Our home is a 34-foot 1992 Airstream Excella 1000–her name is Augustine. After months of scouring the Internet every night, we found Augustine on Craigslist. She was located in St. Augustine, Florida, three hours north of where we were living at the time. We fell in love immediately, problems and all.
Fast-forward one year and we are even more in love with our cozy home. There's nothing quite like napping under the tin roof during the rain, or the natural light that pours in every morning, warming the floor. We wake up every day reminded that, by sundown, we could be halfway across the country… or not. We could chase the seasons or sit still and watch. Augustine is freedom in a tin can.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Global, Eclectic, Bohemian.
Inspiration: We are inspired by simplicity and mobility. We challenge ourselves to make a beautiful life in disciplined conditions—to grow, like moss, even without roots.
Favorite Element: Our favorite element is our booth. The booth has become the workstation of the house, since we both work from home. It's also great that it is located in the kitchen area, acting as a natural divider and making it feel separate from the rest of the living space. The big windows and a cup of coffee in the morning make this space the perfect cozy retreat.
Biggest Challenge: One of the biggest challenges with living in small spaces is finding time apart. Some alone time is crucial in keeping things from feeling cramped. While this may seem difficult (or even impossible) in less than 250 square feet, the layout of our Airstream helps. We consider there to be three main areas. Our back bedroom is a natural reprieve, closed off from the rest of the home with a pull of the curtain. This is especially important since we often go to bed at different times. Also, being able to work at the table in the kitchen while the other person is on the couch helps break up the space during the day.
Proudest DIY: While quite a lot of DIY went into making this Airstream our home, the one project we are the most proud of is the two-tiered bookcase that underlines the front bay windows. It is built mostly with 1x4s and 2x2s attached by brackets to the wall. We stained the top boards with Minwax Jacobean and painted the support beams to match the walls. It also serves to hide the battery compartments and converter below. The bookcase has become the focal point, showcasing some of our decorative elements, while still functioning as one of our main storage areas. In a space as small as ours, built-ins must be both practical and attractive.
Biggest Indulgence: We have two televisions. We know, they're not appealing… we totally agree. And while we don't love the look of televisions on display, lazy Netflix marathons make a pretty decent argument as to why we should keep them. So, for now, they stay.
Best Advice: Displacement. We learned quickly that displacement is key to happy tiny living. Living in small spaces isn't meant to be a sufferfest. We're not out to prove anything. We still make purchases and buy new things when needed, but the way we think about items themselves has begun to change. When you buy a new shirt, an old shirt must go. Things are replaced, not collected. This keeps us from making impulse buys or acquiring things we don't need or won't wear. Accumulation and clutter cannot thrive when material balance is the objective. Our best advice is to learn and love the principle of displacement.
PAINT & COLORS
Walls and cabinets — Valspar signature satin (Ultra White)
Bathroom — Valspar signature satin (Ocean Voyage)
Wood stain used throughout — Minwax Wood Finish in Jacobean
Vinyl flooring in Antique Woodland Oak — Lowes
Customized pleated shades — Budget Blinds
Southwest curtain fabric — Joann's
Mid-century modern linen fabric sofa by Madison Home — Wayfair
Duraflame Infrared quartz fireplace stove — Amazon
Liberty throw pillow — Anthropologie
Macramé throw pillow — Etsy (*Etsy store no longer exists, but I linked a similar one)
Reading lights — Amazon
Rug — HomeGoods
Leather pouf — Amazon
Geometric wood table lamp — Target
Two tier wood end table — DIY by Nate
Rug is by Nicole Miller — Found at TJ Maxx
Antique fan — Thrift find
Frames on walls wood and ceramic — Target
The Jade tree near the vintage radio is actually a piece from my great-grandmother's that we used as a unity tree at our wedding. My dad planted a piece of hers at his house and he cut us off a piece for ours.
Industrial case pendant light shade — Lowes
Green oversized throw pillows — Target (unavailable)
Macramé wall décor — Gift from friend
Penguin II A/C — Dometic
Yes & No Sign — This is something Nate and I always joke about; we are exact opposites and we hardly ever agree right away :) So he made this for me as a gift.
Bodum coffee maker — Target
Magnetic strip — Ikea
Wood sink cover — DIY by Nate
Hanging jars — Found in St. Augustine, FL
Stoneware mugs with tree — Padilla
Drop-in sink — Amazon
Faucet — Amazon
Pressed tin backsplash — Lowes
Bedding — Beddy's
Velvet shams in spice — Target
Opalhouse oversized lumbar throw in teal — Target
Opalhouse Rattan table lamp — Target
Dyson desk fan — Dyson
Hanging metal lantern — World Market
Closet handles — Anthropologie