Written by Emily Irby
This 1969 Airstream trailer brings American charm to the road.
Vintage Airstreams are the epitome of the American cross-country road trip. When Todd and Sarah Thompson acquired one, they decided to retrofit it with a California vibe, mixed with country western flair. Sarah wanted to ensure it remained authentic and retro but with some necessary improvements.
The carpet and wood is all original, but she replaced the plumbing and electrical wiring. The trailer’s remodel was a group effort: Todd painted the American flag on the inside of the trailer’s door, and Sarah recovered the couch and made the pillows. “We find, fix or make,” she says.
To evoke the 1970s dreamy style of the Flying Burrito Brothers (country music star Gram Parson’s band that Sarah sites as her source of design inspiration), Sarah took apart an old blanket and created the white lacey banner across the awning. She also sewed the curtains to match the original bright blue carpet to make it look like an existing feature. Other touches needed no alteration, such as the antique tambourines and vintage Pleasure Chest cooler that add to the classic summertime theme. Sarah also proudly displays her appreciation for Gram with a “Flying Burrito” metal sign hanging on the door.
Easy Living in an Airstream
While the trailer sits on the Thompsons’ Burton, Texas property, it looks like it would be right at home in Joshua Tree, California. The trailer has a Southern California look with a dash of Southwest style. With its orange and turquoise accents and laid back “front yard,” it’s a fun guesthouse for visitors.
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