Tiny Homes That Make a Case for Going Small

There is an architectural and social shift in modern lifestyle that is moving towards minimalism, momentum, and sustainability. Worldwide, people are constructing or buying homes with a mentality of functional simplification, and more often than not, are completely off-the-grid.

Building a home equipped with solar panels, self-sufficient water supplies, compost lavatories, and battery powered appliances greatly reduces your carbon footprint, making a profound impact on the environment. As well as contributing to the Green-Living community, Tiny Home owners generally cut building costs in half by using recycled, re-purposed, and salvaged materials.

Tiny Home owners experience financial and emotional liberation, without a mortgage or other bills due monthly. At a fraction of the cost of building or buying a traditional house, you can design your dream home, and oftentimes can hook it up to a trailer to keep a nomadic momentum. Since most Tiny Homes are portable, you are not tied to a property and have the freedom and flexibility to change jobs, escape unfriendly neighbors, or explore new territory as often as you wish.

Tiny Homes are excellent for millennials, whose college loans have put traditional houses out of reach, retiring baby boomers looking for affordable homes with minimal maintenance, or traditional homeowners who are building Tiny Houses on their properties to shelter guests, family members or caregivers. With the benefits a clean, clutter-free, less-is-more existence, Tiny Home owners are able to live with lightness of Being, with emotional stability that paves the way for venturing down new avenues of life.

Enjoy this breathtaking collection of our favorite Tiny Homes!

 

Rustic Modern

Simple Trailer Exterior
Simple Trailer Exterior
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Plentiful Storage Space
Plentiful Storage Space
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Windows for Walls
Windows for Walls
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Gloriously Spacious Kitchen
Gloriously Spacious Kitchen
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Clean and Cozy
Clean and Cozy
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Cooking with a View
Cooking with a View
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Little Home, Big Bed
Little Home, Big Bed
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Modern Edge
Modern Edge
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Living Room View
Living Room View
Photograph courtesy of Country Living

Tiny Castle

New Zealand Dreamhome
New Zealand Dreamhome
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Hillside View
Hillside View
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Unique Woodwork
Unique Woodwork
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Modern and Sleek
Modern and Sleek
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Elegant and Eclectic Interior
Elegant and Eclectic Interior
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Spiral Stairs
Spiral Stairs
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Bedroom with a Balcony
Bedroom with a Balcony
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Walls of Windows
Walls of Windows
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
House Top Patio
House Top Patio
Photograph courtesy of Country Living

Cottage On-The-Go

Cabin with a Greenhouse
Cabin with a Greenhouse
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
High Ceilings
High Ceilings
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Glowing Light
Glowing Light
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Grow Your Own
Grow Your Own!
Photograph courtesy of Country Living

Dutch Dreamhome

Amsterdam's cc-studio named Thoreau's Cabin in honor of American author Henry David Thoreau
Amsterdam’s cc-studio named Thoreau’s Cabin in honor of American author Henry David Thoreau
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
Located on the 5,900-acre Noorderpark in Utrecht, Netherlands
Located on the 5,900-acre Noorderpark in Utrecht, Netherlands
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
Inside, there's a total floorspace of 452 sq ft, with the lion's share going to the living area
Inside, there’s a total floorspace of 452 sq ft, with the lion’s share going to the living area
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
The cabin sports two large sliding doors that open up an entire corner to the outside
The cabin sports two large sliding doors that open up an entire corner to the outside
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
"At One With Nature"
“At One With Nature”
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas

Woodland A-Frame

Peaceful Woodland Views
Peaceful Woodland Views
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Hammock Life
Hammock Life
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Beds For Two
Beds For Two
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Covered Patio
Covered Patio
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Comfy and Cozy
Comfy and Cozy
Photograph courtesy of Country Living

Country Modern

Modern Life in the Country
Modern Life in the Country
Photograph courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses
Spacious Kitchen
Spacious Kitchen
Photograph courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses
Warm Wood Surfaces
Warm Wood Surfaces
Photograph courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses
Skylights Ceiling
Skylights Ceiling
Photograph courtesy of Tumbleweed Houses

Transforming Castle Truck

A Truck Transformed
A Truck Transformed
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House
Miyazaki Inspired
Miyazaki Inspired
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House
Multifaceted
Multifaceted
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House
Fold It Up!
Fold It Up!
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House
Rooftop Lounge
Rooftop Lounge
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House
Rustic Kitchen
Rustic Kitchen
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House
Unfolded
Unfolded
Photograph courtesy of Living Big in a Tiny House

Tiny Treehouse

Romantic Rope Bridge
Romantic Rope Bridge

 

Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Tree Patio
Tree Patio
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Dreamy Desk Space
Dreamy Desk Space
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Bedroom in the Trees
Bedroom in the Trees
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Rustic Windows
Rustic Windows
Photograph courtesy of Country Living
Natural Light
Natural Light
Photograph courtesy of Country Living

Jungle Bungalow

Hawaiian Life
Hawaiian Life
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Sun Bathing Destination
Sun Bathing Destination
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Vintage Kitchen
Vintage Kitchen
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Delicate Bedroom
Delicate Bedroom
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Golden Glow
Golden Glow
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Grow It At Home!
Grow It At Home!
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Private Yoga Platform
Private Yoga Platform
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb
Yoga Heaven
Yoga Heaven
Photograph courtesy of AirBnb

Vietnamese Retreat

Feeling the Forest
Feeling the Forest
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
Tucked Away
Tucked Away
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
Peaceful Trees
Peaceful Trees
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas
Tiny Fireplace
Tiny Fireplace
Photograph courtesy of New Atlas

 

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Where are your favorite modern Tiny Homes located? Do you live in or have you stayed at an awesome Tiny House? Send us links and comments below!

Chromotherapy: Breathing in Green

Soak up the rich, soothing color of life on Planet Earth. The natural wonder and fluidity of green reminds us of new beginnings, birth and expansion.

Breathe in deep jades and cool emeralds, marvel in serene sages and moss, revel in regal arrays of the forest. Green is a color of natural balance, fertility, vitality, prosperity, and abundance, and it possesses a simultaneously soothing and energizing influence upon both mind and body.

Le Printemps au Château de Chamarande, France
Le Printemps au Château de Chamarande, France
Photograph courtesy of Julien Formiol
Polignano a Mare, Italy
Polignano a Mare, Italy
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Ubud, Bali
Ubud, Bali
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Cascading Curls
Cascading Curls
Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
Photograph courtesy of Inhabitat
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis
Photograph courtesy of Jamen Percy
Fresh Grass
Fresh Grass, South India
Photograph courtesy of Michael Gebicki
Temple IV, Tikal
Temple IV, Tikal
Photograph courtesy of National Geographic Travel
Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Photograph courtesy of Caitlin Tracy
Bamboo Forests of Kyoto
Arashiyama
Photograph courtesy of Incredible Pictures
Sari Winds
Sari Winds
Photograph courtesy of Wish Flowers
Resplendent Quetzal
Resplendent Quetzal
Photograph courtesy of Guatemala Tourism

THE  H E A R T  CHAKRA

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Artwork courtesy of Pinterest

A N A H A T Aanahata

Artwork by Heather L. Crowley
Anahata, the heart center, translated from Sanskrit as “the unstruck sound.” It is our connection to unconditional love, harmony, sincerity, forgiveness, empathy, and compassion. Anahata is the bridge between the lower and upper chakras, merging the manifest with the spiritual. A balanced heart chakra gives you a feeling of infallible connectedness, and a will to love fiercely.

The element associated with Anahata chakra is Air. Visit visualizations of exploring space, feeling the infinite, and expanding into the sky. The heart center is the door to our inner temple, our soul, the eternal, transcendent part of ourselves.

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Image courtesy of Angelina Samadhi

 

H e a r t-m i n d e d  Foodsgreen-foods

The Anahata Chakra is connected to the thymus gland, and affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart, lungs, and breasts.

Green foods like kiwi, peas, zucchini, celery, pears, green apples, avocado, and leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, and leaks are essential to complete a diet nurturing to your heart center.

 

Y O G A

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Chakrasana
Photograph courtesy of Ohm Sanith Yoga
Yogic postures that benefit the Anahata chakra are heart-openers such as Chakrasana (Wheel pose, pictured above), Bhujangasana (cobra pose), Viparita Virabhadrasana (reversed warrior), Ustrasana (camel pose),  and Anahatasana (heart melting pose, explored in Yin Yoga).  A daily yogic practice of postures, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and mindfulness, will lead to a fuller, more peaceful and connected lifestyle!

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L i v i n g  in Greenery

Modern Jungle
Modern Jungle
Photograph courtesy of Turbulences Deco
Food & Forest
Food & Forest
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Living Stairway
Living Stairway
Photograph courtesy of Architecture & Design
Soaking Near Sprouts
Soaking Near Sprouts
Photograph courtesy of Lushome
Midcentury Emerald
Midcentury Emerald
Photograph courtesy of Design Selections
Exotic Edge
Exotic Edge
Photograph courtesy of Vogue
Tree Swing
Tree Swing
Photograph courtesy of Who Living
Deep Turquoise
Deep Turquoise
Photograph courtesy of The Home Decor 123
House Plant Dreams
House Plant Dreams
Photograph courtesy of Justina Blakeney
Modern Boho
Modern Boho
Photograph courtesy of Loom Brand
Cosmic Forest
Cosmic Forest
Photograph courtesy of Murals Wallpaper
Gilded Green
Gilded Green
Photograph courtesy of SF Girl by Bay
Foresty Fireplace
Forest Fireplace
Photograph courtesy of SF Girl by Bay
South Africa
South Africa
Photograph courtesy of Wootay
Green Dragon
Green Dragon
Photograph courtesy of Lily
Jungle Jade
Jungle Jade
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Eclectic Desert
Eclectic Desert
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Vivid Velvet
Vivid Velvet
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Submerged in Life
Submerged in Life
Photograph courtesy of Frame
Palace Halls
Palace Halls
Photograph courtesy of Fashion Squad
Princess of the Forest
Princess of the Forest
Photograph courtesy of Nous Decor
Lush Luxury
Lush Luxury
Photograph courtesy of Digs Digs
Jungalicious!
Jungalow Glow
Photograph courtesy of The Jungalow

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Shop Bunglo

Powerful Patterns
Pleasant Patterns
Photograph courtesy of Justina Blakeney
Boho Minimalist
Boho Minimalist
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Rainforest Room
Rainforest Room
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Lantern Lit
Lantern Lit
Photograph courtesy of Blog Lovin
Emerald City
Emerald City
Photograph courtesy of Justina Blakeney
Jungalow Kitchen
Jungalow Kitchen
Photograph courtesy of Justina Blakeney
Quilted
Patches
Photograph courtesy of The Design Library
Electric Palms
Electric Palms
Photograph courtesy of Brit + Co
Emerald Velvet
Emerald Velvet
Photograph courtesy of Ave Styles
Modern Mosaic
Modern Mosaic
Photograph courtesy of Habitus Living
Forest Chaise
Forest Chaise
Photograph courtesy of Blog Lovin
Vintage Fronds
Vintage Fronds
Photograph courtesy of Urban Outfitters
Vintage by Bunglo

Shop Bunglo

Leafy Accents
Leafy Accents
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Japanese Dining
Japanese Dining
Photograph courtesy of Futurist Architecture
Ben Bulben, Ireland
Ben Bulben, Ireland
Photograph courtesy of Jason Hawkes
The Beech Pontus, France
The Beech Pontus, France
Photograph courtesy of Dusky Wonder Site
Hobbit Home
Hobbit Home
Photograph courtesy of Flickr
Fern Forest
Ferns
Photograph courtesy of Flickr

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Dreaming in green, the natural flow of the forest in our homes and our hearts, we celebrate the color of vivid life on our planet.

How do you like to incorporate green into your home and your life?

 

Check out our articles on the effects of RedOrange, YellowBlue, and Violet!

Modern Vanlife

In recent years, we have been witnessing a shift towards a modern nomadic lifestyle with a less-is-more mentality. One of of minimalism, sustainability, and adventure. Vanlifers are building their homes within a structure of simplification, utility, and mobility with a functional and dreamy aesthetic. With a vast array of modern off-the-grid conversions like solar panels and battery powered appliances, they are in fact reducing their carbon footprint.

Vanlifers experience exploring freely and simply, breakfasting in the mountains, and by sunset, preparing food in a converted and compartmentalized kitchen by the oceanside.

 

Check out these beautifully designed modern interiors!

 

Peaceful Pastels

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Photograph courtesy of FresHouz

Converted wood floors and perfect pastel details create a clean, peaceful ambiance with radiant light shining through each wall surface and a converted skylight.

 

Sophisticated Caribbean

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Photograph courtesy of FresHouz

Adding modern boho throw pillows and houseplants for a touch of color is the perfect way to make your Vanlife cozy and inviting. Notice the blush paneling and turquoise details give this interior a warm, Caribbean vibe!

 

Staycation

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Photograph courtesy of Decoratio

The bright whites of the dishes, shelves, and the exquisite handmade Guatemalan area rug in contrast with the lovely green details of the peace lily and succulents, give this converted kitchen a modern bohemian “staycation” mood.

 

Bunglo Modern Boho

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Photograph courtesy of Decoratio

This extraordinary interior design combines modern and #jungalow elements, with clean white linens and countertops, white modern boho woven rugs and throw pillows, with a touch of lush plant life in macrame hanging cradles. The glowing brass lamp is an excellent touch to give this environment a high-end accent!

 

Earth Tones

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Photograph courtesy of Decoratio

An array of earthy tones from the wooden countertops, diagonal shelves, red gradients of the floor, and woven wicker storage baskets, bring a warm contrast with the fresh whites of the walls and ceiling. The converted skylight gives the perfect sun-kissed glow for perfect natural lighting.

Gourmet On-The-Go!

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Photograph courtesy of Explorer Buddies

Miniature gas stoves and wooden countertops enable a way to be portable and gourmet! The rustic wood details of the shelves, benches, and door of the refrigerator create a homey feeling instantly!

 Combining Elements

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Photograph courtesy of Decoratio

Combine modern and boho elements from dark chocolate wood floors and shelves, tile mosaics, titanium appliances, macrame plant cradles, minimalist light fixtures, and Japanese bamboo shades.

Freelance in the Wild

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Photograph courtesy of Decoratio

Work remotely in your converted lounge seating, with a natural backdrop enabling focus, peace, and quietude.

Get Cozy!

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Photograph courtesy of Advanture

Curl up with hand woven Guatemalan blankets and throw pillows, with a view of the forest just outside your windows.

Begin Your Journey

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Whether you decide to convert a Westfalia, VW Bus, or a Sprinter, you are choosing to exist in a tiny home, with a tiny footprint. Vanlife is a playful lifestyle on the road, chasing the horizon and challenging yourself to a journey both outward and inward. What are your experiences with the Vanlife lifestyle? Share photos of your converted van, and adventure stories below!