A Dated Swedish Caravan (Camper) becomes a Stylish and Cosy Home

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. And today, I'm excited to share Monica Karlstein's caravan. 

Monica is well known in Sweden for her DIY expertise - and recently transformed a dated caravan into a beautiful home from home in which to travel the country and beyond in comfort and style! 

Let's dive in to the before and after renovation: 

It's quite incredible what you can do with a few rolls of Sandberg wallpaper (I love the print we put up in the summer cottage bedroom!), a link of paint and layers of textile, don't you think? 

Tiered hanging baskets offer extra storage where needed, and since they move with the caravan, you can be sure nothing will fall in transit. We use baskets like this on our boat and they are so handy! 

Note how Monica has used strategically placed linen curtains to separate the cabin and sleeping quarters when needed. 

The kitchen fittings have remained unchanged, but a lick of paint has transformed the area into a light and airy space to prepare meals. A row of hooks provide space for tea towels and other small items. 

The dining area now has uber comfy seats for evenings indoors (when the weather isn't behaving), while seatbelts can be used for passengers when in transit. 

Small touches like braided decor and baskets with plants help to make the space feel homely. 

Such a beautiful renovation. And best of all, they'll have a lovely place to stay wherever they go! 

Could you imagine touring Scandinavia in this caravan too? 

You can find more details about this makeover here (in Swedish but nothing that a few pictures and google translate can't solve!). 

I love to see what people can do with tiny spaces and have featured a few other 'homes on wheels' before  including a Swedish couple who turned a Mercedes Sprinter into a campervan and a tiny house built on wheels. Or for tiny home inspiration you might like to discover: dream life on a budget: a tiny home and pottery studio in the woods and a tiny Danish cabin that's big on style

I hope this post has inspired you today!



Photography by Monica Karlstein, shared with kind permission. 


  1. I've seen camper (what you refer to as caravans) makeovers before, but this is my favorite. It's so light and airy! Did she reupholster the cushions? Camping is a great way to build family memories. Love!

  2. This post has come in a timely manner at our home. My partner and I turned 60 last year. On our bucket list was to purchase some kind of second home on wheels and recently chose a transit van. He is an amateur carpenter, I surround us in the creature comforts and we both are former Scouts who love to travel and camp.
    The transformation from dark and dated to bright and beautiful is inspiring! Especially the use of wallpaper. I'm taking notes!
    Laura K


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