Flooring & Bathrooms in 2017

cherryWe have two RV improvement projects planned for our Volkswagen Vista. We intend to remove the 15-year-old carpet and replace it with a floating vinyl plank flooring. We were going to order it from Home Depot and lucked out this past weekend when we walked into a home improvement outlet and found the exact same flooring for 60% off. They only had 3 boxes but this should be enough to do the RV. Here is what we purchased:

(485) | Model # 12012
Allure 6 in. x 36 in. Cherry Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft. / Case)

We are also planning to add “tile” wallpaper to the bathroom along with a curtain door (to replace the accordian door) on a track in the ceiling. The wallpaper was $1.50 from Goodwill (sealed in new packaging) and the new shower curtain with a teal map and beach theme was $3.99. The curtain has phrases like, “the joy is in the journey” and really fits a traveling theme.


When these projects are completed, I will post the “after” photos and report on how hard or easy it is to remove the old carpet and glue the wallpaper on. RV on!

Glamping in Huntington Beach CA

This is Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California. I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in January glamping in my sister’s RV with her family. The weather was beautiful with sunny 70’s during the day and 50’s at night. Native Californians view this as winter weather and the beach was virtually empty. I, as a Minnesotan, viewed felt the glorious sunshine equivalent to the Caribbean and didn’t think once about it being 30 degrees back home.


Me (soaking up the sun)

It’s always special to spend time with my sister’s family but this was extra special. My niece had just been discharged from the hospital (she is chronically and serioiusly ill) and the RV is rigged for her medical needs. My sister cannotĀ leave southern CA due to her daughter’s needs so having “sister time” is extra special. The RV is called “The Hope Rig.”

Bolsa Chica State Beach is really beautiful and Huntington Beach is known as “Surf City”. There were many surfers in wet suits out in the water. The weekend also brought out many 1970’s spirits with long hair, VW camper vans and motorcycles. They all set up for the day in the parking lot, which charges $15 day for parking.

Thanks to my brother-in-law, meals were fit for a glamper. He made barbecued meatsĀ (including brisket and his own smoked sausages), tacos, and full breakfasts! Add in early morning coffee on the sand (albeit in blankets) and it cannot be topped as one of the best glamping locations. Morning coffee is the best when listening to the ocean waves and looking at the sand.ca-coffee-on-beach

So, next time your sister calls and says, “Want to go camping at Bolsa Chica State Beach?” get on a plane and go! THANK YOU SISTER!

What’s Up with Flamingos and Glamping?

flamingosMy spouse brought these flamingo salt & pepper shakers home from the thrift store. They are magnetized and face each other chest-to-chest. Notice the art deco details in the stylized grass behind them. They are quite unique, especially since they were found in Minnesota.

Flamingos and glamping go together. Glampers are fascinated by the creatures. First of all, they are pink and fun. They also represent some fun “glamour” and are associated with being different. (You are “brave” to put bright pink accessories in your yard/garden or decorate your camper?)

They are also associated with Florida, the land of sun and fun. When someone wants to put fun in their glamper, flamingos do the trick. On the facebook page, Glampers on the Loose (http://www.facebook.com/groups/glampersontheloose), bright pink and flamingos are a prominent theme. If flamingos are your theme, go for it! They really represent a glamorous, art deco period of Florida and they are really fun.

Here’s a couple other flamingo items for your inspiration, string lights, a purse, and fabric. The possibilities are endless.


Fabric to inspire you