Wanna Take A Peek Inside? 18

My Mother always told me, “You can’t have it all”! For the past couple of months, I felt like “I couldn’t do it all”. With a new role of caregiving for my 84-year-old Mother for the past 4 months, I decided that I truly couldn’t do it all and had to put my priorities first. Mom came first! But, happy to say that all is well on the Mom front and Hub’s and I were able to take a quick first trip of the season after her departure. Wanted to share with you, for my first post about our little Texas trip, some interior pics of our Beatrice. I am in love with my Airstream more than I could ever have imagined. The 188 sq ft is pure bliss for me. On this trip we decided to put the dining table down and use the lounge to really “lounge” in and I relished in the comfort. I hope you enjoy your tour! And many thanks to my readers for being patient with me while on my hiatus to help Mom. I’m back and looking forward to sharing lots of upcoming adventures with you. Oh, and please feel to comment on what you think of our decor! Our Airstream is a 2012, 27′ FB International Signature designed by Christopher C. Deam for Airstream which I have named Beatrice!

This is the entrance into Beatrice stepping up into the lounge

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Looking towards the kitchen from the front door

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I am in love with all of my pillows. Hub’s thought I was nutso but, hey ~ I’m a Glamper after all. He certainly didn’t complain when it came time to relax on the lounge. The pillows were purchased from The Brass Bed in Denver. Pillows made by John Robshaw Textiles , Kevin O’Brien Studio and the Mongolian Lamb pillows were purchased at  West Elm. And a big shout out to my friend and fellow Glamper, Monica Bennett from Just 5 More Minutes for sharing her Coscto find with me, the luxurious and cuddly sheepskins! I absolutley am in love with these!

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I wanted something fun and playful above the TV. Since I’m a wildlife photographer I thought this Papier-Mâché Animal Sculptures – Silver Deer would add a little whimsy to the room. These sculptures are handmade in Haiti and brought in by West Elm. “As part of our collaboration with Port-au-Prince workshop Carribbean Craft, we worked with artisans in Haiti to create this silver-finish stag. Made from recycled materials, it brings a wild side to walls in the most responsible way.”

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I adore Le Creuset and decided the Bea needed to sport a few items from one of my fav’s.  Oil and Vinegar, Salt and Pepper Grinders, Syrup Jar, Mugs, Creamer/Sugar, Cutting Board and Stainless Steel Demi Kettle all from Le Creuset. We also purchased these inexpensive red and black glasses from Ikea.  I love the dishes I purchased from West Elm and will have to get a good photo of them on our next trip. They are an organic shaped white porcelain with silver trim purchased from West Elm.

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I found two vintage pieces in Texas and I really adore them both. The small stamp “B” is a sweet reminder of my travels to TX and a funky store called Uncommon Objects. The burgundy painted “b” in my bedroom is a vintage letter from an old store sign. I just had to add a bit of contemporary art in Bea somewhere! “B” was also found in Austin, TX at Uncommon Objects. One of my favorite finds is my bedroom lamps from Design Within Reach. They are the Miss K and are one of my all time lux items for my Glamper.

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All of my bedding was purchased at The Brass Bed and is all John Robshaw including several of the pillows. The one velvet pillow is by Kevin O’Brien Studio and the Mongolian Lamb bolster pillow and orange lacquer box (which I love because it holds my jewelry and other small items) is from West Elm. Not sure I have ever been more comfy in a bed then my Glamper bed. I just melt every time I get to sleep in this luxurious bedding. I know ~ I am a Glamper!

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Of course, Otis has to have a Glamper water/food bowl. I found this one at Petsmart and really like it. It’s the Doca Pet Dogleg Diner Dog Bowl and is perfect. It has rubber non-skid bottom and is slightly elevated. I found the Bon Chien Dog Treat container at Harry Barker. Shown in the photo below of the pantry.

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The pantry is still a work in progress. The shelving that we purchased doesn’t work for us so I’m still on the search. However, I really like the containers that we found. The mini spice containers and stainless steel canisters are by Oggi and I purchased them at my favorite kitchen store anywhere: Der Kuchen Laden in Fredericksburg, TX. Call Kathi anytime because they ship all over the country. I’ll write more about this store in a future post. The stainless steel magnetic board is from West Elm and my red kitchen timer by Kikkerland was purchased at Red in Fredericksburg, TX.

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I have always been a fan of Laguiole French knives! So, while researching which knives to purchase for Bea, I also found this divine flatware set. Now, please keep in mind most of the Laguiole flatware sold in the US is the cheaper 15/10 stainless steel. I searched for a couple of months and finally found French Diffusion and they sell the highest quality stainless steel Laguiole 25/10. You won’t be disappointed if you decide to fork (no pun intended!) over the cash for this set. It’s heavy and very well made. Read about the difference between 15/10 and 25/10 here. It does make a huge difference. I would recommend French Diffusion to anyone. Their customer service and products are superb.

Love the shape and quality of my Curtis Stone Stainless-Steel Oil Can. I purchased directly from Curtis Stone but, it’s also available through Williams-Sonoma. And of course, we had to bring from our own kitchen our Bodum coffee press! Luv!

Mostly every other kitchen item in the cutlery drawer is from Der Kuchen Laden. That store has everything you need and don’t need but, want!

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I hope you have enjoyed my first tour of Beatrice. There will be more photos and items to share with you in future posts!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Introduction of the New Airstream Land Yacht Concept Trailer 5

I spent several years crewing on private yachts. I always appreciated the quality, design and sleek interiors of many motor yachts. So, much to my surprise and delight I learned that Airstream unveiled a new concept trailer at the National RV Trade Show this week in Louisville, KY called the Land Yacht. Inspired by luxury yachts and designed by Airstream in collaboration with Officinia Italiana Design and the maker of fine cabinetry, Technoform S.p.A ~ this new Airstream trailer will be a welcome improvement to the current high-end “Classic” model in current production. I can’t wait to see the new Land Yacht in person! Update: Airstream just added the Land Yacht Concept Trailer to their website. Click here to see more information and beautiful photos!

Photo sources: CanAm RV, Colonial Airstream and Airstream

The Pile and Our Key 12

Well, it’s been a very long week! After 27 hours on the road in two days, we finally arrived in Maryland for a visit with family. Today, however, was the BIG day!! I am sitting in our Beatrice for the first time writing a post. Yippeee!! We’re finally here! After a three-hour drive to Colonial Airstream today, unpacking our car and trying to get all of our “stuff” organized, we’re pretty exhausted. After only being in our Airstream for less than 5 minutes, I had to call my friends Kelly and Steve to ask how to get the bed down after lifting up the platform (it wouldn’t go down). We both felt a little stupid but, Steve and Kelly helped us remedy the situation. Thank you dear friends! I’m sure there will be many more questions to ask the experienced Glampers! Hub’s is now lighting our oven for the first time and is going to pop open a bottle of vino and make us a spaghetti dinner. Phew ~ I’m feeling relieved after so much planning to get to this point. Below are pics of “The Pile”!

Tomorrow is our 9am walk-thru with a Colonial staff member. We’re really looking forward to this walk-thru because we have no clue about all the system or how to tow this 27′ baby! Here are a couple pics of the second we walked into Beatrice. She will evolve over the next couple weeks so more pics will be posted once I get her outfitted.

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Today is a good day! Today is 10.11.12 and today is the day we purchased our very own Airstream! I’m so excited, I can barely write this post. After many months of research, attending rallies, touring various models, touring the Airstream Factory in Ohio and asking so many questions from current Airstream owners ~ we decided on a 2012, 27′ FB International Signature. We purchased our Airstream from Colonial Airstream in NJ. Lauren & Patrick Botticelli and their GM, David Starin have been wonderful to work with. They are all uber knowledgeable, patient and very accommodating to our needs being that we are in Denver. We look forward to the day that we can pick up our Airstream, Beatrice (yes, I had to name her!!). Will most likely be in November when we can make that long cross-country trip to see her for the first time. I will also be posting on our continued relationship with Colonial, our walk thru and all they will teach us “Newbies” about the systems, operations, towing etc. of our new girl. Yes, all Airstreams are girls just like sail boats and motor yachts!!

Some photos of Beatrice from Colonial’s website

So, after 137 blog posts I will finally be able post about our Airstream adventures. Many more photos to follow of when Beatrice is all decked out with her new bedding, decorative pillows and such. And, we’ll be posting about our “Maiden Voyage” with her across the great US of A. Wish us luck, we’re pretty nervous!!

Photo source: Colonial Airstream