A Fiber Artist and a Ceramicist Share This 200-Square-Foot Airstream and Standalone Studio

published Nov 3, 2021

A Fiber Artist and a Ceramicist Share This 200-Square-Foot Airstream and Standalone Studio

published Nov 3, 2021
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Name: Erica Williams and Kristen Richard
Location: Hemphill, Texas
Size: 200 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Erica Williams and Kristen Richard are an artistic couple who have crafted a small creative living and working compound out in East Texas. Erica is a ceramist who throws under the name, THrō Ceramics, and designs and makes small batch, hand-made ceramics in a shop that was previously her grandfather’s carpentry shop. He handed it down to her and she made it into her ceramics studio. The sign through the door reads: “Create something with passion. Stay true to yourself. Light up the world and make your own way through it all.”

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Erica and Kristen purchased the airstream they call home from an older gentleman for a mere $500. They gutted it, cleaned it, and re-built the interior to fit exactly what they need. It’s a cozy home, but it’s also a personal movie theater, as well as Kristen’s studio space. Kristen is a fiber artist, and the beautiful macramé creations are made in an organized corner of their Airstream.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Minimal meets Jungalow. I like things simple, Kristen wants a plant in every empty space. I don’t like anything sitting on the counter top, but the open shelves are full of ceramics and plants beautifully placed by Kristen. It’s the best of both worlds and we each bring our own style to the space. 

Inspiration: Definitely from travel. It inspires our work and space. They fuel each other. From San Diego surf vibes to the quaint artist casita in New Mexico.

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Favorite Element: The versatility of our bedroom. We put in a projector and screen to turn it into a movie theater when we’re taking a day off. The best part, the screen rolls up and the projector is put away. There’s no cold metal TV, so our living space isn’t centered around it. There’s a nostalgia that comes with watching a movie from a projector so it makes the experience even more fun. All while snuggled in a cozy little bed. 

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Biggest Challenge: The bathroom! First, bathrooms in an airstream aren’t huge. Our pups have separation anxiety, apparently so do Kristen and me, because if one of us in the bathroom all four of us are in the bathroom. Second, it didn’t make it any better when I had a not so brilliant idea to paint the ENTIRE bathroom deep blue. Literally, everything in the bathroom deep blue. Counter top, trim, window trim, cabinets, ceiling. Everything. I have no idea why I did it. Kristen has made it very clear I’m not allowed to have a paint brush anymore. She also had to fix the bathroom. It’s much brighter now.

What Friends Say: “I want one too!”

Biggest Embarrassment: Turning the bathroom into a deep blue hole. I really thought I was on to something with that choice. Didn’t work out like I planned.

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Proudest DIY: The whole thing. We renovated and designed the entire space to fit our lifestyle. We love it in here!

Biggest Indulgence: Rugs!

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Best Advice: For anyone that wants to live in a small home:

  • Functionality is key. When things are multifunctional it makes life easier, especially with spaces. For example, the bedroom to movie theater. 
  • We’ve learned that we don’t need a lot of things. We buy quality (handmade if we can get it) over quantity. We don’t have a lot of clothes.
  • Learning a new skill is more satisfying than buying something we don’t actually need. It also takes up less space. 
  • Keep it simple. It frees us up mentally to create instead of worrying about the 3846 things we have to take care of. What clothes to wear, find a space to put it… etc.

Dream Sources: All of the unexplored places.

Resources

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PAINT & COLORS

  • Valspar — “Luxury Linen” | “Blackened Pine” | “Pale Satin Peach”
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ENTRY

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LIVING ROOM / BEDROOM / MOVIE THEATER 

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KITCHEN

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KRISTEN’S WORKSPACE

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BATHROOM

Thanks, Erica and Kristen!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.