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the great debate | to paint or not to paint

Right off the bat, let me say that I don't ever mind my readers sharing their opinions here.  Unless someone is being downright nasty on a personal level, which is rare, it doesn't bother me if someone disagrees with a decorating decision I make or they don't like something I made, bought, etc.  If ever I do feel ruffled, I figure that I probably wouldn't like every single decorating decision they  (read more …)

Which comes first | how to avoid decorating regret

One of the projects I've been working on lately has me thinking a lot about the design process, specifically as it relates to putting a room together.  I've been pondering the order in which choices and purchases should be made and I've realized that most people, including myself at times, go about putting a room together entirely backwards. Think about it with me...  You've been browsing the  (read more …)

dog beds are decor

Before I get into the post today, I wanted to let my readers in the north east know that I'll be in Palmyra, New York this Saturday (September 24, 2016) for The Purple Painted Lady 6th Annual Festival.  (Click the link for details.)  I'll be teaching milk paint demos and answering Q&A's at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.  I hope to see some of you there! I remember reading a post years ago, written  (read more …)

mixing painted pieces in a room

I received an e-mail from one of my readers asking a question I get pretty frequently, so I thought I would write the answer in a post.  Here is the question... "How do you decide what color to paint various pieces of furniture in a room. Do you paint each piece a different color or all of them the same. I have several I'd like to paint but can't decide the colors. I don't want to end up with a  (read more …)

how tidy are your drawers?

Some of you have noticed and commented on the fact that I paint pieces while the drawers are still inside their recesses/cubbies.  (Drawer holes?)  And yes, I do leave the drawers in when I paint and I wanted to share the method to my madness. The habit of leaving the drawers in started due to a lack of space.  When I worked out of my house, every square foot needed to be used strategically and I  (read more …)

studio flooring options

In my post yesterday, I shared that we'll be installing some new flooring in the studio.  Well, not in the entire studio, but a corner of it, so I can use that area for photo shoots.  The corner we'll be installing it in is this one... You can see that the flooring is a bit of a mish-mash; some of the old pine and some plywood, so I haven't used that corner for photo shoots despite the nice  (read more …)

dear reader | to the one who keeps making the same decorating mistakes

Dear Reader (to the one who keeps making the same decorating mistakes), We should start a club.  We'll call it the "I have not learned my lesson" club or the "Oops, I did it again" club.  (Hey!  We have a theme song if we call it that.) We can have meetings and everything. "Hello.  My name is Marian." Psst.  This is where you say, "Hi, Marian." "I just had to repaint my walls for the third  (read more …)

dear reader | to the one with a “stuff problem”

Dear reader, A few minutes after I put my sons to bed a few weeks ago, I heard the sound of feet on the steps. "Mommy?"  My oldest son had crept out of bed with something on his mind.  I walked around the corner to the bottom of the steps.  "What is it, buddy?" Earlier in the evening, we talked with him about buying a new bike.  He had outgrown the one he had in ability and size.  I thought  (read more …)