I have used mood boards to gather visual inspirations for interiors, event designs and a host of other creative goals. Today I have been daydreaming of a dream home. Although my tastes vary widely (hello, modern farmhouse, beach house, and cottage in the redwoods!), I…
The rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa features a trailer park. In the U.S. the term “trailer park” has less-than-positive associations, but this one is a collection of remodeled Airstream trailers, each designed into a comfortable hotel room.
I have been obsessed for years with the idea of remodeling an Airstream trailer.
Introduced by Wally Byam in 1936, the silver bullet space age design became an American icon. It prompts visions of life on the open road, traveling to forest and desert and coast.
In an age when air travel is fraught with danger (hello, COVID-19), traveling like a turtle with your home seems like a reasonable option. It’s the ultimate “glamping” experience.
The Airstream of today can be a humble or luxurious experience, depending on the furnishings and finishes. Here are some of my favorites.
Don’t live in the past or the future. Make history.Wally Byam, Founder of Airstream
I love the cozy feel of wall-to-wall carpet under my feet. I also appreciate its sound-muffling feature. But it’s a nightmare to keep clean, and a breeding ground for allergens. I prefer hard flooring with rugs you can easily clean.
I see a lot of real estate listings in Portugal that feature tile floors in main living areas or kitchens. I find these to be too hard on your body if you stand for long periods of time. Also if you drop anything breakable, it will certainly shatter on impact. Tile or stone are great for small areas, such as entry ways, mudrooms or bathrooms.
The options for hard floors are dizzying, from products to colors. If you’re interested in using materials that are “eco-friendly,” the decision is even more complicated.
The go-to wood flooring options are often red or white oak. The warmth and durability of oak make it a popular choice. If you are interested in sustainable options for wood flooring, purchase from vendors who use materials from sustainably managed forests. This means using woods that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. (BTW, they also certify recycled paper materials.)
There are a few sustainable alternatives to consider, too. These come in hundreds of colors and a wide variety of plank widths.