My name is Sarah. Sarah Jean, for you country folks. Born to a cattle farmer /small businessman and a music teacher, I have always lived in the stunning Pacific Northwest at the base of one mountain or another. For as long as I can remember I have been decorating and designing. My childhood bedroom was my blank canvas and every square inch was meticulously thought through. I could not wait to have an entire home to myself to decorate. I remember thinking it was perfectly normal for a sixth grade girl to have her future house fully designed right down to the bathroom towels, until my peers gave me a blank stare when I asked them to describe their dream house.
There was pre-med in college, which led to a blind date, which brought me to a man God knew I needed. We were married in less than a year. It was he, who reminded me of my love for decor and design, suggesting I switch my degree to something that flowed from my very soul.
After graduating from the London Guildhall University with a degree in interior design, I worked in the industry until I had three babies to look after. It was about this time that we decided to purchase a 1906 farmhouse on some farmland and my country living roots were revived. Open fields and wind in the trees have always been a part of me and the desire to push back against the noise and pressures of our current age is something that I consciously pursue. All of these things influence my current decorating style of the vintage, farmhouse and an increasingly minimalist look.
little details make all the difference
growing old is a privilege denied to many
a home is much, much more than the furniture and colors
peonies, lilacs and hydrangeas
berries for breakfast
the smell of a beehive
clean floors and kitchen counters
soaks in a claw foot tub
waking up to a rooster crowing
handwritten thank you notes
cooking with fresh herbs
being home with my family
Jesus and my resting place in His amazing grace
After surviving Leukemia as a child, intentional living and time management became passions of mine.
Currently, my days are filled to overflowing with home restoration, homeschool, gardening and farm life. Oh, and this blog which takes 30 hours a week to manage, but brings trememdous joy to my days.
My desire for a peaceful, focused and efficient life while juggling all of the above commitments led me to create on online course sharing my strategies and systems.
In the 24 self paced classes I go in depth on
- why most schedules and planners are not very effective
- how to decide what your life priorities are
- eliminating clutter in your home, relationships and schedule
- simplifying meals, wardrobes, shopping, holidays, vacations, etc.
“My goal is to create a life I don’t need a vacation from.”
She Holds Dearly was birthed out of a passion for vintage homes. But, as time went on the “holding dearly” has become more than just about decorating, its also about creating a haven and a longing for the slower, simpler life. Its about a place where your health, family and the things that make you feel alive are prioritized.
For anyone who identifies with the idea that a home should be a sanctuary and place to celebrate those you love,
this site is for you.
It is my hope that here on She Holds Dearly you will find
- tricks of the trade from the interior design industry
- vintage inspiration
- practical solutions to tame the chaos in your home and schedule
- or even just a quiet moment in your day – it is for this reason that I have committed to not allowing any third party advertisements on this site.
I invite you to hold dearly.
“Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive.”
Some posts to get you started. . .
You are welcome to join me here, as well.