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There were a few things about this kitchen that made me feel like I was in a farmer’s shop or auto body lunchroom instead of a kitchen. I’m guessing these silly things will make gals giggle and guys get defensive. For those who favor the male side of this melodrama, don’t worry. The men on this farm still have a 4-wheeler, a loader tractor, a big snow-moving dozer thing, pliers on their belts and plenty of other ways to feel manly. The way I see it, making the kitchen a little more domestic isn’t going to hurt one bit.

1. Giant trash can replaced with smaller version.

The giant trash can was handy. It did not need to be emptied very often. However, it got a little stinky by the time it was finally full.



2. Free John Deere Mug replaced with blue cup & “junk” corralling basket.

John seemed to always have a little pile of stuff right on the corner of this counter where I am generally trying to prepare food. Its not just him, I leave my stuff there, too! I figured it was a natural dropping off spot. Rather than try and change both our habits, I just tried to make it cuter.


Thank you Target for this lovely blue, colorwash basket.


It turned out John was a little emotionally attached to the mug. He got it when he purchased his baler. So – rather than get rid of it. He is using it for pens on his desk now. Everything has a happy ending.

3. Lava soap container replaced with pretty container

The lava soap really made me feel like the kitchen sink was at a tire & lube shop. It is one thing if it was actually filled with lava soap. I know – lava soap rocks if you’ve got greasy hands. Nothing can beat it. But, this one had been filled with Dawn, there wasn’t even lava soap in there. So – I got a regular bottle of hand soap.


Now, we’re almost finally done domesticating the kitchen. Just a few more small changes and this room is complete!


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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!