My mobile boutique interior was inspired by design images from the inspiration capitol of the world (wide web); Pinterest. I scoured pics of brick and mortar boutiques, other fashion trucks and interesting homes for months searching for my perfect style. I noticed all of my favorite pins had a similar rustic/ industrial vibe so that was where I started. With a mobile boutique trailer you also have to take into consideration space, and mobility. Whatever I added to the trailer had to be strong and as light as possible. Cost and budget were big factors too. There was little information available as to what materials would work best so I guessed on much of it. Some aspects of my design have worked out wonderfully, while some I would change if I was doing it all over again.
Two of the most noticeable aspects of my fashion truck interior are the light, simple color scheme and the galvanized pipe wall fixtures. Both of these design details were intentionally chosen to maximize the space available and give the boutique a more open, airy feel. I love the designs I have seen with shelves and cabinets built in but they tend to visually close off the inside and leave a few less inches in the center walkway. With just over 100 sq feet to work with, every inch counts.
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I knew I wanted a wood floor, I think it looks very chic and homey. To maximize space I went with a light oak color and to maximize my budget I went with stick on laminate planks. The floor was installed in just a few hours, cost a couple hundred bucks and has held up well against foot traffic and movement. The wall design is something I made a mistake on. Other boutiques went with sheetrock but I decided it was thicker, heavier and more expensive than I wanted so I went with paneling. I liked the vintage beadboard look of it but it has a coating on it that paint doesn't stick to very well. Even after 2 coats of primer, the paint still peels and bubbles every time something touches it. I tell myself the little nicks make it look "vintage" :) It's fine for now but do yourself a favor and choose a different material.
For the shelving, I wanted a bit of contrast and a rustic feel so I stained maple planks with an ebony stain, which lets the wood-grain texture show through. Since taking the picture above, I found myself needing more shelves so I added a black industrial garage type storage shelving unit on the left side. I may go back soon and add another galvanized pipe shelf but the idea of the challenge makes me procrastinate. Plus, I the guys in the pipe section of Home Depot avoid me now for some reason....
The decor in my mobile boutique is constantly evolving and I add or take away vintage and salvaged props as my merchandise changes. Having a simple color scheme helps because I can alter the colors of my merchandising accessories without them ever clashing. In the end, my boutique is a reflection of me and my personal style and if you are thinking of starting your own mobile boutique business, yours should too!
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