You’ll want to cozy up to the earthy hues and organic textures in this renovated Monaco Motorhome
When I first caught glimpses of this renovated Monaco motorhome, my heart nearly skipped a beat. The earthy hues, plastered walls, stone vanity sink, built-in arch details, upgraded shower enclosure, and beautiful mix of textures and textiles are right up my alley.
So many of these details I’ve dreamed of incorporating into our next RV renovation, which made watching this remodel unfold on Instagram all that more inspiring. Not to mention, in a sea of RV renovations filled with 5th wheels, travel trailers, and vintage campers, I rarely come across motorhome renovations, especially ones like today’s feature. I know you’re going to love this remodel, especially if you’re looking to update the interior of your RV with a neutral palette or without painting or replacing the kitchen cabinets.
This motorhome belongs to a family of 5 who hit the road full-time in July after selling their home. This is their second RV renovation (the first was a 5th wheel), so be sure to follow Brittany over on Instagram for more tips and inspiration, including a video walkthrough and tutorials showing how to bleach wood cabinets or make plaster walls (on a budget).
TYPE OF RV
2000 Windsor Monaco motorhome
6 months (only on free time)
Tell us a little about you, and those you share your RV with.
I’m a 34 year old wife and mother to 3 kids. We have two dogs. I homeschool my children and since being full-time in July, we plan to “road school” this year. This was our second RV renovation, upon completing our first one (a fifth wheel) we found that we really enjoyed making our RV a “home on wheels” that represents our style. We already plan to renovate a third time with another fifth wheel coming in 2022. We fell into this RV community, not expecting the love and encouragement we have received so far, and it’s the best community to be a part of. I think It’s safe to say that we found our group.
What inspired you to experience #RVlife?
Seeing other accounts and the things they get to experience in our own country by exploring and having the pleasure of sleeping in their own bed everyday, THAT was a huge influence.
How often do you travel?
We are officially full-time since July 2021. We work remotely. We own a roofing/construction company in NC. It took us 2 years to put the right people in the right positions so that we could step away from being physically present 24/7 with the company, and have been able to work remotely. Matt oversees everything and provides business decision advice, and I take care of Accounts Payables.
How would you describe your decorating style?
I don’t like to be put into one style. I love all styles and usually pull inspiration from our travels.
Did you draw inspiration for this remodel from anything or anyone specific?
This Motorhome was inspired by a Tulum vacation in 2015. I fell in love with the organic and neutral colors and rustic wood design incorporations. After researching the “style” of Tulum, I realized that it was influenced from Spanish old world and Mediterranean so I mixed the two together (wood beams, plaster look walls, stone backsplash, copper pots and pans hanging from brass rods).
What project made the most difference?
The kitchen cabinets. I sanded and bleached the solid walnut wood and it made a complete transformation. The floors and the paint are also on the top of the list.
What’s the most meaningful item you incorporated?
The copper pots and pans that I have hanging on the brass rods in the kitchen. They were inherited from my husbands late grandmother who passed away in 2020. Every time I cook with them, I think of her joyful spirit and it makes my smile and appreciate life.
What is your favorite piece of decor or splurge-worthy item?
The quartzite counter top on the bathroom vanity. It’s a one of a kind piece that I lucked out on in the scrap section of the local countertop business. It was a splurge but totally worth it!
What do you love most about your RV?
My favorite functional piece is the shower. The Dreamline shower that we installed opened up so much more space for us to shower in. Design/decor favorite is a tie between the distressed wood beam on the super slide and the “plaster look” walls.
What was most challenging about your Monaco motorhome renovation?
That a motorhome layout is so very different than an RV.. Piping and ductwork in an RV is under the frame flooring. In a motorhome, it’s on top of the flooring, so we had to make a custom bench to cover the ducts and raise the shower onto a platform to hide the plumbing. So that took a lot of extra time and effort.
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
That there are technically no rules. You can mix styles and genres and make it look so aesthetically appealing.
What are your favorite places to source products and decor?
Amazon, IKEA, world market, Wayfair, small Instagram stores for one of a kind pieces, antique stores
What’s your favorite and least favorite aspect of tiny living?
Favorite is the quick clean ups and minimalism (no room for junk). Least favorite is the close proximity of everything. I have accumulated so many bruises by knocking into everything.
Where would your dream RV vacation be?
Europe. Can I just put my RV on a boat please?!
What piece of advice would you give someone about to embark on a motorhome remodel?
Camp in it first. Take it on a few camping trips and make a list of the things you’d really want to change. This has helped us each time.