make it yours: nancy neil

Photographer Nancy Neil lives with her family in this beautiful 1903 cabin. Neil tells us that the cabin was originally built in Carpinteria, California, but was moved to the foothills of Santa Barbara on an 80-acre tropical fruit farm (family-owned since 1846) to escape demolition. The cabin expanded from only one room to two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside, the family has a chicken coop and a large organic garden.

The colors in the cabin are so fresh that I thought they would be perfect for spring inspiration. Nancy spends a lot of time in the kitchen, so she painted the walls turquoise to keep it cheery. The fresh fruit and kitchen utensils add bright accent colors! In the master bedroom, they keep it simple with off-white walls and little bits of green, blue and gray. The photograph over the bed is by Nancy; such a talent, isn’t she? The cabin is very kid-friendly, yet it still has that modern, almost unfinished look that I love so much. Be sure to take a further look in the original sneak peek. — Lauren

Palette 1 (Kitchen)
A. Startling Orange (Benjamin Moore), PMS 151; B. Citronette (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 583; C. Delightful Aqua (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 304; D. Fiery Red (Behr), PMS Warm Red; E. Sequoia (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 7517

Roundup 1 (Kitchen)
1. Grow Your Own Food, $13; 2. Grandma’s Kitchen Dishtowel, $18; 3. Wüsthof Steak Knife Set, $130; 4. Cheese Grater, $10; 5. Le Creuset Saucier, $170; 6. Birds Salt and Pepper Shakers, $22; 7. Mini Colander, $12

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Palette 2 (Bedroom)
A. Rosemary Green (Benjamin Moore), PMS 370; B. Capri Seas (Benjamin Moore), PMS 3258; C. Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball), PMS 428; D. Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore), PMS 2965; E. Blue Heaven (Pratt & Lambert), PMS 305

Roundup 2 (Bedroom)
1. Leaf Lounge Chair, $760; 2. Blue Series Painting, $175; 3. Woolen Blanket, $225; 4. Sock Monkey, $25; 5. Solid Orla Cushion Cover, $35

  1. it looks so lovely. made with love

  2. kara rane says:

    Hi Nancy*
    I am a Santa Barbarian too!!
    Perfect climate to grow so much abundance,,and very happy to know you have preserved your authentic early cabin. Beautiful! see you at the farm..xo

  3. Lindsay says:

    Bright kitchen utensils are so much fun! World Market has an amazing little selection of them right now. I love the book “Grow your own Food.” So excited to be planting a little home garden this coming weekend.

  4. I love the color mixed with that old wood wall. So much texture, and it flows so well!

  5. reeve says:

    LOVE, love, love that kitchen!! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. reeve says:

    LOVE, love, love that kitchen!! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. emily says:

    refreshing and inspired colors are right out of the perfect day spent outside of the city! i’m wondering though, is that a kitchen towel in the first image (#1), “grow your own food”? …am on the mobile site right now!

  8. Michelle says:

    What a simple and small lifestyle. I LOVE it!

  9. Becky says:

    The idea of a chicken coup stirs up fantastic images….and more dangerous ones than a chicken coop. ;)

  10. DS Cayman says:

    I’m a transplanted (but native) Santa Barbarian as well, and THIS is the SB style that I love & miss, warm, relaxing always feels like home – SB homes you usually see featured although beautiful extravagantly unobtainable. Love the crib in the bedroom – we don’t all have separate nurseries & they have made this corner such a natural part of the space!

  11. dana says:

    loved it the first time around, still loving it after all these months.

  12. amy walters says:

    These spaces have wonderful colour schemes ;) So juicy!

  13. Those bird salt and pepper shakers are amazing! And I love the open, log shelving in that first image.

  14. Rosie says:

    Haha, yes, Becky, I had the same thought. D*S, it’s not a military operation, it’s a COOP.

    1. grace says:


      sorry we didn’t catch that, fixing it now ;)


  15. Christy says:

    Love this space so much! So much character in a small package!

  16. hi,

    love the bed frame! Where?
    good job


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