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In Nevada City, a Rustic Retreat Handcrafted with Love

But although I’m a city girl at heart, I sometimes find myself browsing real estate listings for old homes out in the ... made their own farmhouse dreams come true on the outskirts of Nevada City, CA, I was instantly inspired. Today, I couldn’t be ...

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At first, Ariana and Scott thought about using the original wood floors as a sub floorWhen Ariana’s uncle, a master carpenter, pointed out that nobody gets to have the feeling of old growth timber planks under their feet in a living space anymore, they didn’t think twice about keeping the original floors. 6/19 Fresh eggs from the family’s chickens, handcrafted tea blends and useful kitchen items add to the charm of the dining nook hutch. 7/19 “What I love most about our home…that it gives new life to reclaimed wood, windows, furniture, appliances and artwork!” — Ariana 8/19 French doors lead to a cedar deck, the ideal spot to sit and listen to songbirds and watch for wildlifeAriana remembers Scott taking her on a date to the local lumber mill to get the cedar for the deck“Kubich Lumber is located in the bottom of a forested valley with a creek running throughThe lumber houses are old herringbone barnsThere’s no internet or computers at the lumber mill office, just racks of hunting rifles, a cast iron wood stove and an old cash register.” As Scott loaded up the truck with freshly milled cedar, Ariana lazed around in the flowers by the creek and enjoyed the beautiful landscape. 9/19 An antique Afghan rug in vibrant colors anchors the living area.  10/19 A wingback chair that Ariana found on a street corner is the perfect spot for reading or birdwatching through the windowThe wicker elephant side table was handed down from a neighbor 11/19 A sturdy ladder leads up to a sleeping loft for two. 12/19 In order to save head space, the sleeping loft was constructed with 2×6 tongue and groove lumber, without using joistsAt bedtime, guests can gaze at the stars in the night’s quiet. 13/19 The dining nook, viewed from the sleeping loft. 14/19 A wardrobe that Scott built out of reclaimed wood is the ideal storage solution for visiting guests 15/19 Rustic and weathered wood make Ariana and Scott’s guest cabin a warm and peaceful getaway“We feel that it’s a luxury in this era to be able to live rustically, close to nature and surrounded by wood and natural materials,” Ariana adds. 16/19 A 2×6 ledger along the bathroom ceiling holds up the loft aboveScott was planning on covering it with sheet rock, but Ariana came up with a more unique solutionShe remembered her dad, a carpenter, trimming out beams and ledges to give them a softer look“This worked beautifully in the bathroom and looks deliberate, like crown molding.” 17/19 The guest cabin, nestled on a sunny hillside and tucked away between gorgeous wildflowers and the forest, was converted from a barn with parents and extended family in mind. 18/19 Ariana and Scott with their daughters Beatrice and Odelia and some of the family’s feathered friends 19/19 Floor plan of the family’s guest cabin SOURCE LIST Walls: Gentle Cream by Benjamin Moore Trim: Washington Blue by Benjamin Moore Stove: Hearthstone Santa Fe model All furniture is thrifted. 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What a peaceful and happy looking home (and family!)Forgive me, but how nice it is not to see young hipsters or wealthy yuppiesRefreshing post! :) reply Claire says: Dec 1, 2017 at 2:34 am Yay, so fun to see Nevada City and our commitment to handmade/thrifted/intentional slow living represented on DesignSponge! reply Hilary Tschoepe says: Dec 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm And I just noticed the copy of Little House in the Big Woods! reply Katy Beacher says: Dec 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm Its wonderful What a lot of clever ideas they have incorporated I especially like the wainscoting idea The floor is perfect. reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated businessOur goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speakPlease treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on othersDisagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be publishedWe moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightlyPlease note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed withThese guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other. 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