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When LeeAnn and her boyfriend, Jordan, found out he was going to be relocated to the Oregon Coast for work, they decided to ditch the high rental prices and renovate a tiny home they could take anywhere.
Within 3 months they had transformed an outdated camper into an amazing tiny home on wheels!
LeeAnn’s style is jungleicous with a blend of boho-glam and her own special touch of whimsy.
My favorite aspect of this 5th wheel remodel is how it reflects LeeAnn’s personality and unique style. She’s created a beautiful, feel-good interior where her pups and plants definitely steal the show.
If you have a sweet spot for boho-glam and all things plants, you’re gonna love this RV tour!
This bohemian 5th wheel is a plant lover’s dream
What kind of RV do you have?
02 Keystone Cougar 5th wheel
Do you travel or are you stationary?
How long did the renovation take?
Our renovation took 3 months worth of working on the weekends. We both work fulltime so any free time we did have we spent on the renovation.
How much did it cost?
I didn’t keep an exact total, and I still am working on projects here and there, but a rough estimate would be around 5k.
What made you decide to go “tiny”?
Going tiny was prompted when we decided to make a lifestyle change and move from the city out to the Oregon Coast. We wanted the freedom of being able to own our home but take it wherever we wanted and whenever! We loved the idea of being able to save money and pay off our student loans. Renovating our 5th wheel gave us the opportunity to personalize a home while saving money. We were almost paying 2k a month in rent while living in the city! It was an upfront investment, but worth it in the long run.
Why was it important for you to update your RV?
It was important to me to update our camper, because if it was going to be our home I needed it to feel like a home and not my grandparents trailer that I spent the weekends camping in. I knew living on the Coast in Oregon meant more rainy, dreary days than not, so painting it a bright light color was a necessity.
How would you describe your decorating style?
I love to describe my decorating style for the trailer as Bohemian vintage glam with botanical elements
Where you do draw your inspiration from?
A lot of my inspiration came from ideas and designs I have in my head that I have always wanted to try, but living in rentals over the years had been very limiting in what I could execute. It has been such a joy seeing my ideas come to life, some have been amazingly beautiful, other not so much. Trial and error . My initial inspiration was Mandy and Kevin from @188sqft on Instagram. Randomly coming across their page showing off their adorable renovated trailer sparked the idea that, ” hey! We could do this and make it our very own home” ! I have always been an old soul so anything brass, vintage, and detail oriented as always been my jam! I pulled a lot from my love for vintage and added in my own flare.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
I am a huge supporter of small woman-led businesses. I love finding unique pieces through Instagram or Etsy and incorperating beautiful pieces into my rig. I am also a hard core thrifter so I love going to antique and vintage shops!
What was most challenging about your renovation?
The most challenging aspect of our renovation was hands down the painting. I learned very quickly that painting a trailer was worlds different than walls in a house. Having to deal with condensation dripping and ruining the paint job was very challenging. One night I had stayed up late painting and the next day I went out to the trailer and saw paint drips all down the walls from condensation. It was a very humbling experience that involved lots of tears. If I ever renovate a trailer again, I think I will budget for it to be hired out.
Do you have any future projects or changes planned for the interior?
I recently finished a bedroom make over that I had been wanting to do for awhile, but we just didn’t have the time to do it during our full scale renovation. I am absolutely in love with the way it turned out! I removed the upper cabinets in the bedroom and I wish I would have done this during the renovation. Now I am looking at my kitchen’s upper cabinets debating if I want to remove those for open shelving or not. My next project in the works is creating an outdoor oasis for our deck. Since we are stationary I would love to have an outdoor area that is just as magical as the inside of our trailer.
What piece of advice would you give someone just starting an RV remodel?
My advice for someone just starting an RV remodel has two points. First, be prepared to feel in over your head at times and remember to keep things light hearted. When you’re sitting in the middle of your torn up rv with tools and supplies EVERYWHERE and paint all over you feeling like you will never finish this project and asking yourself what the heck you got yourself into, just laugh it off. There is a light at the end of a tunnel I promise and it will be so worth it! Secondly, when you begin to feel overwhelmed with the design aspect, I would advise you to put your phone away. Stay off Pinterest and Instagram and think about what YOU want the RV to look like. This is going to be your weekend getaway or your fulltime home. Be true to yourself and what you want your home to look like, not what is trending or popular at the time. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain!
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
My favorite aspect of tiny living would be that very thing, tiny living! I love getting to sit on my bed with my dogs while Jordan is preparing us a yummy meal in the kitchen and still be able to have a conversation with him. There is such a freeing feeling being able to look around and in one swoop be able to see everything you own and love.
What’s your least favorite aspect?
My least favorite would definitely be the cluttered feeling that happens so quickly in such a small space. Oh, and all the bugs! No one warned me of the bug situation. I feel like we are constantly battling ants and spiders.
What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?
The main thing I have learned from this opportunity is that you do not need to live large to live beautifully.
Do you work on the road? If so, can you share what kind of work or how you’re able to work while traveling?
We would love the opportunity to work on the road, however Jordan, my S.O. , brews beer for de Garde brewing and I am a Dental Hygienist , which means we need to be stationary for our careers. Eventually we would love to take a few months and get our home on the road to explore!
What has been your favorite place to explore or a place you are excited to explore in the future?
Since we live in our RV we had the opportunity to live on the Coast, which is a pretty desirable place for a lot of people so housing is limited. If we hadn’t decided this lifestyle than I would not be lucky enough to be able to enjoy going to the beach with the dogs whenever I want. The beach is our new happy place and for that we are very thankful.
Most asked about product sources:
Probably the most FAQ’s I get is what flooring I used, what is the name of the green paint in my bedroom and where I found the cedar hex design.
I used Trafficmasters vinyl flooring in Lakeshore Pecan for my floors. It’s a great product and I highly recommend this brand. The green paint I used in the bedroom is Ruskin Room Green by Sherwin Williams. The most unique element in my trailer is my cedar wood hex details I have added throughout. I cut and installed the hex myself. I am most proud of this and consider the hex my take on shiplap.
Wallpaper – Anthropologie
Follow LeeAnn on Instagram!
You can follow LeeAnn on Instagram to see more photos of her bohemian 5th wheel, adorable pups, dreamy plants, and her latest bunny rescue. She also shares great plant tips and even helped me eliminate fruit flys around some of our plants by sprinking cinnamon on the top of the soil – it smelled good and actually worked!