The house so far + a few links

Friday, November 20, 2015

We've officially been in our little house on wheels for three weeks, and I've gotta say, it took just about that long to feel settled! Who knew that such a small space would take so much tweaking and altering to feel comfortable. Well, we're just about there, and we're loving it already. It's wonderful knowing exactly where everything is (and having it pretty much within arms reach), and so far we haven't felt inhibited by the small space at all. It's cozy and cute and homey. And I've loved having a space to really make our own. I can't wait to share more with you about the tiny house journey! Enjoy the weekend, friends.

A few interesting things I've found:

I needed this...5 things to restore your faith in humanity.

Wonderful tricks of psychology to help you get along in life.

Man interviews himself 38 years later and makes it into a movie.

I've been thinking about grabbing a pair of these for years...who loves 'em?

Great ideas for starting each day stress free. 

Tiny House Interiors

Friday, November 6, 2015

Welcome to our home!  We haven’t had time to breathe lately let alone take lovely photos so I’m incredibly grateful that Wind River captured these great snapshots before the house left Tennessee. I love seeing it as a blank slate. In case you’re curious, right now the house is a little less blank-slate, a little more explosion-of-boxes. But we’re getting there ;).

So, our house. What do you think? So far, we couldn’t be happier with the layout and design.  Wind River did an amazing job making our dreams come true!

Floor Plan

To find our perfect layout, we did loads of research and looked at as many tiny house plans and photos as possible. A few favorites (such as this and this) stuck out to us and helped us narrow down a few priorities:

1. Open layout main room
We preferred the idea of having one big room (the term “big” being used loosely here…) that would be a joint living/eating/everything area, rather than multiple smaller areas.

2. Un-lofted bedroom
Though lofted beds are adorable and very common in tiny homes due to their space saving abilities (and for some of the smallest homes, just plain necessary), we realized quickly that we’d much prefer a more “normal” feeling bed area. Jim is 6’4” and didn’t want to be crashing his head on the ceiling, I didn’t like the idea of getting dressed in a horizontal position (or downstairs), and neither of us thought it would be fun climbing up and down a ladder that often. 

3. Access to outdoor space
One of the main reasons we think we'll be able to handle tiny house living is because we're fortunate enough to live in an area with glorious weather. We knew that to keep us from feeling cramped indoors we wanted many windows, big doors that would open to a usable outdoor space, and a wide window with a bar for us to spend time at enjoying the view.

With these priorities in mind our builders sketched out a layout for us, and after a couple of back-and-forths we had the perfect plan.


Thank you Pinterest! As we all know, Pinterest is a magical way to gather photos and favorites, so we put together a board to help collect our favorite images. In some areas we were specific with our desires (i.e. I wanted white walls, dark floors and a bar in front of a wide window, Jim wanted copper pipes in the bathroom) and in some we were able to lean on the aesthetic of our builders which we trusted completely (we love the shingle detail on a small part of the exterior and the porthole type window they came up with!).  


We were hoping for natural, recycled, local, enduring. Wind River made it clear up front that they care deeply about using the best materials possible, so we trusted them completely with sourcing every piece.

On Wednesday we spent our first night in the home, and as we walked up to it I looked up at the sky and saw a huge shooting star. I think it means good luck :).

Tiny Home Rolling Down The Road

Thursday, October 29, 2015

It's finally happening!

After months and months of planning, prepping, communicating, designing, shopping, and waiting... Our little tiny house has landed on the property. Yeee!

These photos of the house are from before it left Tennessee - I'll have some new ones to share soon, now that it's finally here with us.

This weekend is all about getting settled. We need to get the solar energy set up, level the house, get the gray water system worked out, move our stuff in (then inevitably, move things out that don't end up fitting), plant some trees to accept the gray water, build steps so we can get into the house, get our fridge and compost toilet, create some fancy storage systems, etc. etc.  I'm a ball of excitement and nerves over here.

I'm looking forward to sharing more info about our home. Do you have questions about our tiny house process?

(photos courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes)

Mini Discoveries

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I've made a few delightful discoveries this week...

I've discovered the Hidden Brain, a brand new podcast from npr. The first episode had me riveted! It's all about "life's unseen patterns" and the way our minds drive human behavior. It's deep psychology brought down to a very relatable much that I went home after listening to it in the car and immediately blabbered to Jimmy about everything I learned and how it applies to our relationship (hehe, sorry Jimmy...). I also used my new found knowledge about "switchtracking" in about 3-4 separate conversations this week. (Speaking of usable psychology, check out these psychological tricks everyone should know.)

Jimbo and I discovered Black Mirror on Netflix. Ho - lee - sh*t. If you're at all intrigued by the future and the potential dangers and benefits of technology, or if you're interested in checking out something completely new in different in TV... you must give this show a try.  Each episode contains a whole new premise and set of characters, and each portrays a future use of technology or social media that is completely freaky, and also completely plausible.  I like this quote from the show creator: "If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side-effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror is set". Oh and apparently 12 new episodes will begin shooting later this year - yay.

I discovered the beautiful, natural Coyuchi up in Point Reyes Station. Beautiful, sustainable, natural and lovely. Everything is so soft, so pretty! Hoping to fill my future home with this stuff.

And finally, I discovered my new favorite comfy-fall-outfit at Madewell :).  Excited to snuggle up in this shirt day after day.

Peeking out from my cave

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Hi all! I wanted to resurface for a moment to say hello. I'm currently emerging from a cave of all-work-and-no-play, and I'm SO excited about it. A massive project at work has taken all of my energy and attention for the past few weeks. I have been really missing the things that give me balance - sleep, regular workouts, blogging, QT with friends - and even the things I wouldn't think I'd miss, like all of the work I have beyond that project! I'm really proud of my team and the way it turned out, and I'm so excited to dive back into the things that bring me joy. I look forward to "seeing" more of you soon!

Here are some links I've enjoyed lately........

I'm loving these simple lou & grey looks.

About quality time; "sustained proximity is the best route to the soul of someone".

Natural ways to get rid of stretch marks.

The mystery of the coveted pink phone.

How to finally start working out.

Yumm I'll have to wipe my spiralizer out for this yummy recipe.

This fat kid's guide to Portland is making my mouth water.

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