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Interior design

Trailer kitchen

Interior design is one of my worst subjects, mostly because all I really care about is being able to look out windows.  I also like small spaces --- I vividly remember pit-stops during long family car trips where I closed the door on the bathroom stall and just wished I could stay in that tiny space for the rest of the day.  So I was perfectly happy squeezing our tiny table (a coffee table up on cinderblocks) into the spot in the kitchen between the fridge and the sink.  It drove Mark's long-legged self a bit nutty, though, to fold into such a tiny space for two meals a day, so last fall I rearranged everything and put a kitchen island where the table was, moving the table to the bay of south-facing windows.

Dining nook

More room made for a happy Mark, and I liked the new view.  The only real downside was that I'd planted a mass of spring flowers under the kitchen peach tree for us to enjoy at this time of year, and now the flowers are out of sight.

Plant table

PropagationBut then seed-starting time came and I realized the other flaw in my plan --- our dining table is now located where I used to mass plants to enjoy spring sunlight before they moved outside. 

So we rearranged again to make space for a card table that was immediately full of cuttings, seedlings, and perennials.
  These guys are all slated to move outside sooner (weeks ago for the onions, but it kept being too cold) or later (the frost-free date for the cuttings and tindora).  Mark is once again happy to have them out from under the table, off the top of the fridge, and off the edge of the dining table.  Thanks for putting up with my plant hoarding, Mark!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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It's a girl's prerogative.:)
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