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living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

Happy Friday and a Home Renovation Playlist!

Headboard/Accent wall in the bedroom

The unfinished headboard/accent wall in the bedroom

For the past few weeks, we’ve been keeping our heads down and attempting to grind out some much-needed home renovation projects. Right now, I don’t have much in the way of tutorials or pretty pictures, but I do have a renovation playlist that we’ve been jamming out to. It’s pretty random, I must admit. There’s a lot of ’90s alternative– George and I still live in that decade, musically. But there’s also some of my girl, Dolly and a little of the King, himself, on there.

Spotify is something I’ve only gotten into recently. I know, I know, I’m way behind on the times. But I’m having fun with it. You can also see my super embarrassing work out mix, if you follow me on Spotify.

Are you on Spotify? Do you have any new artists you are jamming out to? Chat with me in the comments and happy Friday!!!

 

Independence Day Home Deals

Independence Day Home Deals I’m all about buying vintage or used items whenever possible, but the reality is, sometimes it’s just not possible. Sometimes you have to invest in a new piece. And when that happens, you might as well get something while it’s on sale. Am I right?!

Here’s a few of the best home goods sales happening this Independence Day weekend.  Continue reading

Enjoying the Process

Patience is not my forte. I’ve thrown my share of Veruca Salt-style fits during our 10-month-long home renovation. None of my fits have been quite as musical as Veruca’s, but I’ve definitely been frustrated that the renovation process has been so slow. And this week has been no exception. I’ve been feeling super stressed and irritated that this week we had to go back to the farm and the Airstream for work.

And I’m not going to pretend like when we got to the Airstream, all my stresses melted away. They didn’t. But looking back on how we renovated the Airstream five years ago, helps me to remember that we’ve been here before. I need to chillax, as the kid’s say. Our home renovation is going to happen. And I might even be a little bit sad when it’s over.

In the meantime, I’m doing what I can– like dusting off our old porch furniture, pouring myself a drink, and enjoying the moment.

While we’ve been back at the farm, I’ve enjoyed rediscovering some of our old things we had sitting in the barn– like our porch furniture. I’m also carefully choosing a few new items for our new home. I want to be very picky and chose items that are in it for the long haul.

One of those long-haul items is this beautiful baby Alpaca throw from Serena and Lily.* It’s a thin, beautiful, neutral blanket that’s perfect for cool, summer night breezes. You can tell Bambi has already claimed it as her own. Insert eye roll here.

Are y’all slowing down or speeding up this summer? How are you taking time to just enjoy the moment? Talk to me in the comments!!

*Blanket was c/o Serena and Lily. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Link Love: 82

Good lord, I’m having a hard time keeping up. I don’t know why I thought self-employment would leave me with more time to work on the blog. With the endless list of house projects and the learning curve of a new business, I’m left with zilch. Oh well. I thought this week it’d be fun to do an episode of Link Love and talk about some of the rando things on my mind.

  • Do y’all listen to the Hidden brain podcast? It’s about social psychology and it’s so interesting. This recent episode on the Ikea effect had me rethinking my entire life.
  • I’ve been researching legit, DIY mosquito treatments for the yard (like this). I’ve been pulling weeds, getting rid of brush and I upped my game by wearing repellent with 40% DEET when I’m outside. It’s not ideal, I know. But I got at least 30 bites on me while I was wearing a Deep Woods repellent and pulling weeds during.the.day.time. No natural or even less toxic options have ever worked for me and I’ve tried ’em all (oils, candles, arm bands, that weird fan repeller that you wear, etc.). I’m really trying to treat mosquitos at the source, but when you live in a temperate rainforest, it’s rough. If you have any suggestions that have worked for you, I’d love to hear them.
  • Speaking of things I’ve tried and natural options, I’ve tried just about every natural deodorant known to man and none of them have worked for me. And this sweaty gal would like to avoid the possible risks associated with antiperspirant deodorants. Enter: Crystal Body deodorant. It’s the only natural d.o. that’s worked for me. Plus, it’s super inexpensive. And it’s supposed to last up to a year. Wins all around.
  • Lately I’ve been thinking about how to not work 7 days a week. Similarly: The gig economy celebrates working yourself to death.
  • Has anyone else been #huluandpanic-ing? It’s the new #netflixandchill because A Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu feels too real. It’s way scarier than a horror movie and it’s kept me awake several nights. (For a free two week trial click this link.)
  • My summer reading has also been creepy and not so summery, but IDGAF. I’m currently reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. It’s about the last woman beheaded in Iceland and it’s taking me back to the beautiful, harsh landscape of when we last visited Iceland. I’d love to go back! Maybe next time in the summer!

What are y’all up to this weekend? Talk to me in the comments!

Life Update!

From our road trip: Hot Springs, AK

Oh man, I did not mean to take a three week break, but you know what, life is happening, y’all. And our life is pretty crazy right now. Before I quit my full-time gig, George and I started a small business. He’s been a sole proprietor for years, but we wanted to make it official as we bring me on to manage the business side of things. I’ve been heading up the more organizational part of the business, so George can start to focus on his art again. And starting a legit small business is no cake walk. It’s a lot of paperwork and lawyers and to be honest, Googling things I don’t understand.

Had to stop by the Magnolia Market in Waco, Tx.

In addition to creating illustrations for some amazing companies, small businesses and people, for the past four years, George has also been selling vintage goodies. I encouraged him to start selling his stuff online when we first moved into the Airstream and it’s only grown from there. If you’re interested in seeing the stuff we sell, you can check it out on Instagram @gorgeousgeorgeyardsale.

The Alamo!

The Alamo!

Now, at first it was hard for me to grapple with the aspect of selling “stuff.” I’m such a minimalist. I know I’ve said this before, but my dream space is a white room with lots of natural light and that’s pretty much it. But that’s not for everyone and I understand that. I don’t live with a minimalist, and my life can’t be minimal all the time. It’s truly a balance. I also like that we’re selling mostly vintage stuff. Vintage stuff is already out in the world. We’re keeping it from going into a landfill and getting more use out of the already created object.

Breakfast at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, TN

Anyway, that’s the long way of saying we’ve been traveling a lot for business and fun. We went on a two week long excursion to the Giddy Up motorcycle show in Texas and Roundtop, a giant antique festival. After that, we took trips to Nashville and Beaufort, SC for weddings. And you better believe we did business on the way. It’s been a whirlwind.

A secret beach near Beaufort, SC

I am so thankful to now have a job that allows us to travel together without having to worry about limited vacation days or being back at a certain time. It’s such a blessing. We can do our work on the road. I truly love travel, but I also can’t wait until we finish our house. I’m equally excited to be able to establish a routine in our new home and get a little bit of time to relax. We don’t have weekends or days off anymore and that needs to change.

Richfield Plantation in SC

I hope to have some house updates for you all soon. That is, if we can stay home for more than 5 minutes! If you want to follow our adventures in real time, I’m very active on Instagram. You can follow me @asmalllife.

What adventures are you getting into this summer? I want to hear about it in the comments!

-Melanie

Design Dilemmas: Putting a bed in front of a window

Design Dilemmas: Putting a bed in front of a window

I’ve been pretty confident in my design decisions up until now. I know what I like, and I’ll search the ends of the earth to find it. (Once a librarian, always a librarian.) But the predicament in our master bedroom has me stumped. There’s no other way to arrange it, the bed in our “master” bedroom has to go in front of a window. The room is fairly small and I think the best arrangement will be putting it under the window on the left side of the picture below.

A Small Home: Before Pictures: Back Bedroom

The “master” bedroom, before we tore it to shreds

Ok, so that’s settled, right? Well, yes and no. Truth is, we’re running low on funds (a huge post on budgeting is coming soon), so I’m not keen on spending even a couple hundo for a bed. I also want a bed that is low to the ground, as to not block all the natural light from the window, so we’re going to build something ourselves. I’d like a bit of storage underneath the bed for socks and undies– a simple box with drawers will do. (Similar to what we built in the Airstream.) Buuuuuut, here comes the hard part, what should we do for a headboard?

Here’s the options I’m thinking: Continue reading

Our Home Remodel Progress Report: Part II

The living room and kitchen now. It’s getting there!

I left y’all hanging for a while there, huh? Well, I had a good excuse. For over two weeks, George and I have been on an epic road trip to Texas and back. We went to Texas to sell stuff at a motorcycle show and to buy stuff at Roundtop— an enormous flea market/antique festival. I’ll do a post on that soon. I’ve really got some catching up to do now! So let’s get to it!  Continue reading