Hello and welcome to our humble abode! My name is Katie and this is my husband Eric, and we’re the faces behind Mountain Modern Life, where we share our passion for all things DIY, rustic-modern, and re-imagined. Here you’ll learn a bit more about Mountain Modern Life.
My mom is the one that first inspired me to upcycle and enjoy the challenge of reimagining the old into something new. When I was 8 I watched her turn the base of a waterbed into shelves for our living room. I didn’t realize it was upcycling at the time, but it definitely encouraged me to think outside the box.
As a kid I loved browsing garage sales or thrift shops to see what I could transform for my bedroom. As I got older I started repurposing in an effort to save money and decorate on a budget.
Back in 2016, my husband and I renovated our (new to us) RV with a blend of old and new, and spent 4 years on the road, which was an incredible experience, though I often joke it was more if an inner journey than an outer one.
Some of the reclaimed materials used in our motorhome remodel were found on Eric’s family’s farm or given to us from the owner of the mountain venue we were married at. We love that these materials, and the projects we created with them, tell a story throughout our RV, and reflect our personal style.
You can see photos of our motorhome renovation here.
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’re passionate about, and I’ve been following a creative path ever since.
You can read my story about CRPS here, which I’ve shared to raise awareness, and bring hope to others who have been diagnosed with it. I’m 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.
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.
I prefer to take a holistic approach to design and believe style is more than how something looks – it’s how it feels and functions. We also believe it’s important to create a home that reflects your own personal story, regardless of square feet, and hope to inspire you to do just that.
Thanks for stopping by we hope you learned a bit more about us and if you have any questions or comments feel free to contact us, we’d love to hear from you!
And if you want to learn more about our RV renovation journey, or how to create a cozy home on wheels, be sure to check out my eBook, The Nomad’s Guide to Decorating.