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, townhouse, or a single-family home, I’m sharing ideas and projects to transform those beige walls and builder-grade finishes to something that is uniquely yours.
I have to step back a minute and thank you, my readers for the idea behind this book. When I moved to Minnesota, I had dreams of finding a quaint 100-year-old Minnesota farmhouse. After an extensive search, I realized that a suburban home that was in a neighborhood and close to the boys’ school and Jeff’s work was going to be the very best thing for this season of life. I remember feeling like my blog audience would be disappointed that I wasn’t going to be taking them on a journey to fix up some cool old house. I would be sharing the very typical journey of adding character and my personal touch to a beige suburban home with a two-story foyer and builder-grade finishes. What I thought would be boring was received with enthusiasm. I can’t tell you how many messages and e-mails I received from readers who were so excited to see my decorating style implemented in a home that looks very similar to theirs.
That response prompted me to put together a book proposal which was picked up by the Worthy Books imprint of the Hachette Book Group last spring. And, after over a year of hard work, the book is finally ready to unveil!
My dear blog readers, I’d love to introduce you to Feels Like Home…
This book is all about making your house, whatever the quirks, challenges, and limitations, feel like your home. I believe a home should fit like a well-tailored suit, but feel like a comfy pair of jammies and this book is all about that transformation process. In over 300 pages of content and hundreds of photos of inspiring, yet very typical family homes, I share tips, exercises, examples, before & afters, and step-by-step projects. It is packed full of encouragement and ideas no matter what your decorating aesthetic or budget is. This book is not about emulating my style but embracing and implementing your own.
And, I have to say, I feel like this book is some of the best work I’ve ever done. The words flowed out of me and never at any time did this project feel like a drain or something I had to push through to get to the finish line. The entire creative process was filled with joy and I really hope that is evident and contagious to those who read it.
here are kind words from a few talented folks about feels like home…
“Whether it’s her interiors or her art, Marian’s work epitomizes timeless style rooted in authenticity, great taste, and casual elegance. Everything is inviting and comfy, while elevated and approachable at the same time.”
—Brian Patrick Flynn, interior designer HGTV Dream Home
“With Feels Like Home, Marian has gifted us the ultimate design handbook with sound advice, simplified tutorials, and yes, her trademark gorgeous photography.”
—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Fixer Upper; Hissy Fit; Hello, Summer; and The Newcomer
“Regardless of what feels like home to you, this is a resource, a handbook, and an inspirational guide to help you create exactly what feels like your home for you and those that will share it with you.”
—Jo Packham, creator and editor in chief of Women Create magazines
I pretty much melted into a little puddle every time I read an endorsement someone graciously took the time to write.
The official release of Feels Like Home is September 7, 2021, but it is available for preorder now. Here are places where you can order it now…
Where to Buy
If you own a small shop and are interested in carrying the book, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you the information for ordering the book wholesale.
And, we will be offering some amazing freebies, bonus content, and giveaways for those who preorder the book! All of that fun stuff will be launching this summer, so hold onto your order confirmation info and you will still qualify to receive the goodies and enter to win the prize packages.
thank you giveaway
As a thank you for providing the inspiration for writing this book, I wanted to offer a giveaway with this announcement. I will be giving away one $250 Etsy Gift card to help one of my readers make their house feel a little more like home. Etsy is one of my favorite places to buy unique antiques and handmade items from creatives, artists, and makers.
To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post letting me know what feels like home to you. (For an additional entry, you can leave a comment on today’s Instagram post HERE.)
Is it a style, a color palette, things that evoke memories or remind you of a place, is it an ideal you are aspiring to, a comfy chair, a well-used dining table, a view of a lake? I am so excited to hear what feels like home to you…
The giveaway is open to readers worldwide and will close Monday, April 19, 2021, at midnight PST.
I’ll be sharing more details on the process of writing and photographing this book over the coming weeks including nailing down the cover, shooting in local homes, and I’ll share some photos and content that didn’t make it past the editing process. Until then, here’s a little preview of some of the homes featured…