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Old 05-16-2005, 12:22 PM   #29
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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?
Who says you have to stick with pleats? You may be constrained by your curtain carriers, but why not alter them (epoxy on alternative connectors) or just put up new carriers. It's your trailer, and if you don't want pleats, skip them. It will probably still look great.

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Old 05-16-2005, 12:24 PM   #30
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The real trick is to come up with something that's timeless. My last home had a kitchen that was last remodeled in the late 70s/early 80s by it's architect/owner. Everyone who came to look at it when we sold it in 2004 would say how they loved what they thought was a very recent remodeling job. The only thing we had really done in the 3 years we lived there was keep it clean and put in a new range and kitchen faucet. So with the trailer, I keep trying to come up with something that looks clean and will hold up and age well.
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:17 PM   #31
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Mary: what red stripe? don't see it....

I do see what you mean about those throw pillows....that is the pattern of the slip cover that has been removed. (its in the wash!). While it is now dated, as well...its not nearly as "offensive" as the original. I disagree. there ARE such things as "Bad" colors. ok, well...maybe not "bad", but certainly LOUD while the mauve and blue pillows may not be the height of style, they do compliment one another, which is certainly not the case w/ the plaid. A musical analogy would be the word "dissonance".

I don't like the orange in the current ccd's any more than I liked it in the 70's. Ok..you got me. that's personal taste. But seriously, taste aside, one thing that can be easily spotted in such decor is the fact that it will be dated very shortly. that was the first thought that came to mind when I first saw a CCD decor: "this thing is going to look rediculous in 5 years." that's not really a good thing on a trailer that should last 40+.

Dougjamie hit it on the head with "timeless". in fact, the pic you posted reveals little about the age of your trailer for that very reason. solid blue is timeless. neutral walls are timeless...not much else can be seen in the pic.

Lou: the dark fake-walnut in my trailer is nearly the same as the fake panneling in the Brady's living room. its not just "dark"; the fake-grain is highlighted with flex of grey, giving it a weathered look. they don't make anything at all like it now.
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:19 PM   #32
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OK, these are all fabrics available new from contemporary cloth...Who says funky is out of date?
Reminds me of those LSD trips I never went on...
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:25 PM   #33
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Another idea besides pleated curtains

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Who says you have to stick with pleats? You may be constrained by your curtain carriers, but why not alter them (epoxy on alternative connectors) or just put up new carriers. It's your trailer, and if you don't want pleats, skip them. It will probably still look great.

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Hi folks... I agree with Mary! We just got our '69 Sovereign (or is it an Ambassador) and it originally had lots of avocado green (must have been ahead of it's time). It had all the pleated drapes which my husband can't stand...so those are all down now. I have several ideas I'm working on... over the kitchen sink there is a fabric coated plastic valance with a roller shade under it. Looks original. It has the fabric cut into little square pockets with a cafe rod inserted as a pull. Our trailer has all gold accents which I can't stand and am slowly switching to brushed aluminum, so I switched out the rod to a silver one and made roller blinds to match the original one by covering inexpensive plastic adjustable roller blinds with fabric... lots of tips on home improvement/craft sites for that little project. (Lowe's cut them to fit for me!) So far we love the blinds which can be caught under the window catches to keep them against the walls. Plus all the original roller hardware things were still there, so I just had to pop them in. My husband is going to coat the lower window with one way sunshade so I don't have to cover them. I'm making a small fabric valance to run in the top track to cover the rollers. I'll try to remember to put photos on here, but we are heading out for two weeks and I'm working like crazy to get the airstream presentable for our family reunion. Hope this idea doesn't sound too crazy - I figured it was ok since I found the original blind still in place.

Another friend suggested just using the top rod in the front around the curved windows to put a curtain that you could raise and lower by some ribbons tied around. It would look like a valance when pulled up - easy, no sew solution. Not vintage, but a possibility.

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Old 07-12-2007, 11:31 PM   #34
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I'll take a second trip thru the 70's...
Even listen to Disco.
Thought the 70's sucked at the time, compared to the 60's.
Just don't start my hell early by playing any Rap.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:25 AM   #35
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I just picked up a Rod Stewart and a Starland Sugar tape for my '77 Ambassadors 8 track.
I must say the original interior in mine is in very good condition and luckly, neutral colors. Only the bathroom looks like an episode of "Laugh In" exploded in there.
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It makes you think what folks in the future will think about some of the new interiors that A/S is putting out today? Will they become dated? Will the those bright CCD interior fabrics have the same impact in our eyes in the future as we see them today?

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I am going back to the 50s with my 73

I am going for a 50s diner look. I didn't mind the avocado green but the gold that went with it was gastly!
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:57 AM   #39
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Decorating tips on how to lose the gold countertops in your 1970's A/S

Check out how someone "decorated" their 1974 rear bedroom Sovereign . . . .


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. . . . . you really don't notice the 70's gold countertops . . . .
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Lava Lamp?

After reading all of this stuff I have to find a disco ball and some black lights I will pass on the 8 track, I like my cheap old Jensen am fm cassette cd player. would a lava lamp be in order. My gauchos were recovered in a 70s style pattern and they look great. I don't think I can deal with a shag carpet in the AS. Maybe cork would look like a disco dance floor! I'll put some Three Dog Night in the stereo when I start ripping out plumbing tomorrow. Maybe it will inspire me Oooh--oooh just thought of it...incense burner.

All of the potential projects...I may never get done .
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After reading all of this stuff I have to find a disco ball and some black lights I will pass on the 8 track, I like my cheap old Jensen am fm cassette cd player. would a lava lamp be in order. My gauchos were recovered in a 70s style pattern and they look great. I don't think I can deal with a shag carpet in the AS. Maybe cork would look like a disco dance floor! I'll put some Three Dog Night in the stereo when I start ripping out plumbing tomorrow. Maybe it will inspire me Oooh--oooh just thought of it...incense burner.

All of the potential projects...I may never get done .
After reflecting on the 70's, and seeing a few pictures of what I thought was trendy attire at the time as well as remembering how we decorated our houses at the time, I now know why I'm very fond of the early 50's look. I still remember the black shirt, white tie (kinda shiny too), and some kind of plaid bell bottom pants - egad, thank heavens no one had a camera. My wife must truly love me, she stuck with me through all of that - and I even had hair - now that I vaguely remember.....and now that you mention incense burner I'm wondering what the heck ever happened to mine.......

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Our late 70's MOHO had the roll-up woodslat w/ macrame window coverings (browns, ornage & tans). They seemed to work well, but we didn't like the "style", we put in mini blinds 6 years ago and are now thinkin about roll-ups (bamboo) style again...go figure.
But that's the fun of it...if you don't like it, change it and be happy. Who cares what anyone else thinks (until you have to sell it).
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