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

TCe Podcast

Most Recent Posts

“random miscellaneous company”

“random miscellaneous company”

“Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.  Besides, in...

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antique watercolor palettes

antique watercolor palettes

Calls with my friend Julia in the UK have become a pretty regular weekly thing.  She'll give me a call or text pictures of some of the latest treasures she found for me.  We'll also just chat about...

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favorite things | marmalade crocks

favorite things | marmalade crocks

I remember in my very early days of antiquing, I saw a little marmalade crock sitting on a window sill in an antique mall.  I was immediately drawn to it and, at $8.00, it was something I could...

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potato corn soup with dill

potato corn soup with dill

I am an unashamed soup lover.  I don't know why anyone would be ashamed of that, but I definitely am not.  I think my love of soup started when we went to a family conference in Switzerland and they...

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back-to-school supplies for mom

back-to-school supplies for mom

Back-to-school is such an exciting time.  We make sure the pants are not high-waters, everyone gets a new pair of shoes, and we get to go shopping for pens, pencils, notebooks, and hand sanitizer. ...

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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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favorite things | marmalade crocks

favorite things | marmalade crocks

I remember in my very early days of antiquing, I saw a little marmalade crock sitting on a window sill in an antique mall.  I was immediately drawn to it and, at $8.00, it was something I could afford to buy.  I used that jar for years to hold pens and pencils on my...

Artistic Endeavors
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antique watercolor palettes

antique watercolor palettes

Calls with my friend Julia in the UK have become a pretty regular weekly thing.  She'll give me a call or text pictures of some of the latest treasures she found for me.  We'll also just chat about life and family between talks about antique watercolor palettes and...

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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“random miscellaneous company”

“random miscellaneous company”

“Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.  Besides, in this random miscellaneous company we may rub against some complete...

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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