My current design distraction is a rather unusual one. A super special friend of mine has recently become the proud owner of a run down, darlin’ old caravan so together we are planning a makeover. Nick-named ‘Stan the Van” it will be her temporary home each year over the Christmas break in a small, laid back beach town tucked away at the most easterly point of the southern Australian State of Victoria.
Normally when I focus on designing or styling a space it is one room at a time, however, coming up with a concept for a caravan has completely tested my skills. This job requires fitting a whole house into one tiny space. Kitchen, dining, living and sleeping requirements all inside a room that has floorspace dimensions of less than 3m x 5m!!
Now I love small spaces because coziness comes easy, but given that this space will be used in the summer months and at the beach, it needs to feel cool and calm rather than warm and snuggly.
The vibe has to be unique because the owner is a remarkably exceptional individual (don’t get a big head!) who leaves a lasting impression with all who meet her. So my aim is to roll dramatic and casual into one distinctive style.
Whilst browsing for inspiration I stumbled upon the most amazing pictures. What I can decipher from the Norwegian blog named Draumesidene, is that the website is created by Elin Parr who styles and photographs her own beautiful home high in the hills of Norway. Turns out I have been admiring her images on Pinterest for ages without noticing they were all from the same blog. Uniquely simple and monochrome her styling is textural and intriguing in a way that makes my heart race. Combining pattern with raw timber and metallics, the home is a beautiful mix of rustic and relaxed blended with eclectic elegance.
Elin Parr’s stunning imagery teamed with a little libertine inspiration from an old issue of Real Living magazine plus the stylishly summery wave cushion from Art Club Concept has me on track to assemble a space that channels unrestrained vitality merged with calm simplicity. A tiny van which, come Christmas, will be filled with style, fine food, friends, family and fun. Hopefully she will be one very happy camper!
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