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Susan’s House Tour Part VI: Don’t leave out the guestroom!

Susan’s House Tour Part VI: Don’t leave out the guestroom!

The guestroom is always a space to be remembered when decking the halls! Take a moment to welcome the season to all guests who appear during the holidays and spread a little Christmas cheer here! It so happens that my guest room enjoys a rather prominent spot in our home, just inside the front door. It’s a cozy and intimate spot and I designed it to be warm and welcoming in deep hues of amethyst with just a bit of glam.

Universal Furniture casegoods, Robin Bruce upholstered bed,

The sun was not my friend when I first took these photos, but I have some closeups and tight shots that should clarify the mood for you as we progress. One of the first things I did was add this totally appropriate pillow in cream wool felt with gold stitching, “Falalalala”. (One of my favorite hashtags…#falalalafabulous !

Let’s take a  closer look at some of the details…


I saved most of the gold themed of my Christmas collection for this room, as it is the place I have my gold accents in the furniture, lighting and accents. Gold is trending in a big way, and I love using this room to share in the warmth of this finish. It is rich with the dark wood finishes and sets the tone for the moody hues I selected.

I popped some gold tipped tinsel trees in existing containers and added an icy succulent into the everyday mix.If you look closely, you will see that there is a small space just under the glass top of the night stand. I slipped a narrow tray with the sentiment “JOY” written in gold under the glass. Perfect size and perfectly placed Christmas detail!

On the long dresser, I collaged a few favorite things just under a dramatic piece of art in the colors of the room. On one side of the chest, I added some precious little gilded acorn ornaments into a Kate Spade accent bubble bowl and leaned a framed vintage ornament behind it. So darling.

Here’s a little bit better view of the acorn ornaments…and I love this little stag block print too!

Often, side tables are a great place to use smaller accents of interest. On the opposite side, I placed a coordinating elongated tray “MERRY” under the glass (last season’s BES curated Holiday) and the trio of white ceramic trees accented in gold from this year’s BES curated Holiday collection. Perfection. More snowy succulents and another small framed vintage ornament. Leaning and propping these small pieces of art prevents unnecessary holes in your walls for seasonal art, and they still get admired and loved!

As a last minute accent, just an hour before guests arrived, I decided to add a smaller but favorite everygreen wreath to the mirror over the bed. Assorted sizes of suction cups for the weight needed does the trick here, Since my soon expected guests are my son and grandson, I decided to forgo any delightful ribbons!

And lastly, I’ll share with you my freshly installed barn doors, compliments of my son in law, Timm Tanner. My Christmas gift in the making for months, they were installed yesterday, just in time for our annual celebration and crepe soiree! Again , I used the satin brass of the bedroom to set the tone for the dramatic and rich color I selected for the doors (SW Stunning Shade). I designed the look with the mirrored panels and Timm so expertly carried out the vision. I love the drama of the mirror in the front hall, along with the deep amethyst hue and functionality of the doors. They are sheer heaven and I couldn’t be happier. It was really a significant labor of love.

I hope this bit of my Christmas tour has inspired you to leave no room untrimmed and find the joy in using your favorite collections as I have. There’s still a bit more to come and I’ll continue my tour tomorrow, don’t forget to check the JoovyZoom360UltralightJogging stroller by the way, it helped me to maintain my baby girl in the same place while I did the decorations!


A New Look Part III

A New Look Part III

Introducing Susan’s all-new Urban Loft collection! It’s reclaimed, industrial style on a budget. Read about the interior design just unveiled for our Urban Loft living room and dining room, and make sure to stop by our retail store to take it all in!

The third room in our newly restyled Urban Loft features a fabulous canopy bed in a very stylish satin brass finish. Ahhhh!! It’s a real home run for style and comfort, and provides the setting for a cozy, personal hideout. Set against the Bucks County historic stone walls of my retail store, Black-eyed Susan, this room depicts modern yet classic style. Let’s call it “neo-traditional.” Nothing to be afraid of, totally new, yet brimming with a traditional twist. The bed features a partially upholstered headboard and can be used as a platform bed, or one with a box spring and mattress.

There is an entire grouping of companion pieces with a stunning high boy, side tables and console/dresser. Finished in a deep, rich chocolate wood tone, this collection would be a beautiful addition to any restyling, whether it’s a new or old home, a master bedroom or guest room. As you can see, extremely versatile.

I’ve paired it with a lovely Masland leopard print wool area rug, cut to order in size, with an overlay of two hide rugs to lock in #purestyle.

The companion high boy dresser has the same rich satin brass hardware and stretcher runner at the base, and a little extra surprise in the bottom drawer…cedar lining for all your fine cashmere or silk ascots!

Here’s that cedar lined bottom drawer!

Side tables feature a glass top which has a floating drawer, giving room for interesting objects of the heart, perhaps a small tray with a favorite quote.

I’ve paired white and gold toned lamps and accessories to complete the look. Love. Love. Love.

I hope you’ll stop by to see the room for yourself if you live near or in Bucks County! We have the ability to ship furniture all over the U.S. as well, so it can be yours no matter where your roots lie. Bedrooms should be a favorite hangout space. Don’t let your’s become an “I’ll get to that room someday” project! Style, personal, chic, cozy, hip. All words to add to the description of your personal space. Let Black-eyed Susan be the inspiration you need to make it happen.

Susan’s Guestroom! Progress…*sigh*

Susan’s Guestroom! Progress…*sigh*


While there are still some key ingredients missing in this room, it is getting closer to receiving guests! One year later, my former “storage area” for all things either waiting to be transported or just having been transported, has been cleared out, furniture installed, and a few accessory accents placed. Whew!

Worry not, that drum pendant is soon to be replaced with a fabulous pendant of some kind (to be determined at the upcoming High Point Market!). I have something in mind, but will make a final decision after seeing the latest offerings. But gold tones are filling this room, and my pendant is sure to follow in this finish. Sadly, the deep, rich eggplant tones of the wallpaper and bedding don’t show up perfectly. The rug is key to the palette and it does show the color direction a bit better!

I took a vertical stripe wall paper and ran it horizontally. The darker stripe has just a bit of glimmer to it and it really provides a wow factor! I choose a dark chocolate-y plum velvet for the channeled upholstered bed. It is rich and engaging.

Dark wood sets the stage for a beautiful contrast for the brushed brass hardware, table legs, and stretcher on the dresser. Tall, slim lamps add a bit of drama in the same brushed brass finish. I selected a starburst mirror, following the same metal accent and I think it’s the perfect choice! (I’ll love it more when it reflects my dream chandelier, soon to come!)

Take a look at the bedding. Plum colored coverlet and pillows … unexpectedly random in placement. I’ve been talking about this trend for the last six months … so follow suit and don’t be afraid to try it! I love it!

A bit obscured by my photography lighting, a metallic gold throw is laid across the bed to repeat the gold accents in the furniture hardware. Beautiful!

I’m loving this long dresser with an open metallic base. If you’re not ready to give in to the gold craze in design, something like this lets you ease into the look and it blends nicely with other rooms in the house. A guest room is the perfect place to isolate a new finish (in my case, gold), and enjoy something new and fresh! I’m loving the modern art that repeats the eggplant colors of the room, gives depth and lighter contrast, and lends a bit of soft modernism to an otherwise classic design. I used a plum tinted gray paint on the companion walls and ceiling to soften the depth of the papered wall and you’ll see in the photo below that the sheer panels on the windows carry that color perfectly. Sheers are making a big comeback from all major fabric vendors.

All in all, I’m pleased with the room and can’t wait for the finishing touches…accessories, a few more pieces of art, woven to measure privacy shades, chandelier, a small chair, and…glamorous barn doors! Yes. Mirrored. Glam. Unexpected.

I’ll keep you posted with the completion of the finishing touches, but for now…enjoy the room as much as I am!

It’s a grand place to spend the night. #ohsosusan #purestyle #colorcrush

In the next few days, I’ll be posting the latest trends being unveiled at High Point Furniture Market! Watch for my Stylewatch reports and #ohsosusan finds. It’s always an exciting market and I’ll love sharing my best finds with you!

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