Home Sweet Home

The Completed RV
After 10 straight days of painting, hammering, sawing, and praying…we have officially “moved in” to the RV. You can see the entire renovation process and the final photos HERE. We are really happy with how everything turned out…it truly feels like home. It should…because we were able to use all of the same colors and decor as we had in our previous apartment. It was great not buying anything…and yet having a totally new space. We re-used it all…curtains, photos, hardware, lamps, etc.

It’s quite an odd, yet wonderful thing to have a house on wheels. We have all the comforts and familiarities of our favorite things…but we can choose to change what we see outside of our windows in a moments notice! What fun!

Many of you have asked questions about the RV itself…here is a rundown of the specs:

  • 1994 Fleetwood Flair
  • 32′ long, 8′ wide
  • Diesel “Pusher” (engine is located in the rear, under the bed)
  • GMC 6.5 liter V8 Engine
  • 90 gallon veggie oil tank/20 gallon diesel tank (system installed by GFS)
  • Roof-top solar panels
  • Flexsteel couch/seating
  • King bed in rear/Dinette and Couch both convert to beds
  • 3 burner gas stove with oven (and it fits my stoneware muffin pan! hooray!)
  • 6 cubic sq. ft fridge/freezer (new)
  • TV in front and rear for watching DVD’s…equipped with DirectTV (not activated)
  • Cabin air conditioner/Roof-top air in front and rear
  • Large enclosed roof-top luggage carrier

Here is a list of what we have updated so far:

  • Painted cupboards and walls with AFM Safecoat paint
  • Installed bamboo flooring throughout
  • Changed hardware from gold to silver
  • Took out the microwave and created a “tea/cookbook nook”
  • Hung “real” curtains
  • Installed entertainment system with surround sound
  • Installed iPod player in the kitchen area
  • Modified bedroom to add our own king-sized bed (which created more storage under the bed)
  • Added more storage (baskets, hooks, etc)

Future Updates:

  • Inverter and more batteries to increase solar capabilities
  • Stabilizer jacks
  • Composting toilet (Ecolet)

So there you have it. We’ve been living in the RV for 5 days and we’ve loved every moment of it. It does have it’s own unique challenges…but it brings unique joys as well. We’re looking forward to welcoming you into our new home!


  1. LOVE it!!

    Comment by Lucy — July 17, 2007 @ 1:16 am

  2. The RV looks great! I love your decorating style.

    Comment by The Chatty Housewife — July 17, 2007 @ 1:44 am

  3. It is fantastic! You truly can decorate anything!

    Comment by chasmyn — July 17, 2007 @ 2:19 am

  4. So great! Glad you’re moved in…welcome home!

    Comment by Kristin Mayo — July 17, 2007 @ 2:50 am

  5. You are so talented, Sara. I’m telling all of my friends to check this site out if no other reason then to see your decorating gift. Can’t wait to see your home in person. =)

    Comment by angela — July 17, 2007 @ 2:58 am

  6. Welcome home! It looks so wonderful! It seems like each time you downsize, your places get better and better looking. Less really is more :). I look forward to getting help simplifying my own home when you are out here touring! Wishing you and your family wonderful, deep, silly, and contented moments in your new home!!

    Comment by Laura Herrmann — July 17, 2007 @ 3:37 am

  7. Sara the RV is soooooooo cute. It looks great! Good job you all! Have FUN!

    Comment by Kathleen — July 17, 2007 @ 4:00 am

  8. I am so excited for you guys! It looks so nice! Living like rock stars! Woo-hoo!

    Comment by Tracie (boobs on mdc) — July 17, 2007 @ 12:14 pm

  9. The RV looks great! It’s so bright and open. It’s not hard living simply and small when it looks that great! Are ya’ll going to do vinyl wraps on the outside for the tour? What will the outside of the RV look like?

    Comment by Whitney — July 17, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

  10. Wow, once again you blow me away with your eye for design. I sometimes browse your photos when I need a moment of calm in this crazy house of ours. I have a question…bathroom? I don’t know if you’ve discussed this yet, but can you tell me how the toilet works? Where and how often do you need to dump it?

    Comment by mamalove — July 17, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

  11. Sara- you are an inspiration to me!! I love you style, ideas, way of living- you are really making me think!! Thank you for being so open and sharing your life and love. Cheers!!

    Comment by Heather — July 17, 2007 @ 4:55 pm

  12. Wow! It looks awesome!

    My only question is where are bellas toys (like her beautiful play kitchen? Or did you go back to using that small folding play kitchen (DD has one of those too ;)

    Comment by Desiree — July 17, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

  13. wow sara, you’ve done it again!
    it looks SO good. i could TOTALLY live in that RV.
    (i’m always up for living in an RV anyway…its my hubby i need to convince! heh!)
    REALLY cool crib you have.

    Comment by mellalittle — July 17, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

  14. That’s the loveliest house on wheels I’ve seen! It’s actually one of the loveliest homes I’ve seen, wheels or not :)

    We are moving from a large (for us) house to a small apartment, and thanks to you I’m nothing but excited about it. You must have heard it many times, but you really are an inspiration to me.

    Comment by Aparna — July 17, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

  15. Wow! It looks great…congratulations!

    Comment by 2hcreative — July 17, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

  16. Your RV looks so comfy and I am so happy that you have made the space your own….I think that you can live just about anywhere if you can make it yours…

    Lovely. Cant wait to read more and see more pics of your adventure!

    Comment by Anna — July 18, 2007 @ 12:34 am

  17. I just knew that you were going to work miracles and turn a regular RV into a beautiful home – your beautiful home. It’s vibrant, simple and wonderfully yours!

    Comment by Etiana — July 18, 2007 @ 12:53 am

  18. What a great reno job! It looks so homey and makes me want to try the same.

    I’d love to see a post about cooking. How is it in the RV? Can you talk about Vegan cooking for your child and family and what kinds of things you fix in the RV. How often do you buy groceries? Have you had any trouble finding natural food sources? What about veggies–how do you keep/store fresh veggies?

    Please tell us all.

    Comment by wesleyjeanne — July 18, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  19. Oooooh I’m so jealous! Your RV looks like a real home, not something that looks like a Liberace museum like most RVs. Great job!

    Comment by Rene — July 18, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

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  21. It looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the bright, happy color scheme.

    Comment by Ellen — July 18, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  22. Wow! It looks amazing! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to hear about your travels! God Bless!


    Comment by MelanieMC — July 19, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

  23. Love how you used a tin serving tray, hanging on the wall , for your magnetic spice containers.

    Comment by SugahBritches — August 1, 2007 @ 6:14 am

  24. My family (me, husband, and two boys, 5 and 7) are looking at moving into an RV full time as part of a move to voluntary simplicity. Is there a way I could contact you to talk about the choice to live that small?

    Comment by Rita — September 1, 2007 @ 7:51 am

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