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design pivot & the entire family room

design pivot & the entire family room

Let's talk about those moments when design plans don't work.  You buy something, order something, you put it in place, and then you realize it's not going to work the way you envisioned.  You can...

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my first completed sketchbook

my first completed sketchbook

For all of the talk I do about journaling and sketchbooks, can you believe that I have never fully completed a sketchbook?!  Well, not until a few weeks ago.  I have filled plenty of pages in plenty...

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how I maximize productivity

how I maximize productivity

I am often asked how I do everything that I do, so I'm going to attempt to answer that in this post and to offer some of the ways I maximize productivity.  The reason why I say I'm going to attempt...

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tips on styling a hutch

tips on styling a hutch

Yesterday afternoon, after doing some computer work then some not-fun organizing in the basement, I decided I needed to do something in my house that was just for fun.  I didn't have very much time,...

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design plan for the family room

design plan for the family room

As I've been thinking about the basement family room, I've had this image sitting on my desk.  It was on the cover of a Serena & Lily catalog I received in the mail and it immediately became my...

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may 2021 favorites

may 2021 favorites

I can't believe it's June already!  In just a few short weeks, 2021 will be half over.  I remember a friend saying years ago, as I held an infant Marshall in my arms, that I just pressed the...

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Free Art Classes

While most of the world was under stay-at-home orders in the Spring of 2020, I connected with my online community by offering live art classes every Friday for a few weeks.  It was such a pick-me-up for me each week!  I received wonderful feedback from the class participants who joined me live or have taken the classes since, so I decided to put them into an online course format and offer them for free.  Sign up and learn to paint with oils in nine classes that cover everything from making a color chart to painting a grazing cow…

Marian’s Home Tours

Minnesota home
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This is a typical four-square suburban home built-in 2004. It is well-built and has a wonderful layout, but was a sea of beige and builder-grade finishes! See how this home has been customized to suit Marian’s blend of European and American antiques in a fresh palette of blue, green, and white.

Pennsylvania home
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This is a 1948 one-and-a-half story Cape Cod in a tiny, two-stoplight town outside of Gettysburg, PA. Over 11 years, Marian worked on this home room-by-room to highlight its charming features and marry a 1990’s addition with the original part of the home. It features American farmhouse style with a touch of European flare.

Latest Posts by Topic

All Things Home
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design pivot & the entire family room

design pivot & the entire family room

Let's talk about those moments when design plans don't work.  You buy something, order something, you put it in place, and then you realize it's not going to work the way you envisioned.  You can ignore that gut warning and plow ahead or you can pivot.  I'm about to...

Artistic Endeavors
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my first completed sketchbook

my first completed sketchbook

For all of the talk I do about journaling and sketchbooks, can you believe that I have never fully completed a sketchbook?!  Well, not until a few weeks ago.  I have filled plenty of pages in plenty of sketchbooks over the years, but I typically end up abandoning a...

Creative Business
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A Fresh Look & New Prints

A Fresh Look & New Prints

Notice anything different?  I'm sure you do because my site got a complete overhaul! My business has changed quite a bit over the past few years and it was time for the website, blog, and online shop to reflect those changes.  In addition, I wanted to make it easier...

Furniture Makeovers
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furniture makeover | painting an old stool

furniture makeover | painting an old stool

We had an uncommonly warm weekend, so I decided to finally work on this stool that's been hanging out in my garage, waiting for some attention, for almost a year!  I picked it up on one of my first antique outings when the stay-at-home orders were lifted.  I had no...

Slice of Life
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how I maximize productivity

how I maximize productivity

I am often asked how I do everything that I do, so I'm going to attempt to answer that in this post and to offer some of the ways I maximize productivity.  The reason why I say I'm going to attempt to answer that question is that I really don't believe there is one...

Tutorials

I love learning and sharing what I’ve learned with others.  Since 2009, I’ve been writing and filming tutorials on everything from furniture refinishing and slipcovers to woodworking and crochet.  What would you like to learn to do today?

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Refinishing Furniture
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Fine Art
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Upholstery
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Knitting & Crochet
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Sewing
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