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!

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Most Recent Posts

antique winsor & newton charcoal box

antique winsor & newton charcoal box

There are some finds that you just know are special.  You know they probably won't come around again or at least in a very long while.  Such was the case with the antique Winsor & Newton...

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painting a vintage splint basket

painting a vintage splint basket

Rewind, if you will, back to the day I went to innocently pick up the pond yacht from a local consignment store.  I ended up buying the pond yacht, an antique post office register, an antique quilt...

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3rd completed sketchbook tour

3rd completed sketchbook tour

I actually finished my 3rd sketchbook back in August, but I haven't taken the time to film a little sketchbook tour video.  I like doing those because they hold me accountable, but I've also...

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a day in stillwater, mn

a day in stillwater, mn

For a few weeks now, Jeff has been trying to get me to go on a day trip.  As someone who is a natural homebody, the pandemic, lockdowns, and busyness have all made it easier to become even more of a...

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August & September 2021 Favorites

August & September 2021 Favorites

I don't know about you, but August and September were a blur!  Well, not quite a blur, but I realized I hadn't done a favorites post for August about halfway through September and then I could...

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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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antique winsor & newton charcoal box

antique winsor & newton charcoal box

There are some finds that you just know are special.  You know they probably won't come around again or at least in a very long while.  Such was the case with the antique Winsor & Newton charcoal box and, when it was offered to me, I jumped at it.  And even though...

Artistic Endeavors
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antique winsor & newton charcoal box

antique winsor & newton charcoal box

There are some finds that you just know are special.  You know they probably won't come around again or at least in a very long while.  Such was the case with the antique Winsor & Newton charcoal box and, when it was offered to me, I jumped at it.  And even though...

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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a day in stillwater, mn

a day in stillwater, mn

For a few weeks now, Jeff has been trying to get me to go on a day trip.  As someone who is a natural homebody, the pandemic, lockdowns, and busyness have all made it easier to become even more of a homebody.  And I recognize that isn't necessarily a good thing.  So,...

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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