I never thought we'd be able to have a "summer home." What I now realize is that I had to adjust my idea of "home." Our little RV by the beach is everything I could want in a summer getaway. It's close enough to commute to work from in warmer weather, but far enough away that all of the day to day stresses melt away as soon as my car pulls off of the highway. My favorite feature of our RV is the giant rear window. In fact, it's why we purchased this particular rig. Creating a cozy sitting nook was a top priority.
Listening to the waves crash into the rocks while I have my morning coffee in the sitting area of our RV is unparallelled. On rainy days I can sit and read here, and on summer evenings the windows can be wide open and the smell of the sea fills the space. With just a few updates we were able to take the standard feel of an RV and give it a little cottage by the sea feeling. Today I'm going to talk about our sitting area, because I get a lot of sourcing questions about it.
Is there anything more adorable than a tiny kitchen? When you have an RV, the kitchen is viewable from everywhere in the rig. This means it truly is the center of your tiny home! When we started our kitchen remodel I was so excited to think about tile and counter combinations. I knew I wanted a beautiful space! However, equally as important to the look of an RV kitchen is its functionality.
After trial and error we decided to convert the propane appliances in our kitchen to electric. This means when we are hooked up to shore power we spend no extra money to cook! If you are in a stationary RV or camp with full hookups, you may want to ditch the propane tanks! Here's how we did it.
It's Sunday, which means... Sunday Coffee! It's no secret my Sunday morning coffee ritual is my favorite. I started a "Sunday Coffee Series" to talk coffee each week with you. Today I'm going to talk about 5 Coffee Bar Must Haves (except for coffee, we know that's a given)! If you don't have a designated coffee bar you could certainly create an area in your kitchen dedicated to your morning beverage. So pour a cup and join me for some java. Here we go...
My house is not a "sparkly" house. Most things are cozy and frankly a little worn down. However I like my dining room to have a little shine and pizzazz. I'm always looking for new candle holders to add to my tablescape, unfortunately that can add up quick. I've been fooling around with some DIY wedding decor and stumbled across ways to combine glass vases and candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. This super easy DIY yields awesome results and the combinations are endless.
I think a perfectly brewed cup of coffee is one of life's great luxuries. Close your eyes, inhale, let the warm steam wash over you. Sip. Taste. Be in the moment, completely relaxed. The world moves a little slower, and nothing seems so bad as it did a minute ago. My favorite Sunday morning ritual is to make myself a fresh cup of coffee and just sit in my dining room soaking in the morning sun. I put some jazz on, and just relax and simply be. No work, no thinking about the "to do" list. Just myself and a beverage as old as time. It's heavenly.
Since this little ritual is something I look forward to each week, I thought I would start a new series on the blog called "Sunday Coffee." Each week I'll cover some kind of coffee related topic. If you've been around here for a while you know that I am obsessed with my Nespresso, but on Sundays or when I'm at my beach "house" I use my french press. I love the coffee it makes, and I don't even mind that it takes just a little bit more time and effort. However, I learned recently that I was doing quite a few things wrong. I (like many), added my coffee, water, brewed, and plunged. There's more to it than that. I fixed these 5 mistakes that I was making with my french press and it dramatically changed the coffee. I thought if I was making these mistakes, you might be too. They are super easy fixes and really take no additional time. Happy Sunday my friends, may your coffee be strong and your work load be light! Read on for the five mistakes you're making with your french press.
Chilly mornings, warm afternoons, blustery winds, warm breezes. Rain and mud, sunshine and clear skies. Spring has it all. I live in the Northeast so Spring has it's own challenges of melting snow (possibly more snow; you're never really safe) and temperature swings of 40 degrees on some days. I think the hardest part for me is footwear. I want to wear light floral fun outfits, but often the mucky yucky roads prevent it. Here are 5 must have shoes for Spring and how to style around them. The great news? They're all available at Target and are all super affordable. I know clothing capsules have become popular, but creating a shoe capsule can be great too. I find that once a season changes I tend to rotate the same shoes over and over. So if I HAD to narrow down my shoes to 5 choices, these would be the ones that make the cut!
I remember just knowing. My fiance and I had driven three hours to check out an RV listed on Craigslist. It was in rough shape for sure. It was behind an auto shop and we had to climb around some tree branches and snow banks to get into it. Once inside we discovered a partially done floor, a stripped down closet where the bathroom was and brown, brown, and more brown everywhere. In spite of the outward (and inward) appearance, I just knew that this was our RV. I knew that with some elbow grease and faith we could turn this into the tiny summer home that we had always dreamed of, and so a week later we made the three hour drive again with my dad to bring her home. While I did slightly underestimate the amount of work it would take, we were able to renovate our RV on a serious budget and turn it into the RV of our dreams. While I could go on and on, here are the five budget friendly things that I think made the biggest impact in our renovation.
Last minute St. Patrick's Day plans? You won't have to spend a pot of gold, I've rounded up some looks that you can find right now at Target and Old Navy.
Prior to purchasing my house, one of my many apartments was a basement level. This meant that while nice, it was somewhat dark, though it had windows. The nice thing was that since it was in the basement, the living room area had a shelf that followed the outer walls. I thought initially it was odd, but once I placed my sofa up against it, I realized it provided a nice decorative shelf to giving me the chance to brighten things up through decor.
Well, the darndest thing happened. I learned to love the ability to decorate in back of the sofa, and found myself really missing that shelf in my next apartment. The living area was too small to support a full sofa table, and I didn't have the money to spend, so I DIY'd it up! I have done the same thing for all subsequent moves, and haven't stopped loving the results.
I remember watching Heidi with my grandmother when I was younger. There was a scene where she and her grandfather were eating what looked to be the most delectable and delicious fresh cream that they had gotten from the goats that day. I just knew that someday I wanted to experience that delicious cream for myself. While I now know that yogurt made from goats milk would not appeal to me, I do absolutely enjoy homemade fresh yogurt. Having spent years purchasing yogurt machines, trying homemade methods that involve overheated ovens and leaving cream in places it shouldn't be left. I had given up. I then discovered the easiest method that yields the most delicious, creamy, and fresh tasting yogurt imaginable. Heidi watch out THIS is the only yogurt recipe you'll ever need.