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Retro Trailer Renovation

Enough already of this never-ending winter! It’s time for the warmer days of spring and looking ahead to summer adventures don’t you think? With that spirit in mind I’ve decided today to share with you a project that is all about summertime fun and one that is near and dear to my heart. It also happens to be one of the most unusual design requests Corea Sotropa has had to date!

A very dear friend of mine bought a little retro trailer for her family to use for weekend getaways and summer vacations. She asked if I could help her update the interior and bring a bit of whimsy, coziness and comfort to their wee home-away-from-home. How fun! First, I came up with a fresh, bright and happy design scheme that worked with the pea green shade of the metal interior pieces that would be refurbished. We painted, reupholstered, refinished the dining table, changed the cabinetry and added new vinyl bamboo flooring. I know some of you have been dying to see the finished product, so without further ado, here are the photos of the completed project…


This end of the camper serves as the dining area, but also converts into a double bed for mom and dad. My client’s daughter requested a blue colour palette and “squiggly patterned” fabric. I found a “squiggly” ikat for the window coverings that matched the existing green metal finish perfectly and she was thrilled!


This end of the camper shows the tiny kitchen. We rebuilt the cabinetry out of bamboo and used locking hardware so the doors would remain closed during transport.


The fabric used for the upholstery is actually indoor outdoor fabric – the kind of thing you would use for patio furniture. This just made sense since it is water-repellent, fade resistant and can take a real beating. The accent pillows double as their sleeping pillows and are covered in a quilted, washable textile.


There were some cute details in the trailer that we wanted to keep, like this perforated metal magazine holder.  It looks brand new with a fresh coat of paint! There is also a condiment tray over the dining table made of the same product. I think it’s these kind of things that make this camper charming.


The back rest of the seating area at this end flips up to form a bunk bed area for the kids. There’s lots of storage below, and it’s a cozy spot to hang out and read or relax during the daytime.

camper13Photos by Lori Andrews

As a “house-warming gift” we had these melamine monogrammed plates custom-made for our clients. They look terrific with the drapery! There are platters and bowls to match as well.

It was so much fun working on this little retro camper! It did come with its share of challenges, like selecting finishes that can handle our harsh Alberta weather, the weight of the materials we used and the stability of products (after all, it does have to be lugged around), but it was so worth the efforts. My clients really enjoyed taking it on the road last summer after it was completed and have since nicknamed it “the PeaPod”. I hope it brings them many years of warm weather fun, new adventures and cherished family memories.




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Retro Camper

Earlier this spring my very dear friends purchased a retro pea green 1970s Trillium camper. My friends and their kids love the great outdoors and do everything they can to enjoy the breathtaking national and provincial parks that surround our fair city. They are also some of the coolest people I know, and wherever they go, the party follows. Incredible chefs, consummate hosts, and great conversationalists, they need to travel in style since their campsite will be THE place to be. When they asked me to help them update the Trillium they bought I was totally excited!


1. Blue Squiggles by Michelle Brighton via Fine Art America  2. Converse by the Pool via Etsy  3. Lemonade via Oh The Lovely Things  4. The Diving Board by Joshua Jensen-Nagle via Artnet First, I asked the family members what they envisioned for the camper. The eight year old daughter was emphatic about incorporating blue squiggles. I’m not sure why, but to her, blue squiggles were imperative in the successful design of the Trillium.  Hmmm, OK, so I was going to have to find a way to incorporate this into the design. After our meeting, I went about sourcing some images to complete the concept for the camper. My clients are Converse sneaker fans, so the image of the shoes at the edge of the pool got me started. I was drawn to the colours  and the summery, carefree attitude of this photo. Lemonade is the quintessential summertime drink and I pictured a lot of it being served (spiked for the adults, of course!). I wanted to make sure the colour scheme was as refreshing as a tall, icy glass of tart lemonade. Joshua Jensen-Nagle is an artist I’ve long admired and his series of vintage holiday photography based paintings had just the right vibe. That sense of nostalgia needed to be included too.


1. Bansuri by Kravet  2. Imperial Trelis from Schumacher  3. Quilted bedding by Tritex  4. White Wing by Benjamin Moore  5. Hardware from Restoration Hardware  6. Vinyl Bamboo flooring 7. Dill Pickle by Benjamin Moore  8. LaPlates via Country Living 9. Formica Here are a few highlights of what I’ve proposed for my friends….Ikat curtains to block out the early morning sunshine and “squiggly” blue printed fabric for the bench seats which double as mattresses. The floor will be recovered in faux bamboo vinyl tiles – it is a camper after all! The dining table will be refinished with a retro inspired white laminate. I’m throwing in some nautical inspired cabinet hardware that stays fastened during road trips and some preppy melamine plates to dress up campfire fare. It’s a modern blend of fresh colour and finishes with a vintage feel. We’re madly getting it all ready for the the May long weekend, when camping season officially opens here in Alberta. By then there’s less of a chance for it to snow! To be totally honest with you, despite years in Girl Guides, I’m not much of the camping type. I’m more a five star hotel, spa on the premises, Egyptian cotton sheets kind of gal. But after seeing my friend’s camper and selecting all these fun finishes, I’m dreaming about my own little caravan. How fun it would be! I’m imagining a gourmet picnic with friends, the kids running around, a late night campfire and a stylish, retro camper to snuggle down into at the end of the evening. I extremely tempted to run out and get one of my own. Happy Camping! Cheers! Jacqueline My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated and fresh approach to residential interiors. We’d love to help you with your projects – please get in touch!