Hi guys! It's been a long time coming, but finally, the van conversion is complete! Transformed from a semi-habitable, ugly and dark van, to a bright, white, small mobile flat complete with beautiful furnishings in just three weeks! Matthew did most of the work back in Cornwall at his parents place with his dad's tools, inserting a wooden ceiling, fitting the units and counter top, installing the tap/water system, insulating like a mad man, making the double seat (that sneakily houses the toilet) among many many other little jobs! And I made the cushion for the seat from an old mattress topper, sewed the curtains and helped with the painting, but mostly I got to do the fun bit, decorate!
Way back in February 2014 George at Asda got in touch with me about collaborating on an interior design blog post, gifting me £400 to spend at George Home to do up a room of my choice. But, since I'm never in one place for any length of time, I deliberated for a long time what kind of room I would do up, at one point I thought it would be cool to create a mini design studio in my families spare room but I didn't know if I'd even be there to enjoy it in a months time! And then in September 2014, I moved to Switzerland on a whim, randomly met Matthew, moved in with him and in April, he bought us a van and voila! A project was born!
There are so many aspects of the van I love, but my favourite space is the mini seating/dining area. It's soooo comfy and the yellow and pink jumbo cord cushions and grey chevron cushion are so cute and add a such fun pop of colour and pattern. I am proud of my hand painted table top design too! The table itself can be completely removed and hidden away, leaving only the metal insert in the floor, perfect for pulling up to a beautiful location, opening the door and enjoying the uninterrupted view.
I also love the bright pink, floral floor cushion for chilling outside and all the small finishing touches such as the polka dot tea towels, clock, vanilla frosting reed diffuser (which smells amazing), dream catcher, 12 piece spring meadow dinner set, cutlery, mugs and my little towel stack in the wall unit comprising of a stripey blue and white towel, 100% Egyptian cotton white towel, this pink towel and a beach towel.
The bed concertinas up to form a sofa in the daytime, and pulls out at night, making the space multi-functional. We got all the bedding including the 3-in-1 all seasons duvet, pillows, incredibly soft duvet cover and silver throw. Obviously, storage is a big concern when it comes to campervans and as well as the floor units, which we got from B&Q, we got these very cute stripey drawers, which are incredibly useful! Behind them is the gas bottle for the stove, hence the hole in the counter top for the cable. Asda has a ton of cute storage solutions, I got some tiny cardboard drawers for make-up/jewellery etc and this woven felt basket for laundry.
So are you wondering what the before photo's look like? Lol at the toilet strapped to the wall!
And finally! Some before and afters :)