Working with small spaces, Kate and Ellen note, is like a jigsaw of the practical and the aesthetic. Clean, modern lines and a minimal palette keep the space from becoming too cluttered, while natural materials add warmth, texture, and personality to the space.
Kate Oliver and Ellen Prasse—wives, mamas, artists, professional wanderlusters—spend their days traveling North America and turning Airstreams into chic tiny homes. Get a peek behind the scenes of their projects and follow their journey on Instagram.
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An amazing couple that not only travels through life and motherhood together but also joined up in business together, Kate and Ellen are the brains and designers behind The Modern Caravan. We recently lucked out and had them give us the full story behind the journey of their business.
After a year and a half of downsizing their lives, selling a brick-and-mortar Kentucky home, and prepping a vintage Airstream RV for a cross-country journey, Kate and Ellen took off on the road with their five-year-old daughter Adelaide in tow. The couple bought their 160-square-foot 1957 Airstream Overlander on May 29th, 2014, and spent the next year gutting the interior, then rebuilding it from the floor up, doing 99% of the work themselves.
“We’d been looking for something that would take us beyond this life that had seemingly been prescribed,” Oliver chimes in. “We didn’t want the commute, and we didn’t want to just work to pay our bills. We wanted to spend more time together as a family. We both deeply wanted to create and make art and we weren’t sure what that was.”
"I wanted to create our dream space, a home that is truly reflective of who we are, what we love, and where we’ve been, and where we’re going." These are the words of Kate Oliver, one half of the couple behind The Modern Caravan, of their 1977 Airstream that they call "June."