Inspiration & Encouragement

to customize your house to feel like home

Inspiration & Encouragement

to nurture your creativity & artistic growth

Inspiration & Encouragement

to find new favorites & never stop growing 

Inspiration & Encouragement

for starting & running a thriving creative business

Feels Like Home

Marian’s new book on customizing your home is
now available for preorder!

Original Art

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Most Recent Posts

four years…

four years…

July 24, 2021, was the four-year anniversary of the day we moved into our house in Rochester, Minnesota!  It was a whirlwind move that truly was an incredible story (you can read about it HERE.) On...

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creative play | bookbinding single pages

creative play | bookbinding single pages

In my last box of goodies that came from across the pond from Julia of Ponder & Purchase, I received several vintage and antique sketchbooks and drawing/oil papers.  She's been on the hunt for...

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basement family room makeover | decisions

basement family room makeover | decisions

Over the last few weeks, you've seen me meander through decisions about my basement family room makeover.  And, let me say, I am so glad I have given myself the freedom to change course and switch...

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Isle of Palms art sale preview

Isle of Palms art sale preview

I was planning on having this art sale back in June and I was planning on adding a lot more paintings to it, but...  I had too many other things to work on.  For those who ask how I balance it all? ...

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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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cleaning a smoke smell out of wood furniture

cleaning a smoke smell out of wood furniture

When you buy used furniture sometimes musty, dusty, pet, and smoke smells come with it.  When it comes to severe pet and smoke odors, I'll usually pass on a piece.  They are notoriously hard to completely remove from furniture, especially upholstery.  But, there are...

Artistic Endeavors
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creative play | bookbinding single pages

creative play | bookbinding single pages

In my last box of goodies that came from across the pond from Julia of Ponder & Purchase, I received several vintage and antique sketchbooks and drawing/oil papers.  She's been on the hunt for those for me, so I could recreate some of the Kitchin sketches on old...

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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cleaning a smoke smell out of wood furniture

cleaning a smoke smell out of wood furniture

When you buy used furniture sometimes musty, dusty, pet, and smoke smells come with it.  When it comes to severe pet and smoke odors, I'll usually pass on a piece.  They are notoriously hard to completely remove from furniture, especially upholstery.  But, there are...

Slice of Life
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youtube & book reviews

youtube & book reviews

As an entrepreneur in the ever-changing world of technology and social media platforms, I'm consistently assessing and reassessing what I do, where I share, how I share, what I spend my time on, etc.  Pinterest and Instagram weren't even around when my blog launched! ...

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?

Try Something New

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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