The client in this case has a fifth-wheel on their property which is both used personally and as an income property via AirBnB. The first year was quite successful, though the client felt it was time to re-invest in the unit, not only for their own comfort when using, but also to charge a premium rental prices. Looking Sharp was hired to select all decor to be used in the refresh, and after procurement, we were responsible for styling the spaces as well.

The living and kitchen area were separated before by a table. This not only dictated how one had to sit while on the sofa in order to be comfortable, but it also severely limited the openness and flow of the overall space. In addition, the prevailing colors are gray and brown; a bland and depressing palette if not counterbalanced with brighter colors. The wall art was also unattractive and more of the same browns and grays dominating this small, enclosed space. There were no soft goods or natural elements breaking up the hard surfaces.

The original set up in this fifth wheel was a two-bedroom when we began (shown as second bedroom). This may have maximized sleeping occupancy, but it was minimizing efficient use of space. Converting this room back into a dining/gathering room allowed the rental to command the same price while reducing the number of guests allowed during a stay, thereby reducing wear and tear, and utilities as well.

In general, warmth, character, and comfort were missing before we took on this project. There was no doubting you were inside a fifth wheel no matter where you looked. 

The kitchen now has a bamboo stove cover, bringing in a natural element, and a luxurious rug underfoot, keeping bare feet warm on cold days. The brown mugs and oversized tray have been replaced with colorful, smaller ones, giving back coveted counter space. A glass soap dispenser replaces the plastic disposable one; a low-cost, high-impact change.

The removal of the table makes this feel like a real living room, rather than a fifth-wheel multi-use space; substantially improving the sense of flow. The addition of soft goods like the throw blankets, rugs and pillows, and also wall art, brings a sense of life and much needed color into the space. The glow of the salt lamp adds warmth both day and night. Plants are also scattered throughout the spaces, livening up the rooms they inhabit.

What was formerly the second bedroom, is now a dining/gathering area. The bed was raised into its locked position and can always be lowered should the need arise for more sleeping room. In the meantime, having the table and bench seats creates the perfect space to share a meal, play a game, or plan weekend excursions. We were not able to remove the sliding doors, however, we did remove the screen as well as the vertical blinds. Not only were they not necessary, but removing them allowed the reflective qualities of the glass to stand out as a feature rather than an eye-sore. The tall, real-wood stump brings in another natural element and elevates the plant to hide the unaesthetic, unused washer/dryer hookups.

In the bathroom, by switching the shower curtain to a clean, white bright, the small enclosed space now feels much more open and bright. Adding beautiful linens, a few plants, and a glass soap-dispenser gives this room a sense of permanent rather than mobile.