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My Vardo Life

Updated: Apr 27, 2020


I find myself in an ongoing state of amazement these days- by turns delighted and astonished at the progression of events that has led to this moment in time. I sit in the mountains of Colorado, about to embark on a fabulous new adventure. As many of you may know, I have spent the vast majority of my life on the road, living in tents and campers, pop-ups and booths and hootches across the country. I hand-customized a Dodge extended body van into a sweet little mobile apartment, I have lived in amazing tiny and microhomes across the country. Yet I have always been in love with the idea of a vardo, or traditional Romany caravan.

Fast forward to this year, spring of 2019. After quite a bit of searching, convincing and praying, I secured a small business loan and embarked upon my dream of having a custom made vardo, co-designed with an artist in Southwest New Mexico, filled with all the grace and groove of the traveling life. It will be a sales area, a mobile studio and a living space. Will it be a super-authentic vardo, based on Romany designs? No. It is historically inspired, not historically accurate, per se. But the master builder who is working on her has created some amazing work, as shown in these photos. These are not photos of *my* vardo, but of the flavor of work that is happening right now in the desert. Even I don't know what is going to greet me in Kansas City, where The Pearl will be making her debut. The mystery of the process is thrilling! The designer, whom I will introduce to you in later posts, asked many questions about my preferences, my uses, how I live, how I store things, how i travel, what I sell, photos of my other shops and setup.. He is making it just for me, and for Sea Song Designs. I couldn't be more thrilled.

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