cindy Austin, the woman who painted Eulalie and the other cows in my house.

Cindy Austin nest painting | miss mustard seed

  On the other side of the room is another French chair with its vintage gold upholstery, which actually works with the other golds in the room.

guest room | miss mustard seed

guest room | miss mustard seed


I may not be able to resist the urge to reupholster it, though.  You know how I am!

I bought this oil painting from an action and I loved the colors, so I kept it…

guest room | miss mustard seed


I still need to work on the dormer space…

guest room dormer before| miss mustard seed


I’m planning on making some pleated balloon drapes out of the raspberry buffalo check and a skirt for the chair.  I’m also on the hunt for a cool hanging light or desk lamp.

There are a few more things to do in the room, but I’m really pleased with how it’s coming along!

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  1. Cheryl D says:

    Dormer could look really cute with the desk skirted as a vanity, balloon shade and pretty hanging fixture, accessorized as you like…

    • Cheryl, I thought exactly the same thing when I saw the picture of the dormer, that a balloon shade would be perfect in the space!!

  2. Congratulations on your new commercial space!
    can’t wait to see it. I love that beautiful dresser & hiding the closet, very clever! Oh & I just got notified your new book has shipped, YAY!!

  3. Frances says:

    I’d like to see a lambrequin & a roller blind rather than curtains which would obscure the light from the window. And a skirt for the chair – perfect..

  4. Susan says:

    Yes, the space looks great! But how long will you leave it like that? :)

  5. Man, you killed it with this room!!! Absolutely in LOVE with those buffalo check curtains (I drool every time you show them in a post!!) !!! If you ever decide to sell them- I HAVE FIRST DIBS -okey dokey? Lol! You are a master at decorating and I’ve started to collect Ironstone for our next house (we already have the lot-just have to build!) and I cannot wait to put it all together in a beautiful painted hutch!!! Your style has inspired me so much and I greatly look forward to your pieces! Bravo MMS!

  6. Yay! So glad you found a space!! Can’t wait to see how it comes together. AND totally loving this room!!!

  7. Oh I love your space and use of all those colors….the buffalo check curtains and the ribbon on the wreath….great taste! NOW I need to know where you got that rug….I’ve been looking for a rug with those colors…

  8. Leslie says:

    Love your colorway: the gold, french blue, and red look striking against the white!

    Congrats on your new studio. Glad to hear you are going to teach a class on slipcovers. I followed your slipcover tutorial…it was a huge success! I adapted your instructions to a camel-back sofa ($15 yard-sale find). I spent only $27 on the gray wool suiting for the cover. My family loves the “new” sofa and the resulting newly painted living room. :)

  9. I love the colors going on in here! Please don’t reupholster that gorgeous gold chair! Where did you get the quilt at the end of the bed? I’m in love with it!

    • Danielle Schneider says:

      Love Love Love that room and I have the same question about the quilt at the bottom of the bed…where did you get it??!!!! Really love it! You are the best!!!

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