Last April, I was waiting on a date for major emergency* surgery so it seemed like a good time to convince David that we should buy a vintage caravan. It would be the perfect distraction, I said, and in my defence planning the project most definitely was. There did, however, turn out to be a lot more work involved than I imagined, so here we are - well over a year later - and it’s finally finished!
The previous owners had started doing up our wee 1985 caravan, so we don’t have an original photo of how it would have looked, sadly. We decided we wanted to have a proper mattress for comfort and so we wouldn’t have the faff of rearranging cushions and making the bed each night. With a 4 foot mattress making up the bed/lounging area, this left just enough space for a dining section in the middle. We also decided to take out the shower as the original tray was badly damaged and there was damp in the cubicle, instead we just have a cassette toilet and little sink. We were very lucky with the kitchen; the original fridge, oven and hob all work perfectly!
My Mum and Dad gave me a pair of Enamel Happy cups for my birthday before we bought the caravan, not long after that I found Lust did a retro daisy wallpaper. These were the starting point for the interior style which I planned out on Procreate. I’ve loved having an excuse to find bits and pieces to match over the last year, even sourcing mini utensils to stock the kitchen has had me in my element. I’ll pop a list of some of the items below:
I really wanted the space to feel like an escape pod where we can go to disconnect from technology and slow down. We have a cupboard stocked with games and puzzles, a little book shelf and a retro radio.
I have a few things I’d like to work on next year, but for now we’re going to enjoy a few more trips away before we have to put it back into hibernation. Let me know if you have any recommendations for where we should plan a trip!
*I’ve not spoken about this on here before, but it wasn’t actually an emergency in the end. They just had to treat it as an emergency to be on the safe side due to test results.
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