(Camper) Design Vibes: Beach-Worthy Boho RV Renovation
Today we’re touring an RV you’ll wish you were traveling in this summer. It’s beach-worthy with boho vibes, sprinkled with farmhouse charm, and best of all, it has some color!
(Camper) Design Vibes: Beach-Worthy Boho RV Renovation
We recently started a new design vibes series where we highlight renovated campers (and other inspiring spaces) every Friday! Our goal is to share how others have reimagined their homes, in hopes of inspiring you to create a space you love, regardless of the square footage.
This week we’re visiting the home of Hylin and Pat, the duo behind Gypsy and a Pirate who share their tiny home with Ruckus, the Airedale Terrier and Batman the English Bulldog.
She’s the gypsy from Chicago with the humor of a nerdy dad, while he’s the pirate from Virginia with the beard of a lumberjack and humor of a 12-year old boy. Together, along with their two furry companions, they make one heck of a team!
One of my favorite aspects of this RV renovation are the details! These two really personalized the space and wove their story throughout the design, which makes it really stand out. This includes the hand-painted compass you see when you first walk in and their test tube sand collection. It’s details like these that really help transform a space into a home.
What kind of RV do you have?
1996 Damon Ultrasport
How would you describe your decorating style?
I wouldn’t say that I have a specific style, but during the design process I think I often described it as ‘Boho Farmhouse’. There are so many elements of Farmhouse style that I love – bright whites, clean design, natural materials, sharp contrasts, etc. but I am also particularly drawn to the patterns and casual feel of more bohemian design as well.
How much did you spend on the renovation?
We didn’t do the greatest job keeping track, to be honest. Our estimate is about $6000.
Hover over the image to see the before.
What led you to the tiny life?
So many things! I think, above all else, we wanted to find a way to live our lives as deliberately as possible. The years pass way too quickly no matter how you spend them, so we wanted to be sure we were making the most of every moment that we are lucky enough to have.
How often do you travel?
We are fulltime since March of this year.
Who do you travel with?
I travel with my husband Pat and our two dogs. We have an Airedale Terrier (very appropriately) named Ruckus and an English Bulldog named Batman.
How long did it take you to remodel your RV/Camper?
It took us over a year to complete, but we had very few consecutive days to actually work on it. I think if we had full weekends, or an uninterrupted break, it would have taken closer to 3-6 months.
Did you do everything yourself, pay a professional or do a mix of both?
We did the bulk of the work ourselves with some help from family and friends on a few of the projects.
Paint Colors Used?
Walls: Sherwin Williams Useful Gray, Upper Cabinets: Valspar Swiss Coffee and Lower Cabinets: Valspar Rogue Blue
If you updated the flooring, what kind did you use?
Ugh, I get asked this all the time and can’t remember the brand! It is LVP from Home Depot, and I know the finish is Maple.
What is your favorite project or piece of decor and why?
Man, is it tough to pick one! So I’ll pick two. I love our test tube sand collection – I think it is beautiful and personal and is a (sort of) functional piece of art for us. I also really, really love our kitchen countertops – we did a faux marble finish that I truly did not expect to be a success, but turned out to be one of our most impressive accomplishments.
What was your least favorite project and why?
I was lucky enough to not really have to do any of the projects that I didn’t enjoy. With that said, if you ask Pat, his least favorite was probably re-running all the plumbing lines. If you’re doing it on an existing build, it requires Cirque du Soleil level contortion, and he’s about as flexible as a hammer.
What was most challenging about your renovation?
For us, the most challenging part of our renovation was not having the time to really spend on it for the first 6 months. We had our RV in a storage facility, and in order to work on it had to drive 30 minutes to pick it up, then bring it to a workable space. We then had 24-48 hours to work on it, and the set up/break down process took up a good chunk of that time. Luckily, for the second half of the renovations, we were able to keep it on a friend’s property which helped us make far more progress. Otherwise, we would probably still be renovating.
What project made the most difference in the space?
Painting! Is that too obvious an answer? This took FOREVER, but the impact was immeasurable.
What do you enjoy most about your space following the transformation? Is there a specific area you spend most of your time?
This is the first home I’ve ever renovated and I can honestly say I enjoy every single inch of it. When you have had your hands on every single inch of a space, you have a deep love and respect for it that I didn’t know I could have. I spend the majority of my time in the kitchen area – in addition to being the place we eat the dinette serves as a workspace. Also, that window often has the best views.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
Target, for sure. There are so many other beautiful home decor stores and sites that I adore, but this girl’s got a beer budget and champagne taste, so I make the most with what we’ve got!
What piece of advice would you give people starting an RV/Camper renovation?
HGTV makes it look so easy. SO easy. Be prepared for ALL the setbacks. It will likely take you twice as much money and four times as long to complete your project, but in the end it will be worth it. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice! This RV community is like none I’ve ever known and there are so many people out there who would love to share their experiences and information with you.
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
I love that being in a small space requires you to get rid of all the excess and all the distractions. I get to fill my home with only the things I truly love and need. Also, I think it has given Pat and I a chance to grow closer together, in other ways beyond just physical proximity.
What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?
I’ve learned to be much more aware of my surroundings and resources. For instance, my water consumption has been dramatically reduced. This, at times, is a matter of necessity, but I find that I’ve adopted the habit of turning off the faucet while washing my hands and dishes even when I am not worried about filling our tanks or running out of fresh water.
What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey?
We really enjoyed hiking in Pisgah National Forest, but to be honest, we are anxious to get further west and north. Right now we are in Texas, and all of the places we are most excited to visit are still ahead of us!
What’s your favorite meal to cook in your tiny home?
I don’t know that we have a favorite meal to cook in our home yet, but man, do we love some good, strong coffee. We have a french press and a percolator, and the sound and smell of coffee filling our tiny home in the mornings is a very special thing for me.
Thanks Hylin and Pat for letting us tour your incredible RV Renovation!