Even though our Motorhome is only a couple years old and doesn’t need any remodeling, I still want to add my own personal style to the space. And this holds true for any room in a traditional Sticks and Bricks home. Adding your own personal touches to a space, whether it be your office, bedroom, your SHE SHED or like me, an RV, really makes the space a place you want to be.
Personal Style No Matter What Space
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I’ve written before about How to find Your Personal Style (click here to take you to this blog post if you haven’t read yet) so I’ll not re-write what I’ve stated before, but rather what do to AFTER you have figured out your own style. Or maybe you want to change your style…..as life changes, so do our preferences on what makes us find joy.
Small Things Make A Difference
You don’t have to go out and change EVERYTHING in your space. As with our Motorhome, there’s not alot I CAN change, but there’s things I can ADD TO the space to bring in my own style. Simple things like accent pillows and a throw blanket can totally change the mood of a room.
The RV has leather furniture which are beautiful, but……we have Baxter, remember!! So I went out and bought cute and inexpensive couch and recliner covers to not only help protect the furniture but also add a little touch of my style! Have you ever been to Ollie’s? No affiliation here whatsoever….but I love Ollie’s! You may not always find what you want, but when you do….WOW, can you save money. I found matching recliner and couch covers that are also reversible in the exact color to match the leather furniture in the RV for….$10.00 each! Yes, you are reading that correctly! $10 (well, the couch was $11). The only thing I did was add some elastic to the recliner ones to make them stay on better.
Next came the need to protect the Driver/passenger seats up front. Anything that has to do with RV’s immediately ups the price tag. So finding something to help protect these seats that I didn’t cringe to pay the price tag was turning out to be fruitless. Then I thought, Leslie…(yes, I talk to myself AND I answer!) you can sew! Why not buy those affordable recliner covers and make it work!
So I did…..and I cut the side pieces off, made them into arm covers, adding some velcro to stay put. Then I sewed on some elastic to the leftover material and made a strap to secure the main piece for the seat in place as well as some elastic around the top of the seat part. It totally works! I have a total of $12 in each seat (includes the elastic and velcro). Now they may not be fancy but they look nice, serve their purpose and match the rest of the furniture so I call that a HUGE win, right?!
PILLOWS AND BLANKETS!
I added some pillow covers to my IKEA down pillow inserts (I’ve written a blog post on how to make these as well, click here) and a nice throw blanket to the couch to make the space feel more like home. I’ll be able to change both the pillow covers and the throw blanket out when the season changes too.
Another thing I did change in the space or rather updated/protected is the bench seat cushions for the dinette booth. I found the perfect outdoor fabric ON SALE at Joann’s Fabric for only $5/yd. I bought 3 yds and I have leftovers (since it was clearance I wanted to be sure I had plenty and the option to make something else in the future to match like placemats or pillow covers). This was a trial and error process that I probably won’t blog about, but I got them made and I think they look great in the space….and again….helps protect that leather from Baxter Doodle!
Last thing I’ll talk about this go around is the bedroom. The coach came with a beautiful custom bedspread….but it was NOT my style. Way too fancy and not durable for our lifestyle. So I found the perfect coverlet on Wayfair. Wayfair is my go to place for all things bedding (again, no affiliate here, although they should pay me….I use them enough and am always recommending them to people! lol) Adding some pretty sheets (Wayfair 1800 Series is my fave!) and a throw pillow finishes the look. Baxter who is never allowed on our bed at home seems to think this is a great spot for him! And that little Kentucky pillow reminds us of home. (yes, I made that too!)
So that’s it for today. Next time I’ll talk about adding faux plants to a space….my fave GO TO trick. Until then, thanks for hanging around, reading my post and following along. Let me know if you have any questions or ideas on how YOU make your space feel like home and brings you joy.