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We are so excited to have a fully-functioning (clean) living room. Thinking back, I don’t think this has happened since about April of our remodel. As we began working on the dining room-turned-studio, everything else was dumped into the poor living room & it has been perpetually messy for several long months.DSCN4943 DSCN4952DSCN6016 DSCN4965After we started moving furniture in, it didn’t take long to figure out where to put things! DSCN4902

The brown chair with the green “flying geese” quilt is surprisingly one of the only pieces of furniture left from the original (very full) house. Now, every piece in our house is a wedding gift, thrift shop find or a purchase by John & I. For some reason, that is a really good feeling for me! Maybe it is the American in me, filled with the pride of ownership. Or, the diplomat, who didn’t feel comfortable keeping furniture that a relative may have wanted. Either way, it is done & I am so happy to have house filled with our things. Not my mine, not his, not someone else’s – but simply ours! And, with a just an 1,100 square foot home…it wasn’t too much of a challenge to fill.




Finishing Touches: After finishing the room (because it is never finished on the first try), we made a few more updates, including new outlets & a new light fixture. I also added a few wedding gifts & vintage items that we used at our reception.

These two frames were wedding gifts, I don’t even have a photo in the silver one yet. I am going to wait for our wedding photos to come back & then I’ll hurry up and have one printed for it. I love the black frame, too! It is neat to see our names & wedding date printed on the glass.

I decided to move this blue piece of furniture (a shower gift from my awesome mom & sisters) out of  the studio & into the living room. We used the sculpture of the dancing couple at our wedding reception. We also used the old-time butter churn, too. I get quite a kick out of re-using all of those items.DSCN6014

The little, red tricycle was also a wedding decoration. The only eyesore left in the living room is the trim around the AC, but I have a feeling that will get done on some rainy afternoon!DSCN6015

It has been so beautiful lately that no one wants to spend time inside working on a house project. I can’t say that I blame them. I am excited to have our house (almost) in order, because honestly…I’d rather be outside too!DSCN6013

Lots of love,



  1. Laurel Wilson

    You have a wonderful warm and friendly home. Are all those quilts your work? If so, wow!


    • Sierra Shea

      Maybe 1/2 of them are mine – several were wedding & shower gifts :)

  2. Meredith

    This is beautiful! Looks like a wonderful home. I have the same cow picture!!

    • Sierra Shea

      Thanks! I love that cow photo. I swear its a Charolais cross :) My mom has one with two steers in the same style!

  3. Becky Harstad

    I have followed your blog for a while now, and so enjoy your progress. We live in my husband’s grandparents old house, and have been slowly making adjustments to make it our own. Glad you love SD and thank you for sharing your experiences!

    • Sierra Shea

      Hi Becky! We have sure enjoyed the progress too, but only because it meant we were one step closer to done! I am sure you know the feeling if you are also making adjustments to an older home. We found that every time we expected something, our little old house surprised us. For example, the studs are not evenly spaced & all the door framers are different dimensions! That sure makes it hard to hang things & move furniture. So glad you enjoy the blog! It is very fun to take pictures & share!

  4. Sally Thomas

    So glad to see the Charolais-cross picture in the living room!

  5. Aunt Jackie

    It looks great! You guys have done a wonderful job!

  6. Amanda Radke

    This looks great! I love following your progress! I must ask where you got the cow print that’s hanging on your wall. I fell in love with it after I saw it on another blog, but I haven’t been able to find it to BUY! Help a girl out!

    • Sierra Shea

      I bought it in Missouri at a store in Columbia, I am not sure if they still have any prints left! Here is their phone number: (573) 442-0998. The store’s name is S. Stewart Co and this is their facebook page: Good luck!


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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!