Living SMALL In A big World

Living SMALL In A big World

Grab your favorite mug, fill it with delicious tea or coffee and enjoy this video interview we just created on the topic of โ€œLiving SMALL In A big Worldโ€. In it, a lot is covered from how we converted our closet into a master bedroom, to living in a 125 sqft pop up tent trailer in Baja with our 12 year old daughter, to designing your home to reflect your personal connection and love with nature, to the role of straw bale construction in the tiny house movement, and how to create your own off-grid forever home with your own two hands.

Living SMALL In A big World from Gabriella Morrison on Vimeo.


21 Responses to Living SMALL In A big World

  1. Nancy Ryan February 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm #

    What I think this video demonstrated was the eloquent rationale for a beautiful personal philosophy. Thank you for your insights. God Bless

    • Gabriella February 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Thanks Nancy!!

  2. Maggie March 23, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    The notion of living small intrigues me but I’m confused about what to do and what you’ve done with your kids. You mention two but I don’t see their space within your tiny lovely home.

    • Gabriella March 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

      Hi Maggie! Our daughter lives with us full time. Our son goes to school in CO where he is playing hockey. Our daughter has her own 120SF cabin that is very close to hOMe. We are currently building our son a tree house also close to hOMe. Because they are old enough now it works great for them to have their own spaces. During the day she spends a lot of time with us in the house.

  3. Paula April 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I’m wondering if you plan to eventually build a straw bale house on your property and move from your hOMe to something larger?

    • Gabriella April 10, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      HI Paula! That was the original intention but I have to say that things are going above expectation in hOMe so we shall see! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. kalooha April 27, 2014 at 9:02 am #

    I just bought 15 acres and in the process to build a small cabin between large trees!

    • Gabriella April 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

      That’s great kalooha! Nice to have shade in the summer.

  5. Am July 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

    I LOVE your tiny house layout!
    My husband, my 6yr old son, and myself currently live in a 1,300 sq ft house that we built ourselves nearly 10 yrs ago. We are all very excited to simplify our lives and are in research mode. I think we can easily make the second loft a personal space for my son. With three living in a tiny house (without interior walls and doors) how do you have “private” time? I would think you can hear everything from one loft to the other. – Am

    • Gabriella July 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      Hi Am! Great you guys are thinking about going tiny! You could pretty easily create a wall that goes up to the ceiling of the second loft to create privacy. In terms of private time, noise can be an issue since it’s such a small space. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Zynia September 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Your HoMe has inspired me! I absolutely love it. It is one of my favorites. I love the lofts, organizing/storage ideas and the lighting!! Beautiful lighting! Can the top storage cabinets above your couch hold weight? If so, how much

  7. Gabriella September 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks Zynia! Great question about how much weight. The honest answer is we don’t know. We have books in one (though not full with them) and our printer in another, supplies in the rest. There is no sign of stress on them with weight so far but it’s good to be mindful of how much you put up there. They are set up on cabinet hangers now which are attached to our wall studs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. hailey October 26, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    I live in a small house and I want as much space as possible without adding cabinets. How c a n I do that?


    • Gabriella October 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      Perhaps you can have furniture that doubles as storage? Like a window seat with storage below?

  9. bob January 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Just watched this video again and really like that phrase “human scale” and how that fits right in with the term “right sizing” that I’ve read on other web sites. I long to bring us to that point where we can find rest in a space that is human scale for us. Maybe someday. For now I am ready, but my wife is not. She does continue to think in terms of the cost of the things we have or how expensive it would be to repurchase things that we really should get rid of and don’t need so hangs on to them. Maybe someday. I see what I use and need around me, and it’s a lot less than what we have. I do get frustrated about all the stuff surrounding me that I cannot yet get rid of because my wife wants to keep it. Many of my clothes that she want’s me to keep I have packed away out of sight but still have them, hoping that someday she will realize I really don’t need to keep them. I’ve been doing this a little at a time and so far, for the most part, those extra things have not been missed. Maybe someday…

    • Gabriella January 15, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you for reaching out! It doesn’t always work out perfectly where both people in a couple want to go tiny. It does seem in time though that there is a compromise that is made that works out for both people. And sometimes it does happen also that the resistant one finally gets it and jumps onboard the tiny wagon. Either way though, the important part is that you stay true to what’s important to you and create the life that best supports what you want keeping in mind that anyone can live the tiny lifestyle even while living in a full sized house.

  10. Vickie May 4, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    I just watched this video. Ever since I first watched my first building a tiny house on

    television, I really have been interested wanting to have one built for myself. The

    only problem that I have is LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! The question the

    question that I have been asking myself is: Do I really want to stay living in

    Moorhead, Minnesota? I really do have to make that decision before I have I have

    my tiny house built. So, please give me any suggestions. I am thinking of moving

    back to North Dakota or even Cook City, Montana.

    • Gabriella May 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

      Great you are wanting to go tiny Vickie! I think one of the beauties of tiny houses on wheels is that they can be moved. So who knows…Moorhead today, Cook City tomorrow? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Vickie May 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Thank you Gabriella very much for the support. I really need it. Now I have to decide how much of a tiny house I want to have built.

  12. Spencer Beilinson November 18, 2020 at 11:18 am #

    Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  13. Desmond Pasha December 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm #

    Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It’s the little changes that produce the biggest changes. Thanks for sharing!

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