"Tiny House Nation" Casting Call

FYI’s hit show “Tiny House Nation” is currently seeking families who are building or planning to build a tiny house (~200-500 sq ft), either on a trailer or on foundation. They are especially interested in featuring stories of first time builds and lifestyle transitions across the U.S. All applicants should have a starting budget of at least $45,000 and the plan to build between January and May of 2016.


For more on the show “Tiny House Nation” click here.

If you are interested in applying to be on the show, please fill out the questionnaire: http://bit.ly/TinyHouseNation

Written by Jenna Spesard — December 02, 2015

Tiny House RV Commercials: Funny or Not?

Tiny House RVs are becoming so popular that top brands are actually using the concept to promote their products! Most of the time these ads take the ideals of the movement to the extreme or use them to poke fun. I guess we're easy targets, but sometimes it is nice to chuckle at yourself. So the question is: When watching these commercials, do you giggle or feel offended?

Comment below if you think the following commercials are

Funny or Not Funny!

"The Sausage Nonnas" from Johnsonville & Uber

The premise of this promo focuses on three adorable Italian Grandmothers who cook and deliver sausages using their Tiny House RVs.

On November 8th, Chicago patrons ordered dishes cooked with Johnsonville sausages via Uber, and the Sausage Nonnas hand-delivered lasagna and meatballs to a few dozen lucky residents who, in turn, toured their Tiny House RVs.

Thoughts on "Sausage Nonnas:" Funny or Not?

"Owen-on-the-Move Tiny House" from AT&T

One of the top mobile phone companies recently did a commercial promoting their "simple app" and, of course, they chose two Tiny House RVers as their mascots for simplicity.

Owen visits a Tiny House RV to discuss the mentality of "less-is-more." Although he doesn't outright say it, Owen seems to be creeped out by the freethinking couple and their touchy-feely ways.

The ad is obviously poking fun at the couple's hippy-dippy way of life, but I feel honored that a HUGE company would want to ride the coattails of the movement. AT&T must think it will get them exposure! 

What do you vote for AT&T: Funny or Not Funny?

"The House Party" by Bacardi

In this ad, a house is being relocated cross country and a group of youngsters (or hipsters if you prefer) decide to turn it into an epic rolling house party. The chosen house isn't exactly a tiny, but the concept had to be inspired by Tiny House RVs.

The house bumps down the road while the youths inside order pizza, paint their toenails, grab random pedestrians to join the party and stare in amazement at the world outside their window. Bacardi is playing off the whimsical and adventurous notions of the movement. 

Would you join this party if it came rolling by?

Thoughts on Bacardi House Party: Funny or Not?

Also, as a note, the Bacardi Tiny House RV could not be on the road without a special permit (it's too wide and high). You also wouldn't legally be allowed inside when it's rolling down the road. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's movie magic! 

"Geico Tiny House"

Back in 2009, Geico came out with a commercial in which a reality television couple is forced to wed and move into a home that is only four feet tall! Drama and hilarity ensues. 

Poor guy, he just wanted to make an omelette...

I think Geico might have misinterpreted the definition of "downsize" when they made this ad. What do you think?

Thoughts on Geico: Funny or Not?

Which commercial was your favorite?

Comment below! 


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 

Written by Jenna Spesard — November 24, 2015

Filed under: ad   ads   AT&T   commercial   Commercials   Geico   RV   Sausage Nonnas   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tiny House RV   Tumbleweed  

Do Pets and Tiny Spaces Mix?

Need a dose of cute and cuddly? 

"Tumble-PETS" to the Rescue!

Many Tiny House RV owners share their itty bitty havens with a furry critter (or two). But do pets really like small spaces? What is it REALLY like sharing that space with your dog or cat? And, most importantly, how are they coping with less toys?? 

"Salies," the Tumbleweed dog that LOVES snow 

Salies's favorite things are as follows: 1). Running in Snow, 2). Eating Snow, and 3). Rolling around in Snow. Salies's parents, Jenna and Guillaume, indulge her favorite activities, as long as she doesn't bring the snow inside their tiny retreat!

After a fun time outside, Salies sits and waits patiently to be towel-dried before entering her Tumbleweed Cypress. Then she prances around and sniffs whatever is cooking in the kitchen, before taking nap in front of the wood stove. A few hours later, it's time to do it all over again! 

"Check out my doggy cave! I hide lots of toys back here."  - Salies

"Clark" a tiny pup with a BIG personality

Clark is head over paws with his Tumbleweed Cypress parked in an RV park near Austin, Texas. His favorite place in the whole house is the loft where he enjoys peering through the five windows, scouting the RV park area and, of course, laying on his dad's pillow and underneath the blankets.

Clark is also a bit of a porch dog, even though the porch is roughly 4 square feet! When Clark’s not at the house, he’s strolling around with and on the hunt for new sights and smells.

"Lobster," a laid-back small space companion

Lobster shares a 18 foot Tumbleweed Cypress with Ella and Zack in Northern California. He often watches his horse-neighbors as they gallop by, and he can see the ocean from his front porch. 

"I'm a pretty chill guy. Mostly I lay around the house after some exercise."  - Lobster

Lobster totally gets the tiny thing. He sits very nice in the house, and only seems interested in his two happy places; on the bench or on the mat by the door when the bench is taken by those two very rude people who don’t seem to understand that it is in fact, his.

Ella believes having a low energy dog is a good consideration for RV owners. If you have a high-energy pup, you should exercise them regularly outdoors so that they don't feel confined when inside your tiny space.

"Tahoe" the spunky RV-lovin' cat

Tahoe travels around with Matt and Michelle in their renovated Airstream. It's 180 square feet of kitty paradise!

"What can I say, I’m a well traveled cat!  I’ve been from the Atlantic to the Pacific and everywhere in between.  You’d think by now my owners would learn to park so I can get a little sun in here.  - Tahoe, on traveling in a tiny space.

I guess Tahoe got his wish! This trio is currently parked in Panama City, Florida. Go ahead kitty, soak up the sun! But please don't shed on the bed.

Your Turn: How would YOUR pet like to have a Tumbleweed?


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 

Written by Jenna Spesard — November 23, 2015

Filed under: animals   cat   cats   dog   dogs   pet   pets   RV   small house movement   tiny home   tiny house   tiny house movement   Tiny House RV   Tumbleweed  

2016 Tiny House RV Calendar

Watch this short video of 2016 Tiny House RV Calendar

Tiny House RV Photographs & Stories Are Being Released in

the "Tiny House Calendar" for 2016!

Jenna & Guillaume traveled around the United States and Canada for one year in their modified Tumbleweed Cypress. Along their journey they sought out and met other Tiny House RVers, took photos of their rigs and interviewed them about their lifestyles. Now they are putting their collection together as a calendar for charity. 

All proceeds from this calendar will be donated to charities that provide tiny shelters for the homeless. These four homeless shelters will receive equal portions of the donation:

"Opportunity Village." A homeless community in Eugene, OR (part of SquareOne Villages)

Prices for the 2016 "Tiny House Calendar" vary from $25-$40, depending on the charitable donation. Check out all prices and calendars here: http://www.zazzle.com/tinyhouseshop

4 Customized Tumbleweeds Featured in the 2016 Calendar:

Art Cormier's Tumbleweed Elm

Brittany Yunker's Tumbleweed Cypress

Jenna & Guillaume's Tumbleweed Cypress

Laura & Matt's Tumbleweed Elm

For more information, or to purchase this calendar,



Written by Jenna Spesard — November 18, 2015

Filed under: Calendar   charity   Cypress   homeless   small house   small house movement   Tiny Home   Tiny House   tiny house movement   Tiny House RV   Tumbleweed  

Miranda's Tumbleweed Cypress has BIG Aspirations

22 year old Miranda Aisling is currently building a modified Tumbleweed Cypress on the front lawn of The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, Massachusetts. After graduating from college with a Master's degree, Miranda decided to start her own business. "Miranda's Hearth" will be the first community art hotel where everything in the rooms is handmade by local artists.

Miranda's Tumbleweed will be the FIRST Art Hotel!  

"By exhibiting the full creative process of building and filling (a Tiny House RV), we will draw attention to the creative fields of architecture, woodworking, pottery, quilting, interior design, and weaving, to name a few."

- Miranda Aisling

Miranda kicked off construction in June of this year, and things were going well, until she ended up in the emergency room with pneumonia. Working full time AND building a Tiny House RV can be exhausting. "It was a good lesson in pacing," Miranda told us, "but it (the illness) affected my motivation and optimism."

It took Miranda almost a month to recover, but she's back to work (this time at a reasonable pace). Her Tiny House RV is on schedule to finish in June 2016.

"The hardest part (of building a Tiny House RV) is not what you don't know, it's the amount you don't know and figuring out how to keep up with that volume."

- Miranda Aisling

Miranda's Advice for Other Tiny House RV Builders:

  1. Plan out as much of your build as possible before you put in the first nail.  Once you're building, there is very little mental space left to plan the next step.  
  2. Find a sidekick who will be there no matter what; find a group of people who will show up when they can.
  3. Don't be a perfectionist. Appreciate the character of your home and the story in every board.

We'll be checking back in with Miranda as her Tumbleweed nears completion. Miranda has also been hired to host several of our Tumbleweed Workshops. If you signed up for one in 2016, you might meet her! 


Miranda's Hearth website: http://mirandashearth.com/projects/big-art-tiny-house/
Instagram and twitter: @mirandashearth


Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog. 



Written by Jenna Spesard — November 13, 2015

Filed under: Aisling   Art   Big Art   Cypress   Massachusetts   Miranda   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House RV   Tumbleweed  

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