If you really want to go boho—all the way bohemian—outfit yourself with a gypsy caravan home in the form of a vintage trailer restored to its former glory. Check out these six, outside and in, and see if they don’t make you want to live small, footloose, and fancy-free.
Well, at least part-time.
1. Breaking Bad becomes Breaking Away
The 1955 Roadcraft, when he bought it for a mere $1,000, was in a state he compared to something out of Breaking Bad. He completely rehabilitated it, inside and out, to its former shining glory.
Reader continued the butter-yellow-and-white exterior color scheme on the interior with a mix of colorful, textured boho home décor fabrics. Then he added touches of wood, as in that rad midcentury modern divider you see at right.
Larger windows maximize light and the view of the neighborhood. And before you go thinking “trailer trash,” the trailers that hook up in this park are all vintage. The park itself is located in view of Bob Hope’s famous Lautner Estate. Other neighborhood amenities include a clubhouse and gym converted from WW2 bunkhouses.
2. Time Bandit
Reader also restored this tricked-out 1988 Airstream Excella trailer, one of his more modern acquisitions, which purchased on eBay. The iconic rounded Airstream shape and aluminum sheathing actually date back to the 1930s. So “new” or not, it still has that vintage feel.
Reader blurs the decades even more in the Excella’s interior with décor that features lime green in mod prints that shout 1960s and 70s. Furniture and accessories from that same era make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time—all in 250 square feet. Though Reader no longer owns this trailer, it was the first of many Airstreams he refurbished.
3. Hatari, Mogambo, Safari!
Reader spent 14 months remodeling this 1966 Airstream Safari—the “cool older cousin” of the Excella—then put it up for sale in 2015. His love affair with the Airstream goes all the way back to childhood and vacations spent in a camper not unlike this one.
Inside he went for a bright yellow and rich brown hippie decor—a perfect midcentury combination—as well as shag carpet, gold leaf paneling, period hardware and pop art graphic fabrics from Trina Turk. Only the LED lighting and updated appliances remind you it’s really 2016.
4. The Little Trailer That Could
When Mandi Gubler found this 1973 Bell Travel Trailer it was, literally, held together with tape—in some places anyway. She’d spent a good two years trolling for the right camper to call her own home-away-from-home and wasn’t about to pass on this teacup-sized caravan just because of a little wear and tear. She and her husband spent four months bringing it back from the brink, but it was worth the effort.
For its size, the interior seems open and airy. To achieve that effect, Gubler stenciled a sunny yellow statement wall to draw the eye up and visually lift the ceiling. Muted accents, like the pale pink dining nook help, as well as the natural-finished open shelving that replaced original bulky overhead cupboards.
5. Pretty in Pink
When photographer Michelle Sullivan found this Aristocrat Lo-Liner it was dull brown and white. But she figured a little spray paint would make all the difference in prepping it for yearly camping trips with friends.
The boho glam look continued in the completely overhauled interior, where a restful gray-and-white backdrop is punched up with iron-pumping orange accents. And the great thing is the orange accents can be swapped out easily to create an entirely different look. Sullivan stuck to a strict budget in her redo, opting for inexpensive vinyl floor tiles and tap lights for illumination. Regardless, it’s cute as a button.
A pink-and-orange BOHO button, that is!
6. Beam me up, Scotty
Beth Lennon takes the prize for the smallest camper in this group with her 1964 Serro Scotty. But it makes up for it in style with a tidy shape and turquoise accents that continue onto the wheel rims.
Inside Lennon decorated with an eye toward authenticity. You can almost imagine a big-haired lady traveler chain-smoking and drinking coffee at this peppy banquette while the kids and dad take in the kitschiest of vacation sights. Check out the turquoise radio and thermos on the table, as well as the “Big Boy” hamburger kid on the counter. I’m guessing the state magnets on the fridge are all the places this mini-wonder has rolled with Lennon and family.
Follow the link to read more about these and other trailer renovations in Brieyanne Dayas’ article, “7 Vintage Trailer Homes to Crush On,” on Sunset, then follow my blog with Bloglovin.
Me? I have a sudden hankering to rewatch that old Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez classic, The Long, Long Trailer. Follow the link to watch a three-minute trailer, and if you’re with me, follow the affiliate links below to buy the movie, read the book it was based on, or learn about finding and restoring your own gypsy caravan.