before and afterDIY

An Airstream Trailer Gets A Rustic Overhaul

by Maxwell Tielman

local_branch_trailer_header local_branch_trailer_form_1

A year ago, Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler decided to quit their day jobs and turn their passions—handcrafted design—into a full-time job. They knew that they wanted to travel around the country, selling their wares at music festivals, craft fairs, and pop-up shops. Obtaining what they needed for this dream to become a reality—a traveling studio, office, and home—was the real challenge. As luck would have it, the duo came upon a seriously weatherworn 1979 Airstream trailer, one that was the perfect size for all of their needs. Crafters at heart and by profession, Mackenzie and Blaine rolled up their sleeves and applied their signature aesthetic to the trailer’s interior, crafting a space that functioned not just as an inspiring studio, but a genuinely homey house on wheels. A direct offshoot of their “Made Throughout America” ethos, this gorgeous camper allowed Mackenzie and Blaine’s business, The Local Branch, to get out of town and stretch its roots. Check out all of the photos, plus Mackenzie and Blaine’s design notes after the jump! —Max

local_branch_trailer_form_2 local_branch_trailer_1 local_branch_trailer_2 local_branch_trailer_3 local_branch_trailer_4 local_branch_trailer_form_3

“Our initial idea was to make the Airstream into an actual store- but after getting inside the 32′ bullet, we realized to live, to work and to have a store in this tight space would be, well, tight. So we focused on making it a functional, well-designed space where we could operate a business and live comfortably. We were both very aligned on the feel of the space – we wanted it to reflect us and our brand. It had to feel welcoming and rustic with an interesting mix of the things we make and the things we collect.”

local_branch_trailer_5 local_branch_trailer_6 local_branch_trailer_form_4

“We love old antiques and vintage finds, so we searched flea markets and salvage yards for the main pieces – like the found Homart sink and the old school lockers. We hand-picked all of the reclaimed redwood boards from a fencing company in Northern California – redwood is super light and beautiful, so it was our perfect match. Then, we traveled across the country for about five months, gathering the pieces that would add the character and tell the stories of our travels. We found the bison skull at a tiny trading post in Sedona, AZ and made the giant red pillow out of a rug we bought in El Paso. We turned two ballot boxes from the mid-1900s into stools and upholstered the tops with a plaid blanket that we got in San Francisco.”

local_branch_trailer_7 local_branch_trailer_8 local_branch_trailer_9 local_branch_trailer_10 local_branch_trailer_11 local_branch_trailer_12 local_branch_trailer_13 local_branch_trailer_14 local_branch_trailer_form_5 local_branch_trailer_15 local_branch_trailer_16 local_branch_trailer_form_6 local_branch_trailer_17 local_branch_trailer_18

Suggested For You


  • Just picked up my vintage airstream, I usually don’t like looking at other ideas in fear of not creating from my own ideas. I have to admit I love the mix of things in this airstream. Great design layout. Just gutting mine now! Thanks for the awe inspiring ideas.

  • This is very nice like the wall’s but how much more weight is the trailer got to be close are over max

  • I’m also curious how the weight compares to stock.

    A friend of my mom developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and has spent the last 20 years living in a chemical free airstream in the country. I wondered if this was one of those or inspired by one? Her walls were white porcelain and everything inside had to be metal, wood, glass, wool, ceramic or stone. Old Airstream trailers are a cost effective way to create a chemical free living space. This was in the days before tiny homes, which could be made chemical free on a budget as well. I’m also diagnosed with MCS but not as severe, so was quite curious about your trailer.

    • hi, my husband has MCS and we’re getting an airstream that we want to redo so he is able to travel. We are wondering what to do for flooring, marmoleum seems to be a favorite, but I am not sure about the smell of the linseed.

  • This is so beautiful and I’ve been thinking about it ever since this article was first posted, but I am not writing because it is beautiful. I keep thinking about your cook surface.
    Please, please, please be careful using a camp stove (i.e. only use it outside in a well-ventilated area). Carbon Monoxide poisoning is no joke and is *very* deadly. Maybe a carbon monoxide detector would be a handy addition to your AMAZING and beautiful home?


  • I am Dutch. I love Camping. And I alsao love your very nice and cosy trailer. My compliments for what You made of this. Have many good times together. Thijsina

      • Becci, where are you located? What model airstream do you have available? I would be interested depending on condition of the trailer. :) Thanks!

  • I LOVE THIS! I am starting an RV renovation now and this is exactly what I am going for! Was it hard finding recycled and used materials?

  • I’m currently restoring a 27′ 1972 Airstream and having a blast doing it. I had given myself 6 months for the renovation but I think it will be closer to a year.

  • Hello!
    I would love to see how you did the entrance to the bathroom and the bathroom. We are converting our single goucho bed to a double/queen and are looking at ideas for flow to the back that make sense.

  • Mackenzie and Blaine: This RV looks incredible, not my style, but I love the way you used found objects to furnish it. This is my dream too, but I am little, no a LOT older than you are, and my husband is extremely hesitant to do this much work. I think it would be incredibly fun to do! Have a great time, happy to see you living out your dreams at such a young age! Best wishes!

  • Hello All, the reno on the Airstream is along the line I had in mind for mine. Alas, there are many projects in front of this one so, my 1973 Airstream Overlander 26′ is for sale. It’s cleaned out, but not stripped out. Axle bearings greased and new tires. We actually hauled it up from FL. Located in southeast Alabama. Anyone interested, please connect. Thanks!

  • Are you able to tell me more about that blanket on the bed? Your trailer is so comfy and cozy, what a wonderful way to travel.

Leave a Reply

Design*Sponge reserves the right to restrict comments that do not contribute constructively to the conversation at hand, contain profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or seek to promote a personal or unrelated business. Our goal is to create a safe space where everyone (commenters, subjects of posts and moderators) feels comfortable to speak. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Disagreement, differences of opinion and heated discussion are welcome, but comments that do not seek to have a mature and constructive dialogue will not be published. We moderate all comments with great care and do not delete any lightly. Please note that our team (writers, moderators and guests) deserve the same right to speak and respond as you do, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of connecting with and learning from each other.