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Some new kitchen stuff


We got a new kitchen faucet yesterday and installed it last night.  It's quite an improvment over the one that was in the Airstream to begin with (leaks, hose kinks on the pullout, main faucet didn't turn side to side).  The new faucet is called Purist by Kohler and we got it at Home Depot. It has a pullout with two buttons (spray/stream and pause). It's fabulous.

Kohler_puristWe also got a new butcher block cutting board from the Butcher Block Co. to keep on the countertop.  




I also replaced all the drawer and cabinet pulls. The old ones were alright, but they were super shiny and collected fingerprints and crumbs easily (photo here). The new ones are standard contemporary brushed stainless pulls, and I got 'em online here from My Home Hardware

I picked up these graphic hot mitts from and hung them on a little magnetic strip bar (Storables) that I attached beneath the ventahood with some of that 3M removable adhesive.




(Posted by Laura)


  1. Hello Laura.
    I have just recently discovered your blog and I just wanted to write to say that I am hooked! I dream to one day have an Airstream as well and I try to read everything I possibly can about it and your blog is one of my favorites. I have so many questions for you and I was wondering if when you have the time if you could answer just a couple. Like, how do you know how many clothes to bring and how many pairs of shoes? And how about books and magazines… do you buy them? After you read them do you keep them? What about souvenirs, do you buy any? How do you manage to keep the things on your Airstream streamlined so that you are not overflowing in “stuff”, since we all know how “stuff” is so easy to accumulate? Did the two of you make a rule on how to keep it light?
    Thank you once again so much for the amazing information on your blog. I hope the two of you continue having an amazing adventure traveling through the USofA…

  2. Hi Rita,

    Thanks so much for your nice comments! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog! I’m happy to answer any questions, yes.

    Regarding “stuff” … yes, it can be an issue. Generally, we both seem to be in a mode of minimalism these days, so it doesn’t feel very difficult. But it certainly could.

    Clothes/shoes: I try to mainly bring the stuff I normally wear (not what I think I might wear but never wear at home) with a focus on simple things that mix and match easily and nothing more than what fits in the drawers and closet. Same with shoes. For specialty gear (like wetsuits or dry tops for sailing/kayaking) we keep that stuff hanging in the back of the truck so it doesn’t take up room inside with the bulk.

    Books and Magazines: We’ve solved this issue by using iPads and iPhones for books and magazines and it works GREAT. If we have an extra one or two physical books or magazines along, not a big deal.
    Souvenirs: Anything extra we buy to take home (has to be pretty special, since we’re trying to have LESS stuff these days) we’d probably just keep in the truck. 🙂 Seems like after every few trips I tend to go through the cupboards and take stuff out that we don’t use…if I thought I’d use it but don’t, it goes. We’ve been doing this since 2005 and we seem to have gotten really good at “airstreamlining.”

    Hope this is helpful!

  3. You did a great job!! I think using tile to make a Kitchen countertops is the way to go – my husband and I are in the business of remodeling homes and we choose to go this route, instead of buying one solid piece of granite or marble.

  4. Tile seems like it would be heavy (well, as would marble or granite in a travel trailer). How does the tile and grout do holding up to all the movement on the road?

  5. I do like that faucet. It seems to complement the new kitchen very well.

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