From Dean Dowd on November 04, 2009 in General Remodel
Remodeling a 1970 Travel Trailer
Deb Leblanc lives in a renovated 1970 Airstream travel trailer she bought on Craigslist for $3,700. Purchasing a “home” for under $4,000 is unusual in itself, sort of like living full-time in an Airstream. But what truly delights me is how Deb seemed to say, “Screw it! I’m doing whatever I want to this monster bus!” The woman has transformed her living quarters into an adorable girly paradise.
With only $2,000 put into the redo, she turned the 22’ Land Yacht from “nothing much to look at” to “hey, a really interesting woman lives here.” Nicknamed Jewels, the Airstream’s original neutral pallet is punched up with bright colors, lots of texture and interesting shapes. Though there are some 70s touches, like funky daisy shades, echoing flower motifs, a satiny papasan chair and hanging shell strands, the overall mood is modern and curvy, from the artwork to the built-in work desk.
Skillful use of layering makes this space stunning and unique. Mirrors, strategically placed lighting, sunlit hues and bright décor, such as colored glass vases, make the trailer seem lighter, brighter and bigger, as does keeping the countertop and floor accoutrements to a minimum. The focal point living room appears deeper with a tiny table placed in front of the couch and large framing objects behind it so that it all steps back instead of looming at the end of the hall.
Deb’s stylish digs were originally meant to be used as an office, but turned out to be comfortable enough to live in year-round. After adding insulation underneath the Airstream and restoring the original furnace, Jewels is a gem even in the colder months.
Deb is a fitness guru based in Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. You can check her out here!
Photo Credits: This Tiny House