Finding inspiration

What started out as a pleasant sunny day  has turned into a rainy afternoon. So rather than stand outside in the rain and admire my new driveway some more… (Don’t judge, I have been waiting so long for a real driveway.) I decided to come inside and get some work done.

I spent a little time photographing items for the Etsy shop:

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I made a post office run to mail a really fun vintage ashtray to its new home in the Netherlands.DSC_0029  And now instead of emptying the camper and photographing it (too rainy to take stuff out) I am trying to come up with some ideas for the interior.

And wow, there are some amazing little campers out there, folks.  I can only hope Rosie ends up being so cute.

First, let me share a few initial ideas about Rosie.  Last week I asked Maggie to head to the Exeter Handkerchief Factory, with me.  This place is great.  It is a big ol’ building filled to the brim with decor fabrics.  Then upstairs on the third floor are endless rolls of remnant fabric for 9$ a yard.  She and I rummaged around, chatted with a really nice woman who works there and came out with a couple of swatches.  I was thinking that Rosie would have benches on either side, and the bottoms could lift up and there would be storage underneath.  She’d be pretty much be set up like a traditional camper, with a fold down table in between the seats and all that good stuff.

The swatchs from left to right:  Curtains, Seat Cushions, Seat Backs, Pillowsfourup

But now… I am rethinking that entire plan.  I am not even sure I want to keep the benches on either side.  I might just rip it ALL out.  I apparently have a passion for tearing things out of trailers.

The general idea for Rosie is to be a fitting room and cute background to my booth  at vintage fairs and then we’ll use her as a little lounge by our back patio when she is not working.  But I figure I can just use regular furniture in her for both of those purposes and that way she can be reconfigured for any event I want to use her for.  I’d love to be able to rent her out for weddings as a photo back drop or bridal lounge as well.

That said… I still have to come up with a final plan and soon.  I want her to be ready before Labor Day. I am hoping to do two fairs this fall.  One on labor day weekend –  and I already know I’ll be at the Vintage Bazaar September 21st and 22nd 2013.

As I said before, there are some great campers out there. Check out these images:


From “Get Campy”

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Curb Service Camper – From Design Sponge

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Adelante’s Curb Service Camper – From Design Sponge

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Amazing Airstream Interior, Also from Design Sponge

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Blush’s amazing mobile shop. Blush on Wheels.

I love the blush camper.  Just… wow.  I am not sure how to get such a bright and airy space in something the size of little Rosie.  But I want to. So, any thoughts from the outside world?  Do I go with built in benches and table?  Or do I take it all out and use furniture that can be moved around as needed?

I just don’t know.

If anyone feels the urge to give me more detailed advice – or if you need visual aides –  here is a scale floor plan of the camper interior:




  1. Jennifer says:

    I love the idea of having it open with pieces of home furniture in it! I like the blue color scheme, especially the swatch of bright blue.