Before we dive into the fabrics for the guest room, thank you so much for all of your encouraging words about Mustard Seed Mentoring yesterday!  I am looking forward to working with those who signed up so far!  If you’re still thinking about it, I will be on Instagram Live and Facebook Live over the next couple of days to share more about it and I’ve also answered some FAQ’s at the bottom of this post.

If you totally missed it, you can read all about it HERE.

So, to the sewing room!  I shared my plans to drape the entire room in toile last week.  You can read about that HERE.

Well, I received the fabric sample and it’s perfect!  It even works great with a woven stripe I already own, so I can use that as an accent.

I like to get a visual (as best as I can) to confirm what I see in my head prior to buying a massive amount of material for a project, so I pinned the yard of fabric up on the wall.  When I stepped back, I was giddy at the visual impact.  Even though the toile will be “busy”, the crisp blue and white color palette combined with a white quilt and white linens, will keep the room from looking crazy.

So, the plan is to starch the fabric to the walls, so it looks like wallpaper.  This is a simple hanging method and the best part is that it’s temporary!  I can pull the fabric off at any time and even wash and reuse the fabric for other projects.

I’m also going to reupholster the bed, make some pillow covers, curtains, and even a bed crown to make the room look cozy and very French.

I have a few other projects on my list that I need to finish before I get hip-deep into this one, but it’ll happen sometime this summer!

And, as promised, here are answers to some FAQs about Mustard Seed Mentoring…

How did you arrive at the monthly price? 

Price was something we discussed a lot!  We compared what we were offering with similar groups and decided to set our price so we could keep our group small and personalized and to give our members the benefits of hearing from three mentors instead of one.  We feel like it’s a great value for all of the creative business experience and brainpower that will be at your fingertips!

Is there any commitment?  

No.  Both group and one-on-one mentoring can be canceled at any time and there is no minimum commitment.  If you want to join for one month, I am confident in saying you will still get a lot out of that one month.  You can ask us all of the questions you want and then bail!  (Although, we think you’ll find a lot of value in the content and community and you will want to stay for a while.)

Can I join even if I don’t own a business?

Yes!  This is for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as those already running a business.  This is not a course where every member starts in the same place and continues on a set path.  This is a mentoring program, so we answer your specific questions and tailor our content around our members.  (That’s why we’re keeping it small.)

How is the program structured?  

We will release new content every Tuesday, typically in live mentoring sessions, but that content may also be expert interviews, PDF worksheets, challenges we do as a group, etc.  We’ll also check in at the end of each week to celebrate wins and share lessons learned.

A few people had trouble navigating the site, so if you’re interested in joining group mentoring, click HERE and if you’re interested in applying for one-on-one mentoring, click HERE.


  1. Addie

    I am excited to see the sewing room transform!!! I know you will completely nail it. Love all the picks so far.
    You need even a bigger house….just so we can see more rooms!!! Go Girl!!!

    • Marian Parsons

      Ha! Definitely not a bigger house! 🙂

  2. Marilla

    Love these fabrics!!! Beautiful! Such a great idea.

  3. melanie

    The fabrics are so pretty!

  4. Jenn Anderson

    This is going to be gorgeous! I love the fabrics!

  5. Jo Ann

    I hope you do a tutorial on applying the fabric with starch. I am totally interested. Love your choices of fabrics. Drop everything and do this. We are anxious!

    • Connie Shaver

      Yes a tutorial please.

    • Gina

      I would like a wall tutorial as well. That is a great way to do an accent wall without it being permanent. The colors together are beautiful and I can’t wait to see your vision come to life.

  6. Dori Johns

    Oh my, that’s one gorgeous blue and white toile fabric and it looks wonderful against your creamy walls. I think you should move the sewing room to the top of your project list because I can’t wait to see the finished room! Puh-lease! 🙂

    • Marian Parsons

      Ha! I felt that way once I tacked the fabric up. I can’t wait to see this room come together.

  7. Sue Anderson

    Starching the fabric to the wall is a technique I have never heard of before and I briefly questioned your sanity. I am sure you will give us the low down on how you do such a thing as the project unfolds. And I am also sure it will be spectacular!

    • Patricia

      We are a military family and this is one technique we use when we want to add some color to a room that we can’t paint . Buy the blue liquid starch . It’s messy but it works well and just strips right off when the time comes.

      • Marian Parsons

        Yep! I learned it from my mom who used this trick in military housing when I was a kid. It is brilliant.

  8. Karen W.

    Marion, the toile is so pretty. It will make a beautiful room. I was also drawn to the unusual stripe draped over the bed. Would you share information about that fabric?

    Good luck with your new venture…makes me wish I needed that type of mentoring.

    • Marian Parsons

      Sadly, I bought the last of it I could find! It is a beautiful woven stripe, but I couldn’t find it anywhere else. I’ll see if I can find the pattern and maker, though.

  9. Megan

    That toile is beautiful! It looks great with the striped fabric.

  10. Angie

    I loved the idea when you told us the plan. Then today I saw the toile with the stripe and now I CAN’T WAIT to see this room. It is going to be gorgeous!

  11. Elaine McCarty

    Marian, I love your fabric choices – such a pretty toile! I can’t wait to see it on the wall. I read about using starch a while back, and have thought about doing it myself, since I live in a rental. Good luck, and please, do share your process!

  12. Cyndi

    OMG! It’s going to be fabulous! I may need to come be a guest! lol!

  13. Kim

    Looks like a “mom, can you help me?” project! Good excuse for a visit 😊

    • Marian Parsons

      Yes! I think so… Especially because my shoulder is still not happy with me.

  14. Jean Elliott

    I was going to tell you about using liquid starch as an adhesive but saw you already know. I have used it to cover bookshelves with dictionary pages…perfect! My friend used it to cover her pantry shelves with fabric….they are still perfection covered after five years! We just brushed the starch on with a paintbrush and then laid the paper/fabric over it. Love your fabric.

    • Jean Elliott

      Oops…they are still perfectly covered! Not perfection!!

  15. Cheryl

    Love love love the fabrics. Have you ever starched and hung fabric on a wall? I have been antsy to try it but a little gun shy.. I can’t wait to see and hear how the process works for you.

  16. Dodie

    So loving all of your fabric choices.
    I always wanted to try the starching technique…. it was a very popular thing to do in military housing back in the early 70s! Can not wait to see the room finished. Love all you do…
    suffice it to say I am a Miss Mustard Seed groupie! If I had more days ahead of me than behind me I would sign up for the mentoring program, I know it will be great!

  17. Leslie C

    Now I am giddy with anticipation for the transformation to begin…It’s like waiting for our Fairy Godmother to come and wave her magic wand… Then poof it is all beautifully designed! Well that’s what us followers see on our end anyway. Actually we know it is your talent and hardward. Looking forward to the progress and your tutorials. And as always thanks so much for sharing : )

  18. mary m

    Yes liquid starch/fabric does work! I have done it to a folding screen.
    My sewing room/guest room is very similar. I bought blue toile wallpaper
    and companion stripe wall paper at a yard sale. I think it was Waverly.
    I had a long counter installed and made a toile curtain in sections to cover
    the front. I used large cup hooks to hold the dowels in place and unhook at
    will. I also placed tall white shutters behind the bead as a head board.
    Now if I could only learn to pick up after myself!

  19. Beth Cameron

    Great choices. I’m also interested in the source for the stripe. Could you share

  20. Nan, Odessa, DE

    Are you still going to blog daily?

    • Marian Parsons

      Well, I don’t blog daily now, but I will be blogging 4-5 each week as I currently do! 🙂

  21. chloe Ward

    I can’t wait to see finished room. LOVE blue and white.

  22. Diane

    It’s going to be a beautiful room! I can hard wait to see how you put it all together.
    Blue and white is predominant in my house along with blue toile. Would you be willing to share info on the blue and creamy white fabric? I LOVE it!

  23. Botanic Bleu

    French daybed, blue and white toile, and bed crown…. You are talking my favorite French Country style! I have a vision of your finished room and will be watching for the reveal to see how closely my vision matches your reality.


  24. Peggy

    My mom used to put fabric on walls with wallpaper paste. I think she just brushed it on the wall and then applied the fabric. She did light green calico for a room I shared with two sisters. I remember navy blue burlap somewhere too. That was great because we could use straight pins to put up magazine pictures (from New York Times Magazine! ) without leaving any holes or marks. She was ahead of her time, for sure! This was more than 50 years ago!

  25. Deidri Hill

    I would love to know where I can get the striped fabric.

  26. beverlee lyons

    So happy and can’t wait to see this room. Beautiful choices. Seems like there has been a lot of green in your choices, and it IS your choice, but glad to see you back to the blue and white choices. I love ALL of those fabrics. It will be beautiful!


    I also love love love what you are doing. If you find the woven stripe information PLEASE SHARE IN BIG LETTERS!

  28. Emma Walton

    There is a fabric at called Alpine Stripe Blue that appears to be the same striped fabric.

  29. Kelly

    I am a lover of toile! I too am very anxious to see the room and would love a tutorial on hanging, but mostly the matching and seaming of the fabric!!

  30. Emma

    FABRIC SOURCE Called Alpine Stripe Blue


    Love, love, love that toile fabric! It’s so pretty! Your sewing room is going to be so beautiful once you are finished doing everything! Always enjoy seeing what you do! Marian, you have so many wonderful ideas and everything you do is always so special! You have a wonderful gift! Bless you!

  32. Kim

    It is going to be GORGEOUS.

  33. linda

    Haven’t heard of starched fabric for wall covering in ages. Did your mom do it in quarters? Love your choices. Can’t wait to see the results.

  34. temple run

    The idea of cloth decoration you share is beautiful and nice. I really like this way of you. The room is very beautiful.

  35. Daniela

    I love that striped fabric . Would you mind sharing where you purchased it. I would love to buy some of it.


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