The Joshua Tree Suite: This vintage trailer remodel was inspired by a Pendleton blanket
If you swoon over all-things Pendleton or find yourself pinning desert modern interiors with a vengeance, I’m pretty sure you’ll be just as obsessed with this vintage trailer remodel as I am.
Jed and Katie Wiley are the husband and wife duo behind Stagecoach Detail and Design, a family-owned business located in the PNW that specializes in vintage trailer renovations, Airbnbs, and vintage trailer park hotels. They have a passion for all things vintage as well as the great outdoors, which they share with their children, ages 4, 5, and 6.
It all began with the first trailer they saved from the landfill, a 1968 Aristocrat Lo-Liner they received for free from family friends who were about to take it to the dump. They later renovated their own trailer (a 1977 Coachman), and have since renovated dozens of vintage trailers both big and small, from cosmetic touch-ups to full-on rebuilds, and are even in the works to build tiny homes.
This couple perfectly blends craftsmanship with design and every tiny space they transform is like a breath of fresh air.
Pendleton-inspired Vintage Trailer Remodel
Today we’re taking a peek inside a 1970 Silver Streak they renovated for a client, and affectionately named “The Joshua Tree Suite”. It has come a looooong way since they got their hands on it…
Every time I go through the after photos I feel so happy and relaxed, as though I’m transported to another place and time. I can only imagine how special it must feel in person. The bold colors, the mix of patterns, and the details in every corner are sure to inspire.
Type of RV
1970 Silver Streak Atlas Deluxe
What led to your passion for renovating vintage trailers?
We started renovating RV’s with our own trailer (a 1977 Coachman) when we started having babies which was so much fun we decided to do it again and again until we made the decision to go all in and start Stagecoach Detail & Design
How would you describe your decorating style?
That’s tough. I can appreciate all styles but I definitely love working with bold colors and patterns most.
Was this renovation inspired by anything or anyone specific?
I found a vintage Pendleton Chief Joseph blanket in a local thrift shop that I designed the entire space around.
In this one of a kind space, we wanted to create a retreat consisting of natural materials and soft, luxurious textures to balance out the bold colors and patterns that celebrate the Desert Empire of it’s soon to be home in Desert Hot Springs, California. In this suite, we drew inspiration from warm desert sunsets with the use of bold reds and oranges found in the Pendleton fabrics.
We wanted to create a space that mimicked beautiful white adobe huts by creating a natural mud wall texture throughout the entire space. We incorporated cholla wood and cacti, celebrating the unique desert landscaping. Most importantly, we wanted to couple the healing properties of the naturally occurring hot springs with the luxurious natural fabrics of linen and Pendleton wool to create the highest level of comfort for its soon to be guests.
What’s your favorite aspect of interior design?
Shopping! I always say I have the fun job, and my husband, Jed, has the hard job! Jed does almost all of the renovations, planning, and building. I spend my time shopping for treasures for inspiration, design, and staging is my absolute favorite part of the job!
What are your favorite places to source products and decor?
Thrift shops for sure! It’s always a fun way to find unique items that aren’t found in all big box stores.
What was most challenging about this renovation?
This was hands down in the worst condition out of any trailer we’ve ever started with, so that in itself was a challenge but one we knew we could tackle!
Do you have a memorable renovation flop or fail you’d like to share?
The trailer was in such horrible condition to start with. It felt like we would never get it to a usable state, but as you can tell, we not only made it usable but absolutely beautiful, so that was definitely one of our most rewarding renovations for sure!
What project made the most difference?
They all make a big difference in our lives for one reason or another. Some are because of the connections we make with their owners, and some allow us to overcome some construction challenges and make us think outside of the box, which only helps us with future renovations. Some we’ve been able to create from our own personal style, and we always have so much fun as a family working on those. So although they’re all different, we really do learn so much from each and every one of them.
What is your favorite piece of decor or splurge-worthy item that was incorporated into the interior?
That Pendleton Chief Joseph blanket was a major splurge but the second I saw it I knew that’s what the Joshua Tree Suite vibe was going to be all about!
What piece of advice would you give someone about to embark on a vintage trailer remodel?
Everything is more time consuming and more expensive than projected because with vintage trailers you should always expect the unexpected oh and nothing is level… so get ready for that too! Once your RV is finished, it’s the most rewarding feeling ever and worth all the blood, sweat, and tears!
Most asked about Product Sources:
Shades are the Premier Woven Wood Shades in Quince from Select Blinds. All questions I’m happy to answer on our Instagram page.
Do you take on custom renovation projects?
Yep! When we first started our business plan as a licensed dealership was to renovate and sell RV’s but almost immediately we began booking up with customer renovations so now that’s pretty much all we do and love it!
Follow Stagecoach Detail and Design
Visit Stagecoach Detail and Design to see more of Jed and Katie’s vintage trailer renovations or to contact them for custom work. You can also follow them on Instagram to see what goes on behind the scenes and for sneak peeks into their current projects.
While The Joshua Tree Suite was renovated for a client in Palm Springs, California, a few of their other renovated trailers are available for rent at Tiny Tranquility Park, a tiny home and vintage trailer community. So if you find yourself planning a getaway to the Oregon Coast, be sure to book a nightly or long-term site to experience one of their beautiful spaces in person.