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Coveted Crib: A Charming Vintage Citroën H

Stylist and owner of the London interiors shop Caravan Emily Chalmers and her husband Chris bought a 40-year-old Citroën H van off of eBay for about $4,000 and turned it into a spare room as an extension of their home. The simple, front-wheel drive delivery van had originally been a Parisian mortician's vehicle but has been converted to include a wardrobe, wash basin, gas stove, fireplace, and a seat that turns into a bed.

With her keen design sense, Emily gave the van, originally all yellow inside, a makeover by lining the table and doorway with crochet edging and laying a woven plastic mat on the floor. She wallpapered the walls with faux frames and lined the tabletops with cutlery wallpaper kits, both from Deborah Bowness. She crafted seat cushions from vintage floral fabrics, which lend the space a traditional English charm.

The couple parks the van in their courtyard as a guest house or workplace but takes it with them on trips to antique fairs or design events to showcase Emily's shop. I'm painfully envious. How badly would you like your own little Citroën H? See additional photos when you read more.






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