A 92-Square-Foot Converted Sprinter Van Proves Homes Don’t Have to Be Big to Be Beautiful and Comfy

published Sep 2, 2020
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Credit: Abigail R

Name: Natalie and Abigail of @letsplayrideandseek with two rescue dogs (Bear + Peluche)
Location: All over! (They filmed this tour while in Salida, Colorado.)
Size: 92 square feet
Type of home: 2004 Converted Sprinter named Towanda
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

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Married couple Abigail and Natalie, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, say they share an intense appetite for travel. “Very early in our relationship we discovered that we mutually felt something was missing from our lives,” they wrote on their website. “The daily grind of working 50-60 hours a week was just not fulfilling. We knew there had to be a better, alternative approach to life that allowed for more time spent together and doing things we love. So we did some research and discovered van life. We purchased an old van soon after, converted it into a tiny home, sold our belongings, and set off on an epic journey as full-time travelers in 2019.” They live in their home-on-wheels with their two rescue pups, Bear and Peluche.

Credit: Abigail R

They bought the van in 2017, and spent a year and a half renovating it. They tore out the old prisoner transit van’s seats and interior, and converted the entire thing themselves (with some help from friends) into a cozy home on wheels. The van is not only the place they sleep, but also the roving backdrop for their YouTube channel, a kitchen where chef Natalie cooks up vegan meals, and professional photographer Abigail’s photo studio. Perhaps most importantly, it’s their base camp for all the travels and adventures they do. “Lets Play Ride and Seek” isn’t just the name of their Instagram account, it’s clearly their motto! The couple also founded @vanlifepride on Instagram, which is a celebration and safe space for LGBTQ nomads and allies.

Credit: Abigail R

“Our style is eclectic,” explains Abigail in the video tour above. “It’s inspired by Natalie’s love for minimalism and natural elements, and my love of vibrant pops of color and my travels to India, Indonesia, and South America.” Between the beautiful wood backsplash and countertop, the lovely patterned textiles, and the life the couple and their dogs bring to the small space, this is clearly a cozy, well-loved home.

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