Meet Sarah


My Story

My name is Sarah. Born to a cattle farmer /small businessman and a music teacher, I have always lived 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.


I Believe

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


I Love

historic neighborhoods

peonies, lilacs and hydrangeas

berries for breakfast


the smell of a beehive

clean floors and kitchen counters


soaks in a claw foot tub

jersey cows

wood fires

homemade bread

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

 A comprehensive course intentional living and time management

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.

 Click on the image to learn more. .



“My goal is to create a life I don’t need a vacation from.”


The Name

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. . .

The Pros and Cons of Milk Paint

Dollar Store Decorations

Four Road Blocks to Decluttering

10 Ways go Repurpose Vintage Linens

5 Secrets to Shopping Yard Sales

How to Slipcover a Recliner

Master Bathroom Reveal

You are welcome to join me here, as well.

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