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Old 05-16-2005, 05:47 AM   #15
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Ferroequine -- I was wondering what your interior looks like. Ours is a '76 model year, but it was manufactured in '75. Do you also have the blue upholstery? My kids think it's great because it's kind of a soft corduroy pile texture and they love sitting in it.

Mary -- I noticed the colors at Crate & Barrel too. They have throw pillows and lamps that would blend right into the original 70s trailer. For some reason they look a lot better when they're sitting in the store all new and shiny. What did you mean by 70s-style curtains? I still can't decide what to do for curtains. The old ones are history because they were hopelessly stained and mildewed. I'm not particularly fond of pleats so I'm looking for new ideas.

Chuck -- Mary's right, your colors aren't all that bad. They do at least brighten up those dark wood colors that the 70s loved.

Rich -- Looks like you have the beige cupboards up top and dark woodgrain below like I do. Are you keeping it that way?
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:03 AM   #16
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O' course I was totally busy with high school homework at the time so maybe I just missed that 70s trend.
If you remember the '70's, you weren't there...
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i wonder if i should do a thread like this for the '90s trailers?

i've got some giant paisley prints on the valance in the bedroom, total swank! feel lucky i have a trailer that is mostly tan vs. the mauve models from the same time. those will never come back in style i bet! yuk!

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Old 05-16-2005, 07:11 AM   #18
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Looks like you have the beige cupboards up top and dark woodgrain below like I do. Are you keeping it that way?
Actually, all our furniture including upper and lower cabinets are dark woodgrain. We have left them as found. With the new walls and floor, they actually don't look bad.

In the "after" picture I posted earlier you can see the front endcap, which was painted mauve with the original orange insert. We painted it cream to neutralize it.

See picture of as-found condition... ugh ... and you'll understand why cream seemed like a nice alternative.
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Old 05-16-2005, 08:15 AM   #19
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Ah yes, the dreaded front endcap. Ours is very cracked and not beautiful. Perhaps they made the upper cabinets in the beige to match the lovely endcap. I still can't bring myself to want to repair and paint that plastic. There's gotta be a replacement that's better. -J
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Rich, I'm all for tossing anything that smells bad. That might even mean oderific guests (especially 4 legged ones)!!!

The first thing I did when we got our new trailer was to toss out the smelly cushions. But then I sat down and tried to think what would work for a new decorating theme. Looking around, I realized that the trailer was designed so that everything went with turquoise. Fight that and I was going to have to redesign everything. Go with it and it kept the vintage feel. Here's a look at the "midway" on ours (we've since torn everything out for structural repairs). Our approach is decidedly retro, but it's not the only way to go (and yes, Rich, the wild colors would look fine in VT--I could see a lime green table top and linoleum floor looking great with the other stuff you have--it would just give it a different look)..

Personally, I think as long as it looks new and clean, it will look up to date. Remember, the orange-lime-etc. color scheme is also the one used in the CCD.

DJ, iirc, the curtains this couple had were white with orange and yellow daffodils printed on it (very little white showed in a rather marimekko-esque way). They found a interior decorator shop with lots of old fabrics and picked it out from dead stock (best part, they sold them the fabric for practically nothing). I bought my retro fabric online at www.contemporarycloth.com.

There's a theory that the most recently past trend is embarassingly out of style--but the one preceding it reemerges as cutting edge and stylishly rediscovered. We're at that phase for the 70s, I think. Its the 80s stuff that is becoming embarrassing.

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Some Styles to play with

OK, these are all fabrics available new from contemporary cloth...Who says funky is out of date?
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Love those fabrics Mary!

We op't for the Key West look in the Argosy
What was there was too worn...
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:19 AM   #23
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I see nothing wrong with the colors posted in the upper posts of this thread. To me they look normal!
Excuse me while I tie the lace on my sneaker and adjust the big collar on my 100% polyester shirt!
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Orange and green from the 70's are back in the CCD's. Does that mean that the mauve's that followed are the next fashion statement? Achk! Is there no end to this cycle of bad taste?

Next time I redo an trailer it's gonna be black and white - everything matches and it never goes out of style.
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Yes, Marimekko!

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DJ, iirc, the curtains this couple had were white with orange and yellow daffodils printed on it (very little white showed in a rather marimekko-esque way).
Funny you should bring up Marimekko, that was one of the first things I looked at when I was trying to come up with something contemporary that I could stand to look at. I wonder why Airstream didn't do something with Marimekko and Danish modern since that was around in the 70s. We still haven't completely decided what the end product will be. Right now we're redecorating in odor-removal mode.

I'm starting on some temporary curtains today. Just got back from the fabric store where I saw all kinds of retro-mod stuff like in your pictures. My problem with the curtains is more about changing the style than the fabric. Didn't Airstream ever do anything besides pleats?
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Sunglasses for me!

Orange and green from the 70's are back in the CCD's. Does that mean that the mauve's that followed are the next fashion statement? Achk! Is there no end to this cycle of bad taste?

Next time I redo an trailer it's gonna be black and white - everything matches and it never goes out of style.
I'm going to go out on a philosophical limb here. I don't think there is such thing as bad taste. Color (just like music) is an element of fashion. Certain combinations can be used to identify a member--or non member of an affilliate group. That's why some interior styles "say" country or "urban" or "retro." When you style your trailer, you are making a decision of what kind of affilliate group you want to identify with.

The thing is, it's all pretty personal. When you scrutinize a color combination, it may be right that a particular look is out of fashion (or dirty & smelly, etc). It may also be right to identify that a look is discordant with a personality (a Harley guy probably won't want a pink frilly interior style). However, bad taste is, in fact, impossible. There is no such thing as a bad color, colors are not inherently wrong and not capable of doing evil. The only thing that can go sour is our perception of color. We mentally choose to identify colors in particular ways (eg, green and red are Christmas). When colors go out of style, that is, a change in our cognitive awareness, not in the colors themselves.

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PS, Even black and white may go out of style. I read recently black clothing don't sell well at all these days.
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Love the couch! Make me up a margarita! Isn't it nice how we can make these trailers into our fantasy get-aways?

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Orange and green from the 70's are back in the CCD's. Does that mean that the mauve's that followed are the next fashion statement? Achk! Is there no end to this cycle of bad taste?

Next time I redo an trailer it's gonna be black and white - everything matches and it never goes out of style.
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I know what you mean!
now that I have the mechanicals taken care of on the Minuet, the wife wants me to let her go wild on the inside and update the upholstery! I do not have the origianl goldish, orangey funky color but she is still not happy with the colors just the same.
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