pictures of my home

| handmade | home decor

happy monday, lovelies! since we've moved to california, i've been eager to share our sweet little vine covered cottage with you. it's actually an old converted barn, equipped with a hay loft and all (that's where our guests sleep)!


you might remember the wishlist i made when we started looking for a new place or even the before pictures i took a while back. i'm not only happy to report that it meets all of my wishlist items, but has turned in to the most relaxing and beautiful place we've ever lived.


the story of how we found it is really a miracle. the housing market here in california is a bit grim (ok, a lot grim), and let's just say way out of our price range! after a few demoralizing days of house hunting, i went home to husband david and cried on his shoulder.

natural light

we had a big prayer session and within about 5 minutes this place popped up on my craigslist iphone app. with unassuming photos and a vague description, we tried to not get our hopes up, but hurried over to look at it.


let's just say, it was perfect. i cried (again) as soon as i saw it. it sits directly on a neighboring vineyard with views of the rolling santa ynez mountains. it's small (about 1000 square feet) but just right for the two of us, and toaster. needless to say, we snatched it up immediately, and have been so blessed by living here!

blogging station! :)

this is where i write to you every day, and i love the bright natural light that fills the space.

{resources: print | chair | mouse pad diy}

desk and designing nook

reading space

here is my small reading nook, cozied up right next to the place where i blog. never keeping inspiration too far away!


my little sewing nook


{resources: magnet strip diy | free to fly print | drawer shelves diy}

my creative spaces

above is my sewing corner, a space in our bedroom that i took for myself!

{resources: chair before and after}


what is the ladder for you ask? for our guests to get in to the hayloft, of course!

{resources: giza tote | look within print}
my new painting nook!

this is the latest addition to our decor, a little painting area. it sits just across the room from my work station.

{resources: driftwood wind chime tutorial}


cookin' nook

at first sight, i thought this cooking nook was a bit quirky, but has ended up being a really great way to work while in the kitchen. everything is just where i need it!


this is where we nest (yup, those are shipping crates!).

{resources: deer pillow | diy deer hanging}


remember this diy patchwork art? this is where it hangs now!

{resources: diy patchwork art | dresser before and after}

outside dining

and maybe one of my favorite features is this wisteria covered arbor. we spend a lot of time here, either reading in the hammocks or entertaining in the evenings.

{resources: diy hammock}
outside dining




a welcome shot, toaster says hello ruff!

{resources: sly fox knocker}

our vine covered converted barn :)

i hope you enjoyed this little tour of our humble abode!


  • New to your blog, your home is amazing. So much inspiration here.

  • I love what you have done to your Haven. Very new blogger, and anxious to get a following. You certainly will be my inspiration.

  • This home is not only a blessing to you but to all of us who get to se it as well! I was wondering what that marvelous round metal end table is.

  • what a wonderful and beautiful space, thank you for sharing! i lived in santa barbara for a few years, i can just picture how it feels to live in your lovely space!

  • Wow! Your home is truly beautiful and so inspiring! I can’t wait till I’m old enough to have my own home and I’ll be happy if I decorate it nearly half as incredible as this! I love all the colours also. Thank you :) Kath xxx

  • Your environment is so cozy and creative. I’m delighted to see my favorite fabric designers prints adding to the mix.

    Adding you to my RSS feed and look forward to reading your past posts. (Found you through SFgirlbybay.)

  • Such a gorgeous view! Congrats on finding your perfect home.

  • wow, this is the the best hour tour I’ve ever seen. it is exactly my style! I am in love with it… all of it! so gorgeous.

  • I just found your blog through pinterest! And I just wanted to say that I love your style! If you allow me I would be delighted to put some of your home pictures up in my blog to illustrate how living with nice objects around you makes it is easier to create order and organize on a regular basis. I especially love your commitment to sustainability and living green!

  • I love your home – so bright and cheery. And really, I would love to live near a vineyard! You scored!

    • peggy, tell me about it. i still can’t believe it! ;)

  • Beautiful home! I’m in love with it! xx from Brazil

  • You have a beautiful home!! It looks so light and peaceful! Where did you get the geometric (yellow, grey, white & blue) quilt on the living room sofa?!! I love it!!

  • What a wonderful home…! I found your blog by random but that was a great discovery :) In fact, this is very inspiring as I don’t have the chance to live in such a peaceful and creative home yet. I hope one day I’ll have it (when I won’t be living with my parents anymore^^). Thank you for sharing your beautiful place!


  • I love your house! I was especially impressed with your little blogging station. I am looking to do something like this, because I don’t have any room for an OFFICE. Where is that white desk from?

    • thanks lindsey!! my desk is from ikea- it’s part of their mix and match collection- i picked out the top (size & color) and which legs i wanted to go with it. fun!

  • Your home brought a smile to my face…it exudes happiness!

  • I just “discovered” your blog… and I think you are very talented.
    The sewing mannequin is also a storage place? It’s just perfect! did you make it?
    I also commented on pinterest, about the name of the ikea storage cubby behind the couch (I’ve been looking for something like this forever… one that’s ikea price range!)

    Anyway, kudos Bonnie!

  • Hi there! Love your desk chair – where is it from? It’s such a happy print!

    • thanks emily! it’s from ikea and it’s called the skruvsta. it’s so comfy!

  • You have such a beautiful home – thank you for sharing!

  • hi! the link to your diy patchwork art doesn’t appear to be working – i’d pinned it but found that wasn’t working, so i came back over here to see if i could get to it by going through the original post. no luck. could be my computer but wanted to give you a heads up since the rest of your site seems to be working on it.

  • I’m so in love with the wall and trim color! Do you know the names and brands of the paint?

    • thank, joy! they were already that color when i moved in, so i’m not sure about the names and brand. the whole house is painted white on white though. :) xo

  • Did you do this lovely placemat on your liv room table?? Adore them!!

    • hi alexandra! the round ones? those came from ikea. :) glad you like them!

  • Thank you Bonnie!! I’m so in love with every little space in your pretty home! I just discovered your blog few weeks ago. Good job!! And congratulations for the best DIY ever, Bear is a nice baby!! From Catalonia, Barcelona.

    • aw, haha. thank you so much, alexandra!!

  • I thank my Lord for you, sharing your talents and also admire your humbleness. Your home is truly a place I would love a place like yours. The Wisteria vine, reminds me when I used to live in Chile, I had a bedroom with a balcony, were the Wisteria hang through. Lovely memories, the weather there is similar to California. Thank you for sharing and keep me posted.

  • Hey Bonnie!!! So good to see you over the holidays! Want to make some stuff out of your fabrics but want sure where I can buy them. Do any chain fabric stores like JoAnne’s or Hancock’s carry them?

  • Your home is absolutely beautiful. I found you via the magazine Make it Organized and a new follower. My sweet girl and I just bought a small house and getting it organized is a challenge! Anyhoo, I was looking for details on your cubby behind your sofa. Did you make that from already built bookcase and added casters? Where did you find it from? Its perfect and love the idea of putting all my books in that space with that lovely quilt. Thank you for sharing, Kris

    • hi kris! thank you so much! that is a bookshelf from idea that we put casters on (also from ikea). it’s perfect!

  • Brilliant Bonnie… I was happy to find this article, you ended up having your home profiled after all! The amount of beauty you are able to create in this world is amazing and inspiring. It was such a blessing to meet you and join the Roost tribe, I’m looking forward to many more years of following you (and popping in to A Stitch in Time, it’s only 2 hours away!)

    • thanks, christina!! i’m so happy we spent the weekend together. you’ll love a stitch in time!!

  • hi there I love your home – so cosy and beautiful and a place for everything. Just a quick question, especially now that you have children. How do you cope with clutter and still keep things beautiful?

    • thank you, robyn! we’ve moved back to north carolina since having babies, but i still try to keep things organized. hiding toys behind things like baskets and curtains work well for us!

  • Hi Bonnie, I love your home. I’m sure you get many inspiration from your home.
    If you don’t mind. My I k now what size of ur land ( …x…). it’s look so cozy, I know perhaps its more than 200 meters, but here in my country (capital city) 90 meter size it’s so lucky. I just dream one day I can make the dream country. thank you so much for share.

  • What a lovely space you have!!!! All that beautiful light makes me smile..Just a question, what is that hanging plant above your painting area? Does it do well in the shade?

    • thank you! it gets pretty good sunlight in this spot from the windows. i’ve never tried it in the shade though – might do fine!

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