The playful interior of this vintage camper renovation was inspired by abstract pop wallpaper
This week’s featured camper is not only pretty and playful, but the happy hues, patterns, and textiles are sure to put a smile on your face. It gives me 90’s summer vibes, but in the best way possible!
After their lives were put on hold last year due to Covid, Allison and her husband, Jim, decided to buy and renovate a small camper they could take trips in with their family. Little did they know that creative adventure would spark a beautiful business venture.
They have since renovated 9 campers! Today we’re taking a peek inside their most recent vintage camper remodel, affectionately named TIN Grace, after Allison’s grandmother, a watercolor artist who loved the color pink.
Playful Vintage Camper Renovation
Type of RV: 1976 Road Ranger
Tell us a little about you, and those you share your RV with.
I am a Fashion Designer turned stay at home mom of two boys, 9 yrs and 3.5 yrs old. My husband is a collegiate soccer coach, who normally travels a good chunk of the year either during his season or recruiting in the off season. During Covid, as the world was placed on hold, so were our normal day to day lives. My husbands season was placed on hold indefinitely, all recruiting came to a screeching halt. Therefore we found ourselves having more time than ever before!!! My oldest son was learning virtually, like most American children, so we thought “Hey! Why not get a little camper, renovate it, and hit the road!”
One camper turned into two, two turned into three, and so on! I think we just wrapped our 9th vintage camper renovation!!! Covid was the worst year for so many of us, but for our little family of 4, we were able to create a beautiful new business out of all of that darkness!
What kind of campers do you renovate?
Vintage! 60’s and 70’s to be precise! I love the those retro lines!
How long did the renovation take?
A typical renovation takes about 6 weeks. Give or take. When dealing with vintage, you never know what you’re going to uncover!!! We have discovered some sweet 60’s memorabilia hidden in those drawers!
How often do you travel?
We try to take each renovation on at least ONE adventure with our kiddos before she goes on to her forever home! We spent 7 days on the Oregon coast in our latest renovation. She will probably be the hardest to say goodbye to, we created a lot of beautiful family memories in those 7 days, with our vintage girl!
How would you describe your decorating style?
Clean! Fun! Bright! Most importantly, ALL about pattern mixing!!!! I think the word I most often get when people see our work is “Happy” but that’s not technically a decorating style, ha!
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
The textiles!!!! Being a Fashion Designer, textiles are everything. Oh and SHOPPING!!!!!!! Shopping! ALL the shopping!!!
Staging is probably a VERY close second! That for me is what truly makes a space feel like a home, all the little details, it doesn’t matter whether you live in a 150 sq ft vintage camper or a 3,000 sq foot home, the details are what make the space feel like home.
Shopping! I already mentioned that, right?!
I love combining vintage home goods, with modern accents. I feel it pays homage to the trailers vintage roots, while keeping it modern and fresh at the same time!
When I am not renovating a camper you can always find me at the local vintage and second hand stores, looking for my next treasure!
Did you draw inspiration for this vintage camper renovation from anything or anyone specific?
For this trailer, which we named TIN Grace, I had a vision from the very beginning. She was named after my Grandmother, who I believe I got a lot of my creative genes from.
She was fancy, frilly, fun and loved PINK! So those pink cabinets, yep! She would of loved those! She was also a watercolor artist, which I tried to incorporate in the fun wallpaper mural at the back end. I love bold graphic prints, but still feel fairly abstract, or symmetrical. I love symmetry. But, I think I’m getting off topic!
What are your favorite places to source products and decor?
I purchase almost everything from Amazon! Apart from wallpaper, textiles, and vintage pieces! For textiles, I shop online, Fabric Guru is a favorite as well as Fabric.com (an amazon company). I can also source from mills in North Carolina. For vintage, I shop all the local antique stores, flea markets (I’ve never met one I didn’t love!), and second hand stores. The thrill is in the journey, you never know what you will stumble upon!
What is your favorite piece of decor or splurge-worthy item that was incorporated into the interior?
For this project, my favorite piece was the wallpaper/ wall mural. I actually found that first, and designed the rest of the space around it!
What piece of advice would you give someone about to embark on a vintage camper renovation?
If you are planning on renovating vintage, always expect the unexpected and there is ALWAYS water damage, somewhere!!!!
It also will take longer than you anticipate. Hang in there though, its worth all the blood sweat and tears in the end! Seeing all that hard work turn into the most beautiful space, that is what its all about!
Most asked about product sources:
Sherwin Williams pink cabinet paint color “Romance”
Wallpaper – Etsy
Amazon- for all the light fixtures
Amazon- for all the bathroom decor, including toilet
Amazon- Cabinet Hardware
Home Depot- Retro Fridge
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