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First Mate On Board

Hello Everyone!  Margo here…aka First Mate.IMGP4136

January 01, 2013 was officially Move In Day for me and Shiloh, my 14 year- old Cocker Spaniel (perhaps more familiar to you as ½ of “The Boys” seen in previous posts). For those of you who don’t know, April 2011 (Kevin and I had been together for just over 3 years by then) found me living in my own two bedroom, two bath spacious apartment near my office where I worked as a dental hygienist. In March 2012 I retired after 23 years and began to downsize via many garage sales and put my most treasured belongings into a 5’ x 10’ climate controlled storage unit. I then moved into my dear friend Nancy’s house and began a new career as a bank teller until her house sold in December 2012. Kevin had already been living in LuLu since March 2012. The plan was for me to move into LuLu once Nancy’s house was sold. So here we are!  New Year… New Life (style)!

Now, to go from a 2000 sq. ft. house and an 1100 sq. ft. apartment before that, to a 180 sq. ft. Airstream takes a huge leap of faith but I didn’t think of it so much as “downsizing” as I did “SIMPLIFYING”. IMGP4126 Of course, having a kind, patient, understanding, supportive and loving man like Kevin as my partner in this amazing adventure made it easier to take that leap….and he has a great sense of humor which helps.. A LOT!

Five years ago when Kevin and I first dreamed of full timing in an Airstream, I have to admit I was thinking more of the new places we would go, the people we would meet, making new friends, having fun and exciting experiences and not so much about the logistics of the daily living and the challenges that may come. Being here in Ocala, in “pre-flight” until June 2013, has actually turned out to be a good thing as it will give us some time to adjust to living together, working out the kinks of limited storage, cooking and let’s face it, living space (I did mention that there are only 180 sq. ft. here in LuLu).

Before I moved in, LuLu was definitely a bachelor pad. …ship shape and clean but strictly utilitarian. The only pillow Kevin thought was necessary was his bed pillow. The kitchen was “complete” with paper plates, one coffee mug, two spoons and a fork. And the fork was plastic. Well, there’s a new sheriff in town…..IMGP4125

Kevin and I came to a consensus early on that inside LuLu would be my domain and he would be responsible for all things outside… round, shiny, greasy, and stinky ( i.e., tires, hitches and anything tank related). My first order of business was to bring more organization, more function and definitely more style! Airstreams are so iconic and stylish to begin with that I had great bones to work with. In a future post, I will take you behind the scenes (read behind doors, cabinets and inside drawers) to show improved organization and function but now I’d like to take you on a tour and show how LuLu has become “Home Sweet Home”.

In-Joy!
Margo

Come on in.

Come on in

Living room

Living Room

Kudos to Monica of "Just 5 More Minutes" (another Airstream blog) for the atomic clock inspiration.

Kudos to Monica of “Just 5 More Minutes” (another Airstream blog) for the atomic clock inspiration.  Kevin made it and had the idea to use a  page from the road atlas for the clock face.  Brilliant!

Dining mode.

Dining mode including my great thrift store find of mid-century multi-color aluminum cups (Steel Masters Inc).  Two of a set of eight

Foot stool multi-tasks as storage.

Foot stool multi-tasks as storage and extra seating – note our “party time” rug

Game time.

R&R

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I made this to compliment the decor.  We use it for shopping lists, notes to each other, etc.

I made this to compliment the decor. We use it for shopping lists, notes to each other, etc.

Memory boards. We each have one of these on the bedroom cabinets for pictures, postcards and other treasures.

Memory boards. We each have one of these on the bedroom cabinets for pictures, postcards and other treasures.

The bedroom.  Yes, twin beds.  This floor plan affords extra storage space under the beds and the nightstand.  Also they are more like daybeds.  This is my living space that I use  while Kevin takes over the living room for his office.

The bedroom. Yes, twin beds. This floor plan gives extra storage under the beds and the nightstand.  Also, when Kevin is working his day job up front this gives me plenty of space to relax, work on my crafts, read or use my laptop.

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We really love our bathroom.  We thought at first we would have issues with the size but really it has plenty of space.  The shower is on the left.  We removed the standard issue sliding shower door and replaced it with this curtain to add color and function.  The under sink cabinets are generous in space and what you can't see in this picture is a very large overhead cabinet.

We really love our bathroom. We thought at first we would have issues with the size but it has plenty of space. The shower is on the left. We removed the standard issue sliding shower door and replaced it with this curtain to add color and function. The under sink cabinets provide plenty of storage and what you can’t see in this picture is a very large mirrored overhead cabinet.

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March 1, 2013 - Posted by | Margo's posts

5 Comments »

  1. Beautiful, Margo…just like you!

    Comment by Carol | March 1, 2013 | Reply

  2. I love how you brightened up Lulu. It looks great!!!

    Comment by Brenda | March 2, 2013 | Reply

  3. Wow margo it looks awesome! Definitely needed your touch 😉 especially love the colors!!!

    Comment by cheryl west | March 3, 2013 | Reply

  4. the new sheriff did a good job!

    Comment by Dawn | March 4, 2013 | Reply

  5. Wow, Margo, I am amazed at how well you have settled into this!

    Comment by Sandi | November 1, 2013 | Reply


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