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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 

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for starting & running a thriving creative business

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creating a book cover | feels like home

creating a book cover | feels like home

If you missed it, I have a new book coming out in September that is all about customizing your house (or apartment, condo, townhouse) so that it feels like home.  I would definitely consider writing...

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may 12 art sale preview

may 12 art sale preview

Despite putting a focus on custom paintings over the past 2-3 weeks, I also accumulated enough paintings to have an art sale before I work on the next round of commissions and the next series. ...

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my other pennsylvania antique purchases

my other pennsylvania antique purchases

Before I get into today's post, I wanted to share that my next original art sale will be this Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 10:00 am CST.  The paintings will be sold in my online shop HERE.  I'll be...

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creative play | customizing a sketchbook

creative play | customizing a sketchbook

I've been spending a lot of time with my Kitchin sketchbooks, reading them, doing pencil studies of the sketches, and scanning each page.  Handling them has made me think about my own sketchbooks...

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French chair from Dreamy Whites

French chair from Dreamy Whites

Disclosure: This post is a part of an ongoing collaboration with my friend and business owner, Maria of Dreamy Whites.  Over the years, I have promoted Dreamy Whites as a paying customer in addition...

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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.

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All Things Home
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my other pennsylvania antique purchases

my other pennsylvania antique purchases

Before I get into today's post, I wanted to share that my next original art sale will be this Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 10:00 am CST.  The paintings will be sold in my online shop HERE.  I'll be sharing a preview post of the paintings that will be in the sale along...

Artistic Endeavors
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creating a book cover | feels like home

creating a book cover | feels like home

If you missed it, I have a new book coming out in September that is all about customizing your house (or apartment, condo, townhouse) so that it feels like home.  I would definitely consider writing a book a labor of love, but this book wasn't a slog or a tiring push...

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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cute swimsuits for all shapes

cute swimsuits for all shapes

We're going to something a little different today and dive into the incredibly uncomfortable world of swimsuit shopping!  I promise, though, I have found the absolute best swimsuits and, if you've never tried on a Land's End swimsuit, you're going to thank me for this...

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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