Dolly the van x Adairs Summer

November 2nd, 2018 | By Carlene ...

My Birkenstock tan hasn’t faded from last Summer and all of a sudden we’re here again. It’s disturbing how fast my years fly by but I’m hardly going to complain that it’s nearly Summer again. That would be ungrateful and besides, we have big plans to do a whole lot of not much these coming Summer holidays. Three whole weeks of sun, sand and surf as well as some diligent eating and sleeping.





Dolly, our latest and largest home on wheels will be facilitating this indulgent relaxation and because Adairs is totally on our wavelength we’ve worked together to bring you the ultimate holiday scene. Dolly is showcasing Adairs’ newly-released Summer range which is all about those tropical holiday feels.








There is a bright and bold range of beach bags, picnic rugs, kids and adults beach towels and super practical, lightweight beach chairs that fold down flat (I need back support so I’m all over these).


I’m also completely crushing on the range of rattan baskets which I plan on stocking up on. They make really effective pot plants, laundry baskets for the kids bedrooms, and general storage baskets.





If you love colour and pattern, the Mercer + Reid fringed beach towels come in a every tropical print you can think of.





Who doesn’t love a fringed beach umbrella? The Amazon beach umbrella is available in the same same print as the fold up chairs for those who love to keep things uniform.





Inside, we’ve dressed up our bed with the Pedro Parrot Quilt Cover set for a bit of fun and games and emerald green. And if you love plants but can’t keep them alive, Adairs is also doing a HUGE range of convincing indoor plants. I’ve got a soft spot for the cascading variety, which are currently providing Dolly a serious Boho vibe.





The kids bunks (how fun are these bunks?) are rocking Adairs Kids Floral Jungle Quilt Cover set in Single and that linen throw is the Malmo throw in Sky and comes in 9 different colours. I’ve got 3 of them!





The Fruitilicious servingware is made from lightweight bamboo, ideal for camping, caravaning and picnics and the Pineapple drinking jars are like a kids’ delight.





Have we ignited good vibes and have you hankering for the holidays?  I put my Christmas tree up the other day. Waaaaaay too early but I’m usually late. I’m usually burning the candle at both ends at this time of year and Christmas and holidays end up rudely creeping up on me. This year, all holidays are booked, I’ve get my head around Christmas and I welcome it with open arms.



Carlene xx


  • Corinne

    November 19, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Loving the tropical vibes! I’m all about flamingo prints at the moment so those beach towels are calling my name 😍😍

  • Shae

    November 26, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Hi – will you be doing a detailed breakdown on this van Reno too?
    Have you ever had to remove the van from the chassis to repair? Do you do this yourselves or use a professional?

    • cedarsuede@admin

      November 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      I’m actually thinking about advertising expressions of interest to run a series of workshops.

  • jade Adams

    January 18, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Love love love, could ask 100 questions but ill stick with one.. What is the name of the colours you used for the interior & exterior, & the white? (because lets be honest, white isn’t white! ) x

    • cedarsuede@admin

      January 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      It’s Taubmans Crashing Waves and Taubmans Crisp White. c

  • Lisa

    March 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Loving your vans….. about to start our own and was hoping you could tell me if you replaced your windows or just gave them a face lift? They all look in such good condition.
    Thanks Lisa

  • Maryann Sharp

    June 12, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Also a window question! it looks as though you don’t have screens on dolly?
    I see also you have winders to open the windows, did it originally have push out windows?

    • cedarsuede@admin

      June 13, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Hi MaryAnn,

      Correct, we don’t have screens. Dolly actually came with winders but we’re thinking about changing them out because at 50 years old, they’re very temperamental.

  • Marie

    October 12, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Hi Guys,
    Love your work!
    Two quick questions please…
    1. What did you replace the ceiling with and was it hard work?
    2. Where’d you get the bunks from? They’re beautiful!
    If you did a course in Perth, we’d be there! Have more than a few friends that would be keen. We do have the best beaches… 🙂

    • cedarsuede@admin

      October 14, 2019 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you. The ceiling is a custom lightweight ply and the bunks Michael made. We plan on doing an e-course soon so that everyone can benefit.

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