our new california home!

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our new california home!hello, lovelies!! guess what. WE FOUND A HOME!! let me tell you, it is magical here. however, the rental scene is pretty grim here in santa ynez, california. we looked and we looked and not only are there no rental signs posted anywhere (i mean, not even one), but the cost of living is as expected, pretty outrageous.

after a hard afternoon and a long prayer, the nifty craigslist app on my phone notified me of a new listing. a converted barn, in our price range that included EVERYTHING on my wish list. God is good.

our new california home!our little piece of heaven is a vine covered renovated barn with a trellis front and a screen door. a front and back yard for toaster, mature shade trees and several perfect spots for veggie gardening. fruit trees surround the property and it's just over a mile from david's work.

our new california home!they were doing a little bit of construction so the inside pictures aren't quite the best, but this is our view looking out from the living room and open kitchen. it's a one bedroom, one bath with a full kitchen and a loft for guests to sleep in. we'll be looking for an old ladder to set up as access to that, so the local thrift stores will be seeing me very soon.

our new california home!

our new california home!

this is the view from our porch. the house sits right on a vineyard and rolling hills are just off in the distance. ahhhh.

our new california home!and this is yet another little gem that's on the property. the house is only about 1000 square feet, so we're really excited to have some outdoor living space. i'm thinking an old table with mix and match chairs could make this the perfect outdoor dining area. what do you think?

tomorrow i'll be sharing with you more of the town so you can see just what kind of place this is. it's full of lavender farms and strawberry stands. you're going to love it.


  • oh my goodness Bonnie!! What a massive answer to prayer!! Go God! Honestly, I was really curious to see what you ended up with b/c SoCal housing is pretty nuts, like you said, so this is just amazing!

  • This is so incredibly exciting! I feel like I’m living vicariously through you, as my fiance and I plan to move to either California or Hawaii in 2-3 years. I love moving into a new space and setting everything up, just the way you like it. Your yard is beautiful, especially the dining area outside under the wisteria. And on a vineyard! Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  • Congratulations! It’s adorable and the views are to die for. You’ve found your little slice of heaven. Enjoy the process.

  • Yay! It’s beautiful, congratulations!

  • This makes me verrryyy happy!:)

  • ahh, bonnie!
    what an amazing new home – so excited for you!

  • Beautiful! Congratulations and welcome to California!

  • Congrats! I can’t wait to see how you make it yours, it looks like heaven!

  • Bonnie, this is beautiful. I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see how you decorate it. God is so good!!!!

  • I am so happy for you. It looks like a lovely place to roost.

  • This is amazing, I’m so happy for you! This is definitely a little slice of heaven! :)

  • O Bonnie it’s GORGEOUS!! I’m so jealous you get to move to and reside in such beautiful locations! The vineyard, the ivy, the trellis … Need I go on? :)

  • Oh goodness that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so lucky!!!!!

  • It’s absolutely beautiful! We’re hoping to sell our home and rent for a bit too, so I’m going to start a wish list and start praying. You’re right, God is good! Congrats on finding this little gem! I hope I can find one every bit as beautiful for our next home!

  • holy smokes. you’ve landed in HEAVEN!! such a gorgeous little home and WHAT a view!!! i’m green of envy!! congratulations to such a fantastic new nest! wishing you lots of happiness there!

  • simply gorgeous!

  • It’s beautiful!! I absolutely LOVE it!! I am sure it will bring lots of wonderful memories to you and your family!!

  • oh my gosh wow!! it is amazing!! i can’t wait to see what you all do with it! that outside space looks wonderful too! that’s just how God works right? Just right when you think nothings going to work He just gets right in there and sorts it all out! that’s so great!! there’s lots of room for your chickens too right?

  • Oh, ’tis lovely! We’re still still still looking for a place to live and it has been MONTHS! and i wanted to give ya a shout as we’re kinda sorta but not really neighbors! okay…i’m in San Luis Obispo but still. Welcome (back?) to California!


  • that view is absolutely gorgeous. i’m pretty jealous. i’m trying not to hate you – a total stranger – while i sit on my sofa staring at the beautiful 1920s house being torn down to make way for another hideous duplex. but yay for you! ;)

  • Yay! It’s beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • bonnie, i am so so happy for you! i’m also insanely jealous, ha! :) i’m so glad you found everything on your wish list. you deserve it! xo, anna

  • Looks like a little piece of heaven! What a beautiful place to call HOME!

  • That house is adorable!! I’m glad you guys found something that was affordable and had so much character. I can’t wait to see what you do with it :)

  • wow congrats. Wisteria oye I’m so jealous

  • love it, love it, love it!!!!

    • thank you everyone!! i’m so glad you all like it. :) i can hardly sleep because i keep thinking about what i’m going to do with the space! xox :)

  • NO! A view of vineyards from your front window? Oh, it looks PERFECT.

  • You live in such a beautiful place!!! It looks so warm and lush. I can’t wait to see pictures of how you’ve decorated!

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