Bring The Outside In
One of the biggest challenges the two faced when moving in is actually quite opposite of what you'd think. They needed more stuff. 

"I think the biggest challenge at first was making the space feel 'homey' when we didn't really have much stuff," says Marisa.

"It felt a little sterile at first. We wanted to slowly collect special — and affordable — stuff over time and not react to a pressure to fill the space. We brought in a lot of plants and I made simple wall hangings to bring some color in. Dave brought home wood slabs from his shop and built benches. To fill empty walls, I temporarily hung textiles on the walls over tree limbs that we had trimmed from our backyard."