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Old 12-26-2004, 01:44 PM   #1
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Interior Design Themes

Hi all, I pray that your holidays have been blessed.

As winter begins in earnest here in Northern Ohio my 'streaming thoughts have sensibly shifted from exterior topics to interior ones. I've had my 20' Argosy only a few months now and have addressed some important mechanical issues but I've hesitated to tackle any interior design questions until I come up with a unifying theme. Since I bought the camper to take my young boys to our local race track (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course) my first inclination is to go all out racing themed. However I have a number of other design interests that would also work well and translate into a fun interior: Early American Country, Deco, Retro Modern, even Adirondack Camp. I know that I'm not doing a full gut of the interior but probably curtains, mattress covers, carpet and accessories to start. I've seen so many cool designs in the photos area I know that there are many, many talented people out there and if anyone has a story, photos, or advice that might help please do share...

Best wishes for the New Year,

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Old 12-26-2004, 03:56 PM   #2
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How aboout Ralph Lauren?

Ralph Lauren has decorated a series of Bambis that you can see at polo.com maybe these could give you some inspiration. You and your sons will have a great time with your "new" trailer, they are lucky to have a dad like you. My husband and son will be using ours for fishing trips..............They may let me join them from time to time for family trips.......... very kind of them dont you think?
Have included some photo's of Ralph's "western" design-

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Old 12-27-2004, 05:21 AM   #3
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In 1973 the Academy Award for best picture was given to "The Sting". Also nominated were "American Graffiti" and "The Exorcist". "Last Tango in Paris" was not nominated but was certainly noteworthy.

Song of the year, "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Best rhythm and Blues: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"

Secretariat won the Triple Crown.

Agnew resigned.

Skylab, the first American space station, is launched.

Betty Grable and Pablo Picasso died.

I could go on any one of these (except maybe Agnew resigning). I like the race idea. Checkered flags, red, green, yellow. The fabrics are readily available. There are also fabrics with vintage cars or motorcycles as well as current Nascar.

So many ideas...
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Old 12-27-2004, 06:19 AM   #4
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You could even paint the outside bright RED....to go with that theme`
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Just had this flash of a checkered flag exterior or a checkered stripe-like the Checker Cab company. Egad-where do these thoughts come from?
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Old 12-27-2004, 10:06 AM   #6
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Just found the Ralph Lauren site:
http://about.polo.com/vintage/airstream/default.asp

Wow o wow! (and wow what a price!)
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:45 AM   #7
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Just found the Ralph Lauren site:
http://about.polo.com/vintage/airstream/default.asp

Wow o wow! (and wow what a price!)
Move the decimal point a couple of places and you have a better idea of my budget. I suppose it would be more fun to decorate a longer trailer because now I don't really have that much to change. 1 room basically. I was thinking about the racing theme again and it could easily include more of a highend workshop look: kind of like an Indycar transporter. Black and white checkerboard floor, cabinets made to look like tool carts, some aluminum diamond plate accents...etc. Maybe I will run with that idea but I still have the fabrics to tie in somehow with all the hard surfaces. The flag idea would work well for the drapes and that just leaves the goucho cushions to figure out...something not too soft looking...maybe vinyl or ?

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that just leaves the goucho cushions to figure out...something not too soft looking...maybe vinyl or ?

Steve
I like the theme so far, just need to tie in that winner's circle....maybe trophies, or milk bottles on the cushion's?

I'd be more inclined to go with a vinyl. Maybe a Black Vinyl, a couple of center-line-yellow pillows (thinking long & thin - like the bed rolls - really only for looks), and a trophy or milkbottle shaped pillow at each end.

I wonder if you could find a brickwall pattern vinyl. Might look enough like streetpavers.
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Sleeping on vinyl isn't too comfortable. I would go with the general fabric and then possibly do a tuck and roll appearance or put a center medallion with crossed checkered flags or a trophy in the middle or the gaucho back cushion. I like your ideas for the hard surfaces.
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Sleeping on vinyl isn't too comfortable. I would go with the general fabric and then possibly do a tuck and roll appearance or put a center medallion with crossed checkered flags or a trophy in the middle or the gaucho back cushion. I like your ideas for the hard surfaces.
What makes vinyl uncomfortable for you?
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I love the idea of the toolbox cabinets! When you get the interior all raced out, you can paint flames on the exterior!
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The floor would look neat in charcoal cork, too - with inlay stripes of yellow cork. It would help the coach look long and lean, like a straight away....
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What makes vinyl uncomfortable for you?

It doesn't breathe or wick away perspiration.
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What makes vinyl uncomfortable for you?

It doesn't breathe or wick away perspiration.

I think it would be a cool look for the sofas to look like vintage car seats, or else like a racing seat (Nomex?) pattern. That would be black fabric with 2 inch quilted squares in black thread. I'm thinking about futons, so they would be futon covers. Or else just go with bold checkered flag pattern on the seats and then a tough garage flooring material which could be something like a gray rubber diamond plate.

I found this coin pattern PVC flooring that comes in a perfect 7.7' x 17' size. Talk about durable. http://www.bltllc.com/
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