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Hello and welcome to our humble abode! My name is Katie and this is my husband Eric, and we are the faces behind Mountain Modern Life (formerly Upcycled Treasures), where we share our passion for all things DIY, rustic-modern, and re-imagined.


Come July we will be calling the road home for a year, as we travel the country in our RV in search of the perfect mountain town to call home. It’s going to be different and certainly a challenge, moving from 1700 square feet to about 300 but we are super excited for the opportunity. We can’t wait to share our RV renovation and travel adventures with you along the way.


We are suckers for design that is both beautiful and functional, while also being sustainable. We have dreams of someday building a home in the mountains and learning how to live more self-sufficient.

To us, this blog represents not only the rustic-modern design style we love and want to implement, but a lifestyle we want to live and share with others.


Our goal is to inspire you to create the environment you've always wanted, whether that's through design, a certain lifestyle, or a combination of both.

Back in August 2012 I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), otherwise known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), after injuring my wrist during a game of volleyball.

CRPS is essentially a nerve disorder that affected my right hand and made it impossible to complete simple tasks such as washing my hair, getting dressed, typing on a computer or driving. Although the doctor’s had told me there was no “cure” or time frame for my hand to start functioning again, I was able to recover (or go into remission as the doctors would call it) in a matter of weeks.

I truly believe that it was a combination of treatments that healed me, but that my mind played an integral part in that process as well. I soon realized that life was too short not to be doing what you are passionate about, and I’ve been following a creative path ever since.

Life is too short NOT to be doing what you are passionate about.


I decided to share my story about CRPS, which you can read here, to raise awareness about CRPS and bring hope to others who have been diagnosed with it. I am so grateful for every day that I am able to craft it up, design on my computer, and even peel potatoes because it reminds me of the days when those tasks were impossible.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us.

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