A Small Life Airstream























I live in a 1978 Airstream Sovereign with my husband, George. We chose the small life to get out of the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle and live the life of our dreams.

A renovated 1978 Airstream Sovereign in North Carolina. Owned and shared by Melanie Gnau. More info. here.



  1. Devan January 6, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Very nice home! Someone did an awesome job renovating it. Looks great!

    • mike January 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm - Reply


  2. Lynne H January 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Nice renovation, clean and cozy! Great job.

  3. Mitch January 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    This is just. Excellent. Envious beyond belief.

  4. jan January 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Cute, clean and comfortable in the Carolinas. A cool looking classic!

  5. Kay January 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Absolutly awesome! I have lived in two similar trailers, but neither so nicely done. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Chantalle January 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Your home is rad and I hope your dreams are coming true! (: (:

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  8. Raissomat January 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    It’s a dream, isn’t it?!? Pure beauty, all inclusive.

  9. Amber January 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful Airstream, and her blog is a great read too. 🙂

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  12. Bryan Piland January 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Very nice place Happy for you both I Hope to be there myself someday soon Congratulations !! Bryan Phx, Az

  13. Nerida January 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Good for you. It looks fabulously well done. Mind you I have not seen an air stream that wasnt well done – something about air-stream owners. I especially love the quilt. I hope you have a very happy life together in your dream-stream.

    • Annie January 10, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

      I agree, I love that quilt!! If the owner sees these comments, I’d be curious to know if it’s handmade/where they got it.

      Beautiful space overall.

  14. Angela January 10, 2015 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Awesome! I’m curious how you handled insulating when renovating. I’ve considered an Airstream re-do, but keep hearing about the inadequate insulation. Can this be fixed?

  15. Bob January 10, 2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I love the size of the kitchen and bathroom areas. Don’t know if that’s typical for Airstreams. Is that vinyl on the shelves?

    • Ellen August 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      We are in the process of renovating one, and have pulled out everything, down to the shell. We threw away the old insulation and will be installing new insulation and wiring.

  16. Natalie January 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I love all the retro touches, especially the record player, shabby chic drawers, and bathroom wallpaper!

  17. Beth Jillette January 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Love love love this. Perfect wouldn’t change a thing. When can I move in?

  18. Robin January 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Absolutely fantastic! SO many wonderful things to comment upon, but 1st: I like that the two of you are “Dreamers That DO!!!”

    Bathroom is ab-fab. Curtains with Bacon & Eggs….so cute I want the same fabric! Exceptional lay-out, very user and body friendly. I can easily see two people and a pup living their day-to-day lives in this home.

    Thank you for sharing your pretty home with us. <3

  19. Robin January 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I also wanted to add (no EDIT button here) that I really appreciate your “re-purposing” an existing structure. For the life of me, I’ll never understand why someone would pour a fortune into a stick-built tiny house when they can spend 1/2 of that money to either retro-fit a trailer or if they have no skills, buy one from a talented person.

    If I were to go tiny, I’d mimic what you did and capitalize on the beauty and efficiency of trailer living vs. most of the silly waste of space I see in too many stick built tiny houses.

  20. Paul January 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Excellent job!

  21. Denise January 13, 2015 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I LOVE this one!!! I especially appreciate when someone has a real feel for interior design in small spaces…keep it funky and fun while repeating just a couple of vibrant primary colors throughout. Nothing wrong with wild patterns and creativity (in fact, that’s so much more interesting), but the repeat of just a couple of colors popping up unexpectedly ties the whole place together without either being visually assaulted by too many colors and patterns, or – even worse in my opinion – being bored by a lack of any daring choices that leaves the place too matchy-matchy, like a Pottery Barn photo spread. I would never comment negatively about someone’s tiny home based on a disagreement about their personal choices or taste (as many others do on this site), but I did feel compelled to gush over the funky eclectic yet tasteful combo here. Loads of vinyl, PLUS bacon & eggs? Love love love!!!!

  22. Dawn January 13, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Love it! I second Denise’s comments. What a lovely interior with some really unique touches. I love the coffee poster, but it’s all great! It makes me want to know you. 🙂 Congratulations. Hope to follow in your footsteps someday.

  23. Mark Gibson January 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Love the white interior and the fact that the vintage wallpaper in the bathroom will enjoy a new “life” with the new owners. They are living the dream! Best of luck.

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