I fell in love with the idea of a vintage caravan last year, when I saw a few absolutely amazing ones on Instagram. They were being used as a place to relax and have fun decorating and I thought it looked like such a fun thing to do. I think when you have that little space, that’s not your main home you can really go for it with a theme and decoration.
When I was asked to take part in a blog hop for new book Vintage Caravan Style, I knew it was a book I would really enjoy and I was totally right. This is such a great book with the most amazing caravans that you will ever see, beautifully pictured inside.
The book itself is a lovely size, just the right size to leaf through, it’s printed on great quality glossy paper and the cover is so pretty! It has over 150 full colour pages, each with a little text and lot’s of beautiful pictures, information and handy tips for creating your own vintage caravan style.
From a practical point of the view the book covers everything you need to know if you were thinking about actually buying a caravan and redecorating it yourself. This includes the background and history, the things to look out for and be aware of when buying as well as practical advice on getting an old damaged caravan home and the different themes and styles you could go for. There is some really useful advice in there for a first time caravan buyer.
Once you have found your perfect retro caravan the book goes into some detail about the various stages of restoration, as well as problems you may come across and things to be cautious of, which are all really helpful. By this point in the book I was ready to hit eBay and find an unloved trailer to restore – I love a project!
My favourite section of the book covers choosing the theme for your caravan and there some really fabulous ideas from cute girlie florals, to masculine western themes to retro 50s diners. The imagination that people have put into these caravans is amazing and they really are a labour of love and dedication. I think if I was decorating my own caravan I would go for something cute retro and kitsch, with lot’s of lovely colours.
There is a great chapter on choosing colour schemes, this is obviously really important and as you see from the pictures in the book the colour need to be perfect in such a small space. The book features lot’s of great ideas and some lovely retro paints and fabrics which have filled me with inspiration. And these are things that can be carried into the home, or other small space decorating if the vintage caravan is still just a dream.
Later in the book comes the section of decorating your caravan with little vintage treasures and textiles. For people like me who love hunting out cool vintage things, this would definitely be the most fun part of creating a vintage style caravan. There are some great little ideas from cushions and curtains to accessories and awnings and lots and lots of bunting!
Once your new home on wheels is complete the book covers getting it out on the road. There’s some really great practical advice here as well including mechanical advise for both the towing car and the caravan to make sure your road trip will be a safe one. It also covers what you should pack before you go. A retro picnic hamper is an essential! The book also covers on-site caravans which is something that really appeals to me as I think I would be terrified towing one!
The final chapter covers the caravan community who look like a really cool bunch of people.
I loved leafing through this delightful book. It’s lovely to look at all the pictures and it’s full of retro decorating ideas whether you are thinking of owning a vintage caravan or not. This will be staying on my coffee table for a while as I keep picking it up for another look!
I’d recommend this book to any vintage enthusiast as it really is fabulous.
The book is written by Lisa Moro who is the editor of Vintage Caravan Magazine.
I have a copy to give away to a very lucky reader, just leave a comment on the post about how you would decorate your dream vintage caravan and one lucky reader will be chosen at random to win. xxx
The images from the book have been used with permission from the publisher.
The Book is Published By David and Charles
Buy your copy on Amazon here
See the other posts in the blog hop here