Despite Rick growing up spending summers roaming the mountains of the Sierra Nevadas with his cousins, camping was not something that Rick and Linda had done together during their nearly 50 year marriage. In fact, if you met Linda, you’d assume she’d be more comfortable at a high end resort. How do I know this? They are my parents.
Their Airstream journey began Thanksgiving weekend 2016. My husband and I had just purchased a pop-up camper and were looking forward to spending time visiting state and national parks. When my mom said she wanted to camp too, I thought it was a joke. But, while the turkey was in the oven we found ourselves spending time on Craigslist looking at Airstreams. There was a beautiful 2013 22 ft Bambi at a dealership nearby. When the family all packed up and headed home, Rick and Linda took a drive to look at what would become their “first” Airstream. I never could have imagined that they’d love Airstream ownership as much as they do. Their goal was to use it at least once per month and they have had no problem making time to enjoy all of California. They’ve traveled to Yosemite, Tahoe, Malibu, Newport, Buellton, Ventura, Carmel Valley, Costanoa, San Diego, Palm Desert, Nevada City and more. But, they discovered they wanted a little more storage and twin beds. So, slightly less than one year later, they traded up for a 2018 Flying Cloud 25FB Twin that they named “Summer Place.”
There are “campers” and “glampers.” Rick and Linda are enjoying all the beauty of the amazing state in which they live, but are doing it in true glamping fashion. Join me in taking a look at the ways these two have personalized their new space. As Christmas approaches, you'll find sweet little holiday touches throughout.
In the bedroom, Linda found she was able to work with the bedding that came with the trailer. By adding throw pillows and blankets to each twin bed, their personalities shine through. Rick, who is the king of all wanderers, has a gold framed print at the foot of his bed that says "Not all who wander are lost." When he asked for a "big game trophy," I'm not sure the cute little wool mountain goat was what he had in mind. Ha! Ha! And, Linda found an adorable flower-adorned flamingo print in a local shop that she hangs at the foot of her bed. But, we've found it on Amazon and you can find the link below.
Sparkly gold placemats adorn the table accompanied by fresh flowers (always!) cozy and beautiful fur throws (Mongolian Sheepskin from annieselke.com) and brightly colored Lily Pulitzer pillows (See Amazon Link Below). Flamingos throughout play tribute to the symbiotic partnership of Americana - Airstreams and the 1950's pink birds we've come to love.
In the kitchen, they house their spices in magnetic spice holders on the stovetop hood. Not wanting to drill into the aluminum, Linda ordered an adhesive towel bar on Amazon. And, the wood cutting board from Airstream Life fits perfectly over the sink and adds both beauty and versatility to the space. They enjoy their meals served on fun flamingo plates purchased at Sur La Table.
The bathroom in Summer Place is simple, beautiful and functional.
So, for those of you who never pictured yourself as a "camper", you might want to think again. Thank you both for sharing your beautiful space! Safe Travels.
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