Part 4 Renovating Motorhome: Subfloor + Boiler + Decorative Pillows + Curtains

Part 4 Renovating Motorhome: Subfloor + Boiler + Decorative Pillows + Curtains

Last January I wrote about the curtains hanging in our camper! At least, the curtains around the fold-down bed. Now also the smaller curtains around the round seat in the back of the camper are hanging. It already looks far better! But we are not there yet ..

Two weeks ago we took a day to go on with the interior. I finished the subfloor and Bas started with the boiler. The floor in the camper was carpeted but it was obviously not very nice. Therefore, we decided to lay a subfloor so that we can place a PVC floor. Well, the subfloor is in! It was a lot of work but it looks good!

The water heater was unfortunately broken so we got a new one that had to be built in again. Because it was just a slightly different model, Bas here and there still had to make some adjustments. But it worked! We have hot water in the kitchen and in the bathroom!

Finally, we hung two spots in the back corners of the camper and we mounted plastic strips for the curtains so that the whole looks a little tighter!

The curtains hang but we don’t like it that you can see the rails.

We place a simple plastic strip in front of the curtain rails so you can not see the top so well.

In the corner the curtains hang neatly together. Now I have to make straps that hold the curtains in place while driving.

Here you see the subfloor we have also mounted against the benches. This was also carpeted in a dirty brown color.

After these chores, we wanted to see the (almost) final result, so we cleaned everything up and decorated the camper as it should. I had made a few cushions to match the curtains but unfortunately I still have to make the bench cushions. The color of the bench cushions doesn’t fit our image of the interior and it’s not a good combination with the new curtains and all.

What do we still want to do about the camper?

Before we really going on the road in May for the first time, we want to do the following things:

  • Leave laying a PVC floor. We have already bought one, now find someone who wants to lay the floor.
  • The double bench allow welding in the camper.
  • Lamp post above the round seating.
  • The camper furnish all the necessary stuff you need.
  • The motor of brush in the way!

Actually, these are the most necessary things we still like to do before we go on vacation. In addition, I also want to make new sleeves in the summer for the cushions of the sofas. The green I find too dark and not nice with the blue of the curtains and it’s not our style. However, the pillows are very good order so for the next few months it is fine.

I also have a long list of fun stuff I want to buy such as a flat cable with lights outside, a plastic carpet for outside and get some goodies!

The round seating is the complete picture but without the table. In the middle of the U-shaped seating, between the two tables, is space for a lamp. We are still looking for a great model!

A nice tight subfloor is in and sits against the benches. We want the new PVC floor to run up against the pillows.

Both fabrics, of the curtains and cushions, come from the fabric market in Utrecht.

The top of the kitchen is original, much as I want to use film so this is also neat and finished.

We are again one step further and it starts to be more exciting because you really start to see why you’re doing it. In May it will be our first RV trip with Jaya, exciting!

Another couple of decisions we have to make:

  • What color get the couch cushions? It’s so dark I think. But dark is sometimes less likely dirty.
  • What we will do so Jaya can not fall out of the fold-down bed? There are safety nets that can assemble there but there are also parents who place their child in a Deryan tent on the fold-down bed.

Tips are always welcome! :-)

Creative Workshops in Bali – Indonesia

Creative Workshops in Bali – Indonesia

It has been a while since I’ve been to Bali, almost 3 years! But it still feels like yesterday. I can’t believe how many posts I wrote during the 3 months we’ve stayed there about Bali. I wrote about massages in Bali that we took almost every week, I wrote about the restaurants in Canggu, the markets in Bali and lots more. Find them all here in my Bali category.

Today I want to tell you a bit more about a really cool website I found, where you can read about creative workshops in Bali with locals. Doing things with locals is the best, because they know what to do, where to find it and what is the best in Bali. So, these workshops with locals are great! It’s actually a website where you can find all sorts of things With Locals.

Creative Workshops in Bali Indonesia

When you visit Ubud, you will notice that the Balinese love to paint. They create all sorts of art work, which is really cool. It’s not so easy to take with you on the plane, but shipment with a boat is pretty cheap. Would you like to learn about Balinese painting? There is a really cool workshop called Practical Balinese Traditional Painting Class. Really cool to learn yourself how to paint like a Balinese!

Other things you can also learn in Bali is Fruit carving, surfing of course, cooking (definitely a very good workshop!), or get a lesson by a spiritual healer. I did a cooking class in Bali and learned how to make my own Indonesian peanut sauce. It was incredible! It’s also amazing to see how much they make them selfs and how many fresh ingredients you need. Here in Europe we use a lot of pre-made stuff but in Bali it’s all fresh!

So, if you are planning to go to Bali, definitely check out this great website where you find all kinds of stuff to do With Locals. That’s also the name of the website, pretty easy. I hope you will have a great time in Bali, but I’m sure you will.

For more travel tips, check out my Indonesia category.

Safe travels, x

Bohemian interior ideas – LOVE!

Bohemian interior ideas – LOVE!

Do you also like a bit of expressive style? Then you will find the bohemian style of living maybe as much fun as I do. Decorated in cool colors, vintage items, findings from other countries, and yet also a light and airy interior. At least, that variant of a bohemian interior I love.

Although my own interior is truly bohemian, yet I would like to transform my home to this charming residential style. But how do you do that? I asked myself, so I went to find out! These are the ideas and tips I encountered to create a boho interior.

Bohemian decor and colors

First I want to tell you what colors I often see returning in boho interiors. Azure, greens, warm tones inspired by spices, but also eggplant is a beautiful boho color!

Bohemian interior and materials

Actually, you can also call bohemian an eclectic style. Materials commonly used are: wood, pottery, used wood, fabrics from distant countries.

Bohemian interior and patterns

A boho interior is also called exotic. This is thanks to the many influences from other countries such as Oriental prints.

Bohemian decor must-haves

If you want to buy accessories and elements that belong in a bohemian interior home then you can start with the following items:

  • Kelims
  • Wooden bowls
  • Hanging Plants
  • Cushions with embroidery
  • Exotic plants
  • Pottery
  • Substances from Eastern countries
  • Tadelakt / lime paint

Vintage furniture, findings from a flea market or recycled, natural materials, linen or fabrics with beautiful prints, baskets and canes, rough concrete or a beautiful large palm tree in the living room. These are all components that make an interior into a bohemian interior style.

As I said, I love a light and airy space, so it is good to use a white and neutral basis to create a bohemian décor. Boho living can feel quite dark and crowded, so a light base is refreshing.

I went looking for bohemian accessories for a bohemian décor. I find a lot products with color and natural materials combined.

The following items I would like to put in a bohemian décor:

My inspiration at the moment. What is your favorite interior style?

(Image of the interior via Hervé Goluza Photography for Glamour France)

Dutch interior inspiration + some personal stuff

Dutch interior inspiration + some personal stuff

Hi all! It’s been a while since I’ve written something on DesignClaud. After the holidays I asked myself what my goal was with DesignClaud, if I still wanted to go on with the blog and what my focus would be. At the moment I’ve got enough work besides my blog and I do sell my posters and prints very well. Especially in Holland they are loved by many people.

But the blog is also a way of sharing my inspiration and passion for interior and that was something I missed the last few weeks. I’ve noticed that I would love to create my own content but I don’t have the possibilities to do that at the moment. So, as the time comes I hope to find more time to do that.

For now I want to share this gorgeous interior with you. It’s an apartment in the old city called Den Bosch in Holland. A gorgeous home with lots of stuff from flea markets and thrift shops. Have a look and dream away!

Gorgeous interior, isn’t it? I love how they combined old and new. I’m not a big fan of a totally new interior, I prefer second hand stuff, stuff from flea markets or from the thrift shop. I think I visit the thrift shop almost every week. Sometimes I bring something with me that doesn’t fit in my interior anymore and sometimes I take something home from the shop.

Also we have lots of travel souvenirs that bring back memories from our world trip, but to decorate the entire home with them is just too much. So, I try to combine them with second hand stuff and a bit new design. It’s still a proces and I think it will stay that way.

Do you combine old and new with each other?

Part 3: Check out the curtains hanging in the camper

Part 3: Check out the curtains hanging in the camper

Last weekend I started making curtains for our camper. A completely new challenge for me! But it went well (except for a few crooked seams) and after sewing a full day I had finished three curtains.

When we started renovating the camper, we’ve removed all the curtains so we could paint properly. Back then, we never thought to write down which curtain hung where. In principle, that is not directly necessary for the self-explanatory or where they fit. Tuesday I went to the shed where the camper is and I hung up the curtains. Once they hung I began to doubt, the curtains behind the fold-down bed, next to the window, seem too short or too long. Probably these curtains don’t suppose to hang at the fold-down bed but at the windows below the folding bed. For now we will leave them hanging.

Next week I’ll start with the other curtains. The curtains in the U-shaped seating are basically decorative, but it is also nice when they can close. So, again a nice job to do!

See here, the end result of the first three curtains around the fold-down bed! I am very happy with it, even though it’s such a dark and gloomy weather, I do feel the nice fresh and summery feeling in the camper. When all curtains hang, we can hang some more accessories and perhaps start re-upholstering the cushions.

Let’s first see how much fun sewing is after the next eight curtains!

Part 2: Renovating our camper interior – curtains!

Part 2: Renovating our camper interior – curtains!

Here I am again with a little update on our Hymer motorhome. The last time I showed you how we painted the interior of the motorhome white and how we did it exactly. Tips are always useful for other RV enthusiasts, I’ve noticed, so that’s why today I’m going to tell you more about the last project that we have done for our camper.

Last Wednesday I had my very first sewing lesson. I started a course to learn to sew, because to me that seems so lovely. The sewing lesson went very well and I was immediately no longer afraid of the sewing machine. That fear, I once suffered under me when I pressed a little too hard on the pedal and everything froze, my mother got mad, my little project fell apart etc. Well after that first sewing lesson I thought it wasn’t that bad at all! All those years I worried for nothing ;-)

I learned during the first lesson straight choke, choke circles, squares, triangles, etc. Super instructive because you get to know the machine really well. After the class I was already very enthusiastic to do something. I ordered fabric and this week I’ll start the lesson with a harem pants for Jaya.

But the enthusiasm grew slightly faster ;-) because I figured I could make the curtains of the camper myself. That’s just straight stitching (not …) and I had just learned well. Well, I did not hesitate long and at Saturday I immediately went to the market in Utrecht to buy fabric for the curtains.

How I started making my own curtains …

  • First, I measured the original curtains and I looked how they were made. How much was used for the border and how many curtain band I would need.
  • After that, I mapped everything out on paper to see what was the smartest way to get the curtains out of the fabric and of course having to throw away as little as possible. Together with my neighbor we came up with seven meters of fabric.
  • Saturday morning I went to the market for the first time, where I bought fabric for € 8 per meter.
  • I also bought a pair of scissors, thread, seam ripper, pins and a centimeter. Band curtain and hooks I forget to buy, but apparently you can not buy that on the market in Utrecht. Eventually I bought them at the Leen Bakker.
  • The fabric was quite askew cut on the market so I made it straight.
  • Then I cut each curtain.
  • When you’ve cut everything, you can start locking the fabric. I love how fast it goes!
  • There had to be some pieces locked together so that the sewing goes even faster.
  • After locking the fabric, I started stitching the hem all around.

I am very curious about the result in the camper. I hope the turquoise gives the camper a little more freshness because of the few brown and dark parts in the interior. There are still some brown elements in the camper as the front of the heater, the bottom of the fold-down bed and here and there some brown leather in the kitchen. The blue has to give it a younger appearance.

I saved the original curtains, who knows they ever come in handy! In addition, I also started with a solid inventories for the camper. After all you want to do is get away if you feel like it. So I want a solid contents in the camper like towels, tea towels as well as all the holiday stuff so you can go super fast.

I’m very curious what you think of the color of the curtains (although it is not quite correct on the pictures) and it looks more like this color. Are you going sometimes camping? Perhaps you have good tips for a camping list :-)

UPDATE 12-01-16: I’ve hang the curtains! Want to see how the largest curtain hides the pull-down bed? Click here and see the pictures on my Instagram account!

Printable Christmas Gift Wrap – Black and White, Gold color or Red

Printable Christmas Gift Wrap – Black and White, Gold color or Red

It doesn’t take long anymore before it’s Christmas! I don’t believe we will get a white christmas this year, its just too hot for winter at the moment. Not really weather to get in the mood for Christmas..

But the gifts have to get wrapped, whether it snows or not. With these three free printable gift wrap designs you can quickly ans easily wrap a gift. Push them through your home printer and you are ready to go!

This Christmas gift wrap is easily to fold around a gift. Download the images on to your computer and print them!

Download the golden christmas gift wrap, the black and white christmas gift wrap and the red christmas gift wrap here.

Merry Christmas!

Love, Claudia

Part 1: renovating our camper interior

Part 1: renovating our camper interior

Less than a month ago we bought our first camper (read it here)! A Hymer of 25 years old with a very brown and dark interior. Not really our taste! We knew when we bought the camper that we very quickly would tackle the interior because before we would hit the road, the camper would have a white interior. No sooner said than done. Last week we took the camper to our parents in the south of the country so that we could start our little project there and they could take care of Jaya and had quality time with her.

We had all the paint supplies before we left so we could get started immediately. But you always think it is going faster than it actually is. Bas and his father started with the exterior (after the camper had been through the Truck Wash) and I started to demolish some little things like removing ugly lights, wall brackets, adhesive strips and take out all the upholstery. It takes a day things like this because when you take away things they also leave holes behind which you want to fill. Besides that, you also have to use masking tape to protect the parts you don’t want to paint.

We matted the interior completely. If you do it too coarse, then the veneer damage and you don’t want that. If you do, moreover, not coarse enough again, the paint adhesion. This has happened to us on a few tiny spots where you can’t matten good enough.

The second day we started removing the pillows, the mattress, the closet doors, the bathroom door, tray, shelves and other loose parts that had to be painted white. The best place to paint this is outside the camper so that you can paint the fixed interior of the camper as well.

How much paint do you need for painting a motor home?

We had plenty with the 2.5 liters of lacquer paint and 2.5 liters of primer paint for painting the entire interior plus ceiling and walls. We still have some left to work a little here and there. You better go for good paint so that you only have to paint one or two times than economize and find out that you have to do it several times.

We started with one primer coat that was good and thick, and then with two coats of paint on the cabinets and one coating on the large surfaces such as walls and ceiling. The cabinets were painted 2 times because we’ll use this often, you touch it often and so it should be slightly firmer.

The end result is exactly as we had envisioned. Now it’s time to decorate the interior such as new cushion covers, curtains but also adding fun accessories.

What do we have in mind to do in the camper?

Ok, here’s the list …

  • Make a new dashboard cover (the previous owner had quite ugly carpet encounter screwed here).
  • Create a safety net for the folding bed for our daughter Jaya.
  • Make curtains for the back of the camper.
  • New cushion covers (this comes later as the current pillows are still fine).
  • Accessories such as convenient hanging racks, storage boxes and of course stylish accessories.
  • New lighting such as spotlights.
  • Installing the new water heater.
  • Up front, we would like to build an extra seat so that Jaya can sit in the front of the camper in a car seat (this is still an interesting job! Oops ….)

Most points on our list do not need to be in a hurry so once it’s dry and sunny, then we will certainly go for a weekend out!

Oh yeah, we’ve also been thinking to give the camper a color on the outside. For example, the horizontal area between the aluminum strips. Who knows … something for the future.

Renovating the interior of a Hymer camper

Bas is applying wax to the outside of the camper so that water will float away easily.

Removing all the golden accessoires they’ve put up on the wall.

The bathroom needs a good clean and maybe we want to get new foil for on the walls in the bathroom. At the moment the walls are covered with foil with tile motif.

The (intermediate) result: a white camper interior

And then, after four days of working and painting, the result…

Oh dear, once you’ve painted the first shelf or door, you can not go back! You must continue now. On these photos, we were about half-way with the application of the primer.

Two days later, the interior was provided of 3 layers of paint.

Quite a job but I would do it again. I have not regretted it. Perhaps an RV enthusiast will find the original Hymer nicer but we are not going to sell the camper within the next few years. We of course want to have fun as long as possible and preferably we do it in such a beautiful white interior. Did you last see the inspiration images for our camper? Then you see where we want to work towards ..

‘Air plants’ for in your home!

‘Air plants’ for in your home!

Have you heard about ‘air plants’? I’ve seen them before, I think on Pinterest or in a magazine, but I didn’t know they called them ‘Air Plants’. Well, actually that is the literal translation from the Dutch name Luchtplantjes. Air plants do not need earth, they are very exotic and fresh. The most populair air plants if the Tillandsia but there are so many varieties which can be combined together. For example the Tillandsia Baileyi, a very exclusive epiphyte plant of the family. It’s a very green and sturdy plant with leaves that resemble tentacles. All the air plants are very fragile.

Air Plants with beautiful decorations

The fun of the air plants is that you can combine them with each other but also with beautiful vases and other decorations. The Dutch webshop ‘Luchtplantjes’ sells a lot of special sets as a gift or for yourself. The plants are ideal for a terrarium for in your interior. The plants look gorgeous in a terrarium and become a real piece of art. Of course the plants need special care, so definitely consider this before you buy an air plant. Once your plant is at home, you need to immerse it in a tub of lukewarm water. Let the plant upside down dry on a towel. This methode prevents rotting. Air plants are native to the desert, forests and mountains of Central and South America, Mexico and the southern United States. Their climate is totally different from ours, therefore it is good to give your plant every week some water.

Danish Retro Kids Room Inspiration

Danish Retro Kids Room Inspiration

It is so wonderful to get inspiration for kids rooms. They are all so cute and cozy that I sometimes do not know what style I now like the most. Is it Scandinavian? Retro? Super colorful? Black and white? Sometimes I just want everything in my house! This retro kids room from Denmark is decorated with all sorts of items from different brands, shapes and colors. There are furniture of the thrift shop, the bed is an old sofa from the fifties, cushions from Ferm Living and the poster of Fine Little Day.

A kids room is a space which needs something new every year. Children grow fast and need so much every couple of months when they come into a new phase. Hence we have chosen for furniture that can grow with the child. A large bed, a large wardrobe and not ‘childish’ colors.

There is space for storing books, toys and games in this retro kids room. A beautiful retro closet provides plenty of space and this is also a nice place to put up beautiful accessories and decorations.

A true Scandinavian children with lots of white, natural light and design items.

Images: boligcious.dk

Giveaway: Free Interior Text Poster!

Giveaway: Free Interior Text Poster!

It’s almost the time of the holidays! Time to organize a giveaway. This time it’s no wrapping paper free downloads but a nice interior / text poster for on your wall! I make my own prints which I sell in my shop but it’s also fun to give away a free poster during this time of the year! This text poster with the quote “Love is in the air” can be downloaded in black and white, in the color mint or with a nice chalkboard background.

Download the interior text poster here!

You can download the mint color text poster here, the black and white poster here and chalkboard poster here. I am very curious how the poster will look on your wall, and would really like to see it. Send a photo to info@designclaud.nl or tag DesignClaud on Facebook or Instagram and I will send you a coupon to buy a free printable in my shop! Super thanks!

You can also find lots of great downloads on DesignClaud for wrapping paper. This printable gift paper is suiteable to print on your home printer and is ideal if you need to pack something quickly like smaller gifts. Have a look at the black and white wrapping paper, christmas wrapping paper, colorful wrapping paper and geometric wrapping paper downloads.

For more great graphics or text posters, please have a look at my shop. Here you will find digital posters or printed posters. On my Instagram account I share more photos of happy customers with a DesignClaud poster on the wall :-)

A calm interior in Holland

A calm interior in Holland

Inspiring: a beautiful and calm interior in Bloemendaal, Holland! Bloemendaal is a town near the beach and is very popular in the summer. When I think of Bloemendaal, I almost directly think of the beach, the beach bars and the salty air. When you look at this calm interior, the picture is exactly right. I get that calm and peaceful feeling what I also feel on the beach. Through the use of raw wood, natural fabrics and natural colors, this interior really evokes the atmosphere of the beach.

A calm interior with the following materials …

It is a very natural look, with not too much unnecessary details and accessories. Common materials used in the interior are wood and concrete in combination with the colors black, white, anthracite and gray.

Image source: VTwonen

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