Couple converts old Cougar Camper into contemporary light-filled home

June 26, 2018 by  
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When Lauren Jones and her husband purchased a beat-up 2010 Keystone Cougar Camper, it was almost beyond repair. But the ambitious couple put on their DIY hats and painstakingly renovated the old beast into the Cougar Den – a gorgeous, light-filled tiny home on wheels with a shockingly sophisticated interior design. The 300-square-foot tiny home is a perfect example of how it is possible to carry out a DIY camper renovation without breaking the bank. Doing most of the work by themselves, the couple spent approximately $6,000 on the entire project. They are now selling the Cougar Den for $35,000 . Related: How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer The interior design of the Cougar Den is bright and airy. Natural light floods the tiny house’s interior space, which was painted a calming white. The budding designers created a few accent walls using cedar shiplap and wallpaper. The light-hued hardwood flooring also enhances the tiny home’s clean look. One of the biggest renovation projects was the kitchen. The original kitchenette was old and outdated, so the couple removed almost all of the cabinetry and installed open shelving instead. A new green color, along with a white hexagon-tiled backsplash and gold accents, creates a contemporary yet welcoming design. A running theme throughout the renovation was to use every inch of space efficiently. When it came to the camper’s bedroom, the couple redid the space entirely to make room for a queen-sized bed and plenty of closet space. They then replaced a slide-out entertainment center with bunk beds for guests. They also added storage underneath the base of the beds. However, without a doubt, the heart of this tiny  camper home is the living area. A leather love seat is book-ended by a seating nook and dining area, creating a comfortable seating area where the tiny home’s occupants can relax, socialize, or simply curl up with a good book. + The Arrow Anglers Via Dwell Images via The Arrow Anglers

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This edible, plastic-free packaging is grown from kombucha starter

June 26, 2018 by  
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Polish design student Roza Janusz has created Scoby, an eco-friendly alternative to plastic packaging that is easily grown with the same methods used to make kombucha . Created from fermented bacteria and yeast, the organic membrane can be used to store a variety of lightweight foods like seeds, nuts, or even salads. The zero-waste food packaging is completely biodegradable and can also be eaten after use. Developed as part of her graduate project for industrial design at the School of Form in Poznan, Poland, Roza Janusz’s Scoby was created to help farmers grow their own zero-waste packaging. Using bacteria and yeast as a base for kombucha, Janusz then uses the liquid to grow the biodegradable membrane in a shallow container. After about two weeks of adding sugars and other agricultural waste to ferment the material, a membrane forms on the surface and can be harvested. “Scoby is grown by a future farmer not only for the production of packaging , but also because of the valuable by-product, which is, depending on the concentration, natural fertilizer or probiotic drink,” says Roza Janusz. “So maybe the packaging production will no longer litter the environment, and it will even enrich it.” Related: DIY: How to brew kombucha at home The lightweight and translucent material is easily malleable and can be shaped to fit a variety of foods to prevent spoilage. Thanks to the edible packaging’s low pH, Scoby has a long shelf life that can even be extended if it’s used to store acidic food products like nuts. The material can also absorb the flavors of the food it stores. Roza Janusz plans to explore Scoby’s commercial possibilities in the near future and recently submitted her design for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2018 . + Roza Janusz

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Couple restores 1969 camper into chic vacation home on wheels

April 18, 2018 by  
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When couple Matt and Beau saw a friend’s DIY camper restoration , they got inspired, and they decided to take on the same task themselves. Amazingly, it took the ambitious couple just 3 months and $10,000 to breathe new life into a run-down 1969 Globestar camper, which they lovingly renamed Rosie . The result is a beautifully hand-crafted living space that retains the original charm of the old camper while providing a sophisticated home on wheels . With a little help from some crafty friends, the determined duo worked on the challenging DIY project themselves, posting detailed tutorials on their blog, Probably This, along the way. Restoring the old camper wasn’t an easy feat, but the guys learned a lot: “We learned more than we thought we could ever know about 60’s era automobile construction, concrete mixing, bed-building, light hardwiring, shelving, painting-sealing-and-re-sealing, and appropriate methods of begging friends and family for help.” Related: How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer The camper renovation began by giving the camper’s old exterior a complete makeover. With help from an artist friend, Faye Kaucher Bell , they converted the old rust- and cream-colored facade into a Southwest-inspired color palette, complete with Rosie’s name on the back end. For the interior, the project began with replacing the old peel-and-stick tiled flooring with tiny wooden triangles made out of reclaimed cypress . Next up were the living space and the sleeping quarters: Matt and Beau gutted all of the old built-in furniture and created their own. A complete twin-size bed frame replaced the former bunk/sofa area, and they also installed a built-in night stand. For the kitchen space, the guys kept it simple by repainting the old cupboards and adding a hex tile backsplash and brass knobs. However, they did embark on a massive DIY project for the countertops, which they refinished with a concrete overlay themselves. In the dining area, they painted the dinette table and bench bases a cream color and  reupholstered the seat cushions with a neutral fabric. They even cut out a custom-made sleeping nook for their sweet dog, Fox. As for the rest of the home, the guys filled it with their own decorations and trinkets, including a rose-print wallpaper that pays homage to Rosie’s new makeover. + Probably This Via Dwell Images via Probably This

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