(Camper) Design Vibes: Modern Eclectic Airstream Renovation
Have you ever daydreamed of exploring the country in an Airstream? There’s something so magical about these silver bullets, and the vintage nostalgia that comes with them.
This week we’re touring a modern and eclectic Airstream renovation that belongs to Jess, also known as Genuinely Ginger, and her hubby, Jos.
We recently started a new design vibes series where we highlight renovated campers (and other inspiring spaces) every Friday! Our goal is to share how others have reimagined their homes, in hopes of inspiring you to create a space you love, regardless of the square footage
Modern Eclectic Airstream Renovation
When Jos was accepted into medical school in Southern Idaho, they knew he would be traveling to various hospitals every 6 weeks. In the name of sticking together, they purchased a gutted Airstream and transformed it into their very own tiny home on wheels! I think it’s so inspiring how they took this blank slate and created a space that fit their needs and style.
Jess is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for hand lettering and bullet journals (she even teaches courses on them!) and has sprinkled some of her own handmade goods throughout their Airstream, which they’ve affectionately named Patches.
It’s easy to see the love these two have for one another, and how they’ve poured that into their home as well.
Let’s dive into the tour!
What kind of Camper do you have?
1976 Airstream Sovereign
What led you to the tiny life?
My husband got into a PA graduate program where the second year would require moving to a new state every 6 weeks. In the name of staying together, we found tiny living a great option for us!
How often do you travel?
Starting next month we will pick up and move every 6 weeks for a full year. After that, who knows!
How would you describe your decorating style?
Modern, organic and inviting.
To give you an idea of how far this Airstream renovation has come, here are a couple photos showing before and during the renovation:
Hover over the image to see the before photos.
This photo of their camper last Christmas is one of my favorites!
How long did it take you to remodel your RV/Camper?
We got our trailer near the end of May and hitched up for the maiden voyage on our 1 year wedding anniversary, August 13th. So just shy of 3 months from purchase to finish. We have tackled a couple of small projects since, and are currently giving our ole gal a polish!
Did you do everything yourself, pay a professional or do a mix of both?
We were so thankful to have the trailer come already rewired. Everything after we bought it was done by myself, my amazing hubby, “Jack of all trades” Dad, and other generous family and friends who helped us make this happen!
Paint Colors Used?
Swan White and Seagull Grey and no other bird theme to speak of.
If you updated the flooring, what kind did you use?
We used a vinyl dark wood grained flooring. We laid it over the whole floor space as it has water resistance and we laid our Pex piping above ground to make winters a little easier!
What is your favorite project or piece of decor and why?
I love our tongue and groove walls, exterior to the bathroom with streaks of grey in the natural wood. I also love my rugs! We’ve got four in our little space, one of which is a caramel color cowhide.
What was your least favorite project and why?
We call it “trouble with the curve”… Framing items in this curvy can was a real challenge. A very small task that I very much loathed, was replacing the screen in the door. Maybe it was because it was a couple days before we left, or because it was near midnight and I was spent already. And then, of course, the fact that our tail lights wouldn’t seem to work the day before we left. Thanks to many hours put in by my uncle, we made it.
What was most challenging about your renovation?
Our timestamp was definitely the hurdle. Jos was able to quit his job two weeks prior to leaving and then we began putting in all-nighters. We had to be on site for his program on the 14th of August. We were very involved in our church, went to camp with the youth, involved in our VBS program, and other weekly commitments. All this to say, our time was jam packed! But we really wouldn’t have changed anything, we loved it.
What project made the most difference in the space?
Moving the bathroom wall farther into the middle of the trailer so as to create an L shape in the kitchen really helped make the space feel larger. We also decided to not install upper cabinetry. Headspace makes all the difference.
What do you enjoy most about your space following the transformation? Is there a specific area you spend most of your time?
I love the brightness of it, and that we really don’t lack much. I like to work at our collapsable wall desk, and with a tray and coffee in hand on the bed in our cozy nook!
Where’s your favorite place to shop for décor?
I love me some World Market. But a lot of my favorite items are from thrift shops or I got to make myself!
What’s your favorite tiny home hack?
This is a tougher question than I thought…and this is no ah-ha moment, but I would say less truly is more. It’s amazing how much stuff we can just hoursaccumulate. So be willing to continue to downsize as you go, because things get cluttered so easy!
What piece of advice would you give people starting an RV/Camper renovation?
It can be a long haul… a reno, that is! We had a set date that we absolutely had to get it finished by. I would give yourself a deadline and stick to it as much as possible. Otherwise, a project this big can take you a very long time and be even more expensive. Speaking of that, grab some paper and do your research. Budget out everything from the insulation, light bulbs, and pillows you want to throw on that bed!
What’s your favorite aspect of tiny living?
Being together. This is the reason we did it, and it has been the reward! Cabin fever has not been much of a problem, and we love our little space and that we created it together!
What is something you’ve learned in general or about yourself since going tiny?
I have too much stuff! And I accumulate too much stuff!
What has been your favorite place to explore so far during your journey?
We have yet to make many of those explorations, we love to take little camping trips without the trailer, since “Patches” is our home. But we are very much looking forward to a few trips exploring Utah this year with Patches in tow!
Thank you, Jess and Jos for sharing your Airstream renovation with us!