An Airstream Trailer Gets A Rustic Overhaul

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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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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  1. Martha says:

    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.

  2. shelley says:

    Are your floors reclaimed redwood as well?

  3. Glenn Hughes says:

    excellent job on the airstream

  4. steve says:

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

  5. BlueHealer says:

    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.

  6. Alison says:

    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?

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