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.
We didn't want the bulk or the weight of a jackknife sofa, but we wanted the ability to have an extra bed. We decided to go with a light weight futon. It would give us the ability to rearrange furniture as needed, fold down into a bed, and still provide a place to sit and watch television. We got this one off of Amazon for $180. I honestly can't say enough about the quality. It looks like linen and held up to sand, water, and a lot of other wear and tear.
I was positive I was going to do a white sofa up until we purchased the futon. I love the blue now, and I'm so happy we went with it. It adds a nice pop of color. I added a few throw pillows since it doesnt have any arms, and this does the trick.
For the actual "reading nook" the search for the perfect chairs went a bit longer. At one point I thought about doing two futons and putting one on the slide out and one in the reading nook. I also looked at club chairs, Ikea pong chairs, and some other reading chairs.
After much thought, bf really wanted a chair he could recline in. I didn't like the idea of just one recliner since we wanted to maximize the seating for guests, but I didn't see how two different chairs would work in that space. I also didn't want to invest in two expensive recliners.
Finally after searching for a long time we found these slim recliners. It's like they were meant for an RV. They recline almost to 180 degrees and are quite comfortable. The price was right at about $130. They are 27 inches wide which means I can fit two perfectly in the nook. I was afraid they would be uncomfortable for anyone who wasn't super petit, but we've had many friends and family members sit in them and we have yet to have someone have a problem. They were easy to put together, just snapping together.
The fabric was better quality than I thought it would be. They now have white, which they didn't when I ordered, so I went with the blue. I was very worried because they are a light blue and our sofa is more of a navy. I thought it might clash, but in reality there are many blues rounding out the whole space so it all kind of blends together.
To make the space feel more homey (and really tie the room together...sorry I had to) I added a plush area rug under the couch, and a runner under the chairs. I got a marble topped end table at Nordstrom Rack (I had a gift card). I don't think they have it anymore but this one is similar.
I added a coastal themed lamp from Christmas Tree shop and curtains for a finishing touch. I get asked about the curtains all the time. They are from Ocean State Job Lots. I'm not sure if you have one near you, they don't have any online curtains so I can't link, but I only paid $6 a panel! I absolutely love them. These ones are a bit pricier but similar. You could also easily make your own curtains for $5 a panel, which I plan to do on our three season porch.
I swap out plants and baskets in the space, and rotate throw pillows. Overall it is really comfy and I never feel too cramped or crowded when sitting in it. My next plan is to add some kind of coffee table, but I'm on the search for just the right size! I'll update you when I do!
Have you ever mixed multiple shades of the same color before?
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