Meet Katie & Jed Wiley, owners of Stagecoach Detail and Design. This article is for those who love and follow tiny houses, RV trailers, vintage trailers, airstreams, vanlifers, skoolies and basically any contraption that can be converted and remodeled into a tiny home on wheels.
Waldport, Oregon - Interview with Katie in the 'Perpetua', a 1977 Silver Streak airbnb rental in Tiny Tranquility Park.
I had the pleasure of meeting Katie and her family when they came to Tiny Tranquility. We had a fab fun time touring the tiny houses and vintage travel trailers.
Speaking of vintage trailers, that is what Katie and her husband do at their business, Stagecoach Detail and Design. I met Katie on Instagram. We have the connection of both loving Tiny Tranquility Park, where I currently reside. Katie is the interior designer for the park’s vintage airbnb trailers and tiny houses on wheels for Josh Palmer, owner of Tiny Tranquility. One day, we got to meet in person and oh, what fun we had! Instant gel for design and creativity.
Here is my interview with her while we sat in the Perpetua airbnb vintage trailer that she designed for the park, named for the beauty of nearby Cape Perpetua.
Tiny B: Katie, tell us how you got into the business of remodeling vintage trailers?
Katie: Jed (commonly referred to on social media as “the hubs”) and I just kind of got into the business by accident. We love camping and the outdoors, started having babies and, realized we needed a trailer. But being a lover of all things vintage, we didn’t want to buy new. So, we sought out an “old trailer” we could make our own. We found a 1977 Coachman and renovated it to feel like a home on wheels rather, than just a trailer. We have since sold the Coachman, but it was the trailer that sparked our love for renovating these timeless treasures!
Tiny B: How long have you remodeled trailers? Where are you based out of and what types of trailers do you refurbish?
Katie: We have been renovating our own trailers for many years now but only officially decided to launch Stagecoach over two years ago. We operate out of Beavercreek, Oregon. We have clients on the west coast and hoping to expand nationally in the future. We typically don’t purchase anything newer than a 1979 for our own Stagecoach dealer stock but are happy to meet the needs of customers with trailers of any age. We want everyone to feel at home in their home on wheels whether it’s travel trailers new or old or tiny living of any kind!
Tiny B: Where did you get your passion and experience for design?
Katie: I have no formal design education. I went to beauty school after high school and did hair for a decade until starting a family. Funny thing, I never felt that design was a strength of mine and struggled designing my homes out of fear I was “doing it wrong”. Until I was able to play around with design in trailers when I realized that no matter what kind of space you create, if you love it chances are someone else will too!
Tiny B: What do you love best about your business?
Katie: What do I love best about our business? Is EVERYTHING an acceptable answer?! Starting Stagecoach was the scariest, most stressful, and BEST decision we have ever made! We’re both artistic by nature so being able to express our creativity daily has been so amazing! The very best thing about starting has been working side by side as a family. This time together is priceless.
Tiny B: What truly inspires you? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Katie: It sounds so cliché, but I’m inspired by everything around me! Whether it’s the beautiful Oregon Coast while working on projects for Tiny Tranquility or finding inspiration from the San Jacinto mountains for the Joshua Tree Suite or even feeling inspired by a specific pattern or color in a single throw pillow or piece of decor. There’s beauty in absolutely everything!
Tiny B: Where do you see Stagecoach in the future?
Katie: The only plan we have is to not have a plan at all. We learned that if we continue to work hard and always strive to be the best versions of ourselves, good things will come. We love what we do so, hopefully we will have the opportunity to continue to do this in spaces both big and small, on wheels and not on wheels. If we continue to inspire each other as well as others we know we’re headed in the right direction.
From Tiny B
Girlfriend, Tiny B wishes you, Jed, your business and family much continued growth, success and happiness.
We had so much fun on this interview, I hope to be able to catch up with her again. She is too cute for words. I just love her pillows and so, we have since hashed her fondly with #pillowlady. Here we are in the Perpetua with all her Pendleton pillows.