I must confess I am not in Montana as I write this month’s article! I am in sunny warm Tucson, Arizona! What an adventure my husband and I have had since driving out of the Flathead on an icy morning in January. We headed south to Tucson to meet with our “new” vintage Airstream Travel trailer that was awaiting us there.
Pulling into the RV Park and seeing our new home was momentous. I could barely contain my excitement. Stepping inside and getting to feel the potential was a dream-come-true! I had spent most of the trip down envisioning dreaming and scheming about decorating and transforming the generic trailer into our own personalized place. Let the Makeover begin!
As most of you know, RV’s have a good basic look to their upholstery, window treatments and flooring, and none of them have a vintage vibe until they have been transformed and retro fitted with a bit of creativity. Ah, my specialty! I wanted to do the makeover in stages, so that we would be able to live in it while the transformation occurred, and keep it affordable as well. My husband knew my plans and was eager to see my nesting begin!
I started with the flooring, since that is the foundation for everything, and I selected charcoal grey carpet that would be neutral yet fashionable for the palette I had selected for the living room. With the exterior of the trailer in aluminum with blue awnings, I wanted to keep a cool color palette inside also and charcoal grey works well. Next came the sofa which will eventually be recovered, but for this first phase I wanted an easy update. I shopped for a king size bed cover and by the 5th store found the ideal piece: a sky blue dove grey stripes that I could then use to cover the sofa and use the king shams as pillow coverings by tucking the sofa pillows into one end of the sham, then folding the balance of the fabric around to create an “envelope” pillow with no sewing!
The next challenge was finding a chair for the dining area that would complement my look as well as fit in the small space. I was so excited when I spotted the perfect chair! It was a charcoal grey high-backed chair that had a retro look that would complement the accent pieces need to be functional and offer a style that expresses our taste. I an RV, you can make minimal changes to transform the factory looks into your own by adding color, texture natural elements and a few “special finds.” The result is a unique home no matter where you travel. Remember to think outside the box and that just because the piece wasn’t designed for an RV doesn’t mean you can’t try it; just be Cre8ive!
All the best,
Colette, Shop Girl
The Shops at Station 8