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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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Most Recent Posts

decorating decisions I still like today

decorating decisions I still like today

Happy Monday!  Thank you so much for the kind comments and constructive feedback about the new look here on my website & blog!  We will be making changes and tweaks over the next few days to...

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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...

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Home Stories | book review

Home Stories | book review

Now, I have to confess right from the start that I am a little bit bias about this book.  Months ago, when it was still in the works, I was asked by Kim to write an endorsement, which I gladly did. ...

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my go-to supplies for cleaning antiques

my go-to supplies for cleaning antiques

I have bought and sold (and kept) a lot of antiques over the years.  Thousands and thousands of pieces!  So, I have learned through trial and error about cleaning and polishing up just about...

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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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feels like home | book cover & title reveal and a giveaway

feels like home | book cover & title reveal and a giveaway

I have been bursting to share more details about my new book with you and today is finally the day! For those who missed my announcement earlier this year, I wrote a book last Spring/Summer about customizing a typical suburban home - whether it's an apartment,...

Artistic Endeavors
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back home & another antique watercolor box

back home & another antique watercolor box

Despite a trip to the ER after a day in the car (my youngest son has a stomach bug or severe car sickness and needed fluids), we had a wonderful trip out east to visit our family.  We made our first stop in North Carolina to visit Jeff's parents and his sister's...

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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slipcovering the living room sectional

slipcovering the living room sectional

Whenever my schedule starts to open up, I seem to fill it beyond capacity in no time.  It can be a blessing and curse, but I can't seem to help it!  I like having a lot of things to work on and to bounce between.  I work more efficiently when I am forced to stay on...

Slice of Life
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Home Stories | book review

Home Stories | book review

Now, I have to confess right from the start that I am a little bit bias about this book.  Months ago, when it was still in the works, I was asked by Kim to write an endorsement, which I gladly did.  I had a chance at that time to peruse the book and I absolutely loved...

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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