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Alex and Jon were married back in 2016, but rather than drop a ton of cash on a lavish wedding they opted to travel the country in a renovated RV for 3 months.
That trip forever changed their lives and sparked a passion inside them for freedom vs. the typical 9-5 office job.
They spent the next couple of years making that dream a reality, and in between, they purchased a home. It didn’t take long for them to miss tiny living, and they have since rented out their 2,000 square foot home so they could renovate an RV to live in.
Alex now works at her dream job as a virtual health coach for an app in NYC and Jon and his business partner have created a thriving real estate enterprise.
Today we’re taking a peek inside their second renovated RV, with an interior inspired by their travels.
If you have a sweet spot for muted earth tones and thrifted finds, you’re gonna love this eclectic camper transformation!
An eclectic camper inspired by the desert
Type of RV
30 ft 2008 Sportsmen KZ
About 5k so far
Why was it important for you to update the interior?
It was important for us to update our camper to truly reflect our personalities and our inspirations from travel. When someone walks into our space we hope that is sparks creativity and encourages them to dream big for themselves!
How would you describe your decorating style?
Desert, boho, aztec, western, eclectic
Where you do draw your inspiration from?
Our trip around the country. The browns, red, orange, and yellows reflect desert vibes from our travels to Arizona and Utah. The greenery and wood tones are a reflection of our love for the mountains from our travels to Glacier and the rainforest of Olympic National Park in Washington.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
Target and Goodwill!
What has been your favorite place to explore or a place you are excited to explore in the future?
My favorite place to explore has been the south west! I love the deserts in Utah (Moab) and Arizona (Sedona). Jon loves the mountains. His favorite places were driving through Wyoming and Glacier in Montana.
What made you decide to go “tiny”?
Our decision to go tiny wasn’t so much about asking ourselves ‘why?’ but ‘why not?’. In 2016 we decided to renovate an RV and travel around the United States for 3 months. This experiences stretched us and grew us in ways we didn’t think possible. At this time we had never heard of the full-time RV lifestyle. This trip opened out eyes to the reality of what we truly needed to live a joyful life, which had nothing to do with how much space we had. Over the last couple of years, our lives have been inspired by this adventure to dream bigger.
Do you work on the road? If so, can you share what kind of work or how you’re able to work while traveling?
Though we are stationary I (Alex) work virtually as a health coach for an app in NYC. This gives me the ability to be flexible and travel while I work! Jon runs a real-estate investing company with his business partner in Lynchburg, VA.
What was most challenging about your renovation?
The most challenging part of our renovation was probably the bench. It was hard customizing a bench around the electrical work in the corner!
What project made the most difference?
Definitely paint. We are firm believers in the power of white paint! It truly transformed the space.
What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?
That we don’t need much to be happy. Everything we have is a blessing to us!
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
5 minutes clean up! That was the biggest issue for us living in a 4-bedroom house, managing all the space. Our lifestyles vibe with tiny living in the fact that it’s less to manage. Which means more time having fun!
What’s your least favorite aspect?
Hookups. This has been a problem for us lately. We don’t currently have reliable hookups which means lots of dumping the black tank and filling the white tank.
Do you have any future projects or changes planned for the interior?
Yes! We are planning to renovate the bathroom soon. Once we get to a permanent spot we are also planning on building a deck. So excited to share these projects with you all.
What piece of advice would you give someone just starting an RV remodel?
Have patience! Things will not go as planned, trust me. Give yourself grace through the process and don’t be afraid to mess up. Jon and I had no idea what we were doing 3 years ago when we bought our first RV. We had never owned one before! We jumped right into it and learned on the way.
Most asked about product sources:
One thing I suggest to all the renovators our there has been Killz primer, it works wonders! I wish we knew about it with our first reno. This will keep any paint on those cabinets!
Rug – Goodwill
Hanging Wicker Planter – DIY made from Wicker Lantern found at Goodwill
Sofa – Wayfair (Cornwall Reversible Sectional)
You can follow Alex and Jon on Instagram, where they share their passion for design and tiny living. They also love encouraging others to discover what it means to be made free to live a full and creative life.
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I see that you did not change out the light fixtures in this one.
I think it’s something she is thinking about doing later on. She did such a great job with the transformation that I don’t even notice the light fixtures, haha.
How has the painting held up and is just the cabinets or walls as well? Our adventure will begin in two years,but seeing just brown interiors in almost all the campers has me a bit blue:(
You may want to reach out to her directly, but our paint job has held up pretty well so far! Here’s her Insta account:
One of the most fabulous RV makeovers ever!
Where did you purchase the wooden blinds from?
She actually made them from reed fencing at Home Depot!
Would have liked to see the before. But its beautiful. How did you get the sectional the small door
If you look at the “before and after” section you can slide over the after photos to see the before 🙂 I’m not sure how they got the sofa in, but she ordered it from Wayfair so I’m guessing it came disassembled and they were able to then assemble it inside the camper. You can always contact her directly on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/madefreeco/
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