home and garden, Residence

Styling our Vintage Caravan

The joiner who is renovating our vintage static caravan in the garden has now ripped out the interior to re-insulate and clad it, and transformed the layout. He has days where he is singing along happily to the radio and days where he politely texts me in the house, asking for more coffee. I’ll go out to find him scratching his head and pacing the floor, but he always comes back the next day with such renewed enthusiasm and brilliant solutions.

It rubs off on me and gives me momentum for the interior design which is very much on my mind of late. Yes, we’re getting to the point of furnishing and accessorising ready to list it on Airbnb later this year, alongside our gorgeous barn which is already taking bookings.

Narrowing down the vision

This is the image below on Pinterest that is inspiring me currently, but it wasn’t when we began. I had pin after pin saved, but after a while I realised I didn’t want to go down the stereotypical vintage route. I know some people love it, but I also think some people find it really unsettling, it’s lovely in a tea room, but too much for a whole weekend perhaps?

The other option was that industrial, bare wood look, while that mirrored nature outdoors, it didn’t always feel so inviting. We debated keeping the birch ply cladding bare and going for a natural, industrial type look, but not for long. A boxy space like our static caravan really needs to feel light and airy to let the views from outside speak I think, rather than dulled by bare wood. It can get quite misty up here on high, I didn’t want it to feel too bare and industrial on Winter days.

I think the look that appealed most was an American cabin in the forest. So this image of a restored Airstream really stuck out. It’s calm, warm and still has lovely wooden tones.

I’m debating what to do with the front seating and bedding, so love the simplicity of this. I also loved this image, clean and bright, yet warm and sunny.

There is so much room to make an impact with accessories, which can totally set the tone. I love how this shelf below has been accessorised and it gives me lots of ideas for hanging shelving units which could then be easily adapted with hooks and screws. I like the metal hanging storage basket too, Lionshome have some similar.


The cute little picture frames are so lovely here, along with the little vase of flowers. The coffee grinder would be a fun thing to pick up at a car boot, along with fun mugs, perhaps with a theme.

Jar tops screwed to the bottom of a shelf to keep tea, coffee and sugar could be fun – or would this run the risk of being too phaffy and messy? Caravan storage doesn’t have to be boring! It is really important guests have enough spaces to keep their things together, but it is easy to forget where you have put things in a caravan, so storage baskets appeal to me.

Let me know your thoughts and ideas! I’m keen to hear what other people feel about vintage? And of course, you can see the real thing, do hop over to my family blog parentshaped.

Images via The Enlight Project on Unsplash and Shutterstock Vintage caravan sofa, kitchen decor.

Collaborative elements to this post, all themes and thoughts my own.

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  • Reply Kerry Mason

    This looks amazing Penny, can’t wait to see it finished on the outside too. Shared on Pinterest

    Kerry xx

    June 6, 2018 at 7:13 pm
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