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!

Original Art

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Most Recent Posts

the feels like home book launch

the feels like home book launch

Today is the day!!  It's the official book launch day for Feels Like Home! This book is over two years in the making, so it's so exciting that it's finally out into the world.  I'm also thrilled to...

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the vintage pond yacht

the vintage pond yacht

We're going to talk about the vintage pond yacht in just a minute, but I have to say this is Feels Like Home book launch eve!  While the books have been shipped and some are already on store...

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the feels like home giveaway

the feels like home giveaway

I am so excited to share that my new book, Feels Like Home, launches in just four days!  And this is the final giveaway to celebrate the book launch.  This giveaway is appropriately named "The Feels...

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creamy chicken & wild rice soup recipe

creamy chicken & wild rice soup recipe

Soups are definitely my specialty!  I love that I can make a whole bunch at one time that will last for quick & tasty lunches and dinners throughout the week.  I love they are healthy &...

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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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recording an audiobook for a decorating book

recording an audiobook for a decorating book

When I first saw the mention of the word "audiobook" in my book contract, I was a little skeptical.  I mean, this is going to be a photo-heavy decorating book.  A book that relies heavily on visual examples and, in most cases, is a book that looked at more than read. ...

Artistic Endeavors
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recording an audiobook for a decorating book

recording an audiobook for a decorating book

When I first saw the mention of the word "audiobook" in my book contract, I was a little skeptical.  I mean, this is going to be a photo-heavy decorating book.  A book that relies heavily on visual examples and, in most cases, is a book that looked at more than read. ...

Creative Business
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feels like home book launch team

feels like home book launch team

Thank you so much for all of the enthusiasm and support for my new book, Feels Like Home!  Writing a book is such a long process and you never know how it will be received, but the feedback I've been hearing on the sneak peeks and previews have been so positive and...

Furniture Makeovers
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painting a vintage dough bowl

painting a vintage dough bowl

I've had this vintage wooden dough bowl for a few years.  My mother-in-law gave it to me when they were cleaning out Jeff's grandfather's house.  She thought I would like it and she was right.  It is a practical size and shape and has a pretty patina.  I've always...

Slice of Life
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the feels like home giveaway

the feels like home giveaway

I am so excited to share that my new book, Feels Like Home, launches in just four days!  And this is the final giveaway to celebrate the book launch.  This giveaway is appropriately named "The Feels Like Home Giveaway."  In this package of goodies are all things you...

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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