a quilt, a step stool & a trip

Marian ParsonsGuest Room, upstairs bath

We had a beautiful sunny weekend that was warm with a cool breeze and it put me in the mood to freshen up a few things around the house.  (I would’ve loved to go on a hike or have a picnic at a playground, but the Parsons’ boys were all sick, so my “playtime” had to be around the house.)  Anyway, I don’t really decorate for the seasons, but I do like changing around accessories and decor to suit the seasons.

I was cleaning up the guest room and putting fresh sheets on the bed and decided to add an antique wedding ring quilt.  (The quilt belonged to my husband’s grandmother.)  The pretty pastel colors in the compliment what’s going on the room and add a “springy” feel.

guest room | miss mustard seed

The layered quilts were looking a little flat, so I folded a feather decker (duvet) under the gold quilt to give it some loft. When guests come, I’ll take away the antique quilt and feather decker, so the bed isn’t overly complicated to make.  It’s fun to have a pretty guest bed, but you don’t want your guests to feel like they should sleep on the floor, so they don’t mess it up!

guest room | miss mustard seed guest room | miss mustard seed guest room | miss mustard seed

The bedding is from Pine Cone Hill, except the bolster is an antique piece of red work tied onto a pillow form.

guest room | miss mustard seed

I also found the perfect stool for the upstairs bathroom.  I’ve been looking for one for a while, but haven’t found one that looks the way I want AND is sturdy.  Most of the antique stools I found were “tippy”, so they weren’t safe for the boys to use.

antique foot stool | miss mustard seed

This one has a beautiful patina, sweet shape and it is wide and sturdy.    Form and function.  Success!

antique stool | miss mustard seed

antique stool | miss mustard seed


And…I’m coming to Wisconsin May 29-30!  I did a lot of traveling when my book first came out and in the early days of the milk paint line, but it became harder to travel with everything going on personally and professionally.  It’s always fun to get out and about, meet readers and fellow furniture & antique lovers.  So when I was invited to come to Wisconsin, I decided it was time to hit the road again.

Kriste and I will be flying out to Wisconsin to hang out for a couple of days.  We’re first visiting Harvest Home in Pewaukee (505 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072) on Friday, May 29, for the Garden Market and a milk paint demo. 


We’ll then be at The Ironstone Nest in Sun Prairie  on Saturday, May 30th.  We have a packed day with a meet & greet, a hand painting demo and a workshop.  If you’re interested in attending the workshop, you can reserve your spot HERE.    If you’d like to attend the free hand painting demo at 12:30, you can sign up HERE.  (You don’t have to sign up for that, but it’s nice for them to know how many people are coming.)


While Laura was visiting me, we made a little promo video for the trip…

I say in the video that we’re doing a Milk Paint 101 class, but it’s actually a “Paint a Project” class.    I’m really looking forward to meeting some of you in the midwest and trying a Wisconsin cow pie!

a quilt, a step stool & a trip

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