My name is Chloe, I live on a cattle ranch in Likely, CA (population: 99). I joke that I am a girl relocated from Miu Miu to moo moo – but maybe it’s not such a joke as reality…
In 2012 my boyfriend came home and told me, “I’m leaving school and moving to the ranch.” This was before he became my husband, so you can imagine my surprise. He said it in a very matter-of-fact, no looking back, I’m doing this sort of tone. I never doubted that he had made up his mind, but there was one thing for certain, I surely wasn’t going to drop out of college to move to a cattle ranch.
So for two years, he commuted back and forth, spending the week at the ranch, and coming home on the weekends. I would visit him occasionally, but I still thought of the ranch house as our “vacation home”. It wasn’t until I graduated college in May of 2014 that I realized: this is really happening.
Greg’s uncle, who currently runs the ranch, doubted that we would last more than two years up here. Well, we’ve happily proved him wrong.
Slowly, we’ve settled into our 1960s ranch home – which is in the midst of being renovated. I am so grateful for the opportunity to uncover my passion for design and interior spaces through this process.
True, there is not a Nordstrom within a 500 mile radius, and the closest thing I get to Whole Foods is when I reuse an old bag, but living a slow life is far more rewarding than living a fast paced, office building, department store shopping life. Having my horses in our front yard, chickens on the porch, and goats within petting distance is more fulfilling than a new outfit ever could be.
It was through my unlikely transplant, that I discovered where happiness comes from, the satisfaction of a job well done, taking pride in simple tasks, and living gratefully.
I used to live and breathe for the annual N sale, and this year, I didn’t buy a single thing. Instead, I spent money on my garden, and more goat treats. Those superficial things really just don’t mean as much to me as they used to. Living out here requires you to slow down, do your own handiwork, step away from materialism, and focus on the important things in life.
I hope to create a space that shares those little moments of happiness with you. Whether that be reliving a precious memory with your grandma as you make her famous pie crust, or sew a new dress from fabric your aunt gave you. Boxwood Avenue is a place where we can come together and appreciate beautiful design, old world traditions, and slow living.
Crazy Goat Lady | Founder, Boxwood Avenue
Boxwood Avenue is a lifestyle site reigniting the beauty of making. A place where slow living is relished and encouraged; we believe in the old world traditions that make for a simple and fulfilled life.
Chloe jokes she is, “a girl relocated from Miu Miu to moo moo,” uprooted from urban living, she is a green juice & quinoa kind of girl, living in a meat and potato kind of world. Since moving to the ranch, Chloe discovered the sense of pride in working with your hands, growing a garden, and cooking from scratch. She started Boxwood Avenue to share the joy of a first harvest, a nap beneath the apple trees, or a walk through a field blanketed in sunshine.
In addition to the blog, Chloe curates a shop of beautiful goods sourced from around the globe. The shop features many hand made items from artisans, antiques, and vintage finds. Chloe searches high and low to provide little treasures that add character to your home.
Chloe also serves a select number of clients each year to provide interior design services. She specializes in renovation projects and assisting in adding character to new builds. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Lori and Chloe became friends during Lori’s residency in Likely. Lori’s warm personality and calm demeanor is a breath of fresh air. She is a friend to everyone she meets and brings a sense of peace to the team. Before moving back to her home state of Nebraska, Lori became an integral part of Boxwood and now works remotely in the great state of NE. As Chloe’s right hand gal, Lori helps keep the train rolling and handles client communications, system implementation, and brand strategy. To get in touch with us, it’s best to contact Lori!
Contact Lori: firstname.lastname@example.org
A not-so-miniature-nubian, he is our gentle giant. When he first arrived, he was very timid and shy, but now loves human attention. Careful, he will steal your heart!
Butternut arrived at 4 months old and has quickly become the queen of the pen. I'm afraid she knows just how cute she is, and she never lets her smile slip!
Truffles is a miniature Nubian and is certainly the baby of the herd. She will pass up treats to snuggle in your lap and absolutely loves kisses and taking long naps.
Buckwheat is constantly up to no good. Be it biting one of his sisters, escaping, or head butting small children, he is no doubt the Alpha goat...yet, we all love him!