Tiny House Couch(es)

I am just wrapping up my latest project which is my couch.  Over time thise part of my house has shifted considerably, first it was just me, then me and a dog, then me, a partner and a dog and since then we’ve added two little kiddos.  You need space for as many buts as you have in your tiny house!

Here is where I started

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I was thinking, ‘hey, this is going to be tough, where are all my friends going to sleep when they come over??’ So I made it a priority to have a guest bed and found a hide-a-bed loveseat on Craigslist, it was cheap, I was going to refinish it but this was ‘perfect’.  It actually was pretty comfy, it is a joke in hindsight that I felt I needed a ‘spare bed’. I don’t EVER entertain, let alone have sleep overs… AND my entire family lives in town, it’s likely I would only need it for a family member but all of my family has spare rooms, which would likely be a first choice for most of my family, really it came down to my cousin Sage coming to town, I’m not sure this would have even cut it for her and her husband… who would probably find it a little creepy :).

No bother, Denver chewed it up one day while I was at work!  It was probably ‘fixable’ but at that point I had come to my senses and figured a nice cozy chair would probably suit me better

I got this:

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It was great, too little for the dog to goober up (wrong, Great Danes can make themselves remarkably small…), it reclined and seemed to have decent reviews (it was horribly uncomfortable…)

James moved in.  We got a seat for his butt:

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This has been our constant.  This chair is very comfy, I never really thought it looked comfy but it is! and it’s impossible to make look ‘dirty’ because it’s already dirt colored!  I could move it around, it’s been a stool, an ottoman, it’s been rearranged so many times… it’s great.

Denver chewed up the grey chair arm (the day before the photoshoot).  I was secretly happy though his timing was bad!  We found out we would soon be adding a third butt to the tiny house, we got this:

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A little two seater.  I purposefully picked one similar to the brown chair because it was cozy, it never quite translated over.  I love this little blue couch, James never quite did.  Really the dog preferred it to his bed and made it pretty gross pretty constantly… It hid dirt well, let me rearrange like I like, constantly.  I’ll admit though, Denver made it gross and eventually wore down the springs making it rickety… AND, we would soon be adding yet ANOTHER butt so we looked at other options.  We decided to go with this:

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This is just two cheap pieces of foam ($15.00) from Fred Meyer’s outdoor section, usually used as sleep pads for camping. They are 30″ deep and 72″ wide, I love the size, I could curl up in the corner and the two babes could curl up on me for a nap while I read or watch TV… It was a super big PITA because the two pieces of foam would come apart any time Denver would step up there… Every morning I would have to re-situate the foam and at least once or twice through the day.  It was nice because, while we were testing out the size we just threw a blanket over it and it was removable and could be washed so it wasn’t always gross like the blue couch… It was too deep to sit comfortable as a couch even though it was great for lounging.  In the mean time, while building our deck I made this:

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This is 25″ deep and 6′ long and has proved to be PERFECT.  Since making this I determined it was time to re-do the inside couch…  Now that the babies are a little older, napping more in their beds than on me it is time to reclaim the couch from a lounger to a sitter! Today, I made this:

20160620_202855It’s not quite done, I still have to sew the pillows together but it’s already a very good addition!  We have a fabric store going out of business so I took the opportunity to get a whole bunch of fabric, throw pillows and a great big foam pad (cost $150 normally for just the foam!), I got everything for well under $100 and could not be happier with it!  I probably wouldn’t have done it at full price but I feel lucky to have got the sale!

Here are some pictures of the build!

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Camper Destruction Take Two and other happenings…

James and I are adding one more year to our memories as we approach our fourth anniversary.  As is our tradition we took a new image of us and our family in front of our current home, holding the picture from last year.  It’s fun to see the times change through these little snap shots, we have pretty much added a new life each year, we intend to stop that from here on out! 🙂  We are thinking this time next year we may just be sitting in front of our camper in some random location in the US (I’m voting Mount Rushmore, James is less than thrilled with that choice! 🙂

2016 ANNIVERSARY Final

The years past (We aren’t and don’t intend to get married, our anniversary is from our first date, we think that is a big enough deal!)

Onto the trailer stuff… We’re trying to work out a color scheme on the outside, excuse the crappy renders.  I have a pretty good idea on how the inside will come together (and James is just awful trusting), the outside I am less than thrilled with.  It’s a vintage trailer but we are definitely not trying to ‘restore’ it to its natural state… we’re whipping it into shape, a pretty, clean, more modern state that is! James and I like the two tones of yester year but it doesn’t feel fitting for our case.  I feel like a one tone with brushed aluminum accents and a big US map (collecting images of us in those locations over time) would be fancy enough… James thinks we need SOMETHING else… I don’t disagree but I am just not sure what… Here are a few options I was playing with, none of them are winners in my minds eye… maybe you have a suggestion?

Camper reno pictures below, this is where I list WAY too many pictures just to make sure I have something from every angle to reference for when I have questions later… more images of family happenings further below….

And the family update stuff!

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