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Maria’s Guest Room: Before & After

By 03/20/2012January 28th, 201741 Comments


Photography by Jennifer Houghton

My guest room has been finished for a long time so here are the photos finally! I had found this big contemporary floral drapery fabric (Hibiscus #240 Avocado) from Maxwell Fabrics and had it in my car forever so I was happy to have a place to use it. The desk is from NOOD (and they have recently closed all their stores). The chair was from COSTCO.

Before (pink walls to match the pink carpet)

The walls are SW6414 Rice Paddy. I had the skinny bookshelf and curvy end table already. The bookshelf was brown and the end table was cream. They looked pretty bad sitting that close together until I painted them both the same colour. It’s not perfect but I just wanted to make the room pretty using some furniture I already had.

The collage of images is from this book by Dr. Seuss.

First I laid out the frames on the bed in a pattern I liked. And I ended up moving some of them again after I hung them on the wall.

I had the shams and decorative pillow custom made to coordinate with the drapery. The green and white polka dot sheets I found from HomeSense.

Here’s my curvy little end table. See that little clock? I just bought it from IKEA for $8. Doesn’t it look great as part of a little vignette on a bedside table? You might want to snap one up for yourself!

This whole room will soon be packed up and moved to our new home in the country!

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  • Heidi says:

    Book illustrations – how fun! And I like the curvy accents. A restful, comfortable result that looks like it’ll feel fresh for a long time.

  • Love the colours in your guest bedroom, Maria. That fabric was a great jumping off point! And so cool that you used a Dr. Seuss book for artwork – such an original and fun idea 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    would you be so kind to share where you bought the desk? The room looks so inviting!

  • Marlo says:

    It looks so inviting and beautiful. I love that drapery fabric and how the bedding is nicely coordinated with it.
    Looks good!

  • Teresa says:

    I’m loving the fabric and painted furniture. Did you paint them yourself and what colour did you use? (I’m assuming it was BM.) It looks like a very professional job.

  • Jean Palmer says:

    Quite beautiful – love the colours.
    Your bedside “curvy” table looks like something out of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” – like – ready to dance around and talk!

  • Karena says:

    Love your guestroom Maria!! The painted pieces and Seuss art are terrific/ Where did you find the desk chair?

    Art by Karena

  • carol ann says:

    sweet shaped nightstand… loving the colour of the whole room…x

  • Laura says:

    I remember loving this room (and your entire home) when you invited our TCE class over this Fall. I love it even more now!! I would love to know what color you painted the awesome night stand.

  • Love the guest room, Maria! The colours are wonderful and i really love your use of book illustrations on the wall, all from the same book! I always learn from you!

  • Suzanne Stimik says:

    Maria…this is so fresh and inviting. Can you share the book and pattern name for that fabric at the windows please? Thank you!

  • Hi Maria – it’s lovely. Hope you can take most of it with you for the new place.

  • Dianne Tant says:

    the room is perfection! I adore that drapery fabric..

  • Mare says:

    Clever & charming, Maria ! Can you share the paint color used on the curvy end table?

  • Linda @ House of Chandler says:


    Looking at the guest room pictures made me feel….. ach – a – pe – pe – whi…..spell happy. Seriously!! I love your ebook Maria. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  • Sarah Rideout says:

    such a lovely space! congratulations on your move. I see you already answered a question about the chair, what about the blue bottle with coral? Thanks

  • Cindy says:

    Love the guest room. I always try to make my guests comfortable in their space as well. Can you tell us where you bought the clear glass lamp on the night stand?

  • SandyCGC says:

    Maria, what a light, bright welcoming room. Who wouldn’t beg to be a guest in your home! Again, with the wall of pix, you’re right on for me. I have a 10′ wall in my condo dining room which begs for something but I’m not doing a formal room, just a small round table and chairs in the center of the open-to-everything area and a sideboard or buffet (hopefully in some neat color – comes-that-way or get-painted – but I’ve got tons of artwork that I like and love but that hasn’t hung anywhere for years (the big downside of open floorplans – no wall space). Was thinking of doing an artwork and here you’ve given me inspiration on how to do it.

    Congratulations on your new house by the way. It looks so happy, in anticipation of your move in, I’m sure. It’s about to become a beautiful, happy home. And it’s so right for you. I just closed on my house yesterday and am no longer a homeowner and will not be again, but that’s so right for me.

    As always, thanks for being you and sharing yourself with all of us.

  • Paula Van Hoogen says:

    Hey Maria, the room is so you–pretty, happy, humorous, serendipity & child-like! I also see the little curvy table dancing! My dermatologist’s office has a limited print of one of Dr. Suess’ work. It is worth quite a bit now !!! But I love that you did it from a book–and that you used the furniture you had. I really respect that!
    I have a feeling that you would love the artwork in books by an artist named Carl Larson. I’ll do some research and see if I can find it for you.
    Can’t wait to see how this room looks in the new house!

  • Donna says:

    Perfect timing on posting these pics! We just chose Hearts of Palm for our bedroom with Drizzle (SW) as an accent color. Now I’m more confident of our choices. The Suess pics make a cute arrangement on the wall also. Love the comfy, homey look you created.

  • i love that fabric….so glad you got it out of the car…i am going to look in my car!!!

  • Brenda says:

    What a beautiful room! I was so sad to hear that NOOD had closed… I discovered that store on a recent visit to Victoria. I love the colours, and I also think it is great that you put together a room that combines “custom” with “off the shelf”. Very inspiring!!

  • Teresa says:

    Oops! I know I already commented (still looking for the paint colour of the side table), but upon re-reading your post, I realized I’d forgotten to mention the awesome comforter at the foot of the bed. I bet that’s beautiful unfolded. I also liked how the dark bedskirt grounds the room…was that custom? So much food for thought. CTD
    P.S. I also appreciate seeing those sweet elephants you’ve highlighted before lighting up the bookcase. I actually thought they were taken from some picture, not from you home!

    • Maria Killam says:

      SW 6443 Relish is the colour of the end table and bookshelf. It’s a brown velvet bedskirt, custom made.
      Thanks for your comment Teresa!

  • Such a pretty, relaxing room. I love the idea of framing the book. I’ve been thinking about framing Go Dog Go! for my son’s room. It was my favorite as a child. I’m loving seeing what you you’ve done in your space. Your very talented!

  • Very pretty, Maria! I love the curvy blue table. What a good idea to paint the bookshelf and table. They may not be perfect to you, but sometimes ‘perfect’ is overrated!

  • Maria,

    Love it all…so cozy and inviting dual purpose room guest and rest! I’m sure it love your new home too so exciting!


  • Ivy Lane says:

    Love the picture arrangement! The room exudes FRESSHHHHH, fun and reLAXing!

  • Love the colours and the mix of patterns – it is all so happy and so you. It will look great in your new home too.

  • designchic says:

    It looks fabulous…love the colors and the Dr Seuss images you used – cute and fun!!

  • Mary says:

    What a lovely room. It looks so fresh for Spring.
    Do you change anything for Autumn or Winter?

  • Ann Ruggles says:

    Maria, I love this room! And I’m saving the idea of the photo collage – what a great book; a favorite of mine; I never thought of framing the art. Love the colors too.

  • So inviting in every aspect. It certainly spells WELCOME. -Brenda-

  • coriell says:

    Hi Maria,
    What a good job you did ,love it where did you find that desk ?


  • Mary says:

    Once again, where’s the quality?

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