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Nomad is equal parts dream board and resource guide, exploring the life less conventional and how best to live it, whether in a converted van, a tiny home, a school bus, or a boat. Profiling people worldwide (including one family in the Santa Cruz Mountains!) who have defined home for themselves in simplified, revitalizing, workable ways, this gorgeous design book is perfect for those in need of everyday inspiration as well as those in search of trailheads for a new path forward.
A reclusive designer living in a custom tiny house in the middle of the Montana wilderness. A couple who traded their expensive Bay Area apartment for a slip at a nearby marina, where they live on a docked sailboat. A family of five who decided to simplify their lives by moving into a school bus, selling most of their possessions in the process. Nomad features their stories, and many more. From vanlifers to boondockers, liveaboards to tiny-house dwellers, these freedom seekers have forged a new way of life for themselves—one that values experiences over things, is environmentally conscious, and is often more budget-friendly than their “rooted” lives ever were.
The ubiquity of the internet has ushered in a new era of connectivity that makes working from an Airstream beside a roaring river or running a photography business from a mountaintop a reality. It’s now possible to do whatever you want from wherever you want and still have a foothold in the world. This book shows you how, with tours of 26 unconventional homes and the people who live in them, plus all the information you need to make your own off-the-grid dream a reality. There are chapters on bathroom and storage—two of the most challenging aspects of this lifestyle—plus a comprehensive guide to finding the right home, assessing the cost of renovation, handy products for small spaces, and indispensable resources (including sources for replacement RV parts, portable power solutions, tiny wood stoves, and much more).
About the Author
Emma Reddington is the founder of the Marion House Book, a design site and curation brand that reaches over 3.5 million fans. A former editor in chief of House & Home magazine, she is now Vice President, Editorial Studio at Indigo Books & Music Inc. Reddington has been featured in or curated for brands such as Elle Decor, Good Housekeeping, HGTV Magazine, West Elm, Etsy, The Home Depot, Ikea, and many others. Find her on Instagram @marionhousebook.
“How to live the mobile, off-the-grid, adventure seeking lifestyle we all wish we could have.” —Source Weekly (Bend, Oregon)
“Whether a life on the move is for you, or not, the tips offered by these nomads are valuable lessons to all of us struggling with clutter in the ever more confined spaces of our modern homes. . . . The people who live in these homes come from all walks of life.” —The Times (U.K.)
“Reddington looks at how a variety of freedom seekers have forged a new way of life for themselves. . . . Nomad offers inspiration for those looking to make their own off-the-grid-living dream a reality.” —Bristol Evening Post
“Reddington and Richards did a fair bit of wandering on their own for this book—nine road trips to six countries and 11 US states to find, interview and photograph people who come across not so much as running from something as embracing something else—a life less hectic, less cluttered and less destructively obsessed with online stuff. . . . This is a book that will get you thinking. The photographs are a joy, with skillful attention to light and composition. . . . The final sections of this chunky 318-page volume are devoted to giving the aspirant nomad a wealth of practical advice and go-to websites that are wells of information on getting your dream home on wheels, renovating it and sorting out those really important matters like loos and showers.” —Irish Times
“Definitely one to curl up with. . . . [Nomad] whisks you off on a tour of 26 unconventional homes and introduces you to the people who reside in them, thanks to pithy, intriguing interviews by its author Emma Reddington accompanied by lush photography by Sian Richards.” —Irish Examiner