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‘We love life in our tiny home on wheels’



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After starting Hopscotch the Globe, Kristen met fellow traveller Siya and together they backpacked around the world non-stop for years without having a permanent home. “We missed the sense of home and at the same time didn’t want a conventional type of house, which is when we thought of the idea of buying a van or RV,” say the couple.



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Airstream novices with no experience of undertaking a renovation, Kristen and Siya admit that their search for the perfect trailer was somewhat haphazard: “To be honest, we didn’t really know what to look for when choosing an Airstream and ended up getting one that needed a lot of work.”



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When they first purchased the trailer, the pair thought that they could live in the Airstream the way it was. However, they soon discovered that this wasn’t the case. “We quickly decided that we wanted to do some minor renovations to make the Airstream look more modern. That quickly turned into a year of full renovation,” they explain.



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That’s when they realised they were in over their heads and needed some help from the experts. “We had planned to do it all ourselves, but instead hired people who knew what they were doing to help us,” say Kristen and Siya. “If we didn’t have that help, we’d still be working on it today!”



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In the end, the renovation took a year and the Airstream had to be completely gutted. The couple and their team removed the shell from the frame and then re-welded the frame. They also had to replace the floors, after Siya’s uncle fell through them, and the water tanks.



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Since Kristen and Siya ended up completely gutting the Airstream and starting from scratch, they were able to design an interior floor plan to suit their lifestyle needs and maximise the available space. They opted for a relaxed boho-chic scheme with plenty of hidden storage built in.



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The tiny 15-square-foot bathroom is also designed to work off-grid and includes a compost toilet. With stylish blue tiling and plenty of storage, it features a tiny sink installed into an off-cut of the same 100-year-old wood used in the kitchen.



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To make sure enough light filtered into the snug space, the couple decided to add a Plexiglass window. Sitting just above chest height, the window looks out over the master bedroom, but still offers an element of privacy when needed.



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Lined with blue penny tiles, the shower has a six-gallon hot water tank which is hidden underneath the shower seat. Heated by either propane or electricity, the copper-effect shower head can pump out one gallon of water per minute. A shower curtain pulls across to keep the rest of the bathroom dry, while a small built-in shower ledge gives the couple some extra storage.



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The master bedroom also has five windows and a skylight that leaves it feeling light and airy. The couple say it makes them feel as though they’re camping when they leave it open at night and let the sounds of nature flood in.



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With faux vines and LED lights overhead, the bedroom has a soft romantic feel and is a space of calm for the couple. The dresser extends through to the kitchen for extra surface space and can also double up as a home office which is especially handy for the bloggers.



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The cosy area also provides some extra hidden storage under the benches and slides down easily into a relaxing bedroom space for any visiting guests. A curtain along the back wall provides some valuable privacy when needed.



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The cleverly designed trailer doesn’t go without some homely touches and mementos from the pair’s travels. “We were inspired by hippie vans, but didn’t get into the whole movement until we were living the lifestyle ourselves. The interior design is based on our needs and interests and is in a boho-chic style. We love the raw, outdoorsy, hippie style which is what Luna is all about,” explains the couple.



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The first journey in Luna started in Ontario, Canada and ended in California, but didn’t come without a few hiccups. Driving in the rain meant that the couple had to learn how to leak-proof a wheel well and dodgy parking attempts led to the installation of a rear camera system.



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However, they wouldn’t change it for the world. “The great part of living in the Airstream is that the outdoors feels just as much a part of our home as the inside of Luna. We both prefer living in tiny spaces with only what we need,” explain Kristen and Siya.



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“Every time I open the door I have a different front and backyard,” says Kristen. “Sometimes I have mountains, other times we have an ocean or forest. But, when we close the door at night, we have a familiar place we call home that never changes.”



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