BEFORE AND AFTER

  GreatAdventureSo as you may recall, we were renovating this Airstream of ours… have you been wondering what it FINALLY looks like? Well, we’ve been slowly gathering antiques and relics from all over the country as our interior decor. We imagined this little home & studio on wheels to be filled with a menagerie of all our adventures to date. It’s sort of like a living travel journal. We can tell you the story about everything within these walls.

So, here it is… THE BIG REVEAL!

BEFOREPHOTOS

AFTERPHOTOS

You can see the rest of the before photos here and here. To recap, when we bought this beaut she had dirty and ripped carpeting, filled with junk, green slime on the walls, cabinet doors that would fall off when you opened them, a faint stench of cigarette smoke and ew, mildew, a few layers of 1960’s wallpaper, oh the list goes on and on. In two days we ripped out the entire interior leaving us a 32 foot blank canvas. After three weeks, we had rolled over the yellowing walls with a crisp white paint, laid down a floating wood floor, replaced the large broken window, built out the cabinets, installed the locker cabinets, sewing machine and upper planters… and began collecting and collecting and collecting. After three months, we had traveled across the country filling our home and workshop with memories, lots and lots of memories.

So, take a better look inside…

Airstream Renovation After The front of the airstream is our hub – this is where we do all of our illustrating, creating, sewing, shipping and daily office work. 

We built all of the cabinets and work surfaces ourselves out of reclaimed redwood. We repurposed an old school locker as a storage cabinet to house many of our supplies. We found some cool antique ballot boxes in Texas and turned them into stools with plaid tops (great storage inside!). We upholstered a large metal military chest and found this amazing red rug in El Paso… but after realizing it was way too big for our tiny floor, we made it into a nice long pillow. Our “couch” is much more inviting now.

The bison skull on the wall was a purchase from a little trading post in Sedona, AZ and the really old flag over the front windows is from Freehome, Georgia. Oh! And the planters – crafted from aluminum gutters and planted with succulents to bring some of the outdoors in.

Airstream Reno This is our desk and our dinner table (Well, let’s be honest, I do a lot of work sitting in bed too…) Since our space is small, we bought these cool old tobacco tins, first aid kits and ammo boxes to keep some of our everyday supplies out in the open.

Airstream Reno

Our “entryway” has a lovely print that we bought from Arts District Printing Co. while visiting our new friends Scott and Kristan at their shop Hammer and Spear in downtown LA. This is a really rad store if you’re ever in the area. The print is the perfect reminder for us, although we haven’t gotten (too) lost yet! We installed a clothing rack to showcase a sampling of things that we carry at The Local Branch.

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Airstream Reno The other half of the Airstream is our living quarters. The Pendleton blanket on our bed was our very first purchase – and sort of influenced the decor, vibe and color palette for the space. Underneath the bed is lots of storage – we found these awesome vintage pear crates up in Northern California that we turned into drawers that pull out from the side of the bed.

Airstream RenoWe mounted a nice vignette on the wall above the bed, showcasing an antique flashlight and Boy Scout hatchet that we traded from Christian of 1924 (he’s got an amazing blog and shop), and the hat is a family heirloom. Our custom built nook over our head was a must-have – I am a HUGE water drinker, so in lieu of having a nightstand, a nook was a priority. 

Airstream Reno This is our kitchen space. We rescued this cool old Homart sink and installed the gold faucets. It was perfect for us because it has a lid which gives us more counter workspace. We built and hammered the hinged metal countertop (yes, it was a task in a half- but only cost us $25 and gives us more storage). The handy metal cubby way up above the sink was actually a scooper from an old grain conveyor belt. The other antiques were collected along the way. 

Airstream RenoSo in the back behind the wall are the closets and bathroom (well, a toilet). Oh, and we have hats, lots and lots of hats… The Stetson on the wall is a purchase from our trip in Nashville, TN.

Airstream

Our tiny home and studio has everything we need – a place to work, to draw, to sew, to print, to create, to sleep and explore and travel the country.

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Airstream Reno          

22 thoughts on “BEFORE AND AFTER

  1. I am sitting here with my mouth hanging open….in total amazement at this achievement!!! You two are an incredibly adorable couple, and so smart and so creative …. the fact that you look so much like your beautiful mother of course didn’t go unnoticed either!! Happy travels…and if you come to Oregon, be sure to look us up~~~Gene and Dave and the Voorhees clan

  2. This is probably the most amazing Airstream makeover I’ve ever seen – everything is just perfect and flows seamlessly! I will be using this as inspiration for our boys shared room :) Congrats on such a lovely space!

    XO
    Lidy | http://www.hellolidy.com

  3. You guys are the real deal but you don’t need me to tell you that keep on living the dream for those of us that can’t awesome job on the bullet I can’t imagine a better restoration a dream on wheels keep on keeping on , Chris

  4. Beautiful job , a real 60s hippy camper !! I’m so jealous , hope to bump into you two on the road someday !! Great couple !!

    • Hi Sandy! Thanks for writing – sorry it took me so long to reply :) We ended up ripping out the shower and back sink because it was gross/moldy/etc… and for our purposes storage trumped everything! We did keep the toilet though. The photo with the hats on the wall is bathroom space – its a hard angle to get a photo!

  5. Such great love, creativity and moxie you have pulled off together. The vision for your Airstream is perfect and unique. Such an inspiration. Much success in your adventures and home grown business. You two rock!

  6. Wow! Wow! This is awesome and what a great life you have. The inside is now a masterpiece, trash to treasure. I love your story!

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