When Bonnie Christine found this 55-year-old travel trailer for sale, it was already in pretty damn good shape, but it got majorly upgraded into a gorgeous glamper that’s more elegant and luxurious than many stationary homes.
She had been looking for one for a decade when they finally found the perfect specimen:
A 1962 26-foot Airstream Overlander. The previous owner had done a complete shell-off restoration, so it already had new axles, updated plumbing and electrical, new cabinetry and several improvements. She was the perfect blank slate!
Whew, compared to the total trailer gut jobs that we’ve seen lately—the ’85 Sovereign, the black-and-white-and-red-all-over camper, the monochromatic yet tropical travel trailer—that must have been a huge relief. Let’s see what the owners did with this blank slate…
I love that Bonnie Christine chose to use that glamorous, grand William Morris wallpaper—designed in 1876—and lush upholstery in a travel trailer. We’ve seen many different trailer styles, but this feels like the first time anyone’s decorated one with such a historical, classical aesthetic. The subtle rose and green hues used throughout, as well as the high-end finishes are beautiful: walnut, leather, marble and porcelain tiles, brass hardware, and the aforementioned luxurious wallpaper. Yet even with all that richness, the space feels fresh and modern, open and airy.
Now let’s get into the practical aspects of Airstream living, starting with the first of two sleeping areas:
I installed a small ledge right beneath the cushion and had a piece of wood cut to match its size. It lives underneath one of the cushions and at night, we slide it out to make a bed. The back cushions fit side by side on top of the wood to make it a complete king size bed!
The stove is by Dometic, the backsplash is by Mission Stone & Tile, and the cabinet paint is Light Blue by Farrow & Ball. That cute stove has a fold-down cover that helpfully creates more counter space.
The dining area can also be converted into a sleeping nook by lowering the table and rearranging the cushions. The walnut tabletop was custom made by Adam Garrett, and the upholstery and cushions are from Joybird.
Note that, at 26-feet, this is a fairly small travel trailer, so the full bathroom and two closets are even more impressive features.
The bathroom sink is Kraus via Amazon, the faucet is the Trinsic in Champagne Bronze by Delta, and the porcelain tile is from Mosaic Tile Supplies.
A glimpse of the bathing area, featuring a shower by Delta from Amazon.
If you’re interested in recreating any part of this look in your own home, mobile or no, Bonnie also has a lot more photos on her site, with a full list of materials and resources.
Thank you, Bonnie Christine!