Jan 252016

2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (1 of 5)

“Hi honey, what are you doing there?” hubby asks me . . .

“Oh, I’m making a little wall hanging for the Airstream.  Where the clock used to be.  What do you think?  Do you like it?”  I hold it up for him to admire . . .

“You should blog about that, it’s really nice,” he tells me.

What I didn’t tell him was that the redesign and craft bug that recently bit me hard, was all his fault.  But it was all his fault in the  most best possibly way of course.

2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (2 of 5)

A couple of months ago we had to move Grams and Gramps to an assisted living facility.  Hubby and his brother took care of cleaning out their house and while doing so, hubby came across one of his beloved rugs he brought back from Mexico in the 1970’s.  When I came home from work one day and saw it there, draped over the back of the sofa I was in awe.  It was sooooo beautiful.  The geometric lines and the neutral colors just made me swoon.

“Can I put this in the Airstream?  You know, just to see how it will look?” I sheepishly asked him . . . because I knew how much he loved that rug.

And well, this is where it all began.  You see, now that my new, modern-ish, geometric rug fit there perfectly, my cute little flower clock above the TV just didn’t sit right with me anymore. I ended up buying a stainless steel clock in its place, and even though I did like it, I didn’t LOVE it (I’m trying to keep only the things I love in the trailer nowadays).

So one day, during my lunch hour I paid a visit to The Container Store and found a geometric triangle shaped scarf holder by Umbra (find it here).  The idea is to hang it from a hook and display your scarves.  My mind immediately went to my hot glue gun and some Pacific Northwest foliage I’d adhere to it.  Kind of a modern spin on on a wreath.  Kind of.  Okay, maybe the wreath part is a stretch, but you get where my mind was going.  The next day I paid a visit to Michael’s craft store and bought some faux ferns and guinea feathers and went to town with the glue gun.  I really love how it turned out.

2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Hanging (1 of 1)

For the kitchen counter, I bought a wood and cast iron tiered vegetable and fruit holder taking advantage of vertical space and I added a couple of copper pieces (copper mug, soon to be a mini-planter and a copper colander from Anthropologie).  The red frames on the fridge got a fresh new coat of copper paint and the photos have been swapped out to show beautiful trout and artistic feathers.  Those new photos and my mushroom tea towel remind me of the things I love in nature.


2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (4 of 5)

A little while ago I reached out to A Heirloom (oh they have some beautiful cutting boards I tell you — absolute beauties!) asking if they could make me a custom cutting board to replace my current one you see on the counter there next to the stove.  They were so sweet and we are still in talks back and forth but more IMPORTANTLY — I asked if they could create a custom Airstream shaped cutting board and they said yes.  Would this be something you would be interested in?  I’m purely curious!  I should also mention this company is not a partner/sponsor.  I just love their cutting boards and I can only dream of how an Airstream shaped one would look.  Okay, moving forward . . .

2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (3 of 5)

And while searching Etsy for a “Mushroom Shaped Salt Cellar,” (still looking) I came across this adorable little felted Amanita mushroom that I  absolutely couldn’t resist.  I tell you, my cute-0-meter exploded.  You should check out the artist behind these little felted treasures over at Portland based, The House Of Moss.

2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (5 of 5)And just look at this adorable apron my Auntie made me.  She is a seamstress extraordinaire I tell you and whenever I am presented with a gift from her, my heart is racing with excitement.   Oh and over to the right there is an embroidery hoop I decorated into a dream catcher of sorts.  The purpose is to hold my necklaces I like to wear exclusively during our trips.

Ahhh . . . all these little decorating projects equate to just too much fun ;)

DreamCatcherNecklaceHolderI hope 2016 has been off to a good start for you.  It’s hard for me to believe we are infact, in 2016.  Sounds so futuristic!

Oh and speaking of 2016, did I mention?  GoRVing invited me to continue blogging for their readers (and YOU).  It really is such an honor for me.  I can’t wait to share my very first 2016 post with you.  If you crave organization in the kitchen then just-you-wait.  You’re in for a sure treat!

Monica xoxo

Oct 102015

Glitter Pumpkins via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

Happy (soon to be) Halloween!  Why not dress up your RV’s front porch with these easy to make glittery pumpkins?  Simple to make and a true pleasure to admire.  I wrote about how to make these over on GoRVings blog here.  Hope you can check it out!

~ Monica XO

This little forest creature wishes you all a safe and Happy Halloween :)

Creature of the Rain Forest via J5MM.com

Aug 222015


Smooth river rocks have the perfect soft canvas for painting beautiful designs on them.  We use these to hold down napkins on the picnic table.  Cute and practical!  I created this DIY for GoRVing.  If you’d like to read more of my post, you can travel here to have a read.

Thank you so very much for being here (and there!)

~ Monica XO

May 052015

Mothers Day Sewing Kit vis J5MM.com

I recently wrote about this sweet DIY sewing kit over on GoRVing’s blog.  I sure hope you can swing by.  It’s super easy to make and a beautiful gift to give!  Here is the link to the steps and also our adventures along the Oregon Coast, specifically visiting Jetty Fishery (hidden gem, no question).

I hope you enjoy :)

~ Monica XO

Mar 262015

Rainforest Inspiration via J5MM.com

Here’s a charming little nature inspired DIY you can make and keep on your kitchen counter top to admire.  After our trip through the Olympic Peninsula, I was inspired to create this miniature world of green, lush, mossy happiness.  If you’d like to make one too, please visit Go RVing’s blog here to see how it’s done (you’ll have to scroll down through the post to get to it).

As always, thank you for being here (and there!)

~ Monica XOXO

Feb 032015

Orange Curd Breakfast Parfait via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

I adore this time of year which brings us the celebration of Valentine’s Day.  As I walk around town I see in storefront windows sweet chocolates for sale, heart shaped candies and sentiments of LOVE all around.  I see a handsome young man cross the street with the biggest bouquet of red roses and a pink package under his arm, surely intended for his love.  My heart feels warm and fuzzy and I am struck by cupids arrow which gets me in the mood for Valentine’s Day ❤

Love Lives Here via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

What better way for hubby, B, Oliver and I to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a trip with our silver girl to the romantic snowy mountains of Montana.  I decide with B to decorate her for our trip with hearts and pink bunting and other Valentine’s day goodies while cooking up a small batch of a heavenly sweet orange concoction in my kitchen.  We are crazy for citrus and having a bushel of oranges leftover from our Super Bowl party has led me to become obsessed with figuring out the best way to use them up.  A lemon curd is one of our favorite accompaniments to breakfast yogurt so why not create an orange version (recipe to follow).  I should also say this is particularly delicious spread on buttered toast !

Today we enjoy it layered in a breakfast parfait of plain Greek yogurt, strawberries and chopped hazelnuts. Perfectly bright and delicious :)

Valentines Day Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream StyleOrange Curd Breakfast Parfait via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

We make an “I Love You,” bunting and I can’t decide where to hang it.

“Maybe we should make another one mommy,” B suggests  (he understands my OCD with things like this)

Valentines Day Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

Valentines Day Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

I design on the computer a small Valentine’s Day banner/flag.  We print it out, fold the top edge over the back a bit, tape it closed and slide a pipe cleaner inside for support.  We then string happy colorful string from which it will hang.

We hand stamp and decorate home made cards to give and have a truly enjoyable morning crafting.

Valentines Day Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

We soon leave on our trip and I am excited to share with you here on J5MM all about our travels and experiences when we return.  Hopefully the roads won’t be too bad getting there and hopefully there will be plenty of snow in the campground and on the mountain.  The boys will be skiing and I’ll be keeping the home fires burning while they are away.  I have been invited to take a snow shoe hike through Glacier National Park by an on-line friend I recently met and can hardly wait.

I plan on actively tweeting, instagramming and facebooking if you would like to tag along.

Valentines Day Airstream Style via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

In the meantime, if you would like to add some Valentine’s Day charm to your RV and you like what I have designed, you can print this out :)  Simply click on the image below to download the PDF.  Cut out the banner, fold the top over the back by about 3/4 inch, tape shut and slide a pipe cleaner through the opening and tie string to hang.  Et Voila!  Instant RV decor for Valentine’s Day.

All You Need Is Love // Valentines Day RV Decor via J5MM.comAirstream LOVE via J5MM.com // RV Lifestyle Airstream Style

With all my heart,

Monica xoxo

Orange Curd


  • 2 medium (organic because you will be using the zest)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)


Step 1
Zest your two oranges and squeeze the juice adding both into a small sauce pan.
Step 2
Add the rest of the ingredients, whisking to combine.
Step 3
Turn on the heat to medium and stir continually until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Around 7 minutes.
Step 4
Remove from heat and let cool. Mixture will thicken even more as it cools.
Step 5
This delicious concoction will stay good in your fridge for about a week (covered)
Step 6
Bon appétit!