About The Living Door

About You

Before I talk about The Living Door and who I am, what really matters most to me is who you are. My goal with every project is to make sure you have everything you need for your design + build project, major remodel, or customized interior design solution.


Maybe you’ve re
alized that a new construction project is right for you. You’ve got a custom homebuilder in mind, and maybe even a design you like—but you don’t have a plan yet. What you really want is someone who can walk with you along every step of this project.


Or maybe you love the house you live in, but it just doesn’t do what you need it to do. You want something different, but you can’t imagine leaving the neighborhood. If that’s the case, a remodel might be exactly what you’re looking for.


Whatever your situation might be, my goal is to help make it as easy as possible for you.

Photo Ruth Ann

About Ruth Ann

I have a track record of going all-in on my projects, but mostly that’s just the way I live my life. My husband, Pete, and my two beautiful daughters know this. We get a little rowdy during Minnesota Vikings games. I usually have an emergency Diet Mountain Dew and some carpet samples jostling around in my car. And we’re always ready to have some fun.

My family is amazing. Of course, so are my clients. The trust, relationship, laughs and even tears we share are the most amazing gifts I could imagine. I’m continuously wowed that I’m blessed with these deep relationships.

If the last 10+ years of interior design have taught me anything, it’s that bringing someone’s dream project to life is my heart and soul, and money talk isn’t my favorite. My promise is to push and encourage you to embrace what you love. Then together we can make the choices that are right for you.

Oh, and even though I may live in Sioux Falls, I’m always up for a road trip. So whether it’s in the Midwest or out to the coasts, I’m happy to go wherever you need me to go.

About the Process
Simply put, my goal at The Living Door is to make this process—whether it’s a design+build project or a remodel—as easy as possible for you.

From the very (very) beginning, I work with you, assessing the project from beginning to end. I love helping my clients see what the end could be before we’ve even started. 

Along the way, I serve as your advocate. I don’t work for any contractor—I work for you. I’m not here to sell you something. I’m here to walk you through a journey to your perfect home. And if along the way I make you feel a little uncomfortable, it’s only because I want you to discover your true personal style.

Finally, I watch your money like I would watch my own. I would never spend your money in a way that I don’t think you should spend it. I want my clients to be happy, not broke.

When it comes to rates and pricing, I’ve found that the best way to work out the details is to have a conversation. Rather than put up my rates like a restaurant menu, I’d love for you to drop me a line. We can talk about what you’re looking for, how I might be able to help, and go from there.