Here at Curbed, we enjoy ogling an array of design-savvy homes, from a midcentury modern stunner to an idyllic Catskill Mountains getaway. Our favorites are the ones that surprise, either from a pop of color, a graphic wall, or a well-done renovation.
The most surprising home to cross our desk recently is actually a home-on-the-go: a 33-foot Airstream renovated by Colorado-based Timeless Travel Trailers. We’ve reported on Timeless Travel Trailers in the past (just look at this midcentury Airstream), and what we like the most about its renovations is how the projects depart from the boring, cookie-cutter designs you often see in RVs.
Starting with a new 2018 Airstream shell, this design’s floorplan features a dinette and kitchen area on one side of the trailer and a cheery yellow bedroom on the opposite side. In the middle of the trailer, you’ll find a stainless steel shower, a toilet and sink room, and two raised bunk beds for children.
It’s a standard layout, but interior designer Alison Kandler took things up a notch by decking out the interior with bright colors and bold patterns.
According to Kandler, the Airstream owners wanted the space to be “feminine, fun, colorful, and full of whimsy,” and the design accomplishes this by paying homage to all things “trailer kitsch.” The bright orange counters and yellow dining room table are made from Formica, floral curtains are reminiscent of a 1960s cafe, and vintage hardware adorn the kitchen and bathrooms. She also added overlay cabinet doors, plastic pink TV trays, 1970s pompoms, a vintage-style Smeg refrigerator, and a pink flamingo pillow because, as Kandler puts it, “every trailer should have one.”
Working with the curved walls of the Airstream proved tricky, so the designer opted to use patterns—like the pink and orange flooring—on flat surfaces whenever possible. And despite the plethora of color (check out that bathroom!), the design still feels fresh and soothing thanks to white walls in the main room and white bedding in the bunk rooms and master.
It’s a cohesive, fun take on what an Airstream can look like, and the space also packed with amenities, including a drop-down ceiling TV in the master, a Ring video doorbell, back-up cameras, color-changing LED lights in the bunk beds, and privacy window tinting at the push of a button. Check it all out in the photos, below.