But first, a bit about the Tiny House Festival as a whole. We were unprepared for the size and scope of this event! It was packed even on its final day, many houses had lines for seeing the interiors, and the amount of homes on display was boggling! I was picturing a tiny lot with houses in my head, I underestimated the popularity of micro homes. What was once a subculture now has its own shows on HGTV!
The homes were divided into different sections with adorable illustrated signs, too!
1) The tiny cozy pod micro homes may be my favorite of all. No maintenance. No fuss. Living in one you'd be forced to be outside in the world more. Picture yourself always at cafes, parks, on hikes, at events, with friends, really living. Without having to constantly clean/organize things you would REALLY free up a lot of time to be productive in one of these babies! Not practical and one would probably get sick of it over time but I dunno, something like this calls to me!
The inside of this one is so cozy and womb-like, and I love the natural textures and simple homey touches of the basket and macrame piece.
2) For a more practical living or camping situation, this one has the option of a stove, fridge, and mini-sink all packed in a tiny space!
And the inside has an an air conditioner too! Very cozy living for one in there. Two would be tough!
3) Super bright, shiny, kitshcy retro isn't my very favorite aesthetic anymore, but I'll always have a soft spot for it. I would still take and move into this beauty in the heart beat!
This beauty has an amazing kitchen situation.
A gorgeous bar/storage right next to it.
Cute matching storage above.
The rest is a seating area that converts to beds. This one is pretty damn perfect. Someone sponsor one for me, such a gorgeous creation, this thing.
4) Now for a look less of a "dream" of vintage (the one above exists in a happy never-existed medium of 60s-70s aesthetics) let's look at the real thing. The owner of this camper kept it completely period-accurate down to the accessories inside. This was real 70s camping luxury and it was expensive as hell when it first came out.
I love 70s earth tones, so homey. The neo-colonial styles (perhaps neo-conservatism to combat those damn hippies?) isn't my favorite style but all together something about it really appeals to me.
We had those tupperware! Even though I was born late '86 I remember the world looking a lot like above. Dark, dark wood paneling everywhere, lots of brown and earth tones.
The roped off sleeping area and bathroom beyond. Fully mirrored, lots of gold flecks abound.
5) And now an actual micro house! This "big" (by micro house standards) guy was custom built by the owner and clearly loved and lived in with lots of personality.
The spacious top bunk. So cozy! I'll move right into this one too, thanks! I'll always have a soft for turquoise and TexMex/Mexican/Central American art, textiles and style. I'll pull my half-Mexican card out on that one.
Downstairs when you walk in past a little living area there's the kitchen and shower.
The right wall when you first walked in, with the TV you've got everything you need in a tiny space!
6) Gotta give a shout-out to a micro home with self-portraits on the back! Hilarious and perfectly south Florida kitschy tacky galore.
The view straight in from the back.
Another look at the kitchen beyond. There's a little TV, desk, fridge, microwave, all the comforts of home on the road!
7) This guy has so many details it could really qualify for a post of it's own. Look hard! Note..
It has its own little mini out front, aah! And it's own white picket fence and period-accurate lawn furniture! Minis, I love minis! Forgive my lack of color-correcting today, so...busy...
Rubber chicken, color, kitsch, I love it.
Little dinette, period details, so lovely! They did an amazing job restoring it and adding some modern dreamy kitschy interpretation of vintage Americana.
8) This is one of the vendors, he sets up at my neighborhood art market, Riverside Art Market with his Renaissance-themed journals and accessories.
He brings the fairy tail micro home with him and it is too damn beautiful! Such tiny tudor on wheels, it is perfection.
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A tiny home-on-the-go couldn't be more in line with Buddha's concept of "The Middle Way", madhyama-pratipad. It's a concept of living in balance. You don't deprive yourself, but you also don't live in excess luxury, either. It allows for maximal concentration on cultivating compassion for others and seeking enlightenment. For spiritual, emotional, and creative reasons I can really see myself living in a micro home. It's so inspiring to have expos to view them in the meantime. Maybe one day...'til then I will continue to inspired by them on the web!