Meet Lil Blue, The Tiny House Parked on a Farm in Iowa — House Call

Name: Sarah and her husband
Location: Elkhart, Iowa
The basics: 2 years, owned | 160 square feet

Sarah harbored tiny house fantasies. She and her husband turned her dreams into reality. The pair set up shop in an adorable tiny home, finding cute ways to maximize space at every turn.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband, Jordan, and I live in this 160 square foot tiny house, which we’ve dubbed Lil Blue. It is eight feet wide and 20 feet long with an additional sleeping loft that is eight by eight feet. Jordan is a marriage and family therapist and I am an interior designer. This is the first home that we own and it has been so much fun doing anything we want to it to make it our own. We were so tired of renting and not being able to create the space we truly wanted. We are parked on a grass-fed meat farm in central Iowa, where we have the benefit of enjoying farm life without any of the work.

What is your favorite room and why? My two favorite places in Lil Blue are the loft and the corner of our L-shaped bench in the nook by the window. I love our loft because it is so cozy. We are surrounded by our favorite books and soft lighting, and with the ceiling and windows so close to our faces, it feels like the best parts of camping—the breeze on your face and the tight coziness of the space. The nook is my other favorite spot because I love being able to see the whole house from that perspective. I get to look out our large windows above the fireplace, see our loft, and our bright kitchen. It just makes me happy.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? My husband would say the size! Haha. He has supported me fully on my dream to live tiny, but it wasn’t his first choice. If I could I would magically change our water situation. We don’t have access to running water on the farm where we are parked so we have to haul in our own water. Because of that, we shower at the YMCA or at friends’ and family’s houses. It can be exhausting and it would totally change our lives if we suddenly had running water again.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The green dresser. We had been hunting for a wood dresser for our fifth wedding anniversary present for each other (wood is the traditional gift theme for the fifth year) but it was really hard to find because the space we had available is narrower than the modern dresser size. (Our shared closet space is only 26 inches wide). We finally found this one, which just BARELY squeezed in, at an antique mall and painted it green.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? I’d like to think that my favorite fictional character, Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables, would be most at home. We live on a farm with sheep, cattle, horses, and chickens; there’s beauty and green everywhere. And a comfy place to watch it all from. I think she would love the nature unfolding from our windows and enjoy the humble beauty of the interior.

Sarah’s words of wisdom: Being in a tiny house, our situation is a little different than the average homeowner. We have to be especially selective with the things we allow into our home. But it all started with a painting. We found a painting that we loved (the large floral one in our living room), and that became the color palette that we tested everything against. Having that guideline made hunting for the right thing that much more fun. Just like having a gift theme for anniversaries, it gives you both something to reference (and helps you not get overwhelmed when facing immense choices) and makes you get creative within the parameters.

Thanks, Sarah! You can see more on Sarah’s blog A Terra Cotta Life.

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