The revamp of a vintage 1971 Airstream caravan

Anyone else thinking about the summer holidays yet? I would love to pack up and make a long road trip through Europe, stopping off wherever I fancy, no set plans. Visiting flea markets (of course!) in France, sipping wine in Italy, climbing a mountain in the Alps, going wild at a festival in Berlin. Dreaming… And what better way to do this than to take your own perfect little mobile home with you?

A few years ago I got the incredibly exciting job to redesign the interior of a 1971 Airstream caravan for a client. Oh my word, what a beautiful shiny silver beast. The interior décor was still in its original state and looking very yellow and dated. My clients wanted something fresh, ‘Scandi’ style, and they asked for the colours orange and mustard yellow to be in it as well as some retro patterns without going overboard. I decided on the combination to be hot orange, teal blue and grey, with a splash of mustard and combined with some playful animal/outdoor prints as a reference to the caravanning they’d be doing in it soon. The fabrics are by Scion (Harlequin) and Moon. The latter being a lovely high quality wool that is perfect for high traffic areas like caravan seating. The Scion patterned fabric was used mainly for scatter cushions but also for a few of the back rests. My clients chose the carpet themselves, which I feel compliments the look perfectly.

Airstream lettering on the exterior
The airstream caravan parked outside
The dark brown interior walls of the caravan got painted grey, which made the space immediately a lot brighter and more modern. The mustard coloured kitchen worktop stayed the same, but looked a lot better in its fresh environment.

Before the makeover of the airstream caravan

Before the makaover of the vintage airstream caravanNew interior of vintage airstream caravan

The sofa / bed in the front of the caravan was recovered in a grey wool with a small pattern on the back rest and a lovely deep teal wool on the seat.

The beds in the back of the caravan had a bit more going on, with the back cushions done in different fabrics. As the cushions are loose they can be moved around and changed position if wanted. The scatter cushions were all made from scraps from the upholstery material used.

Interior design of airstream caravan with Scion fabrics

The loose Mr Fox cushions by Scion add a bit of fun to the understated sofa bed.

makeover of a vintage airstream

Airstream upholstery makeover
Interior design of airstream caravan

Office inside a vintage airstream caravan

Papillon Landscaping and airstream at the AECC Scottish Home Show

Since then the beautiful vintage Airstream has been on many outings with its owners of Papillon Landscaping, including the Scottish Home Show at the AECC in Aberdeen. When it is not used as mobile office space or rented out to others (yes, you can rent this beauty!, owners Angelique and Gavin enjoy taking it on camping trips with their kids around Scotland. And well, who wouldn’t?

Vintage airstream in Scottish highlands

If you would like our help in revamping your caravan or camper van, please get in touch! We’d love to work with you!

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