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The past few weeks were wonderful, to say the least. Summer on the lake is always amazing, but this year it was the best yet. Perfect weather, the celebration of my thirty-first birthday, time with friends, gin and tonics and local brews, dinners on decks overlooking the sunset, paddles, long days of sunning and swimming, […]

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  • Begoña

    Fotos preciosas!ReplyCancel

  • Alex Chua

    Thanks so much for this post. I’ve been looking for a white dress for ages and this is it. Bridge & Burn shipped it immediately and it fits beautifully. I hope they keep making dresses that are this length. This is my first purchase from them and I will certainly shop from them again.

    Your posts in general are thoughtful and moving. I love visiting your site for all sorts of inspiration.ReplyCancel

From a design standpoint, the functionality in our first trailer was sorely lacking. I had no idea what we really needed, and due to budget and time restrictions, we cut corners and changed plans last minute, resulting in some thrown-together solutions that didn’t work well for full-time living. For example, while I loved the look of […]

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  • Martina

    Hi Kate, someone on instagram asked how to donate a little to your airstream. As I am not registered there, is there another way to contribute? Do you happen to have a paypal account?ReplyCancel

I’ve been putting off writing this post for three silly reasons: one, it’s gonna be a doozy. It’s long and rambling and involved. Reason two: (the big one) I am afraid of admitting I want to live tiny. I’m still working through some of the reasons why I might be struggling in my admission to live small. It […]

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  • chloe

    hi kate! i found you through instagram (i’m @terreur) and i just wanted to reach out and say that I too would love to live tiny. The climate where I live (and my fiancé) make that fairly impractical if not downright impossible. Just thought i’d let you know that I really admire that you were able to downsize once, and that you are planning to do it again.ReplyCancel

  • I’m sorry you don’t feel like you can shout your plans to the world around you—you should be so so proud of what your goals are! I get it though. FWIW, I’ve,been working hard for several years to pay off tons of debt, too, since my divorce in early 2014 (prior to that, I had no control over the debt situation). As of this point, I have paid off tens of thousands in credit card and misc. debt, and will have the truck paid off in a couple months. After that, it’s only the Airstream left (though that’s also a doozy). But having that goal in sight is such a freeing vision. Every time one thing gets paid off, it’s a weight lifted and frees up more to pay off more. Best of luck to you three, and anyone who would judge you for a goal of being debt-free is out of their mind.ReplyCancel

  • Betsy (hotsauceholli)

    “If you aren’t scared shitless, you’re not aiming high enough”. I can’t remember the author but I try to live by the words. Can be hard as I am sensitive and have a lot of fears at times.. But I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. Sounds like you are rockin’ life to me. Thanks for being so honest, real, and vulnerable!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Really random…we met at the school Popsicles in the Park event, and then today when reading a blog post about Nathan over at Wand’rly I fell down a rabbit hole of Instagram posts and accounts and stumbled upon yours. I’m glad I did since I could read this and let you know that if our kids end up playing together and hanging out, you’ll never have to explain anything to me or feel weird about it. I think that while I’d probably have the same fears and insecurities, I personally think your goal sounds awesome. Probably more adult than most, since you actually have an idea of what you want (not to mention the fact that paying off debt is the epitome of responsible adulthood). Looking forward to seeing you guys again, and hopefully hearing more about your fabulous Airstream!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    I often read here and never comment, except now it feels important to chime in with support. I grew up in Indiana. I remember it as a place where it was hard to be different, even though I befriended just enough oddballs like me to stay sane. You know your values are solid and your goals are worthwhile, and good people will respond accordingly. You sound more worried about approval for your daughter than for yourselves–and as a parent, I completely get it. Your conviction and bravery is important for her too.ReplyCancel

  • You know, in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) where I live, we use this phrase “simplicité volontaire” to define a way of life based on modest living – because we want to inhabit this planet instead of consuming it.

    This is how I live – with a tiny wardrobe that fits into three suitcases, or, actually, in a tiny wardrobe inside a small one bedroom apartment I am renting, getting in debt every month simply to buy organic produce. I don’t have any money aside, or any idea of how I will be earning a living when I am old. But I don’t mind (or worry about it). Because I am living according to my values.

    You are doing such good work, the two of you!

    Take care :o)ReplyCancel

  • Gayle

    I am a single 55-year-old female and remodeling an older Streamline, with the plan to retire and live tiny. I gave up my home and live with my daughter to be able to afford to pay off debt and do the remodel. I understand the reluctance to share your lifestyle, people just have such set images of where we should be in life. But I think we are the winners, those of us who think outside the box and want to live for adventures and actually enjoy our life, rather than worship the almighty home, the “things” and all the bills that come with them.ReplyCancel

  • It really is amazing how deeply societal norms are ingrained in a lot of people and how it affects our judgments and what we feel comfortable to reveal to each other. Interestingly enough, out in the area of Canada where I currently live, I had absolutely no issue telling anyone my tiny home plans; people either just didn’t care at all or they thought it was great that I was living my dream. However, in my native South Florida I kept telling everyone it was going to be my guest house while I fixed up the main house, which couldn’t be further from the truth. I think I just didn’t want to deal with the lack of enthusiasm and questions about why I was choosing this route from the people who are closest to me… you know what’s funny though? Now that my home is nearing completion I’m so happy and all of my previous trepidations have gone out the window. I have a feeling the same will happen for you. :)ReplyCancel