Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vintage Anthropologie: A Travel Trailer Redo

Last year my parents moved across the country to retire on the 100 acres of beautiful farmland they purchased 5 years ago.  The land is lush, rolling hills and has a hilltop with a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. 

Before they could enjoy the leisurely life of being retired though (smile), a house needed to built, which meant living temporarily in a travel trailer on the top of their hill. 


Their travel trailer had everything they needed, but my mom, who had just left her home of 25 years, was having a hard time adjusting to her new boring, outdated living space.  So she set about making the travel trailer a warm and cozy place to be by mixing vintage and Anthropologie finds. 

Let me show you around!


Pyrex and Fire King are just a few antique dishes that my mom has mixed with several finds from Anthropologie, like the measuring cups and measuring spoons hanging under the cabinet and a rolling pin in the corner.   One of the most dramatic changes was removing the outdated curtains that came with the trailer and replacing them with feedsack fabric curtains.


With space limited, the corner TV cupboard was turned into a place to store canned goods, tea bags, and coffee.  Adhesive cork board was also placed on the back of the open cabinet to display photos of friends and family.  


The view from the hilltop is amazing and this chair with a handmade quilt draped over it is a perfect place to sit and drink coffee in the morning.  A doorknob wind chime hangs in the corner. 

The sofa was draped with a denim comforter and the curtains were replaced in this area of the trailer as well using the same feedsack fabric. 


The dining benches were recovered in denim and the table runner from Anthropologie coordinates perfectly with these bright vintage Massimo Vignelli Heller dishes.  The spoon holder is actually meant for cookbooks (also from Anthro) but works perfectly for napkins in this small space. 


In the bedroom my mom wanted to create a space that would be slightly more masculine so my dad felt comfortable.  She selected this plaid fabric for the curtains and lumbar pillow to create a cabin feel. The cardboard covered in fabric that used to pose as a headboard was removed and she simply hung a sweet wooden sign.  The denim coverlet is from Target.


Some other fun items in the travel trailer (clockwise) are antique swanky swig drinking glasses, a large lard tin canister used for a trash can, vintage tea towels, an orange enamelware coffeepot used for a utensil holder, and enamelware bowls and platters.

My sweet mom hugging my precious daughter
I love the transformation from outdated pastels to what I call "vintage Anthropologie".  My mom's style is a true reflection of her personality - warm, bright and cheerful.

I hope you enjoyed this fun tour!


  1. What a fun travel trailer. It reminds me of our many adventures motor-homing!

  2. You've done an amazing job showcasing your parents travel trailer! It's so classic Dori, sweet, bright, infectiuosly cheerful. She has an amazing ability to make a person feel like they're home anywhere in the world. I absolutly LOVE this blog!
    Much love,
    Becky Anderson

  3. Thanks for sharing. Dori you make everything look fun & exciting. Andrea it seems as though you have inherited your mother's creativity!
    Love you
    Aunt Marilee

  4. I loved what Andrea did by taking pictures and writing about the pictures and how much she loves her Mother. Dori, I think what you've done to your travel trailer looks great. I enjoyed the blog. Love Brenda

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  6. LOVE this!! How fun to make a trailer so cozy and fun!!

  7. Houston, we have a problem! There is not enough space for your parents and me to share this lovely temporary home so they're going to have to go. BWAH HAHAHAHAH I could so live in that fun space! Just awesome.

  8. I just love what your Mom did with this trailer. The bright colors and vintage items she added made it seem so much more homey. Your post caught my eye becasue I just love vintage trailers and enjoy surfing the blogosphere to see what creative women have done with them. If she hasn't already, your Mom would enjoy browsing all the decorated trailers photographed on Sisters On the're amazing! My last two posts were about vintage trailers this week...great minds must think alike. Please tell your Mom she did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  9. Your Mom did a fabulous job! I'm sure it was a fun place to be!

  10. I just love what they've done to the travel trailer! The vintage stuff is darling.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. This is great! I'm sending a link to my mom. My parents live in a huge RV and plan to find lots of acres to eventually rest their feet. But for now, they are loving the mobile life. My mom painted her wood and the walls in her trailer. It really livened up and brightened up the space! The wallpaper border came of surprisingly easy too!

  12. Love what your mom did to the camper! I bet they love it now!

  13. Have loved looking at your site, Dori. It is obvious that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Your Mom has passed down a very keen design sense. Enjoyed my walk through last night. I too love to take old things and make them new again! Nice to be in Tennessee again as I was born and raised there..but moved after marriage.


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