We are obsessed with all things tiny, so when we saw Kelly Christine Sutton’s new place — a 312-square-foot gem built by American Tiny House that she shares with her husband, Canaan, and their two cats, Sonny and Jubilee — we about flipped our lids. We think you might too. Have a look and ponder, as we do, Could I live here?
Why a tiny house?! Tell us everything!
When we first opened our minds to the idea of going tiny, we lived in a 2,000-square-foot house with our roommate. Our lease ended and we decided to downsize to a 700-square-foot apartment to give it a try. We loved the idea of paring down to the necessities (for the most part!) and just decided to take the leap. We took three years of our rent and put it toward building our home. It was a little scary at first but makes sense to have invested that money into something with value after spending the same amount we would’ve spent on our rent. The environment and its well-being is also never far from our thoughts, so we were excited to take some steps toward decreasing our footprint.
Where is the tiny house located?
We currently have the house parked on a beautiful piece of family property in the piney woods about 80 miles east of Dallas.
What’s been the biggest surprise about living the new space?
I’m surprised how comfortable it really is. We designed it from top to bottom, and comfortability and practicality was at the top of the list when considering what goes where. I’m surprised how much we enjoy it and how little there is I would change if I could go back.
When we bring in new items, we have to get rid of something. We designed the house to accomodate the items we had at the time. If we purchase anything new, we might have to reconfigure a few little things or store it or donate something.
What does “home” mean to you?
“Home” to me means that no matter where you travel or visit, it’s the one place you can’t wait to come back to.
Describe your home style in three words.
Eclectic, Worldly, Bright.
Favorite spot in the house?
Favorite thing in the house?
My husband’s amazing book collection.
What makes that thing special?
Most of our friends and family assumed we would store them all before moving in. For us, they make our house more cozy and interesting. You find room for the things you love.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find in your tiny house?
We are video game nerds (maybe that’s not so surprising?!). We found a way to store five game consoles and about 70 games in the house too.
How much stuff did you have to get rid of when you moved?
Since we started the process of getting rid of things a few years ago, it wasn’t too drastic of a change. We started by having a garage sale when we moved into our apartment to shed some of our bulkier furniture and other things we’d acquired that weren’t too important. As it got closer to move in time we started selling items slowly on Craigslist and on an Instagram store. We had one last garage to let go of the rest of the small stuff that wasn’t needed: Christmas decorations, extra linens/towels, dishes, clothing, etc. There is a small amount of stuff we wanted to keep for someday that my sweet MIL let us store at her house in a spare room.
Is there anything you miss about your old space or your old things?
Right now the only thing I miss once in a while is the city. We’ve lived in Dallas about seven years, and it’s very difficult to find a place for a tiny house in any city. We are really enjoying a slower-paced country life for now and visiting Dallas for my work and for fun. Other than that, nope!
What’s been the reaction from your friends and family to your tiny house?
So far, everyone has been so supportive and excited for us! We’ve had several friends stay with us on weekends, and they’re always so surprised how much bigger and better it is than they imagined it would be.
Three people (living or dead) you’d like to have for a dinner party:
Jane Goodall, Robin Williams, J.K. Rowling
Mornings or nights?
Cook or clean up?
I prefer to cook, but Canaan is better than me for sure.
Netflix or Amazon Prime?