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
Chloe is self described as, “a girl relocated from Miu Miu to moo moo,” uprooted from urban living, she is a chicken & quinoa kind of girl, living in a meat and potato kind of world. Chloe writes about balancing life as a hostess, homemaker, and farmgirl. Sharing things like “how to dry herbs” and “how to plant a fall veggie garden”, 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.
Now located on a cattle ranch in northern California, in a town with a population of 99, Chloe keeps the company of her chickens, duck, kittens, horses, dog, goats, and husband. There’s a few cows there too.
Chloe also works as a freelance stylist for boutique wineries, bakeries, florists, and other creative businesses to help tell their unique story.
Partnerships & Systems
Lori recently made the move from Nebraska to Likely after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Hospitality and Business.
She assists with everything from photo shoots and content creation to keeping Boxwood Avenue organized. She is passionate about living simply, embracing the day to day, and learning new things. When she’s not working, you can find her in her kitchen trying out a new recipe or walking around the ranch with her pup, Boone.
Contact Lori: firstname.lastname@example.org
Self Appointed Creative Director
In 2012, Greg felt the calling to help carry on the heritage of his family’s cattle ranch. While he had never worked on the ranch before, he quickly fell in love with life on the ranch and hasn’t looked back since.
When Greg isn’t on a horse, he spends his time with his kitten Penelope or giving unsolicited creative direction. Greg is a very loving and supportive husband and fabulous goat, cat, chicken, duck, horse, and dog dad.
Contact Greg: email@example.com
*he insisted on this bio
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!