A Small Home: Before Pictures of Our New House

A Small Home: Before Pictures: Living Room

Living room from the front door

Ok ya’ll, so this is it. The interior before pictures. In all their glory. Since the pictures are pretty low-quality phone pictures, I must admit, the house doesn’t look that bad. But let me assure you, this was and still is one fixer-upper. Let’s point out some of the fun issues going on, shall we?! Continue reading

Our New Home

Our New Home! First things first: we bought a small house! That hunk o’ junk in the picture above is ours!

Ok, ok, I know this might seem like it is coming out of the blue, but it’s actually been a long time coming. Let me explain: the real, honest truth is that we purchased this house months ago. But I had a full-time job outside of this blog that I was trying to protect and I couldn’t tell anyone online because the house we bought is quite far from our current Airstream home– like 4 hours away. But I can now spill the beans because I recently quit my job and fingers crossed, we’ll be moving to our new location and our new home soon. Continue reading

Link Love: 80

Puppy snoozin' in the van

I’m so thankful for all the positive feedback and lovely comments that we’ve received on the van remodel on the blog and on Instagram. I can’t wait to take NirVANa on a long road trip! In the meantime, here’s a few links to keep you busy.

An interesting article about who benefits from the tiny house revolution.

Ikea’s new campaign includes a cute little camper!

The latest Fixer Upper episode was right up my alley. In fact, my friends were texting me the entire show. I’m ready to redo a houseboat next!

I’ve been reading The Happiness Project. It’s not really a new book, but it’s been interesting and we could all use a little more happiness, am I right?

And what goes great with book learnin’? Tea drinkin’! I’ve never been a sweet (or even) cold tea gal, even though I’m from the south. I love a hot cuppa and Tazo’s sweet orange with a slice of lemon is my favorite.

Do you give Valentine’s Day gifts? We might give each other something small, but we’re usually just about eating a good meal and relaxing. So boring! If you’re looking for some ideas, here’s are men’s gifts under $10, last minute Valentine’s gifts and some V-day dinner ideas.

And when your loved ones voted the other way.

I hope your weekend is full of love!
Melanie

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Our Custom, Modern Boogie Van

Van Outside Alright, folks, this post is a long one, but a good one, I promise. So buckle up for the ride! (Yes, that is a van pun!) Continue reading

Camper Van Before and After Remodel

Camper Van Front Seat Before and After Y’all. I am so excited and relieved to share this post. It’s been a long time in the making. Two years long. Which is longer than we’ve ever stretched out a project. At the beginning of freakin’ 2015 George and I purchased a beat up, 1995 Chevy G30 van. (You can see all the before pictures here.) Our tiny cars were not cutting it for all the traveling, camping and haulin’ junk that we do. Continue reading

What Makes a House Magical (and how to infuse magic into your own home!)

The following post is written by my friend, Leah. Leah lives and works as an artist in a tiny house she built with her own hands! She has a really interesting take on the things that make a house magical and how to infuse more magic into your own home. Take it away, Leah!  Continue reading

Link Love: 79

So I’m going to be honest, this week has been pretty much me spiraling into a pit of anxiety. But here’s some things that have helped…

8 Therapists on Post-election Anxiety — Their Clients’ and Their Own

And How to Handle the Anxiety of a Donald Trump Presidency

My favorite signs from the Women’s March. As a librarian, this one makes my heart sing; Drag race made an appearanceYepNasty Nana!; I love a good Kermit meme referenceWitches!

You might be bias and not even know it. Here’s the implicit bias test from Harvard.

I truly believe one of the most radical things you can do is educate yourself and get a library card. Here’s some tips on how the library can save you money (and save your mind.)

Ok, on to other things…

This cute blog is about cooking in an Airstream.

As someone who likes a little whimsy in my abode, but doesn’t have a kiddo, I still check out kids furniture for good deals and a healthy dash of humor: Kids furniture is the best-kept secret of decorating.

That’s all I got! I’m trying to stay off-line and get out into the fresh air this weekend. Do you have any plans? Talk to me in the comments!