Our Tiny Home Away from Home

I’ve always loved Volkswagen vans. To me they represent adventure and a slower simpler living. They inevitably are filled with family and friends and their happy faces make people smile.

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We weren’t looking for one, but last summer we happened upon Walter. He was a rusty tintop with no interior save a run-down front bench seat and he was beautiful. We drove him all summer with intentions of one day fixing him up into a homey campervan.

Around Christmas Stephen was browsing on Craigslist, as he does, and came across an ad for a Westfalia that was in really good shape but missing an engine. Put two and two together with a few weeks of hard work from hubby and a good friend and we now have a lovely VW Camper. She’s clean and runs well (my hubby is amazing – she started up on the first try after her engine transplant!) and we couldn’t be happier!

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For now she is our daily driver and place to eat or nap in on rainy days in the city (or when we’re out with a tired toddler) and we have plans to slowly work away at her making her into our home on the road.

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On our larger scale to do list: recover the seats and patch up the pop top. In the meantime I’m planning on making curtains and stocking the cupboards with a kettle, mugs, and earl grey tea, and am trying to figure out how to add a few plants. What would you add? What for you makes a place home?

 

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