Saturday, November 20, 2010

Airstream dreams ...

Is there anyone on this planet who doesn't have a soft spot for the humble Airstream trailer? Could any of us pass up the opportunity to peer through a little rounded doorway for a look inside? Not a chance. Step inside for some surprisingly upscale decor!

Designer Barclay Butera created a dramatic, high-style interior with trendy animal prints and tailored bed linens for his trailer. It was towed to Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival a couple of years ago and used as a 'green room' celebrity lounge.
The finishing details include black leather banquet seating, antique silver accessories and luxury pillows. The black and white striped curtains throw in a bit of whimsy.

Okay, I'm not ready to shell out $15,000 for interior trailer decor as Barclay did, but I'm a savvy shopper.  First, of course, I'll need to purchase the Airstream.

A little closer to home, Adelante Boutique in Austin has retrofitted their Airstream with a definite Palm Springs vibe. Just call up the shop and ask them for Curb Service.

Adelante will load up this little cutie with the latest fashions, accessories, jewelry or even home furnishings and bring it to your door. Step inside with friends and sip Adelante's signature cocktails while shopping.

Are all Austinites this creative?

If the simplicity of mid-century modern brings on 'road trip fever', then you'll love the work of designer Kristiana Spaulding (below left.)

But, the real thrill lies in Capetown, South Africa, where the Grand Daddy Hotel offers seven vintage Airstream trailers (like the elegantly appointed one below right) on their roof top. Each is decorated with a different theme and available to guests who would like to stay somewhere out of the ordinary with skyline views.

Sometimes it's not what you put in the trailer that makes it uniquely original. Sometimes it is how the exterior is treated that sets it apart from others.

I love, yes LOVE, the Airstream bar below! About a hour south of Toulouse, France, two clever, former circus performers turned their love of caravans into a retro retreat with 12 rental trailers, eached decked out in vintage style. But, it's this fabulous 'Appollo Lounge' that Perry and Coline Balfour have created at the heart of the trailer park that makes me smile with delight. It is a specially built Airstream bar designed by Gerard Cholot in 1989 and used as a mobile coffee bar around Paris before Perry incorporated it into the park. Magnifique!


Krystina said...

I love the Parisian 1920s meets the warm, rich color future! And the cream glossy countertop on the other Airstream is tres chic too. Good finds!

Mona said...

Love it that you called this post "Airstream dreams"!!! My husband and I spent 2.5 years renovating a '69 AS we rescued from a flood. Our muse was the DWR version...still never got that silly coat rack to fit..something "of the era" but definitely reflective of our lifestyle. That's the beauty of these iconic trailers - adaptability, longevity and some pretty amazing memories. Cheers alamodeus!!

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