See how a couple transformed their 1989 motorhome into a bohemian-inspired sanctuary!
Meet Leah and Brennan, a creative couple from Florida that decided to trade their house for a 1989 motorhome.
They’ve since transformed their RV into a bohemian-inspired sanctuary, which they share with their 2 chihuahuas, Bimibi and Grommit.
Leah runs her own Social Media Management Company, and Brennan is a lifelong musician that works on the family blueberry farm, which is where they are currently parked. Can you imagine waking up on a blueberry farm?!
This RV is filled with some amazing projects, including the dresser turned vinyl storage, the upcycled sofa they found on the side of the road, and quirky bathroom wallpaper that proves this couple isn’t afraid to take risks!
I also love how they framed out their windows and created a ledge for plants in the kitchen.
I know you’re going to love the interior so let’s dive into the tour!
Bohemian-inspired RV Tour
What kind of RV do you have?:
1989 Holiday Rambler Imperial 35
Do you travel or are you stationary?
We’re currently stationary on the family farm with intentions of traveling in the next few months.
How would you describe your decorating style?
How long did the renovation process take?
About 6 months
How much did it cost?
What was your inspiration for the RV?
It’s a blend of our two individual styles – very similar to the house we lived in when we moved into together and merged our furniture and art and homewares.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
Etsy and Target
What was most challenging about your renovation?
The most challenging part of the renovation was the planning process. We had tons of ideas but with such a small space, we really had to think through each decision. Many of our initial ideas, like tearing out the dinette, were reconsidered. When we discovered it housed our hot water heater and much of the plumbing. So then we had a whole new set of decisions to make about cushions, the table, etc…
What project made the most difference?
After we primed the whole interior, the space was really transformed. We could finally see something similar to our goal for the RV.
What’s your favorite tiny home hack?
We use a pallet for our porch which gives us a nice spot for our mat. With such limited walking space, tracking dirt into the RV can get out of hand really quick. It also helps the pups get in and out.
Do you have any future projects or changes planned for the interior?
We’re actually considering keeping this rig as a semi-permanent home-base and buying a smaller travel trailer or van for more boondocking and camping (the 35 footer is limited with where we can stay) and honestly, I think we’re a little excited for another project.
What piece of advice would you give people starting a camper renovation?
First, we think buying a reliable and well-maintained camper is a must – we know too many people who have bought “fixer-uppers” that needed way more work than cosmetics. It’s easy to get caught up in the finishing touches and not think about the essential foundation. Second, we think planning is huge. We bought an RV that was very close to what we wanted in terms of layout and so we saved ourselves a ton of work by only needing to do a few build projects and mostly cosmetic updates.
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
There are a ton of great things about this life but we think the financial benefits are huge. Our saved mortgage and housing expenses alone will pay for the RV and renovations in less than a year.
What’s your least favorite aspect of tiny living?
Clutter – with less than 300 sq ft, clutter can get out of hand quickly.
What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?
That we really don’t need as much as we thought we did to be happy.
What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey? Or a place you are excited to explore in the future?
We’ve really enjoyed exploring the central part of Florida. Even though we’ve lived in Florida most of our lives, we never realized how many beautiful forests, parks, lakes, and springs there were in central Florida. We, like most people, thought it was just Orlando and the part you drive through to get to the other beaches.
Favorite Product Sources:
Much of our renovation was sourced inexpensively or free. Our paint was donated by a family member who had just renovated a house. Our bathroom wallpaper was donated by a friend. Our vinyl plank flooring was purchased from a retail arbitrage place – we had to dig through hundreds of pieces to find enough matching planks but we saved hundreds of dollars. Our kitchen sink came from the same place as well as our new cabinet knobs. After that, we bought much of the other large stuff from Amazon, Ikea, Target and Lowe’s.
Thank you, Leah, Brennan, Bimibi, and Grommit for giving us a tour of your tiny home on wheels!
Follow The Ramblr RV!
Follow Leah and Brennan on Instagram, where you can learn more about their RV reno and find even more adorable photos of Bimibi and Grommit! You may also want to visit Leah’s social media management company, Breathe Social, or check out Brennan’s band, MOYAMOYA, on Spotify! And if you’re planning a trip to Central Florida, be sure to look up Far Reach Ranch!