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.

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  • Reply Devan January 6, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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

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  • Reply Lynne H January 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Nice renovation, clean and cozy! Great job.

  • Reply Mitch January 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This is just. Excellent. Envious beyond belief.

  • Reply jan January 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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

  • Reply Kay January 6, 2015 at 9:16 pm

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

  • Reply Chantalle January 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

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

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  • Reply Raissomat January 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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

  • Reply Amber January 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

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

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  • Reply Bryan Piland January 9, 2015 at 9:38 pm

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

  • Reply Nerida January 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    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.

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

      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.

  • Reply Angela January 10, 2015 at 1:29 am

    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?

  • Reply Bob January 10, 2015 at 11:56 am

    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?

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

      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.

  • Reply Natalie January 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm

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

  • Reply Beth Jillette January 12, 2015 at 1:31 pm

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

  • Reply Robin January 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    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

  • Reply Robin January 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    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.

  • Reply Paul January 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Excellent job!

  • Reply Denise January 13, 2015 at 12:20 am

    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!!!!

  • Reply Dawn January 13, 2015 at 1:05 am

    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.

  • Reply Mark Gibson January 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    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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