Dwell

Years ago, in what seems like an alternate reality, Kate Oliver and Ellen Prasse were living in a typical house and working typical jobs. They had been best friends in college, and when they later fell in love, they made plans for the future. But this version of it wasn't what they imagined.

 

Remodelista

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.

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Domino

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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Fireclay Tile

Design from a place of vulnerability. Don’t fall prey to trends...they really do come and go. Learn to love and listen to yourself - only then is your space a true reflection of yourself and your needs and the way you live. While there is nothing new under the sun, this shouldn’t restrict us from creating something personal and true.

 

Apartment Therapy

Organization is a challenge for most of us, but doing it in less than 600—often way less—square feet? Now that requires some ingenuity. These tiny house owners have plenty of advice for keeping small spaces tidy and organized, giving shout-outs to some of their favorite life-saving products as well. Get ready to streamline your own (likely not-as) tight spaces with their tips.

 

 
 

The Organized Home

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.

 

Domino 

The Best Small Space Living Accounts to Follow on Instagram: from tiny homes and campers to bitty bungalows and boats.

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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The Glossary

...when we work together, we make something that has heart behind it. We work so synergistically, it’s this wonderful push-and-pull. It’s been less about the Airstreams lately for us and more about who we are and the work we do. I don’t think we’ll always do one thing, we’re going to allow our path and our work to unfold organically as we push forward and onward. We’re passionate about this work because it allows us to create together and work together.

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Domino 

It’s true that tiny mobile homes have long been havens for crossy-country travelers, but no vehicle sums up the Americana adventure quite like the Airstream. The iconic silver bullets, which became instant symbols of easy, nomadic living when they first arrived on the scene in the 1930s, have been making a much-welcomed comeback lately. And thanks to innovative renovators and designers—like Kate Oliver and Ellen Prasse, the wives-turned-business partners behind The Modern Caravan—the vintage vessels are getting a fresh, 21st-century facelift.

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Design*Sponge

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. Kate — a photographer, writer, and stylist — and Ellen, a former art teacher and now full-time woodworker, were well-equipped for the task at hand.

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Fireclay Tile

 Kate and Ellen thoughtfully and lovingly restored their classic RV so that they could travel the country and renovate their client's airstreams along the way. Every single detail of this space is both beautiful and intentional, so we're honored that they chose our tile for their kitchen backsplash.

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Zillow

“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.”

Travel & Tiny Living

 
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She-Explores 

We talked to Kate about her story of loss and revival, why travel is so important, and what it’s like to run a woman-owned business in a male-dominated industry (particularly as a married lesbian couple who also parent, travel, and un-school their daughter). While Kate’s story is unique unto itself, her writing takes us home somehow, and gives us a gorgeous glimpse into their life on the road. 

Biggest Surprises of Prepping for a Mobile Life | She Explores 

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Tiny House, Tiny Footprint

When I reached out to Kate Oliver of Birch & Pine to write about Airstream living, she told me she sold their '57 Airstream. After talking to her, I couldn't help but relate to her thoughts on trying to find a balance between tiny living and a home in the city.

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Reading My Tea Leaves

Over the past year, Kate Oliver and her wife, Ellen Prasse, have painstakingly taken a 1950s Airstream trailer from mouse-infested and rotting to bright white, clean, and decidedly modern. In May of 2015 they sold their house in Kentucky and set off with their five year old daughter, Adelaide, to travel, work, and experience life on the road. They’ve been sharing snippets of their story on their blog, Birch & Pine, and I recently had the chance to ask Kate (above) questions about their mobile lifestyle.