Tour this Renovated 5th Wheel with Cozy Cottage Vibes
This week we’re touring a tiny home that feels more like a cozy cottage than a camper!
After deciding to trade things for time with their family, Crystal and Paul sold everything they had and moved into a 5th wheel with their 2 small kiddos, Malachi and Isabella. They’ve also recently added an adorable pup, Roxy, to the family!
Their goal is to achieve simplicity and get debt-free while still being able to live life, travel and have fun!
Crystal’s love for both the beach and the desert have influenced her style, which is easy to see in this renovated 5th wheel tour. It’s bright, it’s airy, it’s sprinkled with boho, and it has cozy cottage vibes going on. It’s definitely come a loooooong way from the outdated wood paneling and wallpaper typical of most 5th wheel interiors.
What I love about Crystal is her confidence in who she is and her ability to inspire others. She keeps it real and one example is this beautiful family photo she shared on Instagram.
If you look a little closer you may notice baby Bella spit up during the photo shoot and it’s dripping down Paul’s hand! She wanted to keep and share this photo because it’s real life. This photo cracks me up and makes me appreciate Crystal that much more. Life is messy and imperfect, but let’s embrace it!
Renovated 5th Wheel with Cozy Cottage Vibes
What kind of RV do you have?
36 foot 5th wheel Holiday Rambler Presidential Suite
How often do you travel?
As much as we can a few times a year
Who do you travel with?
My husband Paul and two kids (Malachi and Isabella)
How would you describe your decorating style?
My decorating style… wow… let’s see… It’s a bit hard to describe, but if I had to define it in a few words I would say… Boho, chic, airy, but cozy! Almost like a beachy-desert vibe (which is why I created an Instagram for design only @cactusandwaves)! I wanted our space to feel like a mini vacation with a resort feel, but still home-y.
How much did you spend on the renovation?
Wow good question… I haven’t really sat down to think about this one… since we kinda did a little here and there. We also had a few things already so I’ll only count what we actually spent. I would estimate with paint, new furniture, flooring, fixtures, etc. a total of: $3k (We still have some minor projects, but nothing crazy).
To give you an idea of how far this 5th wheel has come, here are a couple photos showing before and during the renovation:
Slide over the image to see the before photos.
How long did it take you to remodel your 5th Wheel?
We actually moved in mid-renovation and took our time (because if you have kids you know… #momlife lol). We still have some projects to finish, but the majority of our projects (painting, furnishing, etc.) only took us about 2 months total.
Did you do everything yourself, pay a professional or do a mix of both?
We did a mix of it all. We had a friend install the floors, we did all the reno, painting and decorating.
What is your favorite project or piece of decor and why?
Paul and I had a blast putting up our removable backsplash from shopbdarling. It was the easiest project we’ve done in the RV beside putting up curtains lol. It instantly transformed the entire RV since the kitchen is the heart of the home.
What was your least favorite project and why?
Our least favorite project was pulling out the old flooring. If you’ve pulled out flooring in any space you feel my pain. In RVs it’s harder in my opinion because there are so many corners and pieces that are tucked away and harder to reach than in a home. You have to get down and pull out every staple from the pre-existing rug (which is like a million). Total pain lol!
What was most challenging about your renovation?
The most challenging part was living in a construction zone with two little ones while trying to renovate lol.
What project made the most difference in the space?
The paint! Painting everything white instantly transformed the entire RV and made it feel 10xs bigger! Created a blank canvas and gave me room to be creative.
What do you enjoy most about your space following the transformation? Is there a specific area you spend most of your time?
We enjoy the simplicity of it. I love how easy it is to clean. Life is just easier now.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
I love supporting small shops on IG, Homegoods is my favorite, Target and every so often awesome thrift shops!
What piece of advice would you give people starting an RV/Camper renovation?
Best advice I can give is have a plan! Staying organized is KEY! We were so excited to start and lost so many pieces to things we had to buy them again lol.
What’s your favorite tiny home hack?
We took the handles off our bathroom door (to spray paint them) and had to use a q-tip in place of the lock until we got them back on! Haha… worked awesome!
What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey?
We are total beach bums… anything with water is our favorite! We have a few trips planned this summer and can’t wait!
What’s your favorite meal to cook in your tiny home?
I can cook just about anything… literally! My favorite thing to make is Instapot meals. We’re obsessed with it!
Thank you Crystal for sharing your beautiful home with us!
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Crystal has not one, not two, but three Instagram accounts, where you’re sure to find tons of inspiration for tiny living and bringing more joy into your life! You can follow her at Clever Fox Mama, Clever Fox Events, and Cactus and Waves.
You can also watch Paul attempting to be as awkward as possible in this video showing how they updated their RV backsplash. (I’d say he nailed it!)