Lynne Knowlton is a designer and lifestyle blogger from Ontario Canada. Her motto, “Design the Life you Want to Live” is in regard to anything – your home, camper, travel, life… anything and everything. What kind of life do you want to live? She’s here to inspire you.
Lynne is crazy busy but was gracious enough to let us profile her and her awe inspiring renovation story of Happy Camper Airstream – a beautifully restored and renovated 1976 31-foot Sovereign International Land Yacht. It is AMAZING.
Why an Airstream?
Lynne is a self professed wuss when it comes to sleeping outdoors but she could imagine hitting the open road in an airstream. All the comforts of home, but in a wicked-cool boho style Airstream … no public washrooms… board games…soft fluffy linens…essential oils diffusing lightly in the air…. hours of nothing but conversation.
What do you love about Airstreams?
“Airstreams have such character and 60% of them are still on the road today. They’ve been making Airstreams since 1931. They’re little time capsules stuck in the era they were born.” That’s impressive.
“This one in particular had good bones. It has a centrally located bathroom which is rare.” In fact most Airstreams have a bathroom at the back which didn’t jive with Lynne.
How did you renovate your Airstream?
“Paint.” Lynne spent two months up to her eyeballs in white paint. Initially she tore out the blue carpet and white linoleum and painted every non moving piece white. After that she realized the storage bins and drawers closed off the area too much and had to go.
Once that was complete, the gold touches were added – a beautiful delta faucet, white and gold wall paper, gold hardware. Most interestingly, Lynne kept the original blue chenille benches. But with the new paint they worked perfectly.
Did you run into any challenges while renovating your Airstream?
Lynne thought it would take her and her husband a month to renovate the Airstream and put their sweet touches on it. In reality it took six. Actually, they are still renovating it. They just completed a marathon 200-400 hours to polish Happy Camper Airstream to that mirror finish.
Do you have any helpful hits or suggestions?
“The key to designing a tight space is to maximize the area you have with small space living ideas. Additionally, if you’re going to invest in a trailer, make sure you an end in mind. Begin Anywhere.”
Have we mentioned yet that you can stay in Happy Camper Airstream? Lynne rents out her beloved Airstream – although she plans to hitch up and hit the road in February so you might have to wait. We highly recommend you make a booking asap.
Want to see more pictures of the renovation? Have a peak at #HappyCamperAirstream on Instagram.
Because it’s so beautiful, here are few more pictures to inspire you.