This Preloved Caravan Was Transformed Into a Slice of 1970s Palm Springs

AFTER: Anna replaced the single beds for a double and created a bed frame out of bamboo for a tiki feel. The wall opposite the bed (not pictured) was covered with a bronze-acrylic mirror to create the illusion of extra space. Most of the furnishings, including the rattan shelves and lampstands, are vintage. Part of the “Jungle Room”’s mood board was Elvis Presley’s Jungle Room in Graceland. “So tacky and ridiculous,” says Anna. “But so fun.”

Anna’s responsibility, the “Jungle Room,” was originally fitted with two bunks, which she says “made it look a bit like a prison cell.” As the slanted ceiling reminded her of a bamboo shack, she went for a jungle theme with a touch of 1970s tiki. “I wanted to take guests on a trip to the Bornean jungle by way of Elvis Presley’s Jungle Room in Graceland,” she explains. To counteract the fiberglass and plastic usually associated with caravan interiors, she chose natural materials such as bamboo for the ceiling and bed frame, and woven-rattan paneling for the wall.

BEFORE: “We wanted to show that caravans don’t have to be replaced.”

AFTER: “As a travel writer, I’ve seen so much good design,” says Anna. “It’s been a real joy to turn all that knowledge into a real project.”

Whinnie designed the largest bedroom, “The Lonely Heart Saloon Room.” Following a cowgirl theme and a hot-pink color palette, furnishing includes vintage bullhorns, a headboard upholstered in vintage cowhide, and a DIY heart-shaped mirror that lights up like a beauty parlor. The wallpaper, dusty pink with cowgirl illustrations inspired by a 10-day vacation at a ranch in Arizona, is Whinnie’s own design.

AFTER: “[The Disco Room] is pretty much all bed, but at least very dazzling,” says Anna.

For the “Disco Room” next door, Emma took cues from Studio 54 and swathed the walls in silver sequined fabric. The sunken bed was upholstered in a velvet-like material and the ceiling covered in a cut-to-size acrylic mirror. The eye-catcher, however, is the neon Club Jupiter logo custom-made by Yellowpop, which hangs above the bed.

After four months of renovating, Club Jupiter opened to guests this June. “Our goal was to show that caravan holidays could be aspirational and quite cool,” says Anna. “And, ethically, it all checks out—as an Airbnb, it’s not taking any properties off the rental market. Ultimately, we’d love to end up with a constellation of different caravans around the U.K.”

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