Two Dogs, Two Cats & Two Creatives in 188 Square Feet

updated Apr 14, 2019

Two Dogs, Two Cats & Two Creatives in 188 Square Feet

updated Apr 14, 2019
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Name: Kevin and Mandy Holesh with Grizzly, Nimbus, Foxey and Luna
Location: Anywhere drivable
Size: 188 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, owned

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It’s not just Kevin, an app developer, and Mandy, a wedding photographer, that live in this home on wheels, measuring in at a teeny 188 square feet. It’s also the home of their four pets: two dogs named Foxey and Luna, and their cats Grizzly and Nimbus.

“Our home on wheels is a 16-year-old Keystone Cougar fifth wheel that we bought two years ago for $5,000 and renovated as cheaply as we could,” Mandy writes. “At the time we were paying off our student loans, so we wanted to be as thrifty possible while doing everything by ourselves! We love that we did all the work ourselves, it really makes us appreciate it more, even with all of the imperfections.”

I can barely handle two pets in 500 square feet, so I’m pretty impressed with this couple and their menagerie. But Mandy reports the secret to staying clean and sane is just having less stuff. “We don’t have much clutter on a daily basis because we don’t have more than we need, and everything has a place. …Also, we don’t have a lot of room in our camper for things, so buying random things doesn’t happen as much as it did when we had an apartment!”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bold, eclectic, and clean

Inspiration: Travel, decorative tile, vintage posters

Favorite Element: The built-in plant shelf! Keeping plants on the road isn’t the easiest thing, but this shelf my husband made for me makes it much more fun.

Biggest Challenge: Maintaining an old camper

Proudest DIY: Our built-in dog kennel/window seat! We have a smaller bed, so when all four of our pets slept with us our sleep was not so great. We built the dog kennel for our pups to sleep at night and I love the window seat. It is my favorite seat in the house!

Biggest Indulgence: Our Purple mattress!

Best Advice: If you want to renovate a camper and are newbie (like we were), we recommend finding a camper you like the layout of, so you can work on cosmetic stuff rather than rebuilding.


Kilz Maxx primer
Behr Paint & Primer in one — Snowfall white for the walls
Behr Paint — Radiant Sun for the kitchen
Rust-Oleum metallic paint & primer in one — oil rubbed bronze for the cabinet hardware

Rug — RugsUSA
Poufs — Old Target
Tray — Old Target
Plant shelves — We built them
Pittsburgh Pillow — Cat Studio
Pineapple throw pillow — Society6
Leafy throw pillow — Society6
Sunflower throw pillow — Society6
Sofa — IKEA (We covered this super uncomfortable couch with a mattress pad and fabric of our choice and stapled underneath)

Most things are thrifted or DIY
Blinds are made of Walmart’s light blocking curtains that I sewed into rolling window fixtures with copper pipe from Home Depot
Light fixture — I made out of straws and painted with gold paint!

Rosa Drop-in copper sink — Sinkology
Fruit Hammock — Etsy
Elephant hanging decor — World Market

Air Plant holder — Made by Mandy
Lamps — IKEA
Cat Pillow — IKEA
Abstract Pillow — Society6

Thanks, Kevin and Mandy!

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