Office Shelving

In our continued effort to get our tiny house situated, I finally completed the office shelving. We wanted something to go around the bar, and after going through many plans for the shelving, we finally decided on a combination of wood shelves and steel brackets to hold everything into place.

Since we’re renting, I didn’t want to invest in permanent shelving that we couldn’t reuse. By not building the entire thing out of wood, it’ll be much easier to take apart and reassemble.

I built the left side and right side separately and anchored each into the wall, with one metal bracket on each side touching the floor for added support. The trickiest part was putting in the top shelf for our large collection of game boards.

full shelving



Because two brackets prevented the top shelf from easily sliding into place, I had to carve out a notch to fit it in.

shelving notch




Kitchen Woes

As we continue to set up our Tiny House, one of the hardest things to figure out has been what to do with the kitchen. While I’ve seen much smaller kitchens, the biggest issue with it has been the lack of storage. With only a couple drawers below the sink and no cupboards otherwise, it’s left us to come up with some creative storage ideas.

Since we also needed a table, we decided a kitchen island that provided some storage, counter top space, and eating area would fit all of our needs. However, finding an existing island that actually did all of those things was easier said than done.

After browsing many that we liked, but didn’t quite meet all of our needs, I think we finally have a simple, but effective plan to build one. Until then, here are some of the islands we liked that helped us come to our final plan.

kitchen island wood and metal
from World Market

kitchen island and stools
from Messes of Men

Distressed Kitchen Island
from Hammer and Hand Imports

Rustic Wooden Kitchen Island
from Iron Works


Tiny House – Sneak Peek

While there’s still a fair amount of work to be done after a month in our Tiny House, it’s starting to feel like home. Everything’s moved. Our bedroom is done. Our living room is done. Kitchen needs some fine-tuning. Office is still a room of boxes.

We’ll have some better pictures once everything is finished, but with our one-month Tiny House anniversary occurring yesterday, I’d thought I’d post a little sneak peek of our new home.

glass bottles

stairway pictures




Home Inspiration

Now that we have internet in our new home and our stuff is (mostly) moved, it means we get to start the fun part of designing what we want each room to look like.

One of my main sources of inspiration has been Blood and Champagne. It’s been helpful to browse through pictures of great rooms to either launch a new idea or help flesh one out.

Here are a few of my recent favorites from the site.

Shelves + Chalkboard wall

Creepy Pictures + Musk Ox head

Library Book Carts

Card Catalogue and Exposed Brick

All images from Blood and Champagne


Homeward Bound

This Saturday I’ll be heading back to Michigan from Chicago for good. I am so happy and excited to be in the cutest shaped state and the only place I’ll ever feel truly at home. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things about my favorite state in honor of the move.

In no particular order…

Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Pointing to your hand to explain locations.

The Earthen Jar.

Tahquamenon Falls.

Going “Up North.”

Proximity to Canada.



The copious amounts of classic rock you hear everywhere.



Obsession: Dead Animal Stuff

When we were in San Francisco, we visited the awesome shop, Paxton Gate. It stocked every delightful item you could imagine, from monocles to animal skulls. Ever since, I’ve obsessed over building a creepy collection of taxidermy and skulls. Trevor and I both bought some awesome stuffed birds at an antique shop last weekend. Here are a few more treasures I’d like to add to my collection.

animal skull

feathers in a jar

buck skull

ostrich egg

vintage vertebrae

photos: emily’s onemanband, granny panty designs, owsupply, artyFact, Pocelain Pigeon