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Christmas is but a few days away (yay!) and while I started this month trying to slow down, things sped up pretty quick.
This was mostly due to our decision to hit the road 10 days earlier than planned to visit with family for the holidays (single-digit temps seem to have that effect on us!).
RV Christmas Tour
Before we began our 1400+ mile journey we did take some photos of our RV decorated for Christmas. I wanted to keep things simple, natural, and cozy. No-fuss and easy to pack up. Nothing crazy creative here, mainly lights and real greenery, which was pretty much dead by the time we took these photos and videos, ha! However, I can say we’ve enjoyed many Hallmark Christmas movies snuggling up underneath our twinkling lights.
We were unable to cut our tree down from the forest this year because the local options experienced heavy snowstorms the day before we had planned to head out. We did find a beautiful tree from a local farm though.
This is also the first year I happily brought in juniper because in the past it’s always smelled like cat pee to me.
After spending time around Bend last year, it now reminds me of Oregon.
…and cat pee.
I spent my first week in Oregon freaking out that our cats peed on my clothes since the smell followed us wherever we went. I spent the next week googling why it smelled like cat pee in Bend. Seriously.
I was relieved to discover it was the juniper and not me.
Anyway, I bought some bundles of juniper this year and wreaths with some mixed in. Eric wasn’t thrilled and the more it dried, the more it smelled just like cat pee to us. So it had to go.
Can someone please leave a comment that doesn’t smell this? Are we crazy? Does this only happen to those with cats?
Oh well, I tried. I love the look of juniper but may have to stick to faux options in the future.
It probably would have looked better had we used lights with white cords around the door and kitchen, but oh-well. Maybe next year.
Before packing up we did shoot a couple of quick walkthrough tours on my phone, which you can watch below. This was a couple of weeks ago and may not be the best quality, but we hope it brings you some holiday cheer!
Christmas in the Camper Walkthrough Video Tours
While we had to ditch the garland before hitting the road, our tree hitched a ride in our shower and made it to our destination safely.
So far, we’ve stopped in 2 states, visiting my dad along the way (which was the best!!) and this past week was spent with Eric’s parents and sister. We’re heading out tomorrow so we can spend Christmas day with my mom and sister.
Needless to say, it’s been a family-packed holiday, which is all I ever want for Christmas. Well, that and a real tree….
I’ll admit it’s been somewhat disappointing to put some projects and posts on hold, but I am sooooooo grateful to have been able to visit with family we rarely ever see. I’ve had to remind myself a couple of times to let go of the guilt, put down my phone, and to stay present. It’s made the time spent with our family so much more wonderful and special.
I hope you’re able to do the same this week.
Anyway, we hope you enjoy these photos of our RV Christmas tour!
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Stunning!! You know how to do it right!!
Thanks, Jane! A little definitely goes a long way in a tiny home 🙂
Happy New Year!
Nice Christmas RV video . Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Arthur
Thank you, Arthur and we hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Love it! Thanks so much for sharing Katie. Merry Christmas and safe travels to you and Eric.
Thanks Jeanne! We hope you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying the New Year!
Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you all (kitties included)! Yes, I agree on the juniper smell; I don’t think everyone can smell it though.
Thanks, Dawn! Yeah, I know some people think we’re crazy, but Eric can barely walk by it without holding his breath, ha!
Beautiful- as always- so glad you posted- I have been stalking, umm, I mean scouring your site these last few weeks as we are in the middle of our first 5th wheel reno (maybe last!! haha) and I was first inspired by your work. I was praying for you both for the last few weeks! Merry Christmas!
Yeah, we’ve taken some breaks while working on other projects and priorities but I’m excited to write more this year. How exciting about your 5th wheel reno! Definitely keep us posted!
Cat pee bushes..my husband and I have called junipers this for over 20 years and you are the first in these years who have thought the same!!!! Relieved to hear that we are no longer the only ones who smell this hideous scent. Thank you for sharing your cozy home and happy 2020!
Hahahaha. You have no idea how happy I am to hear we are not alone. I wish you could have seen the cashier’s face when we bought the juniper bundle. She said something like “I love how greenery smells!” then leaned in to inhale the scent and made the funniest face. I don’t think she expected it to smell the way it did but she didn’t say anything, just kinda half smiled and put it in the bag. I told her it was a weird smell that grew on me… only to realize a week later it maybe didn’t grow on me as much as I thought, ha!
Happy New Year!
So very beautiful and cozy! I love your home and love reading/watching your posts! You inspire me!
We are at least a year away from figuring out how to live life RVing but you definitely help keep that dream alive!
That’s awesome, Tami! It’s amazing how much the RV community has grown and how everyone’s journey is different. Ours hasn’t been anything like we imagined, but worth it just the same 🙂
Happy New Year!
By far the nicest Christmas display of all the videos this year
Thanks, Darlene! We would like to upgrade our video gear here soon so we can take better quality videos. Even so, it’s still fun to look back on and watch.
Your RV looks beautiful and oh so cozy. Love it! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
Thanks, Sandy! It may be small, but it was definitely cozy and felt really magical to us, especially at night.
Happy New Year!
Gorgeous as usual! 🙂
Every nook and cranny is gorgeous! You are amazing! Best wishes for a happy, healthy new year from Medford, Oregon!
Thank you! It may have been freezing outside, but at least we felt warm and cozy inside 🙂
Holy cow guys love the way the rig looks. You guys are an inspiration. Four years ago when I started to follow you and got inspired to remodel our RV I never hoped we would go FT but April 2020 we are on the road. Thank you and have a wonderful New Year
That’s so exciting Thea!!! Do you have any specific travel plans or are you going to figure it out as you go?
I found you through Pinterest and am so glad I did. Christmas in your trailer is beautiful, relaxing, and welcoming. Thanks for sharing!
Love it! You have great taste and style- I love the wood trim around everything! So cozy and Christmasey for sure! Great job!
Hi guys! Can you tell me the name of your flooring?..color too? Many thanks😊
It’s NuCore handscraped Ashen Oak from Floor and Decor and has held up awesome for the last 3+ years. Here’s the link to more info if you wanna check it out 🙂
So beautiful!!! And you aren’t crazy about the juniper. Lol.
Haha, glad to hear you agree!
This is stunning! I actually teared up. lol. How do I get one of your renos?
Awww, thank you! We don’t actually renovate RV’s – just this one that we travel in, but I do feature other RV’ers in our Design Vibes series. I also plan to have a resource page up soon with info on those who do renovate RV’s.
Great videos. Looking for ideas for our 5th wheel for this 2020 Christmas.
What did you use to keep the garland and little lights up around the doors and windows. I can’t see for the life of me any tape, velcro or anything.
We used clear thumbtacks around the windows and I think that’s all we used around the door last year since we only hung lights around it. On the outside of the door, we used heavy-duty suction-cup hooks. Then we used S hooks around the slide-outs (in previous years we used clear adhesive hooks). Hope that helps 🙂
Oh and I’m pretty sure we used the clear adhesive hooks to hang the garland around the hallway windows. It’s so thick it hides them pretty well.
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