Amelia the Airstream, a Vacation Home on Wheels

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Back in 2011 we shared the Cleveland home of Charity D’Amato who is behind design studio Charteuse and the voice of I Heart Cleveland. At the time she mentioned a little side project to us that we’re excited to reveal today. “Amelia the Airstream” was named after Amelia Earhart, pioneer & fellow dreamer. As a little vacation home on wheels you will mostly find her parked near a great lake somewhere in Northeast Ohio. Charity first purchased her three years ago, but after a lot of structural work and interior redesign, this is the first summer they’re fully able to enjoy her. Originally a 1972 Airstream Landyacht it only made sense to keep the nautical theme inside. As soon as we saw Amelia we fell in love, but Charity says one of the biggest joys is seeing the way guests faces light up as soon as they step inside the little camper. Thanks Charity! Anne

Image above: This gives a good perspective of the tiny interior space. I used wallpaper by Mini Modern to ground the entire project. The talented man who lined up the wallpaper on the “invisible” bathroom door was challenged for sure! The hanging pendant is called Globe from the Fredrick Ramond Collection,  another product with travel reference!


Image above: Normally Airstream interiors are a cool aluminum tone, but the sleek high gloss white enamel we used keeps the small space bright and airy for summer “glamping” (glamourous camping) travel. The floors are a faux weather wood vinyl. Keeping the weight of the camper light was important when planning the space.

More inside Amelia the Airstream after the jump!


Image above: A convection microwave combination allows for fresh cinnamon buns to be baked after rising with the sun. A custom cutting board was rafted to fit snuggly into the sink when not on the road.


Image above: Lots of pillows make the camper a great place to kick back and relax in the backyard when not on the road. The life preserver ring is from Land of Nod, the cool sailor girl and yellow lobster pillow are from Room Service Store, and the other pillows were made from cloth West Elm Napkins.


Image above: What better way to relax when you are out camping then with a good book? During the remodel project I collected many books about the sea, fishing, boats and The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore. I love all things vintage, and while the space is super fresh and modern, the small touches of old keep guests feeling right at home.


Image above: For the days when it’s too cold or too wet to go hiking or biking we installed an under the counter dvd player to get our fill of old movies. The camper is super cozy to cuddle up for a movie, and the sound of the rain on the metal roof adds to the ambiance of “roughing it!”


Image above: Sailor girl pillow by Room Service Store.


Image above: The camper is fully equipped with a separate bathroom and shower. All plumbing fixtures are from Moen.com. Penny tile with gray grout was used in the bathroom, keeping the weight of the camper heavier closer to the truck hitch.


Image above: The nautical window was frosted to allow light to pass through from the bath to the living space.


Image above: The vintage cooler was my Grandpa Fournier’s, which he used when ice fishing in his hometown of Brewer, Maine. The vintage loungers were both found at area yard sales; perfect for morning coffee and one of those good old books.


Image above: This was taken by the super talented photographer and fellow camper, Allison Turner. She took this pic of me at the 2012 Alumapalooza rally in Jackson Center, Ohio where Airstreams were born and continue to be manufactured.

  1. Carolyn hunter says:

    I love love what you have done to this vintage darling! We have a 2011 international so I am a big fan of lightweight and contemporary. My dream is to buy a vintage airstream and restore it in a contemporary flair. Honk If you ever see our license plate “pul-toy”
    Or if you are ever in The blue ridge mountains of Virginia between May and October come to visit us at the Highland Haven Airstream Park!!!

  2. Malissa says:

    I love your Airstream. We have been renovating our 1965 Airstream for past few years and are just getting the inside panels back up. I have a question on the wallpaper you did. I would like to put wallpaper up and wonder how it works over the rivets. Did you have any problems?

  3. a. m. liles says:

    Hello! Beautiful renovation!
    Probably the most boring question you will receive, but what is the white gloss finish on the compound curves? I am having trouble finding something that will bend in both directions…is it a gloss acrylic paint?

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