Bohemian-Inspired Camper Designed for a Family of 6
Are you thinking about traveling with your family, or maybe you’re just curious how other families travel with young kids? Today we’re touring a beautiful, bohemian-inspired camper that belongs to a family of 6!
Stephanie and Anthony are high school sweethearts that decided to trade their 5 bedroom suburban home in Arkansas, for more time with their family.
After purchasing their 2005 Keystone Cougar from Stephanie’s parents for $8k, they spent roughly one week and $1,000 renovating it!
Struggling to find answers to all of their RV-related questions, they decided to create Our Adventure Diary, an online community filled with knowledge and experience from fellow travelers.
They’ve spent the last 9 months traveling in their tiny home on wheels and are currently searching for land to build a farm on.
If you’re planning an RV renovation that blends neutrals with pops of color, I know you’re going to love their camper!
This reno has the happiest vibes and it’s difficult to look through their photos without smiling. And their daughters are so adorable! While the girls each have their own space, this family spends most of their time outside, which makes living in a small space that much easier and fulfilling. These girls are going to have some fun stories to share someday, that’s for sure!
Let’s dive into the tour!
What kind of RV do you have?
2005 Keystone Cougar 301 Bunkhouse travel trailer
Who do you travel with?
My husband Anthony and our 4 girls (Sophie-7, Ainsley-5, Magnolia-4, and Winnie-2)
How would you describe your decorating style?
I love bits of boho and industrial and WOOD. I love warm wood colors and pops of colors on typically neutral palettes.
How much did you spend on the renovation?
To give you an idea of how far this camper has come, here is a before photo:
Slide over the images below to see the before.
What led you to the tiny life?
We both had location independent jobs and were working from home. So we just began to ask ourselves, if we can work from anywhere, why not work all over the country? Our passion for seeing new places and spending all our time as a family unit drew us to RV life.
How often do you travel?
We just ended a 9-month trip. We had planned a year, but a job became available that we couldn’t pass up that will still allow us to travel a few months each year. So for now we are primarily stationary and traveling weekends, fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks 🙂
What are you most inspired by?
Beautiful landscapes. I truly cannot articulate the experiences we had watching sunrises and sunsets all over the United States. It changed us.
How long did it take you to remodel your RV/Camper?
1 week of intensive reno work. We’ve added things along the way, but all the big gutting, painting, flooring, and furniture happened in the first week.
Did you do everything yourself, pay a professional or do a mix of both?
We did all work ourselves (and when I say “we” I really mean Anthony. Lol.)
Paint Colors Used?
White, grey, camel leathers and honey oak woods, touches of pinks and greens.
If you updated the flooring, what kind did you use?
Luxury vinyl planks
What is your favorite project or piece of decor and why?
I really love our countertops. Anthony built them from oak because we wanted butcher block and couldn’t justify the added weight. The color is just so warm and inviting, and the extended size gave us so much more counter space!
What was your least favorite project and why?
The bathroom. It’s just so small, and it’s hard for me to get inspired in that space.
What was most challenging about your renovation?
We had a very small budget and little time to renovate before we needed to live in it with 4 small children. So that meant we did everything ourselves and really had to prioritize our top desires for the space.
What project made the most difference in the space?
New, real furniture. Taking out those built in couches and dinettes for a real couch and table made all the difference on the world!
What do you enjoy most about your space following the transformation? Is there a specific area you spend most of your time?
I love our bedroom. It is so cozy and feels very private in a small space.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
TJMaxx and HomeGoods
What’s your favorite tiny home hack?
Baskets! Baskets can make even limited storage space look tidy, organized, and chic.
What piece of advice would you give people starting an RV/Camper renovation?
Keep it simple. A lot of campers depreciate, so don’t sink too much money into a renovation that you could never get back out of it if your plans change. Add touches that you would put in a sticks and bricks home and your camper will FEEL like a sticks and bricks home.
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
The closeness of our family. I don’t ever have to wonder what someone is doing or where they are. We can’t hide from each other, and it forces us to talk, communicate, and work together.
What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?
I am amazed at how little we need to feel safe and comfortable, and how much we wasted on ourselves that could have been poured into other people. Both our time and money before living tiny revolved around keeping up with a large home. Now I see that living tiny is still really comfortable and frees us up financially and in our schedules to seek our passions and give back.
What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey?
That’s a tough one, but I think Yosemite. It is just so magical and varied. We truly felt so much peace there and like there were a plethora of beautiful spots our girls could enjoy without fear of harm.
Thank you so much Stephanie for sharing your beautiful tiny home with us!