Vintage Airstream and Rolls Royce Get a Magnolia Pearl Makeover


Welcome to the 226th Metamorphosis Monday!

Recently, I ordered the book, A Bit of Velvet & A Dash of Lace by Robin Brown.  Robin is the founder of the design company, Magnolia Pearl.  Are you familiar with her and her unique style?  I first learned about Robin when I came across her website many years ago. I’ll never forget it because that was the first place I ever heard the song, Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin. It was playing on her site that day and it’s still one of my favorite songs.

A Bit of Velvet & a Dash of Lace

Robin and her husband, John Gray put their home on the market to sell a while back.  The interior is pure Magnolia Pearl.  Robin uses lots of antique lace, tapestry, silk and velvet in the design of her interiors.  In her book she describes her decorating style as layering because she layers fabrics and other materials until she achieves the look she wants.

Robin and John purchased a 1972 Airstream Trade Wind on eBay, sight-unseen.  It was in pretty yucky shape so they gutted it and made it their own by installing hardwood flooring, beautiful lighting, chandeliers and a full-size refrigerator. The refrigerator got an amazing makeover, too.

There’s no doubt whose Airstream this is when you see the exterior.  Of course, if you’re pulling this airstream, you need a special vintage car to do the pulling.

Magnolia Pearl's Painted Rolls Royce and Airstream

This vintage Roll Royce got a makeover, too.

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

It’s now a “Rose Royce.”  Love it!

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

Check out the upholstery! See the rug on the inside of the door? Robin frequently uses rugs and tapestries on walls as part of her design.

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

A view of the rear of the Airstream…the pictures in this post are all from Magnolia Pearl dot com.  You can see this one was featured in a magazine (note writing).  It was probably Country Living since Robin’s work has been featured there numerous times. Here home was featured in the Feb/Mar/Apr issue of Where Women Create. I can’t wait to share the interior in a future post!

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

Imagine stepping into a vintage Airstream, turning your head and seeing this! My jaw would be on the ground! The thing I find so amazing about Robin’s style is though it incorporates imperfect vintage pieces with lots of character and age, her interiors always feel luxurious, downright decadent.  Check out the vintage light fixture and the refrigerator there on the left.  Have you ever in your whole life seen a travel trailer like this?

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce
Beautiful botanical designs embellish the front of the refrigerator.

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

You can really see Robin’s style of layering fabrics, lace, and fringes to achieve the look she wants. She also uses old, tin ceiling tiles in her designs. It looks and feels very Victorian. I just noticed, there’s a column on the left.  That’s so unexpected inside a travel trailer which is exactly what makes it positively enchanting!

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce
There’s a vintage sink for washing dishes…

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

You would feel like a queen sleeping here.  The antique bed was chosen for this spot because its arched headboard mimics the shape of the Airstream.  The bedding is down and is layered with old linens, beautiful quilts and lots of pretty pillows. Love the bedskirt!  Now, with a bedroom like this, can you imagine how the bath must look? For just a moment, imagine the typical bath in most vacation/travel trailers. Okay, with that image in mind, let’s take a look at the bath.

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

Amazing!  Look at the chandelier…love it!

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

This vintage Airstream looks and feels just like Robin’s home, truly a home away from home.  Have you heard of Robin Brown or Magnolia Pearl before?  I’ve really enjoyed reading about her early life and how her parents who made their living as artists, greatly influenced her life.

Magnolia Pearl's 1972 Airstream Trade Wind and Rolls Royce

Looking forward to the Before and Afters posted for this Met Monday!

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  1. Susan,
    Thanks so much for hosting!!


  2. Oh my gosh! I have never seen anything like this but it is truly amazing. What a textile artist and I would love to see the travel trailer and car in person! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day, Susan!

  3. Susan…what an incredible Airstream…I am sure many heads turn when they see that amazing Airstream and Rose Royce in the road!…Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  4. What an interesting post! The vintage Airstream is so unusual! I always enjoy looking at vintage trailer makeovers; thanks for sharing this one! Thanks for hosting another great party! Happy Memorial Day!

  5. Wow…pretty amazing Susan!
    Thanks for sharing, that must be quite the lifestyle.
    Happy Memorial Day too,

  6. Wow, that is quite a decorating style! I don’t think I could live with all that “stuff” but she is definitely fearless in the creativity department! The Rose Royce is way over the top! Fun stuff!

  7. What a fun way to travel! Thanks so much for hosting, Susan! Hope you are having a great weekend!…hugs…Debbie

  8. Peggy Thal says

    Pretty wild! It is beautiful in its own way. Very over decorated. I do love the originality of it. That is what decorating is all about. Susan, thanks for sharing. Happy Memorial Day !

  9. Yarlette Gebarowski says

    Oh my gosh. I have never seen any thing like this in my life. Can you imagine the attention you would attract driving down the road in that. Over the top wonderful !!! A sight you would never forget that’s for sure. Yarlette

  10. Wow… Simply love it… It’s like stepping back in time…

  11. Thanks for the party! Life to the full! Melissa

  12. Thank you for hosting

  13. Thanks for hosting your awesome party, Susan. I keep trying to link up, but Linky keeps prompting me to do other things and won’t allow me to choose a picture link.

  14. Wow! I can’t believe there’s a big ole bathtub in that camper! Love the Rolls Royce!! Thanks so much for hosting, Susan.

  15. Very colorful style. I love the vintage look of her line of clothes as well!
    Thanks oodles for sharing!
    Hugs and Happy Memorial Day,
    Beth P

  16. Wow, that airstream “Rose Royce” is jaw dropping! what cute post…I’m hoping I get lucky and see it driving down a country road! Thanks for hosting another fantastic party 🙂

  17. I’ve been acquainted with Magnolia Pearl for several years- I admire Robin’s audacity in design but could never live with all that stuff myself! I also have to wonder at the added weight all her decor adds to the Airstream; they were designed and decorated originally to be as light as possible. I’m sure all those heavy rugs, bathtub and sink only contribute to the weight and therefore, lower mileage while pulling the trailer. Now, if it stayed parked in the back yard as a guesthouse, then it wouldn’t matter. On the road, it definitely would.
    But I love every bit of it. Just not for myself.

    • I never thought about that but I bet you’re right. The bed may not be too heavy since it’s just the headboard. I wonder how heavy the tub is, I don’t think it’s cast iron. Maybe it’s a lighter weight metal. I’m sure the refrigerator adds some significant weight. Would be nice to sleep in though once you got where you were going. 🙂

  18. Susan, I’ve met Robin and her husband at Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top. I call her style layered Victorian. It’s not my cup of tea, but I admire her sense of whimsy. She has a huge following. Robin didn’t have her booth at Marburger this past spring, but she and John were wandering the show. I’m sure her regular clients were disappointed. Robin usually has a huge booth full of her signature style clothing. Thanks for sharing Robin’s whimsical style. Happy Memorial Day!

    • Wow, that is so cool that you got to meet her! I’m really enjoying her book. My decorating style is very different, too but I love her enthusiasm and the way she mixes textures and colors. I bet her regular clients were disappointed. Wonder why she didn’t have a booth. Sarah, have you heard the story of how she got started with her business? I should have probably told it in the post for those who haven’t heard it. It’s an amazing story and makes you feel anything is possible.

  19. Pam ~ Crumpety Cottage says

    Hi Susan,

    Another designer (and recording artist) I’ve never heard of! It’s always fun to learn more about these creative people. Her style is too ‘stagey’ and visually cluttered for my taste, but it’s still fun to see the interesting ways people put things together. Thanks for introducing me.

    I hope you’ve had a great Memorial Day weekend! 🙂

    • Thanks, Pam! You, too! I should clarify, Robin isn’t a recording artist…she just had that song playing on her blog and I loved it. I should make that clearer in the post.

      • Pam ~ Crumpety Cottage says

        Oh no, you clarified it just fine! I guess I was the one who wasn’t clear. What I meant was, you introduced me to both a designer AND a recording artist. I went to youtube to listen to her song. Very pretty and relaxing. Another fun introduction for me. Thanks. 🙂

  20. Hi Susan,
    I have checked out her site before but I did not see the airstream before-amazing! I sent the link to my friend who just bought an old one to fix up.

    Thank you for hosting,

  21. OMG, Susan!
    You know what? The first thought that came to my mind after watching those pics was … “Woodstock”!
    Hmmm… I wonder why!? lol Seriously, I’ve never seen such a beautiful Vintage, Bohemian, hippie, romantic, feminine, dreamy, heavenly, “crochet-ish”, “velvet-ish” and “free-soul-ish” decorated caravan before! (As you can see I love adjectives! lol) Susan, maybe there’s a little too much to dust and wash every day/week but I can imagine travelling “coast to coast” in that four-wheel (eight-wheel included that “Rose Royce”) dream! The only problem is, I’m sure hubby would disagree with me! LOLOL
    P.S. Susan, I love that patriotic bunting garland you added to that white picket fence! ♥
    ~Happy Memorial Day and hugs to you~

  22. Sandi Reagan says

    Hi Susan:
    First of all Happy Holiday! And this was wonderful… was like walking into an old French Cottage on a hill somewhere! Thanks for sharing it..

  23. Happy Memorial Day, to you! Wow, what a way to travel. Thanks so much for hosting!

  24. Hi Susan!!! Thanks so much for hosting – as always!! Jane

  25. Thanks soooo much for you wonderful party each week!!! Christine from Little Brags

  26. Mary from Virginia says

    Thank you for the introduction of a new to me designer. Like others have said, she isn’t my cup of tea, but she obviously talented and smart.

    The song is beautiful!

  27. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  28. What an amazing Airstream! I love this post. Thanks for hosting today also and blessings to you, [email protected]

  29. Hi Susan! After reading your post I sure feeling like hitting the road in style! Too bad I get lost even when I use a GPS! They are all so beautiful it would be worth it to get lost while driving one of these! Happy Memorial Day! Hugs always, Lizy

  30. HOW FUN!!! You find the greatest people to feature!!! This was such a fun transformation, I had to grab my husband and make him look at it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and for the great link party!!!

  31. Susan, it’s especially fun seeing the before and after of the airstream. Thanks for taking the time to host the party.

  32. This trailer is incredible and beautiful. It IS a work of art–in fact a layered painting!
    I wonder how this brilliant lady arrived at such a beautiful blend of layers ?

  33. Wow, that is indescribably awesome!!!!

  34. Thanks for shaing Magnolia Pearl’s airstream. I was unfamiliar with her work, but have now visited her blog because of your suggestion. I am mainly a spartan, bright color type decorator, but there is a deep, deep narrow part of me that so loves the lush, messy, fluffiness of Magnolia Pearl girliness type decorations.

  35. I have her book also, I preordered it when I first heard about the new book
    I found her on the internet through another blog and thought she was awesome
    You know her old farm is for sale $600,000 ? I want to see her new farm and haven’t
    seen anything on the web about it
    I would like to have about 3 of her outfits ?
    I have never been down to Texas to the Marburger show where she sets up

    • It would be fun to go, wouldn’t it? I’d love to see her new farm, too. I was just reading on her blog earlier today that it has several stone buildings. It will be interesting to see it and what she does with it. Sounds like she has a lot of projects planned.

  36. Thanks for hosting! Have a happy week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  37. Obrigada por poder participar em sua linda festa.

  38. Hi Susan, thanks so much for hosting this week. I can’t get over that Air Stream! And no, I have never, in my whole life, seen a travel trailer like that! So glad you shared it with us. Have a great week!


  39. I love airstreams! Thanks so much for hosting 😉
    Jamie @ Better With Age

  40. Thanks for hosting, Have a wonderful week!
    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  41. Oh Wow! I am stunned! Having recently returned to the camping world after finding what was the perfect fit for just my husband and myself and I can really appreciate her desire to make her camper her own. Wowzer! This is an amazing transformation! I have never heard of her before and will enjoying looking her up to see more. This Airstream now reminds me of a gorgeous gypsy caravan, and I say that with the most upmost respect. It is decadent and freespirited beyond my wildest imagination, and that car too. Thanks so much for sharing this. It is truly unique!

  42. AMAZING but I am agraid I would run screaming inside of 5 minutes between all that STUFF and the visual overload. But I love the outside of both the trailer and car

  43. Hello! I love your Airstream! It is amazing! What kind of paint did you use on the outside? Is that all paint or is there metal work as well? One word… wow!

    • Hi Sarah,
      That airstream belongs to Magnolia Pearl. I believe she still has a website. You’ll find contact info for her there. You may also want to google for info on her airstream. I bet you’ll find more info about it online.

  44. I googled Magnolia Pearl Airstream to find out more about it because I just took a tour. A friend of mine bought the amazing trailer just last month. It is fantastic and I can’t wait to go back and see it during the daylight when I can take photographs.

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