The Christmas season is underway and (I’m sure like many other families) life is hectic.  Although things are hectic, it is exciting to prepare for Christmas happenings and begin dreaming about the New Year!

Speaking of dreams…

As many of you know, my husband Josh and I bought a place in the country and built our new home this past year.   I hear from so many friends and clients, “we would love to do the same”, or “we want to raise our children in the country”.

This sparked an idea that brought about my new series, “The Road from City to Country”.

I have laid out this three part series that will cover the stages of progress down the road from owning a city house to moving to a country house. First we’ll cover the real estate aspect, then the finance aspect, and finally, the option to rehab or rebuild.  I will be diving in-depth into each of these topics here on the blog Dwell on Nat and social media.

I hope to inspire you that the American Dream of owning your own property is indeed possible.  Even on a small budget, and with a little bit of faith, you can live in the country.  There is a lot to be said about growing up and living in the country. The pride and hard work that comes with it is so worth it.

I am keeping a close eye on many available ranchettes here in the valley and I will pass them along to you as they come up.

To begin, what would be on your wish list?  You are definitely going to have to prioritize your wish list when it comes to country properties.  Unless you have a huge budget or NO budget at all (which is not the reality for many of us), compromise and elbow grease will be required.
Issue no 78 Magazine Back Cover Ad-01My list of musts included acreage, a good location, trees, and a barn.  I knew we were on a tight budget so I had to look past the house and focus on those four things.   I had to ignore the faults of the property and create my own plan that would turn it into my dream location.

My challenge to you is to work on that wish list! Figure out what would be your musts for a country property. With those in mind, we can start to identify properties that fit the bill!

Dwell on,

Nat

 

 

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Spring is in the air and Easter is a few days away. It feels like we were just in this season!

Every year Josh and I host my family for Easter. It is always a good excuse to freshen up the pots and in particular, the front porch. This year I’m starting from scratch– which is exciting.

If you follow me on Pinterest you know that I am planning to do native California landscaping in the front yard. Basically, the plants will use little water and consist of lots of grasses. I wanted my pots to follow that style as well.

{Yard Inspiration}

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I found beautiful pots at Garden Essentials aka the Pot Place, on Taylor Ct. in Turlock. I used an Ollie (a mini olive), mounding grass, and a variety of succulents to build it. {For years I have planted beautiful season flowers only for them to last through Easter and die when summer approaches. Frankly, I am tired of that and want something that is going to last and mature.}

Porch CollageWe have a long ways to go in the yard, but a little green in my pots goes a long way!

Happy Spring!

Dwell on,

Nat

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Planning the kids’ rooms has been in the back of mind during the whole construction project.  I have been frantically pinning to try to create my concept.  We’ve been moved in for 3 weeks and I have been unpacking like mad because of the sheer fact that I CAN’T WAIT to see my décor ideas come to life.

Sawyer’s room has gone camping.  Each kiddo got to pick their own accent wall, with a little guidance of course, and then I took the concept from there.

Happy Camper Room

Re-purposing is always the first place I start when I decorate anywhere in my house.  I unpacked all my home décor first and spread it out and put it in different places around the house.

{You can do the same without even moving.  Take that mirror that has been hanging in your dining room for years and put it in your bedroom.  Sometimes a change that little can make a huge difference.}

I used a metal cabinet that once held my tea cups, a barn wood shelf that hung in my bathroom, and a quilt my grandmother made.  These items were the base of my design and they cost me nothing!

Happy Camper Cabinet

 

Barn Wood Shelf Happy Camper

One way I like to add character to a room is by finding timeless treasures at different sales and shops. Downtown Turlock is the perfect place to start your hunt.  The bed {Rustic Roots}, antique lantern, globe, and Yosemite picture were all great finds.

Yosemite Picture

Target dollar section is also an amazing location.  I bought the cardboard deer head and my hubby made a little frame, a little hot glue…

Happy Camper Bed

and there!  I made one trip to Hobby Lobby to purchase a few pieces of artwork and the cute arrow.  All the little things came together for a complete room.

 

Stay tune for the other bedrooms…

 

Dwell on,

Nat

 

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DIY HORSE WALL ARTMy daughter is absolutely horse-crazy.

For now, this one (made of paint and wood) does the trick.

It is an easy DIY project that will make any horse-crazy girl happy.

Supplies:

White Paint

1 Drying Rack

Computer Paper to Print Horse Stencil

Tape

How to:

  1. Google an image of a horse.  Any kind of horse your heart desires!
  2.    I printed it in different portions on my regular home office printer.  For example, you will have the leg on one page, the head on another.
  3. Cut and tape the horse back together.  I know it sounds crazy.  There is really no other easy way around it. : )
    The taped together horse.

    The taped together horse.

     

  4. Lay the horse flat out on top of the drying rack. Outline it with paint.
    horse 2

    You may want to use of some the tape to keep the horse from kicking up at you!

     

5.     Remove the horse stencil and fill in the outline with paint. You knew you didn’t color in coloring books all those years for nothing! horse 3And the finished result…

Emily

Emily’s bedroom –complete with horse wall art!

There you have it! We’ll be your headquarters for DIY Horse anything and everything for a while.

Stay tuned!

Dwell on,

Nat

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We moved in!

During construction, I always joked that I hoped it would be like pregnancy… as soon as the baby is born, you forget all about the last 9 months. Well, we have moved in and my joke seems to be the case.

We have been unpacking boxes and hammering nails into the walls–and it is starting to look like home.  I am so grateful for all the people that supported us on this journey and I am excited to share what to come as the Wilson Project continues.

As we all know, home improvement never ends.  I have a list a mile long and I am anticipating so many projects that I have been storing up on Pinterest.

We have all been praying for rain, which we so desperately need, so until that lets up painting furniture and a few of those fun things are on hold.  Josh would not be too thrilled with over spray or paint drips on the concreate in his new garage.:)

Here is a sneak peek of things taking shape.  I plan to share more details room by room as projects take shape.

Inside of the kitchen

Inside of the kitchen

coffeemaker

Mugs are The Pioneer Woman and rack from Farmhouse

peek at the chalkwall

Peeking through the kitchen to the laundry room’s chalk wall

Moving on to the bathroom

Moving on to the bathroom with my barnwood vanity

bathroom

Emily

Emily’s bedroom –complete with horse wall art! (More on that in a future post!)

ELWemilys bedroom

Thanks again and continue to keep tabs on The Wilson Project….

Dwell on,

Nat

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